RPA news and announcements

  • RPA news and announcements

     kensoh updated 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 34 Posts
  • kensoh

    July 14, 2021 at 12:32 pm

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  • kensoh

    July 14, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    TagUI RPA users now have a new channel to congregate, with the launch of AI Singapore Community social network. With almost 30 groups around AI/ML, this is place for discussion and diffusion of knowledge for AI practitioners.

    All groups and forum posts are publicly viewable, and with a free registration you can engage with the community, create your own groups/forums, have access to numerous free courses around AI and later on TagUI RPA.

    The daily TagUI conversations in Telegram group chat will continue, the weekly Zoom Q&A will continue, the periodic updates on LinkedIn will continue. This platform adds another channel for TagUI users through their RPA journeys.

    The forums make it easy to organise topics and give users fine-grained control over which forum and threads to subscribe for email updates. For a start, I created below, and I look forward to users creating their own threads.

    – Workflows showcase from users
    – RPA news and announcements
    – How to get started with TagUI?
    – Questions about TagUI and RPA

    In particular, the content for user workflows showcase is only available here, because TagUI doesn’t have any other existing channels where can be shared in an organised way. This is the best place to share your work with the world!


  • kensoh

    July 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Introducing TagUI MS Excel plug-in v3 πŸŽ‰ This is yet another milestone for your every day business user to leverage on RPA and digital automation technologies. Towards an inclusive society where no one is left behind 🀝

    This Excel plug-in empowers users to configure RPA data and parameters easily, while the Word plug-in is your full-featured RPA studio. When used together, you can complete end-to-end RPA work right within MS Office.

    We do think that the biggest competitor to Microsoft Power Automate Desktop are these TagUI Microsoft Office plug-ins. Because the technical barrier of entry is kept accessible by design, you can involve a whole lot more people in your organisation’s digital transformation and upskilling initiatives.

    Here’s a quick run-down of new features in TagUI Excel v3.

    Both the Excel and Word plug-ins no longer require administrator rights to install. By making some design improvements, the plug-ins can now be used by a much larger group of enterprise users.

    The screenshot below shows the generated report with a click of a button. Access all statistics of your robot runs, set time period to quickly gain insights such as time savings for a particular month, total tally of successful and failed runs. Know the why with error summary and auto-generated screenshots.

    PS 1 – this feature requires that TagUI robots be ran with report option, otherwise such analytics data is not captured and stored by default. PS 2 – the high failure rate in the screenshot is just for illustration purpose πŸ˜…

    The smart plug-in will sniff out any .csv data output in your RPA robot and syncs those output back as new sheets in your Excel file. Everything can now be done within Excel and Word, you don’t even need to open your Windows Files Explorer to look for output files.

    And of course, using these plug-ins, you never need to come across the term ‘COMMAND PROMPT’ in your professional career. Ever again.

    Underlying these plug-ins is the TagUI RPA engine. As it evolves and gains new capabilities, people using different flavours of TagUI will gain access to these new capabilities. Whether you are a business user, Python lover, C# or Node-RED user etc, where you use Windows, Mac, Linux, Cloud, Docker, VS Code, there is a flavour that is designed just for you. This is made possible only with the contributions of extended community champions.

    PS 3 – with these plug-ins, other than writing RPA instructions in different languages like English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinee etc, you can literally write Python, JavaScript, R code within your Microsoft Word documents. As TagUI has native integrations with all these languages. Imagine running an AI machine-learning inference directly with MS Word document, how cool is that?? Did you see Joma’s YouTube video on why MS Word is the best IDE?

    PS 4 – @ruthtxh created these MS Office plug-ins

    • basil.han

      July 21, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      And of course, using these plug-ins, you never need to come across the term β€˜COMMAND PROMPT’ in your professional career. Ever again.


  • kensoh

    July 29, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Sharing a blogpost by Basil Han, technical community manager and editor at AI Singapore. In this post, he shared updates about TagUI in the last couple of months, and credited the community who made TagUI a reality.

    The article includes major new features of the tool, shout-out to external community champions Allan Zimmermann, Subhas Malik, Suhail Ahmed who created different flavours of TagUI for other programming languages and platforms, and Korea’s National IT Industry Promotion Agency (Dawn Ryu and Estella Eunsol Cho), Guglielmo Iozzia, Daniel Alfaro Rojas, Loo Kang Lawrence WEE who created videos, tutorials, report on TagUI RPA.

