Sorting through the buzzwords is one of the biggest challenges of the tech industry.
But one thing’s for sure: increasing automation is the future of business.
With that in mind, we’re taking a look at what it means when we discuss IT robotic automation vs traditional robotics.
Read on below for our breakdown.
Defining the Terms
Before we can talk about the differences, we need to define the terms involved.
Of course, we’re not talking about traditional nuts-and-bolts robots here. When we say robots, we’re talking about software-based automated solutions.
Like their metal brothers, both IT robotic automation and traditional robotics are ways of automating labor. The intention of both is to save time, effort, and ultimately cost for a business and its employees. This frees up human employees to work on more complex and more interesting tasks.
Traditional robotics focuses on a pre-coded, pre-built solution to an automation problem. You can think of it as a band-aid to fix a particular problem. Traditional robotics must normally be integrated into a system, requiring costly set-up.
IT robotic automation, meanwhile, is focused on replicating human actions using the same user interface that a human would use. It essentially mimics a flesh and blood employee. You may also hear IT automation referred to as RPA, or robotic process automation.
Benefits of IT Robotic Automation
IT robotic automation has a few advantages over more traditional forms of automation.
RPA systems are very easy to use, which can be a huge benefit for companies unable to spare additional resources for IT. There are a few factors behind this ease of use:
No Coding Required
RPAs are designed to ‘learn’ from relatively simple user input. They don’t need complex coding to be successful. Practically speaking, this means that business operations can employ RPA systems without needing coding staff in place. This can greatly save on costs, including new hires or staff training.
Integration Without Disruption
The big fear among end users when it comes to any form of complex IT is the disruption it causes. While cost is a factor, this is often the primary reason that businesses stick with what they have rather than upgrading.
But RPA operates in the same environment as a human user. This means it uses all the same steps to access a system, like inputting a user ID and password. It’s effectively equivalent to having another employee but virtual. Like a real employee, it takes time and training to bring it to full effectiveness. But once at this point, it can automate complex tasks with ease.
No IT Burden
Hand-in-hand with low disruption comes the low burden RPA systems put on IT departments. RPA can be introduced by the business user rather than the IT department. That means the IT department is freed up to work on the things that really matter: offering day-to-day support and developing solutions for the company’s future.
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Automating the Future
Staying informed can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to keeping ahead on tech. But automation is the future, so we hope we’ve offered some clarity on the buzzwords involved.
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