What is robotic process automation (RPA)?

Highly repetitive employee tasks often take valuable time away from more important and creative problem-solving and customer-centric work. Robotic process automation (RPA) is the industry term for software tools that help automate routine tasks to give important time back to employees.

IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere — part of the IBM Automation Platform for Digital Business — augments its traditional RPA capabilities with extra automation. Use it to address your immediate task-automation needs and then layer on its additional capabilities to make your RPA bots smarter and even more agile.

Your bots will be able to orchestrate workflows, integrate with your business rules and decisions, manage your content, and capture data — all to more efficiently and effectively help you achieve existing business objectives and reimagine newer and even more scalable and innovative ones.

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Boost productivity

Move repetitive tasks to always-on bots you can manage with rules for increased accuracy and output, enabling employees to spend more time on innovation.

Lower operational costs

Experience the cost efficiencies that occur when you automate routine, manual tasks and shift valuable employee knowledge toward higher-revenue efforts.

Increase accuracy of work

Increase precision with automation that simulates human action yet virtually eliminates human errors from manual data entry or moving between screens.

Scale on demand

Quickly reduce or add bots as needs fluctuate and give your business an advantage by creating customer experiences that can scale through automation.

Shorten development cycles

Optimize processes around software development lifecycles, including reducing turnaround and minimizing possible human error by delivering new automation.

Reduce reliance on IT

Enable business users to create their own RPA bots and deploy new automation in hours or days — no IT skills required — so IT can focus elsewhere.

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Which option is right for you?


Designed for smaller RPA deployments and paired with IBM Business Automation Workflow Express to orchestrate multiple bots and handle exceptions, you get full RPA capabilities at a lower-cost entry point.


Built for larger RPA deployments and paired with IBM Digital Business Automation Express, you get integrated process automation with workflow management, real-time decision-making and data capture capabilities.


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