Gartner Research

When and How to Use Robotic Process Automation in Finance and Accounting

Published: 20 December 2017

ID: G00341659

Analyst(s): Cathy Tornbohm , John Van Decker


Robotic process automation should be evaluated on speed to value and total cost of process ownership in the context of your existing finance activities. This research helps application leaders spot and evaluate RPA use cases in finance and accounting.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What Can RPA Be Used for in Finance and Accounting Activities?


  • Use RPA for Routine Work, and Use It Together With Other Tools
  • Use Best-Practice Automation Options Over RPA If They Are Available
    • Considerations for Using or Not Using RPA in Finance and Accounting
  • Determine If Your Finance Organization Is Ready for RPA
    • How Many People Can RPA Replace in Finance and Accounting?
    • Achieving Excellent Finance and Accounting Business Outcomes

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2019 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client