RPA development in most cases still takes months and requires costly maintenance. To improve this situation, RPA tech providers are building an RPA ecosystem: They develop the RPA software, build the marketplaces to attract developers who extend capabilities of RPA and sign partnerships with consultants and system integrators who implement RPA solutions. This guide aims to explain each part of the ecosystem so you know the full range of tools at your disposal as your company implements RPA solutions.
No code RPA (also called low code RPA when a limited amount of coding is required) is an emerging technology but there are already strong companies with commercial space emerging in this space. We see 2 major types of vendors in the space:
- 1st generation RPA companies expanding their offering with low/no code solutions
- 2nd generation RPA companies offering only no code solutions
1st generation RPA companies
While one of the largest RPA companies like Automation Anywhere still does not have a UX programming option, Unicorns like UiPath and BluePrism have been touting the effectiveness of their UX platforms since the last couple years. Though their UX has been growing in capability, we hear from implementation partners that most solutions are too complex to be built solely using the UX. Consultants inevitably end up relying on code to program the complex parts of RPA software.
As we explained in future of RPA, currently most RPA solutions require a time consuming programming process which is mostly outsourced to consulting companies, system integrators or niche RPA implementation companies. A new crop of companies are tackling this problem and developing no code RPA solutions. Unless you know the latest solutions, you could get stuck with a long programming period and heavy reliance on 3rd parties.
What is no code / low code RPA?
No code RPA solutions aim to completely reduce the need to code for RPA. While most common RPA tools have been offering UX support for a long time, UX of common RPA tools tends to be rather restrictive and developers mostly rely on programming to automate processes.
RPA tools are the most successful generalist automation tools for the modern enterprise but implementing RPA is not without pitfalls as we outlined before. Leading solution providers are working to simplify/facilitate the 2 most expensive portions of RPA deployment: 1- Design & development and 2- maintenance.
1. Making RPA programming easier: No code RPA
Simplifying RPA programming will help democratize RPA and expand its use. Currently, most automation through RPA is achieved through programming which is one of the most major costs of RPA implementation. It’s also a limiting factor as RPA developers are required for RPA development. Unless you know the latest no code RPA solutions, you could get stuck with a long programming period and heavy reliance on 3rd parties.
A responsive, lean organization that delivers results is the goal of every executive. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) provides the flexible yet powerful automation tool to achieve that.
In this comprehensive guide, we explain in detail how RPA can be applied in your business and provide answers to any RPA related questions such as types of RPA, its application areas and its benefits
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