Robots have already conquered the factories. The term Robotic Process Automation was inspired by these classic robots. However, Robotic Process Automation robots are digital: a software that can carry out processes completely and by itself.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the fully automatic handling of business processes by software - the digital robots.
Mode of Operation
As a software, RPA works rule-based. That is why it is important that processes to be handled by RPA are structured, offer clear choices and have little ambiguity.
For these processes a workflow is designed in the Software Designer. In the case of ALMATO's RPA software, this is done with graphic elements. That way, it doesn't have to be done by IT but can be done by the business side as well.
Once the workflow is defined, it doesn't have to stay that way. It can be changed at any time in the designer. That way, flexibility is guaranteed and you can quickly adapt to changing requirements.
Usually, a variety of applications are necessary to complete a process. Every company has different applications, covering a wide range of standard software and self-developed programs. RPA can deal with all of them, since it uses these applications like a human employee would: over the frontend. A backend integration of RPA and all the challenges and problems associated with such an integration are therefore not necessary.
RPA then continues to use these applications to fulfill the process. The robots can enter, save, copy and transfer data to name a few abilities.
The advantages are clear: the robots can work day and night, are faster than humans, make no mistakes and everything they do is documented.
Areas of Application
The areas of application are as varied as business processes themselves. Everywhere where there are structured process, RPA can be used.