For new anything to begin and gaining popularity takes time. But in the case of RPA predicting future is possible as it has gain popularity in a very short period of time. RPA has definitely proven its value and will continue to grow fast. RPA started out as a business user-focused domain but as it becomes more high-impact and business-critical, we see more developer-oriented tools emerging. With these developer tools, implementation is more of a domain for software robot developers, not as much for casual business users. Software robot developers want to embrace all the best practices of developers, so sharing and reusing code becomes a normal way of working.
As this tool is widely accepted by the community it will soon be hard to justify license-costs for individual software robots when the technology for creating them is available for free on GitHub. RPA starts coming available for new kinds of use-cases and broader audiences. Cloud orchestration will be a driver in this development as well since only a handful of users will be willing to invest in operating their own orchestration services, when the same solution can be purchased easily from the cloud.
With the availability of RPA developers and cloud orchestration small and medium-size organizations will also look for automation without any IT department. Over time, larger companies that are already using RPA will look for more ways to use automation tools to be increasingly more efficient, with the traditional practice of outsourcing operational tasks to low-cost regions being replaced by an abundance of in-house RPA developers. This practice, known as Robosourcing, will see software robot developers automating work and outsourcing tasks to robots to help improve employee efficiency and increase job satisfaction.