Yesterday (10 July), consulting and technology firm Capgemini announced the opening of its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Center of Excellence (CoE) in Kuala Lumpur, in collaboration with RPA software firm Blue Prism.

As the first Capgemini RPA CoE in the region, it will focus on supporting Malaysian businesses in the areas of telecommunications, banking, financial services and insurance, utilities, logistics, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products and retail.

This will be done through training, certification, consulting and support services to local consultants and businesses in RPA. In fact, according to Sumit Nurpuri, Chief Operating Officer, SEA & HK at Capgemini, shared: "We expect to see around 200 people get accredited here in the next 12 months."

Rajesh Kottul, Country Head - Group Sales Officer, SEA & HK, Capgemini Malaysia, also said that the market in Malaysia has "grown significantly" over the past three years, while the demand for RPA continues to increase in the country as well.

He added: "The country's graduate resource pool is healthy; with about 200,000 graduates every year in Malaysia. Now, these graduates can get into forward looking technological engagements with the additional skills from CoE as Capgemini has a graduate programme that helps onboard these graduates in a structured programme, to train, certify and equip, making them market ready."

Commenting on why Malaysia was chosen, Gareth Lane, VP of Partnerships for Blue Prism in Asia Pacific cited the country as a key market for driving RPA adoption and AI development in Southeast Asia. "This centre is part of our broader expansion in the region, which includes opening offices in Singapore and Hong Kong."

Photo / provided (L:R) Rajesh Kottul, Country Head - Capgemini Malaysia, Group Sales Officer, SEA & HK and Bill Taylor, Vice President - ASEAN & Korea, Blue Prism officiated the launch of the CoE.