Learning RPA/automation can be an uphill task. As much as I think video tutorials are awesome, as much do I find books valuable. On average, I consume one book per week (fiction and non-fiction). The books below are the best when it comes to learning RPA. I have personally read all of them (and many more). Please note that I will get affiliates on the books, but I would recommend them anyways. Happy reading 🙂
General RPA Books
This is a non-technical handbook regarding RPA enterprise implementation. It is very UiPath heavy, hence my recommendation in this category.
The book covers all bases of RPA and gives broad insight into the area when you are about to consider RPA technologies. It is packed with best practices, use cases, pitfalls to avoid and prepare for. The topics are also often present in job interview tests, so are you about to prepare for a such, buy this book. Get it on Amazon.
Intelligent automation is everything a white-collar (office) worker can do and can be divided into four subsets. Doing: This is core RPA as you know it. A process-driven technology that automates repetitive and rule-based business processes. Seeing: OCR and image analysis. Speaking/listening: Chatbots and sentiment analysis. Thinking and learning: Machine learning.
Doing is RPA, and the other three subsets (seeing, speaking/listening, and thinking/learning) are AI. The real power in our RPA solutions comes when we can add AI to them. Read Pascal Bornet’s masterpiece of a book and explain intelligent automation in detail and learn to apply it to your RPA solutions. Get it on Amazon.
Even though RPA development is low-code you still need a basic understanding of software development. That is the best practices on how you structure your work to maximize the overall value of your automated workflows.
Robert C. Martin, or Uncle Bob, as you might know, has a golden rule, in which you should not only develop to take it easy for your colleagues, but also for your own future you. Get it on Amazon.
Tool Specific RPA Books
Diving deep down into your favorite RPA tool requires specific literature.
UiPath is the leading RPA vendor benefiting from their free-to-use RPA software and the biggest free learning path and community. While there is no magic in UiPath it’s still packed with advanced features, properties, functions, and code. These books will give you a shortcut as a UiPath RPA developer.
The coding language used in UiPath is Visual Basic .NET, which is very similar to C#. This book makes it very easy to understand Visual Basic .NET with its to-the-point descriptions and easy-to-understand examples.
You will learn all about Object-oriented programming, Strings, Integers, DataTables, IEnumerables, and much more. A must-read as a UiPath RPA Developer. Get it on Amazon.
As an RPA Developer, you need to understand SQL queries, as you will often work with databases. Relax. You only need a basic understanding. This book is hands down, the best for beginners (I have read 6 SQL books).
This book is what you need to know without wasting time on conversational writing and redundancy. I highly recommend that you order the book. Get it on Amazon.
Robotic Process Automation Projects: Build Real-world RPA solutions using UiPath and Automation Anywhere
You can find all sorts of UiPath learning channels, but this UiPath bible will teach you all the best practices in RPA implementation.
The authors are no other than the former head of RPA consultancy at Fujitsu, Nandan Mullakara, and Assistant Vice President at EXL Service, Arun Asokan, which will guarantee, that you are in the best hands. Get it on Amazon.
A straightforward and yet advanced book on Power Automate. Aaron Guilmette, a technical specialist from Microsoft, takes the reader through easy-to-apply examples with step-by-step guidance. You will learn all the best practices around automating with the Power Automate integrations (Outlook, working with files, button flows, push notifications, conditions, Teams, approvals, databases, Forms, error handling, and environment setup). A no-brainer for your automation library. Get it on Amazon.