How does Robotic Process Automation work with Cloud ERP?
Brian Terrell, Managing Partner of BTerrell Group and an Intacct Premier Partner, specializes in business process automation using Cloud ERP and an automation toolkit which includes Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) software. