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What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

In this article we will cover:

  • What is RPA
  • Why RPA is used
  • RPA Use cases
  • Introduction of RPA tools

RPA is Robotic Process Automation. Let’s understand what these 3 words mean.

So, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is To perform a sequence of steps by mimicking human action without any human intervention.

Here Robot is just software.

Using RPA tools, one can configure a robot to perform certain repetitive task like:

  • Capture & Manipulate data
  • Trigger certain pre-defined actions

The whole objective of using RPA is to reduce the time taken by the manual employee on repetitive tasks.

Now, let’s understand it with a couple of examples.

Web site scraping: If you want to gather some information eg Share prices from stock trading sites, prices of items from an e-commerce site, it will be a good use case to implement RPA.

HR Salary Processing: RPA can process the salary details of each employee based on timesheet data, leave taken, CTC, etc.

RPA-use cases
I think now we got some idea into what is RPA. Let’s try to see how RPA is done. There are multiple tools that can be used. Out of which there are 3 tools which are more popular:

  • UiPath
  • Automation Anywhere
  • Blue prism

Now let’s see a small comparison of these tools and then in another post, we will discuss how to choose the right tool for RPA.

So, with this, we have come to the end of the “what is RPA” article. Hope it was useful. In our next article,we will cover “Use Cases of RPA“. Hope to see you there.