All businesses can benefit from Robotic Process Automation (RPA), but it can be too expensive for most. However, there are more budget friendly solutions.
Why Your Business Needs Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Imagine an employee that works 4 times faster and works 24/7 without the need for a break. That employee would be doing the work of 12 people, making them a highly valued employee. That is what RPA offers your business.
At its heart, RPA is a piece of software that operates other software such as Excel, Sage, browsers, FTP software or anything else you will find on your PC. The RPA software can;
- Open software
- Locate things visually on the screen
- Click on buttons
- Type/copy/paste text
- Browse for websites
- Scrape data from websites
- Work with APIs
- And much more.
As a result, it can be programmed to act as a human being sat at the keyboard. You can even watch it work and if it wasn’t for its speed, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were watching a human or a robot at work.
What is Budget Robotic Process Automation?
When you research RPA, you will soon discover it is a very expensive business. Typical solutions (Automation Anywhere, UiPath etc) cost tens of thousands a year per seat, and that is before you hire a specialist programmer to set up your processes.
Up until now, RPA has been the domain of large corporations who can afford the required cash and time investments.
Budget RPA takes a different route to achieve the same end goals. It uses existing well-established solutions, including VBA and Python, to automate your processes. This offers some major advantages;
Python is Open Source and you will already have VBA in the office, saving you from having to spend tens of thousands on specialised software.
Unlike Automation Anywhere and UiPath, there is unlimited support out there for both VBA and Python, and it’s mostly free.
Expertise on Tap
VBA and Python programmers are far easier to find and hire than programmers of the specialist applications like Automation Anywhere and UiPath.
Development times in VBA and Python is much, much quicker than it is with most RPA software. It also lends itself towards faster agile development techniques.
The capabilities of VBA and Python is constantly being added to by third parties, with add-ons for everything from spreadsheets to AI and Machine Learning.
The Benefits of Budget Robotic Process Automation
Employing RPA is like hiring extra staff but without the cost. All you need is a PC for the RPA software to run on. Other benefits include;
Solutions from Automation Anywhere or UiPath can cost tens of thousands per annum. Using Python and VBA can reduce the cost to a small fraction of that.
A process can typically be done 4 times faster using RPA than by a human. But the true power of RPA is that it will do it 24/7 throughout without pausing.
RPA will run 4 times quicker than a human and put in 3 times more hours. Potentially carrying out 12 times more work than a human at a keyboard.
Redeploy Existing Staff
Most people see RPA as a threat to jobs, but its true strength is that it frees up your skilled workers to work on more productive tasks.
RPA eliminates the need for humans to be involved in your processes, which in turn eliminates the risk of human errors damaging your data.
Every step an RPA process takes can be logged and recorded, giving you a complete record of the actions taken and the results they produced.