What is RPA or Robotic Process Automation? How is it different from other automation tools? Learn more about automation and robotics, as we talk about RPA.
If there's one technology trend that has been the name of the game in recent years, it's artificial intelligence.
The entire business world has been enthralled with the applications of artificial intelligence to core business functionality. One of the ways those applications are best demonstrated is through RPA.
RPA, or robotic process automation, is in many ways the future of the corporate world. In this article, we'll introduce you to how businesses are harnessing automation and robotics with RPA to make their employees far more efficient and their internal processes far more streamlined.
In a nutshell, RPA is the automation of core business processes that are typically made by staffed employees. An employee who typically uses existing protocols to make responses to and interact with digital systems can be replaced by RPA tools.
The scenarios in which RPA are relevant are numerous. The bots employed in RPA can do tasks as simple as sending automated emails or something as complicated as triggering process-oriented bots to complete tasks from your enterprise resource planning tool.
There are two principal ways than an RPA can benefit a business.
The first benefit is fairly obvious: if you can employ RPA tools that execute the same business decisions that an employee does in a fraction of the time, then you can replace that employee and save on staffing costs. This means that you free up headcount to focus on other more important corporate responsibilities that cannot be automated.
The second benefit is one that accompanies most automated protocols: if you set up the RPA tool right, it will never make a mistake. Automated processes don't sleep on the job and their accuracy doesn't diminish over time. As long as you have set up the protocols correctly to trigger the right decisions, then you don't have to worry about your RPA tool making mistakes even in the long-term.
Another core feature of RPA software is that it learns as it goes. This is where the artificial intelligence and machine learning parts of the conversation come in. The more business decision the RPA tool executes, the more it learns its responsibility, and the better it can interact with your existing digital systems.
Of course, there are drawbacks to the RPA software as well, although they are far outweighed by the benefits. Firstly, the cost of implementing RPA software is significant, and you have to pay it upfront. The cost savings from not having to staff employees are realized in the long-term.
Secondly, you'll have to hire specialized IT staff to manage the RPA software, but again this cost is minimal compared to the long-term cost savings.
There's no doubt that automation and robotics combine in RPA to form the future of the corporate world.
If you're looking to grow your IT career, then it would behoove you to become familiar with RPA implementation and management, as this is an industry that is only expected to grow. Be sure to use our online tool to find related IT jobs!