For the last few decades, the concept of agile development has become a ubiquitous concept among developers from organizations large and small. The idea of shaping the process as you go, as opposed to building up to a grand finale, helps deliver incremental wins that are intended to ultimately drive better results.
With robotic process automation and intelligent process automation, this iterative approach is equally valuable. And like its cousin agile development, it too is a driving force for better business outcomes.
What is Agile Development?
Agile development has a long and somewhat storied history that dates back to the mid-twentieth century. While it has changed with the times, the core idea has remained roughly the same: The best way to build software solutions is by incrementally testing, shaping and reshaping in sequential phases. It is built on the premise and acceptance of the idea that things are constantly changing, and in order for any project or software development to succeed, it must have an inherent mechanism to respond to such change. The solution is incremental phasing that allows for constant evolution, with the goal of creating the best possible version of any given solution.
An Iterative Approach to RPA and IPA
With RPA and IPA, we apply a similar approach. It’s one that values constant change, and the ability to adapt.
With each implementation of process automation, you gain data and insights which can then be applied to more automation initiatives for even more process improvement. So it is not only the acquisition of insights, but the actual application of them. Like agile development, the idea of process automation is built around continual improvement, allowing you to evolve your business processes through incremental automations.
The Whole Lifecycle: A Critical Consideration
One of the key advantages to RPA and IPA with the EPSoft Intelligent Automation Platform is that it features a non-disruptive implementation. You can leverage your existing systems for their data and existing capabilities, and elevate what you do with it, thanks to tools for Process Intelligence, which can help map out cohesive, efficient workflows. And you don’t have to reengineer your operational structure to do any of it.
This discovery process provides key insights for what to automate and why. Once implemented, you easily track progress, gain new insights, and create more new efficiencies as new information comes to light.
It’s important not to think of RPA and IPA as simply installation of software. But rather, think of the technology as a platform that supports the entire lifecycle of your business process.
Rather than looking to deliver one big reveal behind the curtain, it delivers highly efficient incremental wins, all of which work together to support healthy growth and optimal workflow efficiency.
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