RPA Platforms Go Mainstream

Could consolidating your automation transform your enterprise tech​?

As the prevalence of automation grows, it is no surprise leading organisations are seeking to bring more efficiency, oversight, and simplicity to the various automation tools they use by combining them all in one place.

That is why RPA platforms are becoming increasingly influential. We believe that they are going to be integral to many enterprises in the coming years and in this blog, we take a closer look at what that means for you.

 

What’s happening across organisations like yours

Businesses are increasingly looking to manage all their digital processes in one place. And we believe that this year will see even more organisations looking to consolidate their automation services on a single platform.

This is reflected in the rapid growth of companies that provide automation platforms such as Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, and UiPath, not to mention the steps that tech giants like Microsoft are taking to move into this space. In fact, automation businesses are ranked third and fourth in Forbes’ Cloud 100 top private cloud companies list.[i]

Over recent years the narrative has changed from using RPA to support specific functions of your business – such as sales, finance, or HR – to unifying your process automation enterprise-wide. Some platforms are taking it even further, harbouring ambitions to take centre-stage at the heart of your enterprise tech stack.

[I] The Cloud 100 2020 |Forbes

 

Why this matters to you

You may have a range of automated processes in your business that have been implemented and developed over time.

They may be working reasonably well. But introducing one central automation platform for your business and bringing all these different competencies together will help you create a more effective and efficient organisation.

It is increasingly clear the automation conversation is moving on. It no longer begins with the technology and what tasks you can automate with it. Now it is the challenges and opportunities your business faces that come first, and the tech second.

A single platform enables you to link every part of the business and create end-to-end solutions. This means the platform you choose will be an integral part of your organisation, possibly for many years. That makes it a crucial decision. But if you get it right, it is a decision you’ll only make once, and the potential benefits are huge.

 

How you can take advantage of it

With strategic choices like this, it is critical you do everything you can to make sure you get it right. Considering a platform will be integral to your organisation for years to come, selecting the vendor to work with is not a decision to take lightly.

You will need to thoroughly investigate each candidate to determine which has the right capabilities for your business now, what kind of ongoing service they provide, and which is likely to be leading innovation in the sector in the future.

Speaking to the different vendors to really understand their services, rather than grabbing an off-the-peg package, is a good starting point. But, ultimately, they will all tell you their platform is the best for you.

To help you navigate these complexities and identify which platform is really going to be best for your business, consider finding an external partner who specialises in this type of vendor selection. Someone who can help you understand your requirements, select the right platform and, importantly, implement it in a way that enables you to achieve maximum benefit from it.

The capabilities of RPA platforms are evolving at high speed. By taking a step back and looking at what is best for your organisation in the long-term you can make sure you are positioned to take advantage of these rapidly advancing technologies.

 

What’s next?

As your automation activities begin to unify on these platforms, it will become simpler to augment them with additional innovations to further improve your return on investment.

In our next blog, Symbiotic automation technologies blossom, we will take a deeper dive into the benefits of innovations such as intelligent document processing, workflow automation, and conversational AI, and look at how they can enable your automated systems to work more effectively together.

But if you can’t wait until then, you can download our full Automation Trends 2021 eBook where you can read about all eight of the trends that we believe will shape the future of automation over the coming year.

Tags: Process Automation, RPA