How much does RPA cost? When is it worth automating business processes?
Real benefits and possible difficulties of implementing automation in your company
In which industries is the implementation of RPA the most profitable?
If we want to automate labor-intensive processes in our workplace, we have to take into account the costs of this undertaking. The owners of the company from whom we obtained the technology best suited to our needs charge money for the software license. How much does RPA cost? If we partnered with BluePrism, we would probably have to pay £5,000 a month. Analysts with whom we will undertake the analysis should help us determine whether certain activities of our company, performed so far by human resources, are worth replacing with artificial intelligence. It may turn out that the potential costs of licensing automation systems would exceed the remuneration that we would pay employees for completed projects.
Let us remember that we can count on real profits when we have larger processes to automate and a large volume of data to process. Developers who design some improvement for our company are obliged to estimate how much their implemented automation system will be able to speed up everyday processes. Activities such as invoicing or entering simple data, the processing of which could be automated, may be subject to increased monitoring.
The most important goal of the implemented solutions to automate breakneck activities is to improve them. Currently, developers working on the best possible solution for a particular company sometimes use several software. Until recently, we needed to combine even several technologies, which was extremely time-consuming and expensive. Today, it is possible to use one tool, which significantly shortens the implementation time of the improvement. If we were to talk about the shortcomings we have encountered so far when automating processes in workplaces, there is even the legal aspect. It would regulate the availability of a given operating system. In addition, the process that we have automated may differ slightly from that performed manually. Using improvements, we extract data from a specific database or web service and it is not always possible to do so. An example is a process that would use data from as many as three external systems in which we would not be able to use databases. Therefore, if the employees of a given company would not make the database available to developers, then they only have access to the user interface.
Among the industries in which we see the greatest potential in the implementation of RPA technology, we can mention:
- the financial industry;
- Human Resources departments;
Of course, we see the most real benefits of return on the project in larger companies, where hundreds of people are responsible for the implementation of manual work. Integration between automated processes and the development department is important. This will allow for efficient elimination of the error. Correspondence with the Support department is the basis for maintaining automation processes in efficiency, as well as potential implementation of new improvements (e.g. in the form of an application) or optimization. Let’s remember that each technology requires constant monitoring and implementation of, for example, updates. Moreover, the works often need to be reconstructed and additional costs must be taken into account here. However, the interested company should be willing to provide an interface to make this possible. In computer science and electronics, we translate the interface as a tool that would allow us to merge several devices together. Without the interface, collaboration would not be possible.