Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is technology that performs predefined, repetitive business tasks in an automated way. These automation programs, sometimes called RPA robots, offer businesses a digital workforce that improves the human work experience.
Using specialized tools and platforms, like the EPSoft Intelligent Automation Platform, RPA can be easily designed, created and integrated, quickly producing potential returns. The EPSoft IAP also offers intelligent process automation (IPA), which is RPA technology combined with artificial intelligence,
Thanks to substantial cost reductions and fast and easy implementation, RPA tools help businesses create a workforce that is happier and higher-performing.
How does RPA work?
RPA uses specialized computer programs to perform specific tasks. Sometimes referred to as robots or bots, RPA is a computer program that does what it is built to do, over and over again with perfect execution. These RPA programs do not “think” outside of their specific tasks.
RPA programs use the user interface, or UI, of a computer program to capture data and do something with it—the same way people do—taking information from one place and inputting it into another, for example. Other examples of relevant RPA processes include logging into a system, checking a box on a data entry screen, moving digital files and more. These repetitive but time intensive tasks can be assigned to an RPA program, which performs them with impeccable speed and precision.
This workload redistribution saves thousands of hours of labor on basic tasks, and allows businesses to then redirect these resources to upskilled work, which may require more traditionally “human” skills, like relationship building and critical thinking.
Benefits of RPA with the
EPSoft Intelligent Automation Platform
- Little to no coding
- Ease of use
- Simple to deploy
- Single pane view solution
- Medium software and service costs
- Scales easily
- Can be an integral part of a digital transformation strategy
- Evolves and adapts along with the business
- Delivers insights and efficiencies, even during uncertain times
- Constantly improves business outcomes
- Boosts employee satisfaction
Common Terms About RPA
Attended RPA Bots:
These are RPA programs for processes that rely on humans
Attended bots are aptly named. They are for processes that are attended by a person, which means the process usually involves some form of decision-based work. This might mean front-office tasks, like automatic retrieval of a file from one system while a customer service rep fields calls and works in another system.
These RPA programs work independent of humans
Unattended RPA bots are typically deployed for task-heavy operations. These more often include back-office activities and involve high volumes of batched data entry and retrieval to and from various applications.
While RPA improves processes by automating specific tasks with specific instructions, sometimes things have to be scaled and go beyond the task level. This is when intelligent automation comes into play. Combining RPA with AI algorithms like optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing (NLP) and natural language generation (NLG), businesses gain what’s called cognitive automation. This allows the technology to actually start to “think,” and in doing so, it learns to mimic human behavior. This maximizes the benefits of automation, delivering deep analytics and insights—all of which further supports the human workforce.
Frequently Asked Questions About RPA
RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation.
EPSoft IAP Tools and Features
Business Process Management
Identify, model, analyze, modify, improve, and standardize your organization’s business processes with automation using a variety of different tools and methods.
AI technology delivers business automation with a hyperfocus on efficiency and outcomes, elevating what you can do with technology.
Synchronize workflows so that information flows and people and programs work in concert, dramatically improving efficiencies across the board.
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