    I would also like to specially mention Nived N, Tolani (aka RPA Jargon Buster) Jaiye-Tikolo and Nandan Mullakara for the demos and posts that you guys shared to spread the word on this open-source and free RPA tool.

    In particular Nived, a RPA developer at TCS, has not only crafted interesting and trending TagUI demo posts, but has also created the TagUI module for Robocorp to let any Robocorp / Robot Framework user write their RPA scripts in over 20 human languages, other than its English and Python syntax.

    Lastly, I’ll like to shout-out to Philip Vollet, a veteran in NLP and open-source. His sharing of RPA for Python (Python flavour of TagUI) has garnered over 1000 engagements on LinkedIn and that post probably spread the word to over 50 thousand open-source enthusiasts about pip install rpa.


  • kensoh

    August 1, 2021 at 1:05 am

    The TagUI RPA meetup this month will be this Friday, 6th Aug 9-10pm Singapore time (UTC+8). Topic will be TagUI Microsoft Office plug-ins.

    Ruth and I will be doing demos and answering any questions on TagUI MS Office plug-ins. With the free and open-source plug-ins, users can create, configure, run, analyse RPA automations without leaving MS Word and Excel. Zoom meeting URL –


  • kensoh

    August 12, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Introducing the new release of TagUI RPA on Google Colab cloud πŸ˜„ Users run TagUI for free on Google’s cloud infrastructure. Common use cases include data-scrapping, long-running processes, parallel runs etc.

    In this new release, a virtual display is introduced. This means that the web browser no longer has to run in headless mode in the Colab notebook.

    This is a big win for users, because some websites intentionally block headless browsers. Having this upgrade opens up using TagUI on the cloud for more websites and RPA scenarios. Also, example for built-in Telegram notification is added, so that you can notify yourself or process owners once job is done.

    Furthermore, as Colab supports running up to 5 sessions concurrently, you can run multiple RPA workflows from your 1 laptop and collect results back at the end. You can even use TagUI to orchestrate and start these parallel runs! This is as best as free enterprise-grade cloud RPA can get πŸŽ‰ GCP-grade.

    Feel free to share and make copies of these Colab notebooks below. Inside these working templates, it takes 1 click to setup, 1 click to run a demo RPA workflow, 1 click to validate, show, download the result. Batteries included.

    TagUI human language version in development at AI Singapore – https://colab.research.google.com/drive/1RimeT6-u6_nCyLAFJ0Aq9OvRaEg2UPrg?usp=sharing

    Python version that I continue to maintain in my personal time – https://colab.research.google.com/drive/13bQO6G_hzE1teX35a3NZ4T5K-ICFFdB5?usp=sharing

  • kensoh

    August 19, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Sharing a high-quality 37-page report on intelligent automation in finance by Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), NUS Business School, AI Singapore. Recommendations before adopting IA in Finance –

    1. Start small

    2. Leadership from the top is critical

    3. Buy-in from all levels is essential

    4. Manage the transition to automation carefully

    5. Communication must be a two-way channel

    6. Consider the opinions of Working Level staff

    7. Ensure that expectations are realistic and specific

    8. Seek to continuously improve both process and solution


  • kensoh

    August 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I can attest to this from my personal experience. Without AI Singapore as the critical infrastructure, TagUI open-source RPA software would not have taken off and become one of the leading open-source options for RPA.

    Now we have users from over 100 countries, and over a thousand new users every month (after factoring user churn and users who are downloading for one-time execution on cloud platforms). And the Telegram community has been organically growing more than 10% monthly since launch in March.

    So far, using TagUI to solve the real-life RPA challenges set by Automation Anywhere has been a breeze, and there are interesting entries by users for the first 3 weeks. I’ll hope the tool can solve for the remaining 2 weeks. Even if there is a particular challenge which require something that only commercial RPA tooling has, at least the community would have shown that 80% of such real-life use cases can be achieved with open-source and free tooling.

