Every company seems to be undergoing a transformation, whether strategically planned or forced by the recent global pandemic. To ensure the creation of new, manual process debt, companies need to operate with an “automation first” mindset and ask, “If we need to develop a new process, can we automate it from the start?” While not the prevailing thought in the industry, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) should be considered for processes that don’t currently exist, solidifying the value of RPA with a measurable ROI.
Add Future Processes to the Automation Pipeline
Corporate decision-makers rarely think to use “digital labor” exclusively for new processes when prioritizing their automation candidates. However, the lack of this mindset leads to the creation of new manual and repetitive processes that will end up being automation candidates in the future. With an “automation first” mindset, companies can avoid the time-consuming process of creating, identifying and automating a manual process that was intended for humans.
Automating new processes out of the gate will send a strong message to employees about the organization’s commitment to corporate efficiency and automation programs today and in the future. Having an automation-first mindset has a multiplier effect on cost savings; not only does it avoid the higher cost of human labor and human error, it avoids the cost to train employees on the new process, and the cost of automating that process in the future.
What does this look like in terms of ROI?
These are all notable outcomes, but if you skip the manual process step entirely and plan for the automation first, you can save even more time.
Automation First Mindset
There are benefits when the process already exists, and the staff has experience with its operational success and challenges. However, their absence should not end the conversation about potential automation. These benefits can include the following:
It is easy to see that once an organization subscribes to an automation first mindset, the benefits of RPA will be exponentially greater than in one that doesn’t, and the results will be transformative.
Logistics: Three Points to Consider in Support of Automation First Mindset
The success in achieving an automation-first mindset in an organization needs to be supported at all levels. The deployment of RPA cannot be done in a vacuum, it needs to be planned and monitored, with outcomes shared throughout the organization. Achieving a significant ROI in one area should be used to support the automation strategy and leverage the value for other areas to participate. Note the following three key points to consider for pre, post and ongoing success.
requires outreach to departmental leadership to find out what new processes are being created. Have digital labor visioning sessions to get people thinking outside the box
For processes automated today – feature that success story.
We have seen the value of transforming the manual work with automation and leveraging the bots for savings and efficiency that impact ROI. But, to be proactive and plan for an automation culture, the value can be realized much more quickly.
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