Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Robotics Process Automation(RPA) allows organizations to automate task just like a human being was doing them across application and systems. The purpose of RPA is to transfer the process execution from humans to bots. 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.
Why Robotics Process Automation is advantageous
- A human can work average 8 hours a day whereas robots can work 24hours without any tiredness.
- The average productivity of human is 60% with few errors as compared to Robot’s productivity which is 100% without any errors.
- Robots handle multiple tasks very well compared to a human being
RPA Implementation Methodology
In this phase, you need to Identify processes which you want to automate. Following checklist will help you identify the correct process
- Is the process manual & repetitive?
- Is the process Rule-based?
- Is the input data is in electronic format and is readable?
- Can existing System be used as it is with no change?
In this phase, you start developing the automation workflows as per agreed plan. Being wizard driven, the implementation is quick
In this phase, you run Testing cycles for in-scope automation to identify and correct defects
Support & Maintenance
Provide continuous support after going live and helps in immediate defect resolution. Follow general maintenance guidelines with roles and responsibilities with business and IT support teams.
Best Practices of RPA Implementation
- One should consider business impact before opting for RPA process
- Define and focus on the desired ROI
- Focus on targeting larger groups and automating large, impactful processes
- Combine attended and unattended RPA
- Poor design, change management can wreak havoc
- Don’t forget the impact on people
- Governance of the project is foremost thing in RPA process. Policy, Corporate, Government compliance should be ensured.
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.