What is an RPA platform?
RPA platforms provide a low/no code interface for the development of automations. This means that users can select from a library of commonly used components and connect them together on a digital canvas to create a workflow. RPA platforms also include tools for orchestrating and scheduling automations, analytics, and version control.
The visual interface allows users to focus more on the workflows by dragging and dropping stable, reusable components onto the canvas and connecting them together. There is less need for writing scripted commands, and less time spent on testing and debugging those scripts. The platform also provides a streamlined interface for starting, stopping and managing automations in production. And, because the platform has access to various automation data and metrics, the analytics dashboards can provide deep insight into the performance of a single automation or the automation landscape.
All of this makes an RPA platform an attractive option for businesses that want to get started with automation quickly and easily.
RPA Platform Benefits
The obvious benefit of an RPA platform is that it empowers users to quickly develop automations that interact with existing applications. In addition, most RPA platforms allow connectivity to external resources to provide additional functionality and greater benefit. Automations built within the platform can have logic that interacts with traditional, code-based automations. For example, using a low code automation to execute an existing Python-based script. The platform can also use web services to export data to other data analytics tools such as SAP or Splunk.
RPA Use Cases
There are many benefits to using an RPA platform, which include:
- Increased efficiency by automating repetitive tasks
- Improved accuracy by eliminating human error
- Increased productivity as users can focus on other tasks
- Reduced costs as automations can be built quickly and cheaply
- Greater flexibility and scalability