In almost all aspects of life and business, the way to build a strong, stable system is to start at the bottom and work up. Whether it’s a house or a business process, building yourself a solid foundation ensures that everything built on it will work properly. If you build on a unstable foundation, you’ll find that anything you add on top of it won’t quite work properly, causing all sorts of problems and friction.
When it comes to automation, this has been going on for a long time. From the first implementations of core ERP systems like SAP, Oracle and other systems in the 90’s, everything was done from the top down. This caused all sorts of problems, leaving a series of high-profile disasters in its wake, from Vodafone to Woolworths and even HP. But here’s the thing. All the friction and resulting cracks caused by those initial, top-down implementations of SAP, Oracle and other similar systems are still there. And those systems do an amazing job, so we don’t want to remove them completely. Instead, we want to work on repairing the damage and creating a truly frictionless business model.
That’s where RPA (robotic process automation) comes in. RPA solutions can become the oil on the gears, so to speak, creating a frictionless set of business practices by connecting all of those systems together automatically and relieving employees of the manual tasks. It also allows the employees at ground level to automate their manual processes and improve their work, which in turn will flow upstream and improve the productivity and profitability of the business. In short, democratising RPA across the organisation can make your entire organisation function better.
RPA Automates Applications In A Non-Evasive Way
Reengineering outdated systems full of cracks and friction is no small task. It calls for time-consuming, complex system integration projects that can cost hundreds of millions of pounds and a lot of time. But RPA allows you to integrate business-critical operations without modifying legacy systems. Automated software robots can act as a liaison between the old systems and the new platforms and applications (including the Cloud), smoothing over the cracks and allowing everything to run efficiently. This means businesses can leverage their existing legacy systems, integrate them with new cloud-based services and solve some of the niggly problems that have been causing issues for everyone.
RPA Can Be Deployed Quickly With Minimal Resources
In today’s cut-throat business environment, a company’s survival often depends on its ability to respond quickly and effectively to unpredictable market forces. From mergers or acquisitions to regulation changes. But a lot of businesses don’t have the time or the resources to deliver real change on such short notice. But with RPA on their side, businesses can shift the heavy lifting away from development teams and onto software robots, creating environments that deliver fast and simple creation of automation, drag-and-drop usability and specific scripting that requires minimal IT involvement. Once the system is in place, automated software robots can be deployed almost instantly by anyone in the organisation with minimal resource outlay.
The Benefits Of RPA Can Be Extended To Everyone In The Organisation
As we’ve already touched on, the true beauty of RPA solutions is that they are fully accessible to everyone. Because they require no real technical knowledge, everyone from the CEO, to the data input staff can access and use RPA to improve their work. Where in the past the functions they needed would require hours if not days of input from IT departments, workers can now spin up a software robot to automate a process within minutes from their own desktop. Capable of supporting both front office and back office processes, RPA solutions provide a greater ROI on RPA investments, and deliver a corporate-wide business process improvement.
At Tocalabs, we understand the issues that cause friction in businesses. From ERP half-solutions, to a disconnect between lower and higher level workers, RPA can be the bandage that brings everything together and heals the divide. With our help, your business processes could be automated to flow seamlessly and efficiently, without any of the growing pains or friction you have been experiencing. If you would like to find out more about RPA and how it could help your business, just get in touch with the team at Tocalabs today.