Robotic Process Automation

RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation and is actually the installation of software on, for example, a PC to take over human actions. With RPA, the organization robotizes its repetitive actions. This is done by software that performs the actions, this software is configured once by a person and then executed (fully) automatically.

RPA is suitable for a variety of actions. Think of administrative activities, data transfer between systems, financial and IT support activities and back office work. In many organizations these actions are still performed manually by employees, an invisible source of non-value-adding activities and therefore failure costs.

Consider, for example, administrative actions such as retyping things, processing invoices or filling in forms. With RPA, these processes can be performed robotically, as if the employee were at the controls.

How does it work?

Together with Nimble you can make a so-called RPA scan in 1 day. Using a proven method, we map out which processes are active within the organization and which are suitable for RPA. Based on a business case, a choice is made for the processes to be carried out by the robot and after approval the robot is set up.

Advantages of RPA

  • Employees are given time for real value-adding actions;
  • The robot can work 24 hours a day;
  • Speed goes up and errors are minimized;
  • The robot can work on existing systems;
  • This means that no major IT investment is required.

Setting up the robot

An important condition for the robot is that there must be process steps that are always carried out according to the same set of rules. Only then can the process be automated. If this is indeed the case, the processes can be defined and it can be determined which decisions the “robot” must make in different situations. Modern RPA can also (to a limited extent) act digitally intuitively and logically.

RPA is not automation

The RPA robot simply executes the command that has been programmed. Processes that require more than simple automatic actions still require human expertise, for example in the digital transition.

A big advantage of programming RPA is that it can simply be placed within the existing IT architecture and that there are no major changes to the system. However, deploying the RPA robot can also maintain inefficiency. Think of banks that have been using RPAs for years to maintain administrative tasks in applications that originate from the dinosaur age. In newer and smarter platforms these tasks are simply redundant. A good RPA-scan also indicates whether the business case for digital transition, A.I or other technologies is better on the long term. We would like to help with this!

Examples of our RPA cases

  • Pluryn: reading invoices;
  • IHC: conversion of data files to 1 standard;
  • GeesinkNorba: legacy ERP data transition;
  • NRF: ERP system integration without API.

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