Understanding as much as you can about RPA first, will shorten the learning curve and speed up the deployment opportunities.
You can google RPA day after day, you can look at all the videos you can find, and you can ask as many questions as you want. But having a grassroots understanding what Robotic Process Automation (RPA) really is, and how it relates to you would take years to get you to become the professional you need to take full advantage of this amazing technology. This 38-page document, from Gartner, will give you all the answers you need before starting or improving your RPA journey.
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Programmes that replace humans performing repetitive rules-based tasks
Cross-functional and cross-application macros
Walking talking auto bots
Physically existing machines processing paper
Artificial Intelligence or voice recognition and reply software
What it can do
- Opening email and attachments
- Logging into web/enterprise applications
- Moving files and folders
- Copying and pasting
- Filling in forms
- Reading and writing to databases
- Scraping data from the web
- Connecting to system API
- Making calculations
- Extracting structured date from documents
- Collecting social media statistics
- Following ‘if/then’ decisions/rules