What is Robotic Process Automation?
Robotics Process Automation(RPA) allows organizations to automate task just like a human being was doing them across application and systems. Robotic automation interacts with the existing IT architecture with no complex system integration required.
RPA can be used to automate workflow, infrastructure, back office process which are labor intensive. These software bots can interact with an in-house application, website, user portal, etc. The RPA is a software program which runs on an end user’s pc, laptop or mobile device. It is a sequence of commands which are executed by Bots under some defined set of business rules.
The main goal of Robotics process automation process to replace repetitive and boring clerical task performed by humans, with a virtual workforce. RPA does not require the development of code, nor does it require direct access to the code or database of the applications.
With RPA, businesses can automate mundane rules-based business processes, enabling business users to devote more time to serving customers or other higher-value work. Others see RPA as a stopgap en route to intelligent automation (IA) via machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools, which can be trained to make judgments about future outputs.
RPA is an application of technology, governed by business logic and structured inputs, aimed at automating business processes. Using RPA tools, a company can configure software, or a “robot,” to capture and interpret applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems. RPA scenarios range from something as simple as generating an automatic response to an email to deploying thousands of bots, each programmed to automate jobs in an ERP System.
Benefits of RPA
Some benefits that RPA can provide to your organization:
- Large numbers of the process can easily have automated.
- Cost are reduced significantly as the RPA takes care of repetitive task and saves precious time and resources.
- Programming skills are not needed to configure a software robot. Thus, any non-technical staff can set up a bot or even record their steps to automate the process.
- Robotic process automation support and allows all regular compliance process, with error-free auditing.
- The robotic software can rapidly model and deploy the automation process.
- The defects are tracked for each test case story and the sprint.
- Effective, seamless Build & Release Management
- Real time visibility into bug/defect discovery
- There is no human business which means there is no need for time for the requirement of training.
- Software robots do not get tired. It increases which helps to increase the scalability.
Disadvantages of RPA:
Let’s not forgot some cons of the RPA process:
- The bot is limited to the speed of the application
- Even small changes made in the automation application will need the robots to be reconfigured.
What companies are using RPA?
Walmart, Deutsche Bank, AT&T, Vanguard, Ernst & Young, Walgreens, Anthem and American Express Global Business Travel are among the many enterprises adopting RPA.