RPA Workflows & Reusable Bots: Faster RPA Implementation in 2020

Reusable RPA plugins can be added to your RPA bot to take care of specific tasks like checking and sending emails, manipulating spreadsheets, translating text etc. Therefore, they reduce development efforts, error rates and implementation time.

Reusable RPA plugins have numerous names. This is because RPA marketplaces that sell these tools have only been recently launched and industry has not yet converged on a common terminology. Different names for reusable RPA plugins include app, bot, solution, component, dashboard, workflow, skill, connector, asset, snippet, component, activity or plugin. Read more

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RPA marketplaces: In-depth Guide [2020 update]

RPA, as we explain in detail, is possibly the most flexible automation platform and as a result, rolling out RPA solutions require significant programming and customizations. Since RPA companies can not possibly build a custom solution for every process or task that will be automated, they rely on vendors to provide customized reusable solutions. Benefits of reusability include:

  • Reduction in implementation time
  • Reduction in RPA programming effort
  • Process improvement: These plugins/bots are built for common, well optimized processes. Modifying your process to match these templates can simplify and increase the efficiency of your processes.
  • Reduced maintenance cost: Though most bots do not offer this option, the future of bot stores will likely include maintained bots. Regulatory changes like GDPR impact all companies in similar ways and necessary changes could be rolled out to many companies automatically via bot updates. This would reduce maintenance costs and process disruptions. A single bot codebase would be prepared by an RPA implementation company in case of a regulatory change. This code base would be used by numerous other companies which report bugs, reducing programming errors for all.

These reusable solutions are provided in marketplaces built by leading RPA companies:

Short history of RPA marketplaces

Automation Anywhere rolled out the first bot store which included ~200 bots as of July/2018 covering business processes in major business functions such as finance & accounting, HR, IT, inventory management, manufacturing, sales, distribution, supply chain management, support, business applications by major tech vendors such as Adobe, Atlasssian, CyberArk, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, Twitter, Zendesk, Zoho, categories such as artificial intelligence, collaboration, insights, productivity, security and utility. Read more

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Future of RPA: In-depth Guide to RPA Innovation in 2020

RPA tools are the most successful generalist automation tools for the modern enterprise but implementing RPA is not without pitfalls as we outlined before. We see 3 trends shaping the future of RPA:

  • Making RPA easier to deploy: Leading solution providers are working to simplify/facilitate the most labor expensive portions of RPA deployment which are design, development and maintenance.
  • Repetitive, simple tasks are a small part of current white collar work. RPA companies need to build or integrate AI capabilities to make their products more capable
  • Increasing commoditization of RPA is likely to trigger an increase in open source solutions

Feel free to read about any of these trends:

Facilitating RPA implementation

Facilitating development with 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. Read more

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