There are no shortage of tools available that enable software teams build and execute automated tests, however these tools have been specifically designed for testing, and nothing else, and are invariably designed to only handling only one product, for example GUI systems or Web browsers.
Application automation and migration has been often achieved with the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which exist as part of certain software applications. These applications expose web services or assemblies which can be used to programmatically interact with the application.
One of the best methods of executing a repetitive task is to use a schedule. Windows has its ‘Task Scheduler’, UNIX has its ‘CRON Jobs’, SQL Server has its ‘SQL Server Agent’. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technologies also have the ability to schedule the execution of automated processes. (See our video - Robotic Process Automation: an Introduction).
We touched on this briefly on the split between the skills you require in-housed versus what you are able to source in our previous article ‘What’s required to support & deliver Robotic Process Automation’.
As our blog series 'How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can resolve your operational issues' continues we welcome Lee Edwards, a leading RPA consultant, to provide his expert option on a number of operational issues he been able to fix by deploying RPA.
Pretty much every operation across every industry has the requirement to work out of hours from time to time. Out of hours work occurs for a number of reasons, including:-
In our article ‘How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) motivates and retains your existing workforce’ we cover how employers benefit from deploying RPA.
Robots essentially remove the highly repetitive, and often mundane activities, that are usually the least enjoyable part of somebody’s job.
In a series of interviews Lee Edwards, expert in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), shares with us his experience of deploying RPA programmes. In this interview we discuss with Lee how to ensure a smooth handover of your RPA programme from build and design to BAU.