Extend RPA To New Parts Of Business To Improve Process Performance

January 31, 2020

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a software or a tool or rather, ‘A Robot’ that takes over the mundane task of a process and no longer requires human assistance to get the desired output. 

But, how smarter can a Robot get? 

Do not worry. 

Add Artificial Intelligence to your RPA, now you have a Cognitive Automation with is much more intelligent than a simple RPA. 

A valuable enterprise software automated via RPA allows working across the business to solve various broad challenges.

Be it manual process for retrieving the invoices and inserting the information in the SAP, all can be done with an RPA.  

RPA solves hundreds of pain points by deploying robots to automate repetitive tasks and tedious manual processes, enhancing the work of your employees.  

Some common applications of RPA

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Big brands like Capgemini, Accenture, Deloitte, and many more are using RPA in their regular processes.

These companies leverage the benefits of RPA, such as reliability, accuracy, and consistency that increase overall productivity. So, the top applications of RPA are –

1) Sales

Sales are crucial in every business type, irrespective of the niche.

RPA can handle all the operational and sales activities that might involve invoice preparation, data replication, inventory, customer payment, error-free sales operations, or delivery management. 

2) Procurement Process

Organizations have realized that the procurement team spends most of their time on administrative tasks.

And RPA solution can help take up the administrative tasks to free the procurement to focus on other activities.

It works on minimizing manual intervention, developing a strong audit trail for future, reducing human efforts and enabling them to focus on other strategic initiatives, and providing the capability to access human intelligence whenever required. 

3) Data Extraction

Data entry is a boring and tedious process, but RPA companies can help save a lot of trouble, as their RPA developers have the capability to recognize the basic pattern and it can convert every text into searchable and editable machine-encoded text.

This minimizes the requirement of data entry and also the possibility of errors in the data. 

4) Data Management

Data management involves RPA solutions that allow companies to collect any kind of data from any source with any specific structure.

This makes data simple and accessible across multiple Vendors and Deployments.

Some more functionalities include database, data warehouse, data lake, data management automation, automation support for the hybrid multi-cloud environment and open-source partnership.

RPA automation solutions can help modernize information architecture to fuel the successful development of applications across your entire business.

5) Material Requirement Planning

Robotic process automation is important in manufacturing and every major supply chain management process that the industry has to offer.

Most of the open-source RPA solutions manage specific processes, people, and systems that participate throughout the supply chain.

Some of the other modules managing the transport and storage of goods, warehouses and distribution centers, and handle the processing of customer orders. 

Benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

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RPA has a lot of benefits to offer that can help improve the productivity of organizations be it in the Financial, Service, Insurance, Healthcare, or any other industry. 

A) Cost Saving

One of the biggest advantages of RPA automation is that it significantly saves a lot of costs.

When a business process is automated, not only it functions faster but its performance is error-free, implying it works at a much lower cost.

So, the organization receives a greater output for fewer inputs, which results in a better bottom line.

B) Accuracy

Even the most careful human can make mistakes and not only one there can be multiple.

So, in order to perform the routine tasks flawlessly, RPA is a solution that could lower down or rather eradicate any kind of error providing the best quality and higher satisfaction rates.

C) Reduce time in performing tasks

Humans are a great machine but machines are robots are better performers in terms of time.

Even if it is a mere minute a robot can reduce the downtime of a process into a few seconds.

And if we multiply dozens of tasks with a single Robotic Process Automation solution it will save a lot of time. 

D) Insights and analytics

Learning from previous insights can help a business make better decisions for the future.

Robotic process automation has the capability to gather organize analyze, track, report, monitor, and even store valuable data in the database.

This stored information then can be utilized to improve the current operations and even correct the errors in the processes.

So, how can you initiate it in your business processes?

  1. Get insight into the business processes that you want to automate. 
  2.  Learn about Applications of RPA.
  3. Retrospect about the process that you want to automate but ensure that your business doesn’t suffer while you are automating the tasks. 
  4. Gain experience on RPA tools like UiPath or rather UiPath Go, IBM’s Blue Prism, EdgeVerve, and Automation Anywhere.

RPA 2.0 – The Rise of Future Robotics 

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With the rise of artificial intelligence, Roberts can now reason its incoming inputs.

Now, they don’t blindly follow the algorithm but they can learn the patterns and improvise the output according to the circumstances or the changes in the input.

This is the emergence of RPA 2.0. 

Machine learning, deep learning, and reinforcement learning help provide robustness in robotic process automation systems.

This way you can program your automation solution wisely to handle your repetitive task at your organization.

The robots can run in the background analyze what it can do for a couple of hours and come up with potential automation solutions for the future.

However, the sound this solution might seem it is still flourishing in many business verticals.

This century is going to face a new revolution that will eradicate tedious, boring tasks and allow people to focus on truly creative jobs.

The emergence and implementation of RPA 2.0 will truly be an equivalent of the Mobile Revolution. And that’s only a small part of what RPA will be offering the commercial space. 

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