Digital Transformation, as a field, is extremely vast and can often create a lot of confusion about its usage. When companies try to understand the scope of digital transformation, most often, they are unable to comprehend the extent to which it can be incorporated within the realms of the corporate world.
From automating general processes to using BPM and robotics, it is a vast field of study, which can prove to be extremely beneficial, if implemented in the right manner. So, if not digital transformation, what is the use of such technologies in the corporate world? Intelligent automation and robotics are the keywords to reckon with, simply because they are ushering in an advanced level of technology and bringing forth the new age data transformation capabilities.
What is intelligent process automation?
Since intelligent process automation is a relatively new word, not many people are aware of its capabilities. While many would like to use the words “Digital Transformation” and “Intelligent Process Automation” interchangeably, the concept could not be further from the truth.
Intelligent automation can be defined as a holistic solution, which derives its roots from Digital Transformation. Its concepts are based on the underlying principles of business process management (BPM) and robotics (RPA). While it majorly derives its fundamentals from BPM and RPA, it is not far from the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML) either.
Through the culmination of different technologies, intelligent process automation facilitates integration between different systems, which helps avoid duplication of effort and users can work on limited platforms with greater efficiency.
Intelligent Automation Systems
Now that the concept of intelligent automation is done and dusted, the next part is to understand how to implement these within an organization’s processes. It’s not that one day you can just get up and say that you would start applying the principles of intelligent automation within your organization.
In order to make the most out of this technology, it is important to understand the intelligent automation systems and the concepts which drive this technology towards success. RPA technology is the most widely used in industrial machinery nowadays.
The concept of business process management (BPM), works in tandem by driving the efficiencies of people, systems, and data. The whole idea behind the use of BPM integration is to create an efficient, rock-solid operational and business infrastructure. By acting as the base layer, a process owner can automate complex processes, which are commonly driven by people, data and most commonly, systems.
Simply put, BPM can be tagged as the “orchestra conductor” within an organization, which works from one end to another, tracking employee involvement, system usages and data usages within processes.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA): What you need to know about it?
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) aims to reduce or limit human intervention within computer applications, especially with respect to automating repetitive tasks. RPA has been designed to work with “high level” applications; simply put, it is a type of software that can replicate the interaction a human would ideally have with computer system applications.
RPA, as a technology, is smart enough to replace some of the basic manual tasks, which are repetitive and iterative. This way, employees can focus on more substantial tasks, without having to worry about performing the same pieces of a task, over and over. RPA is a fast piece of technology, which can bring immediate results to the organization and enhance its productivity with limited efforts.
Automation and artificial intelligence
Robots might have redefined the workforce automation, but they are not far behind from automating our day to day lives also. Intelligent home automation, powered by artificial intelligence, has changed the way we see robots in our homes. Right from the likes of Alexa and Echo, to the household cleaning robots, there is a lot to see in our homes. There is a little bit of everything in our vicinity, which makes robotics and intelligent automation synonymous with our lives.