The History of RPA Automation

The history of RPA dates back to early 2000 as a growing technology. However, it depended on artificial intelligence, screen scraping, and workflow automation.

Screen Scraping software was the first technology that created a bridge between newer systems and incompatible legacy systems.  Recently, it has been used to extract data from the web on the presentation layer. Despite the advantages of using screen scraping in comparison to manual labor, this technology is limited by its compatibility with existing systems. Therefore, businesses have sought more adaptable and versatile technologies.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has resulted from the use of multiple technologies to solve business problems. It started by using legacy technologies like screen scraping combined with the automation workflow software.

It is important to note that RPA has literally changed the game in the software industry when compared to cost, time, results and rapid return on investment.

Where Is RPA Be Used?

Robotic Process Automation is used across most business sectors including manufacturing, distribution, retail, finance, telecommunications and in areas ranging from IT departments to human resources and accounting. The bots perform tasks ranging from transferring information to disparate databases to compiling reports.

RPA is non-intrusive in nature and leverages a company’s existing infrastructure without causing disruption to underlying systems, which is usually difficult and costly to replace. With RPA, cost efficiency and compliance are no longer an operating cost but a byproduct of the automation.

How is RPA different from other enterprise automation tools? In contrast to other, traditional IT solutions, RPA allows organizations to automate at a fraction of the cost and time previously encountered.

The Proper Implementation of Robotic Process Automation

The proper implementation of a software system is the key to success. Adaptive Growth’s experience implementing software spans 30+ years and over 600 successful implementations. And that success depended on having described and defined user requirements and their expectations within a work flow properly. How many times have you heard during a software implementation, especially an ERP system, a comment like, “that’s not the way we do our work”?

The Top 5 Pain Points Robotic Process Automation Solves for any Business:

  1. Improve Productivity: Consider an RPA bot that permits a worker to create a monthly report in 20 minutes, which manually can take up to four hours. The robots can calculate, click and navigate through the screen in a few seconds. This time saving is not adequate to replace the worker with a robot; however, it does make that worker more productive and that, in turn, will support future cost avoidance. With robotic process automation, the business will enjoy a boost in its productivity.
  2. Increase Efficiency: RPA software never needs a break – it can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Similarly, it does not take a vacation or call in sick. Generally, a single RPA robot can be equal to two to five full-time employees, and even more. Robots can complete the same volume of work in less time or more volume of work at the same time.
  3. Enhance Accuracy:  Since employees are human, there is a chance for mistakes. A main feature of robotic process automation is its power to eliminate processing errors. As long as the business processes are properly optimized and accurately mapped, businesses need not be concerned that the robots will make errors that their employees might make.
  4. Improve Analytics: RPA technologies allow organizations to gather data about task execution that can be employed for analytical purposes. Work volume patterns, cycle times, errors and exceptions are just a few of them. When data is efficiently gathered, compared and differentiated to data gathered in other fields, it allows for better decision making on the micro as well as macro levels. In addition, your company can determine gaps where the business processes could be further streamlined to enhance efficiency.
  5. RPA Software is Non-intrusive:  Your company’s installed applications remain completely unchanged with the installation of RPA bots. There are no concerns with lengthy software implementations or cost overruns to get what you initially thought you purchased.

Consider this example for RPA efficiency:

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