Robotic Process Automation vs. Traditional Automation

2019-12-17 Browse: 849

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Traditional automation and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) are kin to each other, but also have important differences that separate them. 


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Automation in the traditional sense happens whensoftware (a machine) performs any type of task in any business process in depth.


Meanwhile, robotic process automation (RPA) keeps to the front-end or user interface of your system and does the tasks without back-end involvement.


What distinguishes RPA from traditional automation:


  • • It works at the user interface level and perform actions, mimicking humans in a digital environment.

  • • It works across different applications.

  • • It supports businesses in making decisions and acting upon them quickly.

  • • It grows with your business and easily integrates with your internal systems.

  • • It can be rapidly implemented (unlike traditional automation systems). 


Traditional automation is heavily programming-based and integration between systems requires APIs, among other integration methods.


RPA, on the other hand, follows specific rules to replicate the actions of a user on the user interface level.


In traditional automation you would need a software developer who has a good understanding of your business needs and all the systems in place. 


However, we don`t need to worry about the complexity of the actual system with RPA, as the software, or a 'robot', replicates the user's actions, which fir the instructions given to the robot.


If you're tring to decide between traditional automation or RPA, know this: robotic process automation is mostly implemented first, before a full-fledged automation system.


RPA offers a more customized experience when automating a business process. It works perfectly, if the process is complicated and has to have access to a large number of internal and external application.


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