Intelligent Automation Certification
The Certified Intelligent Automation Professional Program is a six-week program created by the team at Virtual Operations, a pioneer in intelligent automation with over a decade of experience working with Fortune 100 organizations to develop effective RPA platforms. The program is highly practical, drawing on the real-life experience of the team. The authors bring hands-on expertise of the full RPA journey, from evaluating processes suitable for automation to the implementation of best-fit technologies as well as post-implementation support. The curriculum was designed to help you better understand how automation is transforming procurement and how organizations should leverage and implement automation strategies to reduce value leakage.
What is “intelligent automation” in procurement?
Digital transformation has elevated the work of procurement professionals from a tactical, back-office role to that of a strategic advisor to the business. The procurement function has many tasks that are ripe for automation so teams can focus on more strategic and business-critical tasks.
Examples of mundane and time-consuming tasks that can be automated include purchase order cycles, invoice management, the purchase requisition process, and contract management. Automating these processes reign in maverick spending, reduces manual errors, enhances compliance, and speeds up processes.
Additionally, the data that digital transformation technologies collect enable procurement teams to have more visibility into business-critical areas like spend management, supplier relationship management, and risk management. When correctly applied, automation makes teams more efficient and effective, but many organizations fail to realize the true benefits of intelligent process automation because they lack the understanding of how to correctly leverage the technology.
What will I learn in the CIAP program?
SIG University’s CIAP program is delivered in an on-demand format. You will be introduced to automation technologies; learn how to identify the correct opportunities to build, run and sustain a successful automation program; and will understand the true potential of intelligent process automation technologies when adopted correctly.
In this program, you will learn the critical components of intelligent process automation technologies, including an understanding of their capabilities and limitations. You will be introduced to disciplined approaches to automation program structures, advised on what delivery techniques to use in common scenarios, and learn how to identify viable automation candidates and how best to prioritize those selected.
At the end of this program, you will develop a holistic understanding of intelligent process automation technologies and how to move above tactical process automation, reaching automation-enabled transformation.
Who should take the CIAP program?
The CIAP program was designed for business leaders, executives, and managers who work in corporate settings, in government, or in academia that are looking to transform operations through intelligent process automation. It is applicable to so many roles in sourcing, outsourcing, procurement, and related fields.
Today’s procurement professionals are expected to have a baseline understanding of automation technologies. If you want to be more productive and efficient, reduce value leakage, and expand your career choices, you will benefit from earning the CIAP certification.
How is the CIAP program structured?
The CIAP program is a six-week learning journey that takes approximately 2-5 hours per week to complete.
Each week, you will:
You will also complete a final short essay on the topics covered in the program. This combination of elements creates a holistic learning experience for our students.
What can I expect after completing the CIAP program?
In addition to the knowledge, skills and tools gained, those who have completed the CIAP program have loved the learning experience provided and can immediately apply what they learned. All graduates of the CIAP program are issued a digital badge to include on their CV and LinkedIn profile.
Graduates are also invited to join the SIG University Alumni and Faculty private LinkedIn group to stay connected with peers and faculty.
Additionally, SIG University graduates receive 10% off additional certifications!
** SIG is only authorized to offer CIAP to buy-side end-users located within the Americas, Europe or Australia. Registration and exceptions to the CIAP program is subject to approval. **
Learn more about CIAP
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