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

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This is part 8 of a 22 part blog series by the leading experts at Symphony Ventures. It addresses how to choose the right RPA tools for your business needs. Drawing from our global team’s extensive knowledge in automation consulting, implementation, and managed services across a range of diverse industries, we’ve drilled into the technical criteria to consider when selecting which RPA software best enables your company’s digital operation strategy.

Read part 7, Selecting the Right Code Structure for Process Design

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 turnaround times. This blog will cover how reusability is implemented in RPA development, as well as the importance of process maintenance. We will explain how these factors can bolster a well-designed automation and maximize efficiency.

The Benefits of Building Reusable Components

As described in the preceding blog, reusable modules are a feature of the object-oriented design methodology. Reusable components come in the form business objects or layers, which can be implemented in multiple processes. They tend to be designed with reusability in mind and should accommodate relatively wide ranges of use. When implemented, they can reduce the need to replicate processes in development. Instead, the original, well-tested component is used as a building block for other processes. This flexibility is what enables a business to streamline the development of complex processes.

Reusability also allows developers to share components between processes that target the same business systems. Collaboration between developers means that your business can avoid building redundant components. For example, a core automation component dedicated to a business application can be distributed to multiple developers. They can then extend its functionality by building on it. In cases where a specific component is necessary in multiple processes, having the ability to make use or re-usable components is essential.

How Sustainable Automation Translates to Maintenance

Reusable components also bolster maintenance procedures. When an update is required, changes implemented in the reusable component will apply to all processes that use it. This removes the need to implement the same changes across multiple processes. This is why taking the effort to create a sustainable RPA solution can pay dividends in the future.

Consideration must also be given to the maintenance capabilities of RPA tools. The most efficient way to update your automation is to change all affected processes at once. To do this, your business will need an RPA tool that can perform maintenance through network distribution. This feature is commonly found in advanced control centers, allowing one to send process updates across groups of machines. Ideally, the implemented RPA solution will make use of a Control Room or server, allowing for centralized distribution of processes and updates. Features like this make adaptation to business process changes much more timely.

A business that seeks to deploy RPA for the long-term should have solution sustainability in mind. Being able to employ objects across multiple systems not only encourages collaboration and organization but also simplifies maintenance. Thus, factors like reusability end up being strong determinants of scalability and reliability. You will also want features like network distribution, to make sure that your entire automation system can adapt to changes on a whim. Together, these considerations can contribute to deployments that can stand up well to the dynamic needs of a business environment. To learn more about the most important features in RPA, read some of our other Technical Insights blog posts.

 

Be sure not to miss part 9 of RPA Technical Insights, where we introduce the integration chapter with a look at the aspects of database connectivity.

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