Frequently Asked Questions
Outamation Inc prides itself on its emphasis on what we call “drip innovation”. Inspired by drip irrigation, a method to get water directly to the root zone of plants, limiting evaporation while spurring more efficient growth, we seek to incorporate specific changes on a smaller scale to improve the overall performance of your business.
It is important to us that we use business’ investments in the most efficient way and bring our solutions directly to the “root zone” of your business problems. Most consultants seek to incorporate flashy and expensive ideas that cost much more relative to their benefits; even though they might look nice, we strive to take a more delicate approach, offering multiple small-scale ideas that will focus on your pain points to solve operational and business challenges. Collectively, these smaller innovations lead to a larger return on investment.
For example, if we can automate several tasks that took a couple minutes of work to complete, the time saved will compound and lead to greater benefits than if we had just focused on one issue.
The drip innovation approach leads to operations teams cutting nonvalue tasks and automating repetitive tasks. In large and growing companies that are mired with bureaucratic steps, Outamation can take a surgical approach to spur growth and cut costs. This is often seen as a confidence booster to teams in a business that feel ignored by development projects that solely focus on big ticket items. Another key tenet of our approach is its lack of disruption on a grand scale, avoiding the danger of broad changes cannibalizing revenues. Outamation does not fear disruption or large changes, but rather seeks to make smart investments starting small to remove inefficiencies and then balancing them out with strategic changes to boost profits.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology that enables businesses to use software robots to automate specific tasks.
For e.g. when applications are not integrated, team members copy paste or type data to do specific processing steps. These tasks can be either completely automated or augment the productivity of the processor by automating cookie cutter tasks, allowing them to focus on just exceptions.
RPA has wide ranging use across any industry or vertical which is based on computer driven processing – either online or client/server application.
Typical characteristics of ideal candidate for RPA are:
- Processes which are not automated of course or not on the roadmap with the technology teams.
- Processes which are regular and repetitive. These actions don’t change over time and remain constant. Because robots adhere to rules, tasks that are intended for automation should be composed of clear-cut actions that are carried out consistently. One example is data entry and exception handling, “if this, do that”, rules-based tasks like online filing of documents, naming conventions, auto responses etc.
Assuming 1 and 2 is met, second important criterion is to choose a process which has high number of transactions to justify the one time effort in setting up RPA and purchasing related licenses.
Robotic process automation offers countless benefits to businesses throughout various industries.
For example, you can automate tasks generally completed by humans to drastically reduce the risk of errors occurring during the process. In addition, robotic process automation means getting time-consuming, tedious tasks completed without stress or frustration.
While improving accuracy and boosting productivity are two good reasons to consider RPA for your infrastructure, those aren’t the only benefits your business can experience when implementing it into daily operations.
RPA will help you ramp up security, improve the experience customers have when dealing with your business, and help you maintain regulatory compliance to avoid potential legal issues. With benefits like these, it’s never been a better time to begin using RPA for your business.
The time it takes to implement RPA tools into your organization’s infrastructure may vary based on several factors. In some instances, it can take a minimum of two weeks. However, not all scenarios are the same. Some of the most challenging workflows can take up to three months to fully implement robotic process automation. Even if it takes more time to implement, it’s worth it in the long run because it will save your business much more time, effort, and money.
- Select a good process candidate for RPA
- Document key steps and establish success criterion. Goal can be 70%+ automation.
- Set a pilot project with us to see benefits in real time
- Plan the automation roadmap and Governance Plan
- Continuous improvements