Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the integrated management of core business processes in real time. It is also mediated by technology and software. Since the inception of ERP, it has established its footing by promising tremendous efficiencies. It works by housing all your business data under one roof, delivers easy access, offers robust productivity features, facilitates rapid implementation, and more. Hence, a growing number of companies are moving from their legacy systems and applications to modern Cloud ERP solutions.
It has been reported that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has the ability to bridge the gap between legacy and Cloud ERP applications, while retaining the usefulness of the legacy system and facilitating a seamless move. In other words, RPA effectively removes the barriers to Cloud ERP adoption and adds the efficiencies of the cloud.
What is Robotic Process Automation and What Can it Do?
Robotic Process Automation is an application and platform agnostic. As it operates at the user interface level, it is able to do what trained software users can do. RPA can usually complete manual tasks that are associated with two disparate applications, which need to share data with each other. Those tasks include:
- Legacy application updates with confirmations
- Notifying business partners and staff members on the tasks it is currently on
- Updating beneficiaries, quantities, credit terms, and addresses
- Creating new account, item, vendor, and customer records
- Logging into new ERP applications or legacy applications
- Sorting spreadsheet data and saving them in a certain location
- Input downloaded data into a spreadsheet, in an organized manner
- Downloading a report or file
As you can see, RPA technology can remove the barriers to Cloud ERP adoption. It offers a seamless move by automating manual tasks that were previously required to be maintained by two or more applications.
How RPA Bridges the Gap
For some business owners, abandoning a legacy application is not possible. They may find it difficult to take advantage of the benefits of modern cloud ERP solutions. Fortunately, they do not have to remain in the technological past. They can use RPA as a tool to act as a middleman between Cloud ERP applications and legacy applications.
Next, RPA bots can be trained to interact with and fetch data from one or more unrelated and separate systems. You can visualize RPA bots as your digital or virtual employee. They act on your systems and data just like a human employee would. They would work back and forth between varying applications, and not just operate at a program level. The amazing thing is that the bots can operate at a user level without needing code-level changes to your software systems.
The Bottom Line
At some point of time, every legacy application needs to be replaced, updated, or even become obsolete. Until then, RPA solutions provide the means for businesses to advance their technology forward by adopting Cloud ERP. These organizations will still be able to leverage the critical functions their legacy application provides.
You can rest assured that RPA technology will continue to be of great value to your move to the cloud, even if you are already detached from your legacy systems. When it comes to adopting cloud ERP solutions, ANEXIO has the ability to help you achieve more with lesser resource utilization, resulting in a rapid ROI.