What’s the deal with RPA?
So, what’s the deal with RPA? I bet many of You have heard of mysterious three letters connected together in that shape. We can acknowledge about RPA in countless kind of media: business press, on insurance theme blog or during the podcast about logistic and transport. Despite the fact that this technology is applicable in such different areas, what’s behind the scene is surprisingly common and approachable. Let’s go for a quick guidance what exactly is RPA.
First of all – definition. RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation. Hey! I know what each of these words means! Taking a closer look, there are visible three different areas by which RPA can be described. Starting from the middle word – Process, there are multiple definitions what the process is, but generally speaking, it is a sequence of actions or activities, leading to the specific goal being achieved. Actually, everything that we do and everything that is being done every day can be defined as a process – each effect has its beginning (reason), execution (action) and accomplishment (product).
Being consecutive with the messed order, resume with the last word from our definition – Automation. I like referring to automation as to something that “make it easier”. In terms of RPA making processes, easier comes down to independent action performance. Automation can adopt various form and I’m quite sure that all of the readers deal with automation on daily basis in many aspects of life.
Going further, probably many of You did automation at least once at some point in Your life. Have You ever made something easier? Have You written VBA script? Have You applied auto-rule to Your mailbox to organize incoming correspondence? Have you used Windows Task Scheduler to automatically run the application at the time it meant to run? Congratulations, You’ve done automation! Obviously, sticking to the strict meaning this might be sort of overuse but in a broad sense, that’s exactly what automation is. The whole reason for automation is to achieve a boost of efficiency, mitigate or even eliminate errors and last but not least – generate savings. Actually, saving is inseparable with automation as every Process performed with less effort but with results at (at least) the same level of quality, leaves leftovers in shape of unconsumed resources that can be allocated to support other processes, help in their extensions or to create completely new scope.
Having two pieces already fitted, let’s move on to Robotic. Broadly speaking RPA is about making something (process) easier (automation). The question is what will “make it easier?”. Well, the answer is pretty simple – Robots. The main assumption of the RPA is that automation is being done by software robots that recreate human interaction with the environment (to be more precise – with applications). Actually, the oddness of the industrial sector in which RPA is applicated doesn’t matter as long as processes chosen for RPA are well organized and repetitive. Certainly, such a flexibility in the application of technology is what makes it rapidly growing as new business areas are being consecutively conquered month by month. Many worldwide organizations inherited RPA as not only a tool to generate money savings, but because that’s the way to enter the next level of innovation, to take a look from the different perspective on both general and highly detailed level.
With no doubts drive to implement automation is a sign of these days and these magic letters: RPA will be more and more popular in different sectors of industry. It’s good to be on the same page with the rushing world, so next time when You’ll see RPA mentioned in the article or during podcast – give it a closer look at the devil’s not so black as he is painted.