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What Is Robotic Process Automation?

Robotic Process Automation saves time and human efforts to a major extent.

It is a time saver and a cost-effective one too. Important features of robotic process automation include platform independence, scalability, and intelligence.

Every RPA system must include the three capabilities stated below:

  • Communicating with the other systems in either way screen scrapping or API integration.
  • Decision making
  • Interface for bot programming.

It is not mandatory to have programming skills for using RPA Tools. Small, Medium as well s large-scale organizations can use RPA tools, but these organizations should be able to depend on the software heavily.

Types of Robotic Process Automation

Given below are the various types of RPA:

  • Attended automation: These tools will require human intervention while performing automation processes.
  • Unattended automation: These tools are intelligent and have decision-making capabilities.
  • Hybrid RPA: These tools will have combined capabilities of both attended and unattended automation tools.

Industries using RPS:

Robotic process automation is mainly used in Banking, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Telecommunication industries.

  • Healthcare: In the healthcare industry, it will help in appointments, patient’s data entry, claims to process, billing, etc.
  • Retail: For the retail industry, it helps in updating orders, sending notifications, shipping products, tracking shipments, etc.
  • Telecommunications: For the telecommunications industry, it will help in monitoring, fraud data management and updating the customer data.
  • Banking: Banking industry use RPA for more efficiency in work, for accuracy in data, and for the security of data.
  • Insurance: Insurance companies use RPA for managing the work processes, entering customer’s data, and for applications.
  • Manufacturing: For the manufacturing industry, RPA tools help in supply chain procedures. It helps with the billing of materials, Administration, Customer services & support, Reporting, Data migration, etc.

How Is It Different From A Desktop Application?

Both Desktop applications, as well as RPA, perform multiple tasks.

But how are these two different?

The difference will be identified when it comes to decision making capability.

RPA helps for front-end operations and back-end operations.

While dealing with the front end operations RPA will require an understanding of the natural language. Backend operations require dealing only with structured and unstructured data. Dealing with structured data means working with a database and dealing with unstructured data includes working with documents and images.

General functions of RPA include:

  • Opening different applications like emails, moving files, etc.
  • Integration with the existing tools.
  • Collecting data from different web portals.
  • Processing data which includes calculations, data extraction, etc.

Points to consider while selecting the tool:

  • Platform independence
  • User-friendliness
  • Cost
  • Scalability
  • Industry-specific
  • Maintenance and support services by a company
  • Tool Smartness: It should act as an end-user.

Widely used Robotic Process Automation RPA Tools

Given below is a list and comparison of the most popular RPA tools.

Comparison Of Top RPA Tools

Given below is an exclusive comparison of the best Robotic Process Automation Tools.

Vendor/Tool Free Version Available/ Not Pricing Usability
Another Monday 30 days free trial Smart process tracking, Drag & Drop cognitive automation
AntWorks Collaboration tool provides Bot cloning
Automation Edge 30 days of free trial Drag and Drop technology and Cognitive features
Automation Anywhere Provides a community edition/ free edition Drag & Drop and provides AI-Augmented RPA
BluePrism 30 days of free trial Drag & Drop features, used for enterprise automation
Contextor[Acquired by SAP]
Price per block of 1,000 transactions per month [OR] Pay-per-use
Provides cloud deployment, and a visual designer to create bots
Jacada Desktop automation with high accuracy
Kofax Provides free trial Unified Design Environment, and provides built-in analytics
Kryon Systems Provides free trial Provides strong analytics &deployment efficiency
NICE Systems 30 days of free trial
Pega 30 days of free trial Visual designer studio
Redwood Software 30 days of free trial
UiPath Community Edition Studio License (Annual): $2000 – $3,000 Drag and Drop functionality, Easy to use visual designer
Visual Cron 45-day free trial per server Integration and task scheduling tool
WorkFusion 30 days of free trial per process Drag and drop builder and provides machine learning capabilities

Well, as you can see above that each tool has its own positive and negative factors. But, if you talk about the market leaders, it is the famous trio i.e. Blue Prism, UiPath & Automation Anywhere. Refer to the following table for the differences between these tools.

RPA Tools Comparison: UiPath vs Blue Prism vs Automation Anywhere

UiPath Blue Prism Automation Anywhere
Has Community Edition / Free Edition Has recently launched a free edition. Recently launched a Community Edition
Most Popular Tool Popular than Automation Anywhere Less Popular than others
No programming knowledge required It provides functionality that allows the user to write code, but users can manage without it. No programming knowledge required
Has free online training and certification programs Provides official certification program Recently launched a certification of 50$.
Provides desktop, web and Citrix automation Designed for Citrix automation for BPO. Reasonable across all mediums.

So, now that I have explained the differences between the top tools, you can consider the following checklist to select the right tool for you.

 

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