Let’s add a few clear-cut definitions of RPA to our arsenal. You can use these to sharpen your own understanding – or to help explain RPA to colleagues, customers, or partners, especially when working with non-technical folks.
“RPA is a form of business process automation that allows anyone to define a set of instructions for a robot or ‘bot’ to perform. RPA bots are capable of mimicking most human-computer interactions to carry out a ton of error-free tasks, at high volume and speed.”
Aaron Bultman, Ex-Director of product, Nintex
“In layman’s terms, RPA is the process by which a software bot uses a combination of automation, computer vision, and machine learning to automate repetitive, high-volume tasks that are rule-based and trigger-driven.”
David Landreman, CTO, Olive
“Robotic process automation is nothing but instructing a machine to execute mundane, repetitive manual tasks. If there is a logical step to performing a task, a bot will be able to replicate it.”
Vishnu KC, Senior Software Analyst Lead, ClaySys Technologies
“RPA is software that automates rules-based actions performed on a computer.”
Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer, Kofax
“RPA is an advanced form of business process automation that is able to record tasks performed by a human on their computer, then perform those same tasks without human intervention. Essentially, it is a virtual robot copycat.”
Marcel Shaw, Ex-Federal Systems Engineer, Ivanti
“Put simply, the role of RPA is to automate repetitive tasks that were previously handled by humans. The software is programmed to do repetitive tasks across applications and systems. The software is taught a workflow with multiple steps and applications.”
Antony Edwards, Ex-COO, Eggplant
“Robotic Process Automation is a rapidly emerging technology that will fundamentally change how SSCs (Shared Service Centre’s) operate, slashing the effort for routine tasks and enabling advanced cognitive applications that augment or replace human judgment in knowledge-based processes”.