Robotic Process Automation, or RPA as It’s better known, has been growing in popularity over the last few years.  RPA solutions have been deployed now in all facets of business across the globe, from supply chain analytics to human resources.  Success has been shown in all these areas, with great synergy occurring when we augment our workforce by allowing automation to help erase our least favorite tasks. 

RPA is exciting, and with the limitless processes we run through daily, it may be hard to find the perfect first use case.  Showing success early is important as it allows us to truly demonstrate the art of the possible with RPA, exciting even the most steadfast naysayers 

Let’s detail out two general uses cases.  Cases that can be used in any facet of business. These are great processes to develop your first RPA solution and truly explore what you can do with this emerging tech.   

Data Entry 

Data entry is in every job. Some jobs require a ton of data entry and some require very little, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be there.  It’s also one of the least stimulating tasks that exists as you are essentially just moving data from one system to another without much complication. It’s slow, tedious, and potentially costly.  Most people just want to get it done as fast as possible so they can move onto something more interesting and enjoyable.  It used to be thought as unescapable – it was just something that you would need to do to ensure your data was stored in the correctly system. However, with the advances made in automation, you can free yourself from a good majority of the data entry you do. 

RPA software are designed to handle integration between all systems. In house applications, enterprise ERP systems, websites, and even that stack of contracts sitting in the office basement, the ability to interact and exchange information between these sources is possible with RPA.  Furthermore, RPA software was designed with this process in mind as it is so ever present.  Thus, it can handle these exchanges quick, accurately, and stress free.  And while the RPA bot runs through the data entry process you can focus on something more stimulating. 

Report Generation 

With the data in the correct location we now can report out our metrics to a larger audience. It would be easy if everyone wanted the same information at the same time, however, that is never the case.  We need to be realistic – Not everyone needs to know everything, and if we send everyone a forest of data to sort through, they may never find that one tree that they were looking for. We thus adapt, creating different views for each of our requests, often time having to duct tape together something on the fly, and with all the different data sources we manage, it takes time.  We end up spending a good majority of our days creating reports to satisfies everyone’s data needs and, with the time sink that it is, we never get around to driving change and growth through data driven action.  

RPA is here to help.  The software can act as your reporting center- everything from data ingestion, data transformation, and even the emailing itself can be done with the help of our RPA toolbox.  We thus can create a automation flow that can handle our end to end reporting needs, allowing all members of organization to be up to date on the latest business insights. Better yet, while RPA bots handle the reporting, we can tackle our action logs and finally drive them down to zero.  

Want to learn more? This video aims to give you a crash course on Robotic Process Automation, going over everything from what it is, where it’s used, to how it’s deployed.  At the end of the webinar, you will no longer think of Robotic Process Automation as just a buzz word and instead understand what exactly it is all about.