What exactly is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the use of software with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities implemented to handle routine, repetitive tasks between multiple systems. This application of technology is aimed at automating business processes, improving productivity, efficiency and accuracy, so frankly, we don’t have to waste valuable time on the less important tasks at work.
With RPA, a company can configure a robot to manipulate data, trigger responses and communicate with other digital systems, freeing up employees to work on more important tasks day to day.
To carry out these tasks, as mentioned above, an RPA robot uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to observe end user actions in the graphical user interface (GUI) of an application. By doing so, the RPA robot ‘learns’ the user actions and is then capable of copying most human user actions. Some examples of these actions are handling transactions, copying and pasting data, moving folders, calculations and filling out forms.
So, an RPA scenario can range from something as simple as an automated response to an email, scanning forms to extract data, updating customer records, or on a larger scale, deploying thousands of bots to process customer orders.