When talking about automation, two branches stand out: RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and Traditional Automation. Now, we will delve into the differences and scratch the surface of these two branches of automation.
Comparison of RPA with Traditional Automation Methods
1. Non-Invasive Approach: RPA has a non-invasive approach, meaning that robots communicate with existing systems at the user interface level. There is no need to change the system where the user manually executes processes. For example, if a user uses Excel for executing a process the robot will use Excel to execute the same process.
2. Scalability: Scalability is one of the key advantages of RPA compared to traditional automation because adapting a process executed by a robot is extremely easy. Processes can be reduced, expanded, execution steps can be modified, almost all values that are important to users are usually available in the form of a configuration file, allowing for easy and quick changes without reprogramming the entire automation.
3. Flexibility: When it comes to flexibility, RPA is an obvious winner, unlike traditional automation that often uses complex coding involving longer procedures, extensive documentation, and more significant resources. RPA uses robots that are easily configurable and deployable. This type of flexibility is invaluable in dynamic business environments where processes evolve and adapt to other factors.
Optimal Use Cases for RPA and Traditional Automation
1. Suitability for RPA: RPA excels in processes where steps are defined by rules, repeat, and are not subject to frequent changes in the interface where the process is executed. It also stands out in processes where fast implementation is essential, making it an ideal solution for companies and teams with dynamic needs.
2. Key Role of Traditional Automation: Although RPA offers flexibility, traditional automation methods still play a crucial role in situations requiring complex integrations of large scales. Processes deeply rooted in outdated systems or involving complicated workflows may find traditional automation methods more suitable. Sometimes, the execution time of traditional automation can be faster and more stable than solutions based on RPA, as traditional automation often works with raw data and codes compared to RPA, where automation often occurs through the user interface.
Conclusion: Choice as the Most Essential Tool
The key to successful automation is the choice of where to invest time, effort, and resources. Informed decision-making about processes, company needs, and what tools offer influences whether the team will choose RPA or traditional automation. The agility and adaptability of RPA make it a leader in many scenarios, but traditional automation methods remain essential for complex and specific processes.