Since UiPath gives its customers great platform options for both cloud and self-hosted delivery, the leading RPA vendor will not persuade them to select one or another. But it wants to help them figure out whether they should start their automation programs on-premises or in cloud. To do this, Samir Raut, Technical Partner Manager at UiPath, has just shared the six reasons one should start with automation in cloud. Let’s learn them right now.
One of the most important three-letter words (after ROI) that most customers care about for their automation program is the total cost of ownership (TCO)—the cost associated with managing different components. For on-premises deployments, the TCO comes from the end-to-end lifecycle management of each server for each tenant, including the licensing cost of Windows Server (among other things). For a more accurate comparison, you are going to want to do this for each server-side UiPath product.
Remove Barrier to Entry for Starting Automation
Getting started with an on-premises enterprise automation deployment model requires implementation time and budget to prepare the on-premises hardware, installation, and configuration. Sometimes this can present itself as a barrier to entry. If you are looking to scale your automation program, this typically requires more investment to expand your infrastructure footprint.
Accelerate Time to Value
For programs that need to see ROI faster or need to scale rapidly, Automation Cloud offers the path to get there sooner and without a lot of the friction that’s common with on-premises deployments.
Shift Program Focus from Maintenance to Growth and Governance
This is often an underrated part of the benefit to getting to start via Automation Cloud. Over time, your automation program builds a muscle to move with more agility simply because there is less maintenance, server patching, or availability planning to do running your automation program in the cloud. For those reasons, your program team can focus on discovering more impactful automation opportunities, creating more value for the business, and focus on upskilling other employees.
Upgrades for any enterprise application require a certain degree of planning, communication, and resources dedicated to the change. That is no different for the UiPath enterprise automation platform. UiPath Automation Cloud offers—by virtue of being a software as a service (SaaS)—an alternative to the traditional on-premises model, where you are responsible for planning upgrades.
There’s a lot of evidence that the pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption for many organizations. And according to a recent Gartner press release, more than “85% of organizations will embrace a cloud-first principle by 2025.” If you have the mandate (or expect to receive a cloud-first mandate soon), that’s one more reason this operating model becomes a compelling option for deployment.