Automation refers to the usage of software, machines or similar advanced technologies to carry out tasks or processes that would be usually carried out by humans. Automation could be mechanical, software or even virtual. RPA incorporates various disciplines to designs, programs, physical tasks, etc. using robots, chatbots, etc.
RPA is quite a system agnostic method, involving advancements in software, hardware or business processes, which is one of its major differentiators from traditional automation.
Robotic Process Automation vs. Traditional Automation
RPA is slightly different and more efficient as compared to traditional automation in many ways. Though, we can’t deny the fact that traditional techniques are the best suited in some processes and industries. Let us see their comparison based on various parameters like RPA support technology, software limitation, time to market, complex systems, customization, etc.
Traditional techniques rely on programming, APIs and other methods for integration of different systems on a single platform. On the other hand, RPA imitates various users’ actions at the UI level. Once the robots learn the actions or processes, they can automatically execute the user’s activity.
In traditional automation, the developers need to have a thorough knowledge of the target system and be proficient with programming skills. However, RPA developers don’t need to have an in-depth understanding of the complexity of the underlying technology as the robots simply comprehend user actions. It doesn’t require coding skills. The operations can be easily performed in a short time by giving training on the tools.