When we think of artificial intelligence (AI), images of smart robots patrolling the streets or taking over manufacturing production lines undoubtedly come to mind. We can thank Hollywood for that. The thing is, AI can be used for so much more than manual tasks. In fact, the software-based robots of today are set to revolutionize the way in which businesses are conducted, automating tedious administrative tasks that can take up a large proportion of our work days. This automation, known as robotic process automation, will allow businesses to shift focus from menial tasks to more complex and strategic necessities through custom software development.
How it Works
By watching what we do, software machines can learn to fill in forms, document tasks, generate reports, and more. Not only that, but with more efficiency and significantly less error than we human counterparts. In fact, zero error. Yes, I said it. None. Essentially, any high volume, rules-driven, repeatable business process can be automated, giving your enterprise a significant competitive edge. Below we outline some of the advantages of robotic process automation for your enterprise through custom software.
Robots never get tired or hungry. They don’t take bathroom breaks or rely on copious amounts of coffee. They are programmed to follow rules. They are consistent. They are compliant. They don’t make mistakes. Imagine the significance behind these words and the implications for your business. Even your best employee can and will make a mistake. Multiply these mistakes by the number of people performing these tasks. With robotic process automation, the same work can be performed 100% error free. Improved quality means higher satisfaction and increased profitability.
Beyond accuracy, robotic process automation can deliver immediate and significant cost reductions. Menial tasks that once took minutes for an employee to complete can be reduced to seconds. Not only are you saving wages, but saving costs due to improved enterprise efficiency. After all, increased output for less, means a better bottom line.
Unlike we humans, robots are capable of performing a significant amount of tasks in parallel. Additional robots can be deployed over time as needed, whether it be seasonally or as demand increases, or reduced given fluctuations in workloads. No additional hires or layoffs needed. Robotic process automation is fully scalable, depending on workload flux.
I know what you are thinking…some may argue their concern over the reduction in jobs related to these kinds of automated tasks. The truth is, it actually frees up time for value-added activities previously not possible, increasing productivity and efficiency of current employees. Survey any one of your employees and I guarantee you they would LOVE to be free of some of their busy work.