Will RPA Finally Replace People?

Will RPA Finally Replace People?

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The Lofts at Prince

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New York, NY 10012

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Join SIM NY Metro at The Lofts at Prince, with its breathtaking rooftop deck and spectacular views of the NYC skyline (weather permitting).

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Enjoy connecting with fellow SIM members over food and drinks and learning about Robotic Process Automation from top leaders in the field.

RPA has been commercially available for almost 20 years. According to Gartner, 90% of large enterprises will have implemented RPA in some form by the end of this year; and some forecasts predict the market to grow from under $2 billion in 2021 to over $30 billion in 2030 (38.2% CAGR). Is RPA ready to replace humans in key business processes? Are we as leaders in our organizations ready to replace people with bots? Join our interactive panel and explore the latest developments, practical use cases, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid when implementing RPA.


  • Michael Israel - CIO at The Kraft Group
  • Sarah Parker - VP, Customer Success at UiPath
  • Steve Miller - Chief Digital Officer at Xerox
  • Hans Eckman - Principal Research Director at Info-Tech Research Group
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A lifelong member of the IS community, Michael Israel began his career in technology sales and rapidly progressed to the position of chief operating officer for a high-end, solutions based systems integration consulting firm. After gaining a wealth of experience consulting clients on best practices for IS management, Michael joined Six Flags Entertainment Corporation in 2006 as their Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer with the goal of putting these practices into action.

Michael joined The Kraft Group, as its CIO in 2019, with overall IS responsibility for Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots and Revolution, International Forest Products, Rand-Whitney Group and Rand-Whitney Container Board

Michael plays an instrumental role in supporting every aspect of business operations. With a truly hands-on approach that has taken Michael into intimate contact with the challenges of the industries he supports, he has championed a broad array of creative technology solutions, which have consistently contributed to improved efficiency, revenues, and profits of the organizations he works with. Michael leads by example, mentoring his team, and building collaborative partnerships with executives throughout the organization.

With unrelenting enthusiasm and energy, Michael has inspired all those who work with him to continually strive to achieve new heights of performance. Along with his industry experience, Michael’s skills as a business leader have been further enhanced through his participation in the MIT Executive Program in Corporate Strategy as well as his completion of the MBA Program at St. John’s University and a BBA from the George Washington University.

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Sarah Parker currently leads UiPath’s Customer Success organization for Key Accounts and Industries. In this role, Sarah oversees a team of experts working with UiPath customers to enable their adoption, self-sufficiency, and business value realization of their automation technology investments. It’s through this lens that Sarah has observed and engaged in 100’s, if not 1,000’s, of automation journeys across every industry and stage of maturity over her last 4 years in the automation space.

Previously, Sarah spent 9 years with General Electric, where she held multiple leadership roles within GE’s marketing, internal audit, and digital transformation organizations. Here she observed her first roll out of automation in 2017 across GE’s global shared service centers, hence sparking her interest in automation.

She is based in New York with her husband Daniel, son Miles, and her dog Ace.

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As Xerox’s Chief Digital Officer, Steve Miller is responsible for developing and executing Xerox’s global digital strategy, focusing on analytics, data, AI, robotic process automation, and related commercial services to enable Xerox to be at the forefront of digital technologies. He works closely with internal teams, enterprise and SMB customers, and partners to generate innovative digital solutions for products, services, customer experiences, marketing channels, and business models. Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Before joining Xerox, he held leadership roles at DXC Technology and HP, gaining expertise in transformation, shared services, IT, major accounts, and finance. He holds an MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor's Degree from Penn State.

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Hans Eckman is a business transformation leader helping organizations connect business strategy and innovation to operational excellence. He supports Info-Tech members in SDLC optimization, Agile and DevOps implementation, CoE/CoP creation, innovation program development, application delivery, and leadership development. Hans is based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Hans served as Group Vice President at SunTrust Bank where he helped develop programs and products that drove innovation, process improvement, and quality team engagement across the enterprise. Hans helped SunTrust establish three different Centers of Excellence, built a Security Services delivery team, created a RSA Archer GRC SaaS team, grew the IT intern program, and helped modernize their online banking platform and interface.

At Blueprint Software Solutions, Hans helped productize their professional services offerings, created a Blueprint Practice (SaaS) operational playbook for clients, and worked with clients to implement Centers of Excellence and Communities of Practice.

Prior to that, he spent most of his career working for business and technology consulting companies serving a wide diversity of clients and industries. Hans is a keynote speaker and shares his life simplification tips at conferences in the United States and Canada.

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