If this email looks familiar, you have our sincere condolences. Contrary to popular belief, we know developers do not spend all day playing video games, watching Anime movies or online dating. And it’s not that they don’t consider your project to be important; or that they don’t want to help; or that they are lazy. The reason you received this email is most likely because there actually are 683 requests before yours.
It’s also significant to note that your request was for an automation project. In general, automation initiatives entail much heavier lifting (i.e., complicated coding, integration across multiple systems, etc.) than your standard service request or bug fix. Probably no one loves a challenge more than your developers, but they often have limited resources, time and budget to do get the job done.
RPA to the rescue
Herein lies the true beauty of robotic process automation (RPA). RPA offers IT the means to quickly and non-invasively automate processes that normally require high development involvement and are prohibitively complex or costly. RPA benefits include ease of use, ease of operation, and speed of implementation that allows companies to complete automation projects in-house, using available resources, faster, and on budget – while keeping their internal customers happy.
Let’s take a look at how RPA can simplify your next automation project and get it up and running in no time:
1. Graphical user interface (GUI) eliminates the need for creating complicated scripts
Unlike traditional automation, which required a developer to hard code a script or workflow into a system, RPA makes it fast and simple to create automation scenarios for business processes using a graphical user interface that is flexible and easy to deploy. Some RPA tools use a graphical user interface (GUI) that provides an intuitive and user-friendly authoring environment – allowing for quick and easy creation of automation scenarios without writing complicated scripts.
Smart Automation Creation using Leo RPA
Leo RPA uses Smart Automation Creation to record the organization’s best practices and business processes on any and across different software systems. The recorded workflows can then be quickly and easily edited by content authors, as opposed to senior developers, and does not require special connectors, code level integration, or IT involvement.
Leo Studio provides a rich set of features and capabilities that allow you add sophisticated business rules and logic to the process recording quickly and easily – just drag-and-drop commands. Advanced commands can be used to run macros, include decision points (branches) to scenarios and even enable you to include your own code when desired. All this and more without the need to wrote code!
2. Visual recognition technologies means NO integration and ZERO set-up time
RPA simulates a real end-user by interacting with applications at the presentation layer, using the screens, validation, and business rules as they are presented via a virtual desktop. By incorporating image recognition and optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms, software robots are able to “see” the screen and interact with an application just as a person would. With no integration and zero set-up time, your RPA project can be up and running in days versus weeks or months.
3. RPA works with ANY business application (desktop, web, legacy, remote)
Yet another reason developers dread automation projects: The process calls for the integration of a (very outdated) legacy system with newer applications; or automating a remote technology like Citrix. In both these cases, the development process is highly invasive, complicated and time consuming.
- Legacy systems: One of the biggest benefits of RPA is that it offers a simple way to integrate all your business-critical operations, without modifying the legacy system. Software robots act as liaisons between the old and new platforms and applications, as well as over the Cloud – allowing you to leverage existing legacy systems and applications to quickly integrate with new systems and Cloud-based services.
- Citrix: Traditional automation tools generally do not work with applications running in remote desktop applications: the applications are streamlined to the client computer as an image, thus no access to the UI tree of elements. Using OCR, RPA tools such as Leo can easily automate these types of remote applications.