The growth in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) adoption has also driven the growth of RPA consultants to help companies implement RPA Solutions. Based on a recent survey across APAC/ANZ, 43% of the companies choose to implement RPA on their own without a services partner or advisor. Even though RPA is a relatively “simple” technology to implement, a lot of companies have faced challenges or issues with their deployments or have found that the results they were expecting were not met. This is where an RPA Consultant could make a difference. In this blog we will go over a few reasons why a company might decide to work with an RPA Service Provider.
“43% of the companies are implementing RPA on their own, without a services partner or advisor.” – SSON’s 2019 APAC/ANZ Market Report
WHAT IS AN RPA SERVICE PROVIDER?
Before diving in the reasons to work with a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Service Provider, let’s define what it is. RPA consultants, also known as RPA Consulting firms, are companies that offer consulting, implementation support or ongoing management to automation projects. They could also be resellers of a specific RPA Vendor tool or technology agnostic.
YOU DON’T HAVE THE IN HOUSE EXPERTISE OR TIME FOR THE PROJECT
Implementing RPA requires a deep understanding and knowledge of the technology and the processes involved. Consultants have been working on processes for decades and some consultants are quite experienced in RPA as well.
If you believe that your company personnel does not have the expertise or time to deploy RPA automation, you can consider working with an RPA Service Provider.
NEED HELP SELECTING THE RIGHT PROCESSES TO AUTOMATE
One of the main challenges for companies looking to implement RPA is choosing the right processes for automation. Sometimes the most valuable processes to automate may not be obvious. RPA can be especially difficult if the processes that the company wants to automate are non-standardized and require human intervention frequently in order to execute.
An RPA consultant can help you identify which processes are better suited to automate but also the processes that would bring significant ROI to you efforts, by establishing a framework to the process assessment that evaluates Suitability, Value and Risk of automating a specific process. They could also recommend to reengineer the process in order to maximize the benefits of automation.
Knowing the right processes would eventually play a big part in choosing the RPA software for your project, as it would need to fit the specific business requirements.
CHOOSING A RPA TOOL REQUIRES DEEP ANALISIS
Besides having knowledge of all the processes, companies need to have the right guidance and skills to judge which solution fits them best. There’s multiple automation tools on the market, each with different capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and license fees. Some examples are: UiPath, Blueprism, Automation Anywhere, etc. Most of the companies choose the wrong solution based only on the cost of the solution itself.
An RPA Consultant can help you do a through analysis and assess the capabilities of each solution and the fit to your specific business processes and operations, ensuring that your investment is the right one for your automation needs.
DEPLOY RPA FASTER WITHOUT ADDING UP TO YOUR HEADCOUNT
Working with someone that has had experience deploying RPA technologies can significantly reduce project time, as they already know the best practices and approaches to RPA in order to achieve the best results and ROI out of your investment. Also if you are in a hurry to leverage the benefits of RPA, it make senses to work with an RPA Service Provider.
Another thing to consider is that working with an RPA Consultant could be more affordable than having RPA experts in house, besides you don’t spend time and resources trying to recruit that RPA talent.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT RPA SERVICE PROVIDERS
If after going over the reasons above you have realized you need to work with an RPA Service Partner, here’s some key questions that can help you filter and sort out RPA Consultants:
- RPA Experience and Qualifications. As would be the case for any technology or software you would want to work with someone that has a vast experience implementing that specific technology. When evaluating RPA Consultants, you should look for a partner that has the capabilities and certifications to fully deliver on the promise of automation.
- Industry-Specific Experience. While arguably any RPA service provider can assess your unique business needs, having experience in your particular industry helps them understand your position better and suggest a tailored-fit solution to your specific pain points.
- Existing Relationship. It is easier to work with companies that not only already know you and your processes, but are also are aware of other technology initiatives you are currently managing. As we have stated before, an RPA project should not be a siloed effort as it can have repercussions to different business areas.