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Robotic process automation (RPA) is receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. It’s a way to introduce automation and achieve business value at low cost and with near-zero risk.
For anyone who’s familiar with the technology, deploying RPA software is not equivalent to building fully automated processes and platforms from the ground up. With standalone RPA, a software robot literally does what a human would to perform tasks such as data retrieval and entry, file uploads and downloads, or invoice processing. This is great when you need to speed up simple tasks that can be precisely documented and have a defined sequence of steps. Just doing this can greatly improve the quality of front- and back-office operations.
The need for a middle ground
But what if you need to do more? For example, what if you need to automate tasks in processes, which, because of complexity and dependencies, must be coordinated or are state-dependent, with multiple variables and outcomes?
For situations like these, there’s a middle ground between entry-level, standalone RPA and full automation. It’s what we’re informally calling “RPA plus.” Think of it as standalone RPA combined with additional automation technologies, so you can use RPA in more use cases and potentially gain even greater efficiencies and cost savings across a wider variety of automation tasks.
What’s new in RPA from IBM?
The new IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere V11 addresses this need for a middle ground solution by bundling IBM Digital Business Automation capabilities, such as workflow management, real-time decision making and data capture, with RPA task automations. This can enable you to get even more value and more return on investment (ROI) from RPA, expanding it to more use cases.
The new version also has the following capabilities:
- Business users, bot developers and automation administrators are provided with highly intuitive user interfaces that suit their roles.
- Enhanced capabilities for administrators enable them to set new and enforce existing enterprise-wide security policies, all from a central vantage point.
- It’s easier than ever to deploy and scale large digital workforces across multiple geographies and business units.
- It offers governance through its central control room, real-time business and operational reports and the comprehensive audit support for all user events.
The new release is about extending the value of robotic process automation and giving users more choice. If you need to do more than just repetitive task automation, now or in the near future, learn more about IBM RPA with Automation Anywhere v11.