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What is RPA? – How it Works, RPA Tools & Applications

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As the world is moving forward to using variants of technologies, so has automation improved its ways to make our work easier. Though the word automation was coined in the 1950s, very few people really understood what it meant. So, in this blog on ‘What is RPA’?, I will discuss what exactly is the robotic process automation and its various factors.

The following are the topics covered in this blog:

So, let’s get started by first understanding What is RPA?

What is RPA?

The process of automating business operations with the help of robots to reduce human intervention is said to be Robotic Process Automation(RPA).

Robotic Process Automation - What is RPA - EdurekaIf I have to elaborate on each of these terms one by one, then

  • Robotic are entities that mimic human actions are called Robots.
  • A process is a sequence of steps that lead to meaningful activity. For example, the process of making tea or your favorite dish, etc.
  • Automation is any process that is done by a robot without human intervention.

So, when we summarize all these terms together, then mimicking human actions to perform a sequence of steps, leading to meaningful activity, without any human intervention is also known as Robotic Process Automation.

If you wish to learn further about Robotic Process Automation, then I suggest you go through this interesting video on What is RPA?

What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)? | Edureka

This tutorial will give you an introduction to RPA.

Now, that you What it is, let me tell you how exactly it works?

How RPA Works?

This question has always popped on whether RPA uses physical robots, or are there actual robots present to automate tasks.

Well, let me tell you that RPA does not replace humans with actual robots. But, there are softwares available in the market which let you configure automation workflows to automate your business operations. According to our experts, the demand for RPA online training and Automation anywhere Certification training are going to rise by 150% due to the lack of the skill set in the market.

Though I have mentioned that RPA is implemented through software which is nothing but RPA Tools/Vendors, let me tell you a few guidelines on how to get started with RPA, before we start discussing tools.

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How To Get Started With RPA?

You need to follow the below steps, to get started with RPA:

  • Step 1: Gain extensive knowledge about the history behind RPA. That is, learn all about Traditional Automation.
  • Step 2: Learn about RPA and the various Applications of RPA.
  • Step 3: Choose the process that you wish to automate, and retrospect about the process dependencies. This is a way to make sure that your business doesn’t suffer loss while you are busy automating the task.
  • Step 4: Gain extensive hands-on experience in RPA Tools, such as UiPath, Blue Prism, and Automation Anywhere.

Moving ahead with this article on What is RPA, let me tell you the top tools in the RPA market, which will help you automate tasks.

RPA Tools

RPA Tools/Vendors are the software through which you can configure tasks to get automated. In today’s market, there are RPA Vendors such as Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, WorkFusion, Pega Systems and many more. But, the leaders in the market are the trio (UiPath, Blue Prism & Automation Anywhere). Refer to the below Forester Research on RPA, to know the current ranking of various RPA Tools.

Competitors-What is RPA-EdurekaComparison of top tools

As I mentioned before the leaders in the RPA market are UiPath, Blue Prism, and Automation Anywhere. These tools are the most widely used tools in the industry for various purposes. These tools have their own advantages and drawbacks.

Let us first see the market trend of these tools.

Market Trend of RPA Tools

Google Trends of RPA Tools - RPA Blue Prism - Edureka

Here, the red line here is UiPath, blue line Blue Prism and the yellow line is Automation Anywhere. As it is evident from the graph, UiPath emerges as a winner here. Now, if you are wondering why does UiPath win the game?

Then, you can consider the following table to know the reasons behind UiPath leading the game.

FeaturesUiPathBlue PrismAutomation Anywhere
Is trial version available?Community edition/ Free edition  is availableNo trial version availableA trial version is available for 30 days
Is it user-friendly?Provides the user-friendly visual designerProvides a user-friendly visual designer, easier than Automation AnywhereDevelopers friendly but requires high programming skills.
PopularityMost Popular ToolMore popular than Automation AnywhereThe least popular tool in the trio

All the tools are similar in their functioning and structure. But, if you are new to automation and want to learn how to automate tasks, then UiPath offers a free-edition with a drag and drop visual designer. This tool doesn’t need programming knowledge and can automate any number of tasks as you wish.

So, if you can master one tool, then this will give you a good headstart to enhance your career opportunities.

Moving ahead with this article on What is RPA, let me quickly tell you the various Applications of RPA.

For details, You can even check RPA earning the key concepts to design RPA solutions using UiPath Community Edition with the RPA developer foundation.

Applications of  RPA

Multinational companies such as Deloitte, Accenture, Capgemini and many more, use Robotic Process Automation in their day to day tasks. These companies, benefit by using RPA as it provides, accurate, reliable, consistent outputs with high productivity rates. So, now let me tell you the top applications of RPA so that you know the various sectors in which RPA can be used.

Applications of RPA - What is RPA - Edureka

As you can see in the above image RPA offers much more than testing. By using in accounting, financial service, and human resource industries, the pressure on a man is reduced and can harness his talents in a better way. So, RPA is a technology that will make your work easy, in a reliable manner.

So, folks, with this, we come to an end to this “what is RPA” article. If you wish to get yourself certified in RPA and become an RPA Developer, then Edureka offers  Robotic Process Automation Training using UiPath. You can enroll here, and get started with Instructor Led Live classes.

  • Thanks for the info. A Robotic Process Automation software helps every business to perform repititive task and reduce man power. Many RPA Tools trending in the market like Uipath, Intellibot, Blueprism etc…

    Intellibot stands as Best Automation Software in its class – G o through for more Queries on RPA <<<

  • Hello, you. Very cool!

    Could you please correct the text below “COMPLIANCE”? It’s wrong, I guess. It’s the same text as “PRODUCTIVITY”(I’m talking about the “Benefits of RPA” image)


    • Hey Lucas, thank you for flagging this out. We will look into this and make sure that the corrections are made. Cheers :)

  • From the time computers were invented, programmers have tried to leverage the compute technology as far as they can reach. Today, if we see the technologies around us, automation ranges from complex tasks like flying air-crafts to doing simple tasks like calculating numbers.

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