Earlier this month, Nintex announced that we acquired EnableSoft, maker of Foxtrot RPA. Naturally, there has been a lot of buzz around Robotic Process Automation (RPA) but what does it all mean, and how does this help with what Nintex already does?
In this blog, I discuss some high-level topics around RPA, and dive into what this means to you and how you can leverage it to automate some of your processes. So, let’s jump right in!
Why use RPA?
RPA, or Robotic Process Automation, is the use of software to script high-volume, repeatable tasks.
With Nintex Foxtrot, this is all done locally on your desktop! Just like Nintex Workflow, you can leverage RPA to automate processes that are repetitious. But, unlike workflow, you can leverage an RPA bot to mimic a user. This becomes powerful when your process requires you to look up data from separate systems, piece them together, and generate a report or perhaps update another system.
You can teach an RPA bot to do all the same searching, keystrokes, and mouse-clicks that a normal user would do and then simply “press play.” Your newly onboarded virtual employee now does whatever task you set before them and will do it on-demand, on a schedule, or even on a trigger.
Where does all of this happen?
Right on your machine. That’s right – on your desktop.
You can also install Nintex Foxtrot on a centralized server or virtual machine, but at the end of the day, it does not require any special deployment other than admin rights to the machine so you can install it. This means that the bot has all the same rights as you do.
There is no need to worry about the bot getting into things that they shouldn’t, because it can’t (unless you give it access)!
How does this help me with what I am already automating with Nintex?
Simply put, it can help a lot! Think of all the systems that your current Nintex workflows cannot get to. Perhaps because of the state of technology today, there is no API layer to access the data from a web call. What about the legacy systems that do not have integrations or systems that are rigid and difficult to connect to?
Now think how much easier it would be if you could just mimic the normal interaction between a user and the application! The ability to script that interaction and automate tasks – this is where Nintex Foxtrot really shines!
When can I start using Nintex Foxtrot?