Automation and robotics may bring to mind an image of high-tech manufacturing machinery, but robotic process automation (RPA) isn’t about physical robots or machines. Rather, RPA is configured computer software designed to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems.
In other words, RPA performs administrative tasks – that would otherwise be done by an employee – without a need for critical thinking or human intuition.
In a utility setting, RPA provides utilities the opportunity to improve performance by leveraging technology to complete transactional, rule-based tasks that have clear procedures. With your organization, consider processes that are rule-driven, involve data manipulation, repetition, high human error rate and electronic triggers. Several processes could likely benefit from RPA such as:
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