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Automation Democratization: How RPA is Making Automation Accessible to All

Posted by Francine Haliva on Dec 15, 2016 7:55:35 AM

Automation democratization. What a mouthful, but the concept is simple: making automation accessible to everyone.  Given the pervasiveness of technology, coupled with the pressure to achieve faster, cheaper, more efficient business outcomes; it’s no surprise that many organizations are realizing the need to become increasingly digitized and automated or perish. In this landscape, robotic process automation (RPA) is standing out for its ability to deliver unprecedented levels of automation for organizations, across nearly every industry.

Per IDC analysts, within the next two years over 70% of the Global 500 will have dedicated digital transformation investments. However, while organizations are looking for ways to digitize and transform business functions, they are often obstructed by antiquated processes and legacy systems, limited resources, or unaffordable solutions. Factor in the need to execute huge volumes of labor-intensive, complex, time consuming business processes daily and it's clear why companies are suffering from mounting operational costs, poor process execution, and a general decline in productivity.

Here is how RPA is empowering companies with the right tools to overcome these challenges and transform into higher performing, more efficient businesses:

1. RPA automates applications in a non-evasive way 

Reengineering outdated systems calls for time-consuming, complex system integration projects that can cost hundreds of millions of dollars.  One of the biggest benefits of RPA is that it offers a simple way to integrate business-critical operations, without modifying the legacy system.  Software robots act as liaisons between the old and new platforms and applications, as well as over the Cloud – allowing organizations to leverage existing legacy systems and applications to quickly integrate with new systems and Cloud-based services.

Even better, some RPA vendors, such as Kryon Systems, have developed solutions that can work across ANY business application (desktop, web, legacy, Citrix) with NO integration with existing applications. Based on proprietary visual recognition technologies, Kryon’s software robots "see" the screen and interact with an application just as a person would.  With zero integration, RPA projects can be up and running in days versus weeks or months - leading to enormous cost savings and quick return on investment.

Also read: 4 Clues Your Company is Ready for Robotic Process Automation Right Now!

2. RPA can be deployed quickly with minimal resources

In today's cut-throat business environment, a company's survival often depends on its agility and responsiveness to unpredictable market forces such as mergers and acquisitions, regulatory requirements, globalization, in addition to the demands of customers and competition. Unfortunately, organizations may not always have the time or resources to deliver change on short notice. Unlike traditional automation, which requires heavy lifting from development teams,  many RPA vendors boast authoring environments that deliver fast and simple creation of automation scenarios using drag-and-drop tasks, preconfigured connectors and application specific scripts, that require minimal IT involvement. 

Case in point, Kryon's Leo RPA platform was specifically designed with business users in mind.  Leo's authoring environment is easy to learn and does not require programming experience.  This allows organizations to quickly identify business processes for automation and just as quickly the opportunity to offload these processes to software robots - keeping them ahead of the competition and accelerating revenues.

Also read: Your Next Automation Project Can Be As Easy As 1-2-3

3. RPA benefits can be extended to the entire organization

Conventionally, automation is associated with IT or back office operations and this was the case for early RPA solutions as well. However, as the RPA market matures, more intelligent and powerful RPA solutions are offering a wider range of functionality to cover more automation processes, and provide significant value to the entire organization and not just one department or entity. RPA implementations are flexible enough to solve many business use cases and organizations should consider solutions that can serve multiple purposes. 

For example, Kryon’s intelligent RPA platform can be deployed to work ‘unattended’ on a virtual machine (traditional RPA) or it can be deployed on an employee’s desktop to provide ‘attended’ automation for tasks that cannot be fully automated.  With 'attended' automation human workers can trigger automation processes right from their desktop, at the time of need. Capable of supporting both front office and back office processes, these solutions provide a greater ROI on RPA investments and deliver corporate-wide business process improvement. 

Also read: More than meets the eye…A closer look at why shared services organizations are embracing RPA

To conclude, automation democratization means that organizations can and should embrace RPA to grow, profit, compete and be more efficient more than ever before.  Just don't try to say it ten times fast.

 

Kryon Systems is committed to providing intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions to make digital transformations faster and easier.  Our flagship platform, Leo, enables companies to automate high volume, repetitive, and time consuming business processes to impact business outcomes with significant ROI results on automation investments and low TCO.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA


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