    Looking forward to interesting exchanges with users in the coming weeks. There are $5000 USD worth of prizes to be given out by AI Singapore over the course of this month. If you’ve been thinking to try TagUI (MS Word, Python, C#, VS Code versions etc), now is the best time to do it. You can see more details and tips at the RPA challenge thread here – https://community.aisingapore.org/groups/tagui-rpa/forum/discussion/rpa-challenge-submissions

    Already I’m seeing Mirza Ahsan Baig from Saudi Arabia solving week 3 challenge by creating RPA robot in Microsoft Word. Your imagination and the sky is really the limit when you add TagUI into your digital toolbox.

  • kensoh

    August 20, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Hi RPA Community with interest in Computer Vision, I’ll like to share on PeekingDuck, an open-source CV inference package by AI Singapore. It has been used in industry for scenarios like social distancing, group size checking, object counting etc.

    The modular framework simplifies CV inferencing by making it easy to define the input, model, dabble, draw and output nodes. You can also create your custom nodes. See the link below for more on the tool – its repo, intro Zoom webinar next week, and the wonderful CV team behind this project.

    This can also be used with RPA tools like TagUI, RPA for Python and others to chain together an end-to-end workflow that involves CV inferencing. For eg, to trigger an alert in the incident management system of building security team if a usually large group size is detected.


  • kensoh

    August 20, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Am excited with TagUI RPA coming integration with Excel. 100% Excel syntax, works on Windows and Mac, 100% preserves formatting and data integrity.

    1. [workbook]sheet!range = variable (and vice versa)
    2. [workbook]sheet!range = [workbook]sheet!range

    Eagerly looking forward to implement the feature to pass these tests. Although usage looks super simple above, doing this well requires passing all the scenarios below.

  • kensoh

    August 23, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Hi Podcast Fans, sharing a TagUI podcast by Nandan Mullakara, prominent RPA influencer based in US. In the podcast, we discuss the history of TagUI, where it is now, and where we like to be in the future. Enjoy 😊

    Listen here – https://botnirvana.org/podcast/tagui

    (also on Google Podcasts & Apple Podcasts)

  • kensoh

    August 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Hi NLP (Natural Language Processing) Community, check out the SG-NLP initiative by AI Singapore’s NLP Hub team. There’s a demo website showing models by NLP groups in Singapore, and a Python package to go along.

    On the demo website, each model has an interactive demo page for folks to try out, a model card tab listing details of the model, a usage tab with the sample Python code to use the model. Examples of use cases would be chatbot, grammar correction, knowledge mining, social media analysis.

    See this link for more details, the launch webinar next week, and the NLP Hub team behind this, led by William Tjhi – https://aisingapore.org/2021/08/sg-nlp-is-launched

    PS – in particular for RPA community, NLP can be used for enhancing chatbots with abilities such as emotion detection, transforming raw outputs of data extraction, deriving meaning from unstructured natural language data etc

  • kensoh

    August 29, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Introducing TagUI RPA turbo mode. With this option, your automation will run 10X faster than normal human user speed.

    Thanks to many users trying out the prototype, for this idea to mature into a new official feature πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŽ‰


  • kensoh

    September 27, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    TagUI RPA native Excel integration is out, works on both Windows and Mac. Preserves data integrity and formatting 100%. Use standard Excel formula in TagUI to move data between TagUI and Excel. Try it to believe it.

    The syntax is super simpleπŸ‘‡πŸ»
    [workbook]sheet!range = variable
    variable = [workbook]sheet!range

    Before this update, TagUI users have to either use computer vision and keyboard automation to control Excel app, or use Python packages to manipulate Excel files. After this update, any I/O with Excel files can be completed 10X faster. You can even move data between Excel files.

    For eg in the video, Excel data is read from the left spreadsheet, adding 1 to the values in TagUI, then written to the right spreadsheet. And repeats.

    Though syntax is simple, there are more than 100 test cases written for this feature, and more than 1000 lines of code written to enable this. In order for this feature be usable on as many user computer environments as possible, there is 0 dependency on Python or any 3rd-party library. This feature is coded from scratch to work seamlessly on your Windows or Mac.

    Given Excel’s huge userbase and long history, I’ll be naive to say that 100 test cases are sufficient to cover all kinds of user’s edge cases and computer environments. I look forward to crowdsourcing your feedback to make this work for everybody. Will update usage guide this week with examples.


  • kensoh

    October 12, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    In August, open-source RPA users tried to solve the RPA challenges from Automation Anywhere. Turns out open-source tools like TagUI can solve these scenarios just as easily, as quickly, as reproducibly as commercial software.


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