RPA. What is it?

Just as a human would, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) utilizes the user interface to capture data and manipulate applications. These robots trigger and interpret responses as well as communicate with other systems to perform a variety of repetitive tasks.

RPA in a nutshell

Just as a human would, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) utilizes the user interface to capture data and manipulate applications. These robots trigger and interpret responses as well as communicate with other systems to perform a variety of repetitive tasks. Robotic Process Automation is the equivalent of someone “taking over” your computer, using keyboard and mouse “for you”. Predecessors of RPA such as scripts and macros have been used especially in finance and accounting for many years. With RPA the technology has developed and expanded into software suites that can “manage” your computer. The rule of thumb is; if you can instruct another person, using text-only – without that person having any prior knowledge of the job to be done – then the process can be automated.

Benefits of RPA

RPA has a wide range of other possible benefits, such as added value through increased analytical skills and better insight in operations, increased efficiency in business processes, and decrease errors in the day-to-day operations. Furthermore, a robot can work around the clock and require neither vacation days nor lunch breaks to keep up productivity.

Lifting the load off you employees

Employees focusing on more value-creating tasks will make for a happier and more satisfying work environment, thus increasing employee satisfaction. It also makes for better resource allocations, and it frees up time for employees to work with more complex and creative tasks as robots do their administrative work.

RPA is growing fast

RPA has seen impressively rapid growth in the last few years. The reason for this is that enterprises are facing an ever-increasing stream of data that needs to be analyzed, assessed and leveraged. It’s crucial to meet these demands for efficiency and to maintain your competitive edge.

RPA is the fastest-growing software subsegment officially tracked by Gartner, with year-over-year growth of more than 63% in 2018
- Gartner report published 8 July 2019
Magic Quadrant for Robotic Process Automation Software

Why invest in RPA?

 

Quick Return on Investment 

RPA technology promises a quick ROI by rapidly automating business tasks that, while essential, are also repetitive and time-consuming.

 

Eyes on the Future

While RPA boasts of fast implementation and quick ROI, it is constantly evolving in parallel with new and integrative technologies. Already, RPA is being used with AI tools like voice recognition, classification of unstructured data, and natural language processing to expand the scope of automation and increase the quality of core business objectives.                

 

More Data Means More Demands


More data has led to an increased demand for compliance with industry standards. An automated process is the best way to ensure the outcome is predictable, traceable, and error-free.

 

Employee Satisfaction


Repeating the same task day-on-day, aside from tedious, can be prone to error. Employees focusing on more value-creating tasks will make for a happier and more satisfying work environment.

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The potential is enormous. Finding the right processes to automate is the first step. A good place to start is to look for repetitive tasks where people are pressing the same buttons over and over again.

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AKOA's RPA Manifesto

The RPA approach has to mature

AKOA's RPA Manifesto

During AKOA's years of existence, we have brought our fair share of robots into the business world and have seen exactly what was stated above. Along the way, we have learned many lessons on great and not-so-great ways to bring a robot from its first steps into maturing to the powerhouse of value creation it can be. In our RPA Manifesto, we list 5 rules on how to succeed in your RPA initiative. Guided by these rules, an RPA project has the blueprint in how to maximize the possibilities of RPA as well as perfecting the implementation of RPA within its business practices.

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