Episode 20: (Data Bites) The Light Side of Robotic Process Automation

On Monday’s episode I waxed poetic about how wonderful and beautiful the future of robotic process automation and robotic desktop automation promises to be for organizations, employees, and customers. On Wednesday, I warned of the dark side of RPA and RDA

However, on this short episode, we discuss how there is (indeed) light at the end of the tunnel for anyone at any organization planning an implementation of RPA and RDA!

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Show Notes:

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Welcome to data couture. I’m your host Jordan. And on this episode of data bytes, we’re gonna be talking about the light side of robotic process automation.
And Monday’s episode and in Wednesday’s episode, we talked quite a bit about what robotic Process Automation is and what robotic desktop automation is, namely, unintended and attended robotic automation, meaning that either it runs in the background, the robot that is unattended, namely without any sort of human intervention, or it runs based on the interaction of a human on a localized machine like your laptop or desktop or whatever it is. On Wednesday, we talked about the dark side of robotic process automation, namely that ever changing and ever moving goalpost of having to skill up your team members or your employees? Well, today, I’ve got good news, we’re going to be talking about the light side of robotic process automation.

What is that light side? You might ask? After all, we learned that needing to upscale our team members and our employees seems like nearly impossible task? Well, I can tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel, namely companies like pig systems have solutions for robotic process automation that do not require any sort of coding knowledge whatsoever. What does that mean? That means these low code or no code solutions, so to speak, are capable of more or less just tracking what you do through a particular process, and then implementing an automated solution.

And so on Monday, I spoke about how as we start to upscale our employee base, our team member base, then they’re going to be able to have more time to think more creatively and more critically about the processes that go into whatever particular project or goal they’re working towards. Well, in this case, we can employ these low code or no code solutions. And at the end of the day, all you have to do is hit record very much like I do when I record this podcast, and it will record every single step, every single click every single button push that your frontline staff or whomever else you’re employing this particular solution for uses to complete the task that they’re assigned. Now, how does that work? It’s actually quite simple. You have to implement a particular solution, usually through something like Microsoft Visual Studio code, or vs professional.

And then, literally, you hit record on the interface for the robotic process automation. And what happens? Well, the robot interface records literally every click you make, whether that’s opening up a new program, typing in various types of data, transferring that data to another system that you of course, open and then navigate to the correct page, and then enter the information and so on and so forth until you go from the start of a particular process. And you end up with a completed process. What does this mean? Why is this light at the end of the tunnel? This means that anyone across the organization, it doesn’t require your custom development team, it is required development team, it doesn’t require your IT team, or even your data team to implement robotic desktop automation.

What it requires is somewhat miniscule training on the part of the robotic process piece for anyone in the organization who has a repetitive task that they have to do day in and day out. And then they can create all sorts of robotic desktop automation bots. And what does that mean? That means that not only will their kind of repetitive tasks become automated, that means that any task that requires repetitive set of keystrokes or button pushes or whatever it is, can then be repetitive or can be automated, as opposed because all a robot does is automate repetitive tasks. So what does that mean? That means that your organization is going to become filled with roboticists and a certain understanding of that term. And that’s not a bad thing.

That’s a great thing. In fact, that’s one way to upscale your team members or upscale your employees set so that they won’t be out of a job just because we’re implementing, or you’re implementing the robotic process or robotic desktop automation solutions. And that’s what I would consider a light at the end of the tunnel, namely keeping value jobs value added jobs because it removes the sort of black box nature of automation and robotic processing. And it shines light on what it actually takes to create these time saving these process saving these efficiency standards that will soon become normalized across any industry. And it puts it in the hands of anyone across your organization. If you have any comments or concerns, be sure to subscribe and submit them and I would love to interact with you.

Talk to you soon.

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