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RPA and the Cloud


Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the new buzz words in AI. RPA is supposed to save your company time and money, automating tasks that are usually done by personnel. Let’s unpack this process to see if it is worth it and how it will affect your cloud resources.


What is RPA?

Employees often have to do repetitive, mundane tasks, such as processing sick leave forms, regularly. These tasks take up an enormous amount of time, detracting from time spent on more productive and profitable work. RPA automates these tasks, freeing up time for employees and saving their employer money in the process. Since artificial intelligence, or AI, is used to program these “robots,” the system gets “smarter” as it goes. As time goes on, more rules can be added to the process, enabling the robot” to perform even more complex tasks.


HR processes are well suited to robotic process automation. RPA programs can answer user queries, and process leave forms, open and reply to emails, and handle payroll tasks. This automation minimizes errors and improves response time, easing the burden on HR personnel, and improving the user experience for other employees.


Is RPA Worth It?

Determining whether or not RPA is worth it for your specific application is not necessarily a clear-cut question. This decision would depend on the complexity and time frame of the task or process at hand.


RPA is best suited to mundane, repetitive tasks performed quickly and accurately. Software developers find great value in RPA, since these “robots” can take over scripting and repetitive software testing procedures. Now, the developers can spend their time being creative and writing more profitable software instead of doing mundane tasks.


When you have long-term processes that are complex and require a large amount of user input, RPA is not the best solution. Here, it would be a good idea to purchase purpose-built, dedicated software to assist in the automation process.


RPA is Better on the Cloud

RPA is much easier to implement on the cloud than on-premises. The main reason for this is that RPA implementation needs no prior compatibility testing and complicated installation procedures. On the cloud, the RPA robots can be applied directly and immediately used as they are meant to be. As a consequence of this, employees with little or no programming knowledge can also partake in the automation process. Now, business strategists and IT personnel can work together and understand each other instead of having divergent priorities.


On the cloud, RPA has the benefit of being scalable. This scalability is good news for companies that foresee significant short-term, or even long term, growth. Companies are also able to test RPA on a small segment of their data or processes before doing a company-wide rollout.


Effect on Cloud Storage

Since RPA software robots are more comfortable to use on the cloud, companies would have to adapt their cloud resources accordingly. These robots generally run autonomously and require very little user input. For this reason, it’s easy to forget that their allocated resources are “on,” even when they’re not in use, leading to an unnecessarily high bill at the end of the month.


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