What’s in for you?
Many enterprises are still running legacy systems that they no longer wish to actively update. In such cases, RPA can provide a useful mechanism for getting data from those applications and using it in other systems. That can be a useful and low-cost way to extend the lifespan of those applications, especially where the retirement path for such systems is complex, time consuming or risky due to the lack of skills to support or make sense of the underlying code.
In such cases, RPA is often preferable to manual interventions — where staff have to retype data from a legacy app into a different system. Here, RPA can be cost effective and reduce the likelihood of errors being introduced during the copying process. This is especially true when it comes to what might be termed “super macros” — in other words, RPA enables an employee to perform a task that could have entailed multiple clicks or ‘copy and pastes’, and complete it in one shot.