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As the costs of labor increase, businesses find that investment in automating rote tasks through software is much more attractive. The cost savings for outsourcing work isn't as compelling as the cost savings for robotic process automation (RPA) solutions. High volume, highly transactional manual processes can be automated to free up your workforce to focus on tasks and initiatives that require higher level cognitive thinking. Additionally, robotic processes ensure data quality and consistency where compliance is concerned and such standards can't be compromised.
RPA represents a new paradigm in business process automation. Appian RPA delivers:
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Robotic processes are programs that control other applications to perform repetitive tasks based on rules, allowing people to focus their efforts on activities that require problem solving or personal interpretation.
Is high-volume and faster document extraction a goal for your robotic process automation? Appian offers an Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) application that works with Appian RPA as well as other systems to further automate this type of task.
Among other objectives, Appian RPA seeks to replace manual tasks with a programmed robotic process. RPA differs from traditional automation in its non-intrusive nature. Robotic processes don't necessarily need to access databases, nor do they have to communicate with computer systems by invoking functions, web services, or APIs. Instead, robotic processes interact with the user interface itself, using the windows of the applications as people do: moving the mouse, clicking different menu options, and entering or reading data from the screens.
A robotic process follows a series of actions, which are added and configured by a developer. You can customize a robotic process using low-code development features, such as drag-and-drop actions. Additionally, you can use the Appian RPA task recorder to capture your own interactions with a web browser and automatically create a fully configured robotic process to match.
The console is also the place where administrators can execute processes, monitor completed processes, and schedule new ones. Administrators must also set up environments where robotic processes should run. The execution environment for a robotic process is known as a resource and can be a physical or virtual machine (VM). In production environments, we recommend using a dedicated machine, whether physical or virtual, as the resource. Appian RPA uses tags to secure visibility and execution for users, robotic processes, and resources.
Check out New to RPA? to learn more about how Appian RPA's components work together.
This documentation serves as the reference guide for Appian RPA administrators and developers. The tasks and responsibilities for each role are as follows:
Many other business roles are an important part of RPA. Individuals may step in at certain points in the process and help to resolve exceptions when they arise. As you plan and coordinate robotic processes, it's also important to communicate with employees of the organization who know the processes best suited for automation. Users may need to know at a functional level what robots do, and they must handle detailed information about input and output data from the processes and their metrics. Further, some people must know the costs of both the manual process and the automation in order to calculate savings and determine the return on investment (ROI).
This documentation provides the technical framework to help you design, develop, and deploy robotic processes for your organization.
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