What is RPA? – How it Works, RPA Tools & Applications

As the world is moving forward to using variants of technologies, so has automation improved its ways to make our work easier. Though the word automation was coined in the 1950s.

What is RPA?

The process of automating business operations with the help of robots to reduce human intervention is said to be Robotic Process Automation(RPA).

Robotic are entities that mimic human actions are called Robots.

A process is a sequence of steps that lead to meaningful activity. For example, the process of making tea or your favorite dish, etc.

Automation is any process that is done by a robot without human intervention.

How RPA Works?

This question has always popped on whether RPA uses physical robots, or are there actual robots present to automate tasks.


Step 1: Gain extensive knowledge about the history behind RPA. That is, learn all about Traditional Automation.

Step 2: Learn about RPA and the various Applications of RPA.

Step 3: Choose the process that you wish to automate, and retrospect about the process dependencies. This is a way to make sure that your business doesn’t suffer loss while you are busy automating the task.

Step 4: Gain extensive hands-on experience in RPA Tools, such as UiPath, Blue Prism, and Automation Anywhere.

RPA Tools

RPA Tools/Vendors are the software through which you can configure tasks to get automated. In today’s market, there are RPA Vendors such as Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, WorkFusion, Pega Systems and many more. But, the leaders in the market are the trio (UiPath, Blue Prism & Automation Anywhere). Refer to the below Forester Research on RPA, to know the current ranking of various RPA Tools.

 the reasons behind UiPath leading the game




Is trial version available?

UiPath - Community edition/ Free edition  is available

Blue Prism - No trial version available

Automation Anywhere - A trial version is available for 30 days

Is it user-friendly?

UiPath - Provides the user-friendly visual designer

Blue Prism - Provides a user-friendly visual designer, easier than Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere - Developers friendly but requires high programming skills.

Popularity :

UiPath - Most Popular Tool

Blue Prism - More popular than Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere - The least popular tool in the trio

Applications of  RPA

Multinational companies such as Deloitte, Accenture, Capgemini and many more, use Robotic Process Automation in their day to day tasks. These companies, benefit by using RPA as it provides, accurate, reliable, consistent outputs with high productivity rates. So, now let me tell you the top applications of RPA so that you know the various sectors in which RPA can be used.

By using in accounting, financial service, and human resource industries, the pressure on a man is reduced and can harness his talents in a better way. So, RPA is a technology that will make your work  in a reliable manner.


source:  Sahiti Kappagantula/edureka