IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere
IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere is a new offering from IBM Digital Process Automation (DPA).
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) uses software robots (or bots) to automate activities that are performed by people, so that they can focus on higher value activities within your business. Typically, RPA is used to perform highly repetitive tasks that do not require any human judgement. RPA integrates with existing systems by using their Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) and mimicking the keyboard and mouse actions of a human operator. This can radically improve time to value, reduce human error, increase throughput, and decrease development costs.
RPA is a digital process automation technology that complements the other offerings from IBM DPA including IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) and IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM).
IBM BPM automates end-to-end business process workflows. A BPM process ensures that people and systems receive tasks to perform at the right time with the right information that is required to complete the task. BPM provides the Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) for business users so that they can manage and execute their tasks. System activities are used to integrate with one or more back-end systems using traditional system APIs.
IBM ODM automates decisions, based on rules that are defined by the business. Business rules can be maintained and scheduled in real-time. ODM decisions can be used by other systems within the enterprise to provide the business with the agility to react to changing business requirements in real-time.
These products each fulfil a specific role for digital automation within an organisation and used together they provide a powerful digital automation platform that delivers business value that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Use IBM RPA with Automation Anywhere with IBM BPM and IBM ODM to deliver a complete digital process automation capability within your organization. IBM has developed samples that you can use to implement the following integration scenarios:
- Use RPA to complete a BPM activity within an end-to-end business process
- Use BPM to handle exception cases for RPA
- Use ODM to make a decision within a RPA activity
IBM RPA with Automation Anywhere can be used for either attended or unattended RPA scenarios. Attended (or desktop process automation) may be useful in specific situations, but we recommend using unattended RPA for most cases. The following integration scenario demonstrates how desktop process automation (DPA) can be used in combination with BPM where you consider it to be applicable: