3 RPA spring cleaning tips


By Neil Kinson, Chief of Staff, Redwood Software

With summer on the way, thoughts might be starting to turn towards vacations, family trips and lazing at the beach. But for now, we’re still well and truly in the midst of spring, and with that comes the opportunity to get everything streamlined and straightened out before those vacations arrive.

Just like spring cleaning your home, giving your business the once-over doesn’t need to be a protracted or painful process – you just need to find the most efficient way to do things.

Here are three top tips to help you spring-clean your business with RPA.

1.  Get organized

If you’ve chosen a future-facing RPA solution, this should be a step that was carried out before any work took place. In reality, many RPA implementations become ad hoc siloes of automation, which we’ve looked at in the past.

While the value of having an overarching plan and goal speaks for itself, the process of producing an RPA roadmap can be an incredibly efficient way to rid your business of any legacy processes that no longer need to exist.

Depending on the level of automation you’re aiming for across processes, this step alone can eliminate hundreds or thousands of time-sapping and costly manual processes (and sub-processes), as well as help you rein in any ad hoc automation that’s been implemented without IT involvement.

2.  Find the right tool for the right job, and use it in the right way

Having the right tool for the right job isn’t enough if you don’t know how and when to use it.

For many organizations, that’s not too far from their experience of automation up to this point: it’s ‘sort of’ worked, but the end result is not quite what was expected. 

Why pay for expensive robots and the associated support, infrastructure and licensing costs to simply sample a few potential RPA benefits?

It's better to actively pursue significant real-life benefits for your specific business use-case.

3.  Start small and build from there

Traditional advice for spring cleaning would suggest you tackle the biggest, hardest jobs first, but this isn’t the approach you should take with RPA. If you do, there’s a higher chance you’ll end up disillusioned with the possibilities and realities of RPA.

Instead, plan to start with smaller processes to give you the flexibility to learn capabilities at your own speed. Then you can scale to larger deployments for more complex processes and tasks in the future – without incurring expensive and technically demanding overheads as a result of scaling automation.

If you’d like to see how Redwood Robotics solutions can help you optimize processes for digital operations and free staff from repetitive manual tasks in a highly scalable way, please complete the form below. 

Categories:   Automation   Business Process   Robotic Process Automation  

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