Published: January 30, 2019 – Author: Andy Hagerty
In the world of IT, process automation is hardly new. In fact, traditional automation development has been used to streamline business processes for quite some time! What’s really new and different in the world of automation is Robotic Process Automation (RPA), which has a lower barrier to entry and faster development times than traditional development. The relative pros and cons of traditional development and RPA have been widely documented, but what hasn’t been as widely discussed are the opportunities that can be unlocked by combining these two automation models.
Developers of traditional automation solutions typically follow SOLID design principles, implementing time-tested design patterns to create highly complex, loosely-coupled systems that are meant to easily integrate with other technologies. Traditional development solutions are designed to be highly scalable and emphasize performance, giving developers the ability to automate the testing and deployment of additional automations. Large development teams often value traditional development for its flexibility — the model allows them to easily create smaller automation components intended for reuse, which reduces their workload and increases automation efficiency.
On the other hand, RPA’s low barrier to entry has introduced a whole new audience to the world of automation. RPA developers and managers don’t necessarily need to be as technically trained as a traditional development team — in fact, RPA involves mostly business users. As business users tend to be closer to actual process work than IT staff, they can be trained to identify business processes ripe for RPA development, and manage those automations once launched. RPA also has unique transactional functionality, which clarifies ROI. Also, since RPA doesn’t rely on APIs or other integration methods, developers are free to create RPA automations with legacy applications.
Imagine first leveraging a complex automation framework built by a traditional development team — and then extending and scaling that framework as far as you need with RPA! If you combine both development models, you’ll exponentially increase the power and potential of your automation program. Your IT department can focus on technical tasks, without worrying about reducing costs. Your system can stay simple (low code, or even no code) since it can be easily extended using RPA. Plus, your program will become infinitely scalable in the hands of your business users, allowing for lower cost and quicker turnaround that will set the stage for your success.
To learn how your organization can combine traditional automation development with RPA, contact Agilify
Automation Innovation Architect, MCTS
Technical innovation architect with 18 years’ experience building enterprise level applications. Currently working on a team focused on exploratory work around ideas leveraging traditional development, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, optical character recognition and any other technology we can get our hands on.