Robotic process automation (RPA) automates traditional manual desktop tasks that are predictable, repetitive, well structured and considered routine. The tasks can be performed on either a scheduled basis, triggered by an event or manually initiated.
For the average office employee tedious tasks, like filling in forms, making repetitive calculations, cross checking information with other systems or web sites, are also notoriously error prone and time consuming.
RPA allows these processes to be undertaken by a robotic workforce that is fast, perfectly accurate, tireless, and easily scalable. With UiPath RPA software, tasks that require no human intervention (“unattended”) and partially automate those that do (“attended”), can be performed by robotic processes empowering employees to perform other activity.
The introduction of software Robotic processing starts by automating the tasks undertaken by an individual person, but this can develop into teams of Robots working continuously day and night, 7 days a week, to complete enormous quantities of work. Typically RPA software robots work at 10 times the speed of a person - you couldn't type that fast!
As the number of Robots grows, they need to be managed and coordinated. This is achieved through UiPath's Orchestrator so that priorities, dependencies and errors can be controlled.
Ether Solutions work with clients to identify tasks that are suitable for Robotic Process Automation in order to determine a balanced use of Robot and human activity.
Developing a Robotic Process Automation business case is an important step in the potential introduction of RPA into an organisation. The business case needs to cover many aspects including:
- Do nothing scenario
- Current business process effort, volumes and time scales
- Costs of RPA implementation
- Benefits from RPA
- Risks from the introduction of RPA
- Quality control from the use of RPA
These business case topics are covered on other pages. A good starting point is the RPA ROI Calculator as this demonstrates the financial aspects to consider.