Industrial déjà vu? How to automate without putting jobs at risk

Recent years have seen automation technologies like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) being implemented across every industry. While this technology has many business benefits – such as boosting efficiency and productivity and saving costs – there are growing concerns that workplace automation will make human labour redundant; leaving employees without work, and businesses without consumers.

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Workshop Wisdom from our Spring RPA Breakfast Meeting

With RPA being such a powerful tool that solves many business problems, it is understandable that people have many questions and with the abundance of information out there we realised it could feel like a bit of a mine field. We therefore wanted to offer delegates a platform on which to talk freely and directly about RPA in an open, face-to-face setting, see how the software works first-hand, discuss the business drivers and, most importantly, ask those probing questions that search engines can’t answer.

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3 Reasons Why Your IT Department Resists RPA

In the age of digital optimisation, it’s no surprise that businesses are always on the lookout for ways to tighten up their operations, streamline processes and improve efficiency, both in terms of time and money. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the key technologies that has risen to meet this demand and as the bedrock of all digitised operations in your company, it’s logical that the IT department should be one of the first to embrace this new innovation.

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Let’s Get Real About RPA

Demand for robotic process automation (RPA) solutions continues to escalate. Research firm Forrester predicts that RPA market growth will reach USD 2.9 billion in 2021, up from just USD 250 million in 2016.[1] But before you put software robotics front and centre of your business optimisation strategy, there’s a caveat. According to the same Forrester report, “to be sustained, RPA must offer more than plugging gaps in legacy systems”. Like any technology, RPA has its capabilities and shortcomings – and these need to be understood in the context of your business as well as the broader process automation landscape.

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RPA – It’s Not All About The Bots

Robotic process automation has been getting a lot of sensationalised media coverage lately with threats of mass unemployment making the headlines several times. The thing is, whilst it’s exciting to think of shiny robots joining you at the water cooler, that’s not what RPA is about! It’s quite boring actually, compared to the flashy computer-generated images of robots you see floating around today (of which we are guilt too).

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My Company Is Only Small – Can I Afford RPA?

Robotic process automation (RPA) is an exciting opportunity, but as with any emerging technology, it’s easy to think it’s “probably too expensive” for companies on a tight budget. Rolling-out software bots across an enterprise, across all processes and to fulfill many tasks can be quite an investment, yes, but there are also more realistic ways of getting started.

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Will bots take your job or keep you in business?

Automation technologies help firms to optimise resources, elevate performance and maintain a competitive advantage. In industries where growing regulatory pressures, data volumes and customer expectations are a challenge, robotic process automation (RPAcan lighten the load. RPA solutions can be configured to automate routine, repetitive and time-consuming processes. The software ‘bot’ operates on application user interfaces (UI) in the same way a human would – only much faster and more accurately.

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