What is a Robot?
You might have came across the word 'robot' somewhere or the other till you started reading this article, if you are imagining an action figure of Optimus Prime from the movie Transformers, yes, a robot is somewhat like that but a bit more non-fictional, let me just tell my definition of a robot. Basically, a robot is an outcome, when knowledge from various fields of engineering is put together. A robot can be anything that does a task for you, it could be Chitti the Robo which can save the world from dangerous threats or a simple metal detector on which you place your luggage at airports and shopping malls.
What is Robotic Process Automation and what it does?
Breaking the term 'Robotic Process Automation', it means automating a process using a robot. So, the term 'Robotic Process Automation' or simply 'RPA' is nothing but a time-saving cost efficient and performance enhancing way of automating computer related tasks in a business organization with no, or least human intervention.
Why did I write about robots here?
Now, there are also robots which are not present physically, but do simple tasks for you, you might have come across one of them but never really bothered what they are and how they actually work, for example, an auto generated email which you set up to your business email when you are out of office or a chat assistant in a payments or a food delivery app that helps you on your queries, I will be referring them as 'Bots' in the whole article. So, Bots are nothing but robots that are not physically present and the tasks in any RPA are performed using these bots.
How is RPA useful?
RPA can be applied in various fields of technology. There will be a bot sitting somewhere and doing the task for you instead of a human doing it. So, the basic advantages of using RPA are nothing but the disadvantages of a human doing the same task. RPA can be useful because it is,
Time efficient, consider a human takes 5 minutes fr completing a simple task, a bot that is designed to do the task can do 10 such tasks in the same 5 minutes. That is one bot is equal to 10 humans.
Correctness, as you know machines never do any mistakes. If there is any mistake occurred, it might be the designer's mistake that the bot he designed failed.
Consistency, unlike a human's the bot's performance is not effected by any emotions or time constraints, all you need to take care is the basic requirements for the bot to run, and the bot performs at same speed and accuracy at any time you run.
Cost efficient, the charging depends on the plan of the RPA Software provider you choose. It is much more cheaper than investing the cost on human resources to do the same task.
Its cool, RPA is cool, imagine you doing a repetitive task everyday and then using RPA to automate the same with a click, sounds cool right? I know.
Where can I use RPA?
RPA can be used in any industry which is operated on repetitive and time consuming tasks. For example,
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How can i use RPA?
RPA is a practice, and to practice RPA you need a tool. There are various free/paid tools that can be used for RPA, e.g. Automation anywhere, UI Path, Blue Prism etc. These are the leading players in the field of RPA. You can download the tool form the respective websites and start building your own RPA Bot that can do tasks for you.
Byteridge worked with ASG Technologies to develop an RPA tool for their 'ASG Zenith' similar to ones which are mentioned above and can be downloaded form their website. It was designed in a user friendly manner and is much more easier to learn and work with, compared to other tools and is as powerful as them.
Hope this article helped you in gaining some basic information about RPA.