5 Minutes With... Tony Nudd, Robotic Process Automation Imaginator, UiPath ANZ
28th July 2020
- Tony studied Micro-Electronics then Theology before moving eventually into Business Process Management
- He is described by his peers as Collaborative, Inventive and Responsive
- Read on to find out how Tony maximises his membership opportunities
Tony Nudd is currently the Robotic Process Automation Imaginator at UiPath ANZ. We spent some time with Tony, to gauge his insights and opinions on AI and trust, and his recommendations on what resources you should take advantage of as a tech professionals.
1. What were the key influences or steps you took that inspired you to pursue a career in technology?
From a very young age, I spent most of my time deconstructing my toys and rebuilding them. Either back to the way they were, or modified to do something different. I was not very good at art but liked being creative. I studied Micro-Electronics then Theology before moving eventually into Business Process Management – in all fields I was still deconstructing and re-engineering.
2. What's the best invention in the 21st century?
World Wide Web and the web browser (Tim Berners-Lee).
3. How do you keep up to date with digital trends?
Read, read, read. The ACS blogs, Information Age and LinkedIn are great places to keep up to date with conversations which are trending.
4. What resources (if any) would you recommend for businesses to learn about how to build trust in AI in years to come?
Research case studies. Most vendors provide them - and find out who was interviewed or commented and connect with them. Ask them to validate the effectiveness of the solution. Also, find out who in your field is already adopting AI, how are they using it and what results they experienced.
5. What is the most significant improvement you’ve made to a prior IT process, product, or infrastructure. Why do you think it worked out as well as it did?
A few years back in the early days of “workflow” I added a changing “smiley face” icon to the scan results of mortgage documents. Five different states from sad/crying to a broad grin gave a quick way to identify the confidence score of the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process. This simple “gamification” in the UX of the validation station assisted a quick adoption of the solution by the end users.
6. What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
COLLABORATIVE, INVENTIVE, RESPONSIVE
7. What are your favourite and least favourite technology products and why?
Favourite: Samsung Note Mobile Phone – big screen for aging eyes and fat fingers and has a stylus. I still like being tactile - writing on paper with a pen whenever possible.
Least Favourite: Robot Vacuum Cleaner – noisy and requires assistance frequently when stuck or having picked up a large piece of debris – more annoying than my children when they were toddlers!
8. What skills or characteristics make someone an effective remote learner?
- Love of learning something new
- Ability to ignore distractions
- Happy in your own company
- Questioning and double-checking what you are learning from other sources
9. How has ACS membership supported your journey in tech? What ACS benefits would you encourage members to utilise?
The ACS provides a network of professionals you can lean on for insights, information and to double-check your thinking. Never leave an ACS network event without having connected with at least five new people. Read ACS blogs and Information Age. Consider ACS training modules and take advantage of available CPD Points.
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