What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology creates digital factories to automate and integrate any repetitive administrative task in order to take the mundane out of work. This solution reduces labor-intensive processes by imitating human effort to complete tasks, thereby boosting the capabilities of companies that perform high-volume transactional processes. Operating non-invasively on the surface (UI layer) without compromising the underlying IT infrastructure, RPA bridges the technology gap between fragmented, semi-structured legacy systems.

Why Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Today’s companies automate their time consuming, repetitive human tasks and replace them with RPA. What gets replaced?

  • Logging in to applications
  • Filling out forms
  • Extracting structured data from sources
  • Merging data from multiple sources
  • Reformatting data for reports or dashboards
  • Copying and pasting data
  • Reading and writing to databases
  • Connecting to system APIs
  • Opening emails and attachments
  • Moving files and folders
  • Scraping data from the web
  • Applying “if/then” decisions and rules
  • Making calculations

Harnessing RPA’s capabilities to handle these mundane processes provides benefits such as:

  • Accelerated time to value: Create, test, and deliver new automated processes in days or weeks.
  • Reduced human error: Eliminate copy/paste mistakes introduced by workarounds and manual data entry.
  • Decreased costs: Build automated processes quickly using simple record/playback functions.
  • Increased productivity: Complete tasks in minutes or seconds, even after work hours.
How does Robotic Process Automation (RPA) work?

How does Robotic Process Automation (RPA) work?

RPA has three functional components:

  1. Business process management (process) for designing and/or recording automated processes
  2. Software robot (bot) for interacting with business apps and executing automated processes
  3. Robot controller (orchestrator) for scheduling, remote control, monitoring, and asset management

In a typical flow, a process specifies detailed instructions for bots to perform, and bots are “published” to the repository of the orchestrator. Each bot is then loaded on a client environment, which may be virtualized or physical, where it interacts directly with business applications. The orchestrator assigns jobs to the bots and monitors their activities, while users review and resolve any exceptions or escalations found in the process.

How Micro Focus delivers RPA

Micro Focus test automation solutions offer tools that allow companies to easily create bots to automate rules-driven business processes. Integrated with Micro Focus operations orchestration, complete actions are automated using workflows that link steps to standardize RPA processes.

Micro Focus supports and extends typical RPA capabilities with:

  • A proven automation engine with an array of recording options
  • Failure management through recovery procedures
  • Reliable UI automation with more than 40 technologies, including SAP, Web, WPF, .NET, and Java
  • Pure image-based object recognition (e.g. Flash, Citrix)
  • Reusable business process description-based automation
  • Custom libraries for UI, API, and CLI business actions with predefined connectors for automation
  • Business and deep technical reports with easy-to-find root causes
  • Encoding methods designed to ensure the integrity of passwords
  • Rich out-of-the-box orchestration content for any use case, any technology, with more than 8,000 operations and workflows
  • Extensible, open, vendor agnostic orchestrator to invoke from any place, integrate with anything using REST APIs, command line API, or integration wizards
  • Secure, scalable, high-availability orchestration architecture
RPA is the application of technology that automates administrative task workflows and processes using software bots.
Forrester TechRadar: Automation Technologies, Robotics, And AI In The Workforce, Q2 2017
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