We are proud to announce that Automagica, our Robotic Process Automation software (RPA) is trending on Github this week. We noticed a sudden peak in engagement in our repository and were happy to see that for a few days we were the #2 Python repository and Oakwood was in the top 10 of open source contributors because of Automagica trending. These are the top 3 reasons why our robots are open source.
For us, open source is an aspect of transparency. Benefits of transparency include establishing trust with your customers and community and setting an example of open and honest business practice. We have automated processes in different industries where we work with all kinds of sensitive data, including financial in data large corporates and confidential patient data in healthcare. One can advocate being open, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and by developing and releasing out in the open we show this by doing.
With almost a thousand new community members in a few days, we get a constant feedback from everyone involved. Lots of people testing, trying Automagica out in different environments and automating different applications and eventually reporting possible issues or improvements. This feedback is extremely useful for our development team to improve our code even further.
We like to encourage independence. When we automate processes for our clients, we offer consulting for process discovery, automation, custom development and maintenance. However, part of our open source philosophy is to not create vendor lock-in. We want our clients to have the option of choice in case they already have their own resources, either in-house or elsewhere.