How Do Robotic Process Automation and Low-code/No-code Development Platforms Support One Another and, Ultimately, Support Your Business?
What is RPA and Low-code/No-code?
RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is a technological application that allows employees to configure software applications (just like a robot) in order to capture and interpret existing software processes used in processing transactions, manipulating generated data, creating responses, and transmitting the information to other systems in the organization. The automation of processes has several benefits, including the streamlining of these processes, the assurance of completeness, the reduction of monotonous jobs, and the cutting of costs. These changes free up human employees to complete tasks that require emotional intelligence, reasoning, judgment, and higher levels of commitment and customer interaction.
Low-code No-code (LCNC) is a visual integrated development environment; a development platform that allows developers and to identify and drag and drop various applications, and to then connect them in order to create either a mobile or a web app. It is a modular approach that allows employees without a software development background to quickly create and test apps. With this platform, employees do not require knowledge about programming languages to build several applications. The user uses a graphic interface to see how the application interfaces work together mutually and to test them.
Are LCNC and RPA complementary?
RPA works best on repetitive processes, especially in situations where the company considers it too expensive to migrate from legacy systems to full automation. However, there are cases where the legacy systems cannot handle the current and future business needs, so the company must modernize. This is where LCNC comes into play. It allows the company to quickly re-engineer business processes and build apps that can work with the RPA.
Eventually, the organization is able to reap the benefits of both worlds. It develops low-code apps to work where automation is not possible and to automate business processes that are repetitive. When these two systems are combined, LCNC uses RPA to communicate to the external systems connected to the automated processes.
What are the Benefits of RPA and Low-to-no-code in an Organization?
When using LCNC and RPA, companies can save costs on repetitive and manual tasks. This is because the company uses fewer human resources and less time to complete tasks. When processes are automated, a job which may have previously been completed by three or four individuals can now be accomplished by one person.
The manual entry and processing of data in various applications are bound to result in errors of both commission and omission. However, when processes are automated, they run via a set of rules with a predictable outcome. This reduces the chance of errors to zero, so the processing of the various transactions is error-free.
Integration of Various Processes
Most repetitive processes ultimately lead to other processes. For example, employees make quotations and invoices and then send them to customers. These two processes can be integrated in such a way that it is easy to create quotations and follow up with customers and then generate invoices and update all payment records automatically.
Benefits of RPA and Low-to-no-code in Business Processes
Streamlining the Business Process
Most manual tasks involve multidirectional processes which are repeated until a given task is completed. This affects the overall cost and the quality of the output. However, when various tasks are automated, it is easy to follow tasks through the process until they are completed. This not only helps to cut costs; it also provides an easy way to identify areas for improvement throughout the entire process.
Predictable Processing Times
With this type of automation, it is easy to know how long it will take to complete specific tasks. This makes it easy for the company to set targets for its employees and to achieve targets within predefined timeframes. In addition, it is also possible to assign reasonable deadlines for the delivery of services and reports.
Efficiency is all about cost- and time-savings. Implementation of automated platforms to complete tasks improves the overhead of any business process. It also makes various business processes easier, faster, and more interesting. When a business reduces the number of employees required to complete various tasks, it can employ them elsewhere, improving overall process productivity.
It is not possible for most companies to overhaul their processes in the name of automation. Robotic Process Automation makes it easier to implement automation while involving your employees in the process. Low-code No-code makes it possible for legacy processes to be integrated with RPA in order to automate business process. Used together like this, these tools are the most practical route to business process automation.
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