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Nick Sprau, MetaViewer Paperless Automation for Microsoft Dynamics

5 Ways RPA paves the way to digital transformation


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For many organizations, robotic process automation (RPA) is the driver behind digital transformation. According to research from Deloitte, 53 percent of organizations are already using RPA, and this number is expected to increase to 72 percent by 2020. Additionally, business research institute APQC found that RPA was the “nucleus” of 69 percent of digital strategies. They also found that the number of RPA projects per organization nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018.

RPA encourages companies to rethink how they are managing their processes and how they can digitize their core procedures, making them more modern and efficient and allowing them to switch from paper-based processes to automated ones. RPA takes over procedures that were previously manual, and makes business decisions based on the information it examines and your company’s unique business rules.

RPA is often one of the first steps toward digital transformation and is often the simplest way to start to achieve digital transformation. So, why start with RPA?

  1. RPA can be implemented quickly and provides rapid results. It easily expands across the enterprise, allowing for implementation in other departments and the addition of other software integration tools and functionality. For companies wondering about the benefits of digital transformation, RPA gives them a quick snapshot of the possibilities.
  2. RPA can be implemented with other business tools, such as your Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution.
  3. It allows for employee time to be reallocated to more pertinent tasks, freeing them up to focus on bigger projects, which could mean more time for diving into more digital transformation.
  4. It works continuously, updating and sending information through the automated workflow as it receives data.
  5. It allows employees to see where hold-ups and slow-downs may be and which processes aren’t working as efficiently as they could be. This gives managers the opportunity to identify business patterns and track the performance of workflows.

Because of the continuous success of RPA, companies will become more likely to adopt other digitization applications in the future, leading to full-scale digital transformation. Will you be one of those companies?

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