UiPath provides an enterprise RPA platform.According to the vendor, key business benefits include: • More than 2,750 enterprise customers and government agencies use UiPath's Enterprise RPA platform to rapidly deploy software robots that perfectly emulate and execute repetitive processes, boosti...
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Software
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Overview
What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Software?
RPA Software supports business process optimization through the automation of existing repetitive tasks in a workflow. RPA is used by business users to build and deploy software robots (bots) that mimic humans, interacting with multiple software applications to execute and speed tasks.
RPA implementation provides fully reproducible and error free execution of structured business processes by bots. It frees up your labor force from boring, repetitive tasks, maximizing productivity by enabling workers to focus on higher-value activities. There is currently a high adoption rate of RPA software in the financial, healthcare, and insurance industries but RPA implementation is exponentially increasing as it is proving useful across almost all industries. One example of RPA is the customer service chatbot that greets potential customers landing on your company webpage.
How does RPA differ from Business Process Management and Business Process Automation?
At first glance, RPA may seem very similar to Business Process Management (BPM) and Business Process Automation (BPA) but RPA uses a different strategy than that seen in BPM and BPA. In RPA, AI software robots observe how enterprise applications are used by employees in their present states. Robots, or AI, then provide automation to speed work as it happens. Rather than changing how the applications interact with each other as in BPM, the robots in RPA manage existing repetition in a workflow without altering it.
Therefore, BPM, RPA, and BPA are complementary processes. While BPM is meant to provide workflow management and optimization through workflow creation and improvement, BPA is any method used to simplify this workflow, and RPA provides successful automated routing through this existing workflow.
Attended vs Unattended Robots
RPA bots can be attended or unattended and both are important tasks in an RPA deployment.
Attended robots collaborate with individual employees on business activities where human intervention is required, speeding up repetitive front-office tasks. Attended bots usually run on user workstations and are triggered by system-level events that can give and take data to and from human workers. Attended bots increase productivity.
Unattended robots complete tasks or interact with applications without human involvement, maximizing cost and performance benefits for any variety of back-office activities. Unattended bots usually run on the organization’s servers and can be triggered by specific events or they can be scheduled. Unattended bots free employees from routine tasks.
Features & Capabilities
Most RPA products offer:
Desktop or centrally managed automation
No code automation
Drag and drop bot builders
Attended or unattended bots
Movement of data into and out of third party applications
Excel or web browser automation
Automated data extraction
Some RPA products also offer:
Pre-built bots or templates
Multiple concurrent bots
Pricing is not standardized across RPA products and will be custom quoted based on your organization's needs. Some vendors charge by license or user ($3,000 - $30,000 annually) while others charge by bot or process ($2,000 - $15,000). Depending on the number of bots or licenses you purchase, expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 for a full RPA solution. RPA vendors almost universally offer a free trial prior to purchase.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Products
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Automation Anywhere, headquartered in San Jose, California, offers their robotic process automation (RPA) software.
Blue Prism headquartered in London offers their robotic process automation (RPA) software platform.
WorkFusion (Crowd Computing Systems) headquartered in New York offers RPA Expression, a robotic process automation solution available free.
HelpSystems Automate Desktop is a robotic process automation platform for desktop applications. According to the vendor, it offers the ability to automate almost any business process, and no technical expertise is required—IT managers and accountants alike can understand the drag-and-drop interfa...
IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere is a robotic process automation solution combining business process management tools from IBM with Automation Anywhere's bots and automation capabilities.
The SAP® Intelligent Robotic Process Automation services facilitate the creation, scheduling, management, and monitoring of intelligent bots that can automate repetitive manual processes spanning multiple systems, services, and architectures. By deploying intelligent bots to automate these ineffi...
Softomotive headquartered in London offers WinAutomation, an RPA solution for Windows desktop automation.
Foxtrot powered by Enablesoft, now a Nintex company, is suite of robotic process automation (RPA) software solutions.
AntWorks headquartered in Singapore offers the ANTstein robotic automation platform (RPA), includings its machine learning platform built on fractal science to deploy AntWorks Bots, including QueenBot, processes which perform the automation.
Catalytic headquartered in Chicago offers a robotic process automation (RPA) platform configurable via business rules and low-code building, dependent upon machine learning driven predictive models.
TrueSight Orchestration (formerly Atrium Orchestrator) is datacenter automation software from BMC.
Pega RPA is a Robotic Process Automation product acquired by Pega in 2016. It has been designed to automate tasks and processes otherwise performed by humans. The goal of robotic automation is an improved efficiency, performance, and agility.
HelpSystems Automate Plus (formerly Automate BPA Server) is scalable enterprise automation software designed to go beyond basic robotic process automation to integrate frontend and backend automated workflows across an organization. The vendor says their robust business enterprise software featur...
Kofax RPA, formerly offered as Kapow, is a robotic process automation platform (RPA) deploying software robots to achieve operational efficiency.
NICE Robotic Process Automation is an RPA option providing virtual assistance (via NEVA, NICE's virtual assistant app) for call center employees.
Another Monday headquartered in Cologne offers AM Ensemble, a robitic process automation (RPA) application.
SAP now offers and supports Contextor, a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution developed by the French company of the same name and acquired by SAP in late 2018.
EdgeVerve, an Infosys company headquartered in Bangalore, offers AssistEdge, a robotic process automation (RPA) solution.
The Jidoka Server, from Jidoka in Spain, is a robotic process automation RPA platform; Jidoka includes an SDK for internal development teams to deploy automation robots.
The Kryon RPA Platform, from Kryan in Tel Aviv, is a robotic process automation solution.
OpenConnect Systems headquartered in Dallas offers the AutoiQ robotic process automation solution.
Redwood Software headquartered in the Netherlands offers Redwood Robotics, a robotic process automation solution.
Softomotive headquartered in London offers ProcessRobot, an enterprise level robotic process automation (RPA) platform.
London-based thoughtonomy offers the Virtual Workforce robotic process automation (RPA) platform.