Use Cases for Robotic Process Automation: Providing a Team of 'Virtual Workers'

Foundational Refreshed: 05 March 2018 | Published: 26 October 2015 ID: G00290547


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We discuss use cases for robotic process automation and how IT and business process owners can start to choose when they would use RPA or an iBPMS, a dedicated software solution, or a cognitive tool.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Understanding Robotic Process Automation as a "Virtual Worker"
  • Analysis
    • Use Cases and Best-Practice Deployment Guidelines for RPA
      • Process Evaluation Questions for RPA Best Practices
      • Examples of Manual Activities, Which Could Consider RPA
      • Choosing From the Options: When Would You Use RPA by Itself or With an iBPMS or API or Dedicated Software Solution?
      • What RPA Technologies Are Currently Available?
      • Crafting an RPA Philosophy If I Have Multiple System Integration or BPO Providers Offering Multiple RPA Tools?
      • Pricing Models for RPA Technologies?
      • Can I Get Help Deploying RPA?
  • Case Study
    • What Deployments of RPA Tools Currently Exist?
    • A Large Customer Service Company
    • A Large U.S.-Based Manufacturer
    • A Large U.K.-Based Retailer and Manufacturer
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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