The Many Functions of Robotic Process Automation
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The Many Functions of Robotic Process Automation

By CIOReview | Monday, September 13, 2021

Robotic process automation can be accomplished in various ways, but at its most basic level, it can be done with programmable or intelligent bots.

FREMONT, CA: Businesses are focusing on workflow automation to replace manual operations with digital alternatives. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a popular enterprise solution for automating simple, repetitive processes.

What is RPA?

RPA is the employment of technology to automate routine business processes that would otherwise be completed manually. One can build virtual bots to accomplish the same monotonous tasks as the human employees, such as filtering data, transferring data, and filling out forms. The idea of RPA is for bots to take over some of the mundane activities so that the human employees may focus on more important jobs.

How Does RPA Work?

RPA can be accomplished in various ways, but at its most basic level, it can be done with programmable or intelligent bots. Bots that have been programmed follow pre-defined rules and steps that a programmer has set up. Intelligent bots employ artificial intelligence to learn how to accomplish a task. The bots track a user's clicks and mouse movements and, if they have gathered enough data, may do jobs without the need for human intervention.

Regardless of whether one employs programmed or intelligent bots, RPA can be used to do business operations such as:

Extracting data and content from PDFs, emails, and other documents.

Migrating files, data, and folders.

Scraping and reading information from websites or other systems.

Filling out forms moving data between siloed applications.

Transferring data between systems by copying and pasting.

Anything beyond clerical procedures will necessitate the use of more advanced technology.

RPA's Advantages

Bots can be reproduced across multiple business units, and RPA excels at automating a single element of the very specialized activity. As many RPA technologies are developed with non-developers in mind, simple tasks can usually be implemented fast.

The human employees will have more time to focus on strategic objectives if one delegates repetitive business tasks to bots. Furthermore, RPA bots operate 24/7, and one will not have to worry about human faults or bothersome human demands like sleep.

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