3 Ways to Start Your Robotic Process Automation Journey

In recent years, IT has started utilizing robotic process automation (RPA) to tap into innovative ideas. This is not just for its own internal process improvement, but also for the overall benefit to the business. As such, RPA as such, has evolved to play a strategic role.

RPA has improved from a screen-scraping tool to a more robust automation engine with cognitive and predictive capabilities. While interest in RPA continues to soar, clarity on what this technology is, how it can be adopted successfully, and where it is going has not kept pace. This has become more muddled due to the lack of transparency on different entry points to choose from.

McKinsey on emerging and disruptive technologies: “It is predicted that automation technologies, such as robotic process automation (RPA), will have a potential economic impact of nearly $6.7 trillion by 2025.”

Based on your enterprise’s automation roadmap and your business transformation strategy, RPA can be utilized as an interim tactical tool for cost optimization or as a strategic tool for supporting a multitude of business objectives.

Which Entry Point is Suitable For Me?

There are three different entry points that should be considered when starting your RPA-based transformation journey. Which entry point you choose depends on the maturity of your RPA effort.

  • RPA- Discovery and Assessment
  • RPA Jump Start
  • RPA Quick Win

RPA Discovery and Assessment

Discovery and assessment is key to demarcating the usage of RPA versus other automation technologies based on your enterprise’s automation roadmap. Assessment helps define the enterprise’s maturity and, therefore, the governance and the foundational assets that are needed for the successful scaling of RPA-based solutions across all departments.

With new features being adding to RPA based tools on a regular basis, toolset evaluation is key to ensure the right fit is selected.

Learn more about RPA discovery and assessment with Prolifics’ workshop.

RPA Jump Start

A jump start is an ideal approach to test the waters before diving in. A jump start initiative helps quickly quantify the business benefits for the selected use case with a minimal investment (~$20k-$25k) within a 2 to 3-week period. This helps in making a quick decision about the compatibility of this tool in relation to other automation technologies and business processes that you have in-house.

For a jump start to be effective, it’s key to select the right use case to begin with. Learn more about RPA jump starts with Prolifics’ jump start offering.

RPA Quick Win

A quick win provides an ideal platform to identify, assess, and address the bottlenecks and barriers that arise due to existing technologies, processes, and people. It builds on the results to provide a quantified return on investment, illustrating the impact that an RPA initiative will have on revenue and profit over time.

On the technical front, a quick win helps in establishing synergy between the risk management, change management, and infrastructure needed for a successful RPA rollout.

Based on the complexity of use cases and enterprise guidelines when it comes to aspects such as high availability, deployment domain, security, penetration and performance testing, etc., a typical quick win engagement will take approx. 8 to 12 weeks of effort to prepare a production environment. Learn more about RPA quick wins with Prolifics’ RPA Quick Win Pilot.

RPA solutions can be executed quickly, and support a “fail fast and move on” approach. This substantially increases business agility, enabling enterprises optimize profit with limited levels of disruption.


Animesh Jain
Senior Enterprise Application Architect

Animesh Jain heads Prolifics’ Robotic Automation and Process Innovation practice. With over 15 years of experience, he specializes in the digital business automation suite of tools. As a thought leader, has helped many clients with their digital transformation initiatives.

He is involved in all facets of project lifecycle, including assessment, estimation, end-to-end architecture and solution design, implementation, governance, performance, and maintenance of business processes and rules using the IBM suite of tools.

 

Goutam Giri
Senior Consultant

Goutam is a senior consultant for Prolifics’ Smarter Process practice, specializing in integration and cloud computing.

He has experience in implementing various digital transformation projects using business process automation and SOA technologies. He is also a certified Advanced Robotic Process Automation professional and has a keen interest in the field of RPA and machine learning.