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RPA Technical Insights, Part 16: Why Efficiency Goes Hand-in-hand with Security

David Brain January 24, 2017Blog

One scope of RPA security is limiting fraudulent activity or misuse of the automation from within the team. Any user that is able to configure your business automation carries a risk, whether it is the exploitation of security flaws or simply careless mistakes. Even tools like encryption cannot ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 15: Three Ways Encryption Can Augment Your Business Automation

David Brain January 19, 2017Blog

Enterprise-level RPA solutions often involve a considerable amount of data processing and information transfer.  As with all important processes, this data can contain sensitive information. RPA solutions must have sufficient security measures to avoid compromising the integrity of company data. ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 14: How Exception Handling Can Save Your Automation From Failure

David Brain January 11, 2017Blog

Exception handling is defined by the management of exceptions in unassisted automation. It ensures that problems can be automatically resolved if possible, or easily identifiable and repairable by system administrators or passed for human completion where appropriate. If left unhandled, ...

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Choose Your Machine Wisely

Pascal Baker January 10, 2017Blog

There is an interesting parallel between cycling in a Grand Tour and implementing Robotic Process Automation, especially when it comes to choosing your machine. Symphony CCO Pascal Baker explains the analogy...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 13: How to Defend Your RPA Workforce from Technical Failure

David Brain January 05, 2017Blog

Exceptions (or errors) are unexpected events that occur during the operation of an automation. Amid a deployed RPA solution, they can halt or slow down processes. They are bound to happen with any complex automation. To minimize the effects of exceptions, RPA tools provide functionality to ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 12: Customizing Your RPA Solution Through Code Integration

David Brain December 21, 2016Blog

Code integration in RPA refers to the general capability of an RPA tool to work with code-based actions. This provides the RPA tool with the ability to embed code internally within a process or execute external scripts. This blog will briefly explore the merit of each of these facets. If ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 11: An Overview of the Most Common Application Integrations in RPA

David Brain December 16, 2016Blog

The core of enterprise-level RPA integration is connecting with the various third-party applications in a business’s digital infrastructure. In our previous blog, we mentioned how screen scraping enables the automation of almost any software. However, RPA tools offer more specific features that ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 10: Why Screen Scraping is Essential to the RPA Toolkit

David Brain December 08, 2016Blog

One useful feature of RPA tools is screen scraping. Screen scraping involves capturing bitmap data from the screen and cross-checking it against stored information to decipher it. While it is not the fastest or most accurate method, the flexibility it provides with almost any application makes ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 9: How to Mitigate the Risks of Database Integration

David Brain December 02, 2016Blog

In RPA, the ability to integrate with third-party applications is the key to achieving maximum functionality. However, integration with the database layer is not as simple as connecting to it from an RPA tool. Database integration can pose many challenges, such as information security, that your ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 8: How Sustainable RPA Design Can Pay Dividends Down the Road

David Brain November 25, 2016Blog

In RPA, solution sustainability refers to the ability to keep an automation optimized throughout process updates and business changes. RPA tools allow for sustainable development through capabilities like component reusability, which can help your business streamline resource usage and reduce ...

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Shifting from Tactical to Strategic RPA: 10 Insights from RPA Experts

admin November 18, 2016Blog

 Yesterday, in an interactive webinar, Symphony Head of Strategy Ian Barkin and UiPath COO Guy Kirkwood, with IRPA President Raheem Hasan as moderator, discussed the differences between the reality versus the expectations of RPA..

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What is RPA? A Guide to Robotic Process Automation

Ian Barkin November 15, 2016Blog

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a critical component of the ‘Future of Work’ toolkit. If you’re new to the concept of Robotic Process Automation you may be wondering what the term actually means. We’ve created this blog post to help you understand RPA and learn about the many ways it can add ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 7: Selecting the Right Code Structure for Process Design

David Brain November 03, 2016Blog

An RPA tool’s architecture can often affect usability and the direction of development. Different tools take different approaches to designing and constructing automations. These approaches can have a significant impact on the effectiveness and resilience of the solution and the speed of ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 6: Understanding the Learning Curve

David Brain October 21, 2016Blog

Like any complex application, RPA tools take time and resources to master. So, it is crucial to select a tool that will not restrict adoption with strict skill prerequisites. In this blog, we will explain how a low knowledge requirement to configure and run processes within a tool can reduce the ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 5: Why Visual and Interface Design Matter

David Brain October 07, 2016Blog

A Preface on Usability

In this chapter of our RPA Technical Insights, we explore the benefits of usability. Usability is measured by how intuitive it is to develop and configure processes, and administer those processes within the RPA tool. We enjoy using software that is simple to use, and RPA ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 4: Optimizing Your Virtual Workforce with Process Administration

David Brain September 16, 2016Blog

After identifying your project scope, selecting your deployment mode and constructing your automation processes (following layered design principles), you will need a way to administer them in production. Process Administration provides the necessary capabilities to deploy and manage automation ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 3: Assisted or Unassisted Robotic Process Automation: How to choose the right delivery model for your project

David Brain September 01, 2016Blog

The vision for RPA is to distribute and manage work across machines as a 'virtual workforce. Being able to deploy RPA at scale within your organization is key to achieving this. Essentially, the RPA tools in the market offer two modes of deployment. Assisted automation, where the RPA software ...

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 2: Making a Complex Automation? You'll Need Layered Design

David Brain August 02, 2016Blog

You may be asking yourself as you start to read this article, what are layers and why are they important? We will be addressing these questions through this article as well as giving insight into how different RPA tools have been designed in different ways to target specific uses.

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RPA Technical Insights, Part 1: The Eight Elements of Successful RPA Orchestration

David Brain July 28, 2016Blog

In the field of robotic process automation (RPA), it is no surprise that many businesses encounter the dilemma of deciding on the ideal toolset. RPA tool features are diverse and abundant, and many leading vendors claim to fit all sizes. After countless RPA projects designing, deploying, testing ...

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Is RPA the Tool of Old Plant Managers Who Haven’t Died Yet?

Ian Barkin July 26, 2016Blog

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting an automation panel at the Chicago OAISS event, hosted by IRPA. On the panel were David Brain from Symphony Ventures, A.J. Hanna from Ascension Health Ministry Service Center, and Adam Devine from WorkFusion. To these distinguished panelists, I posed ...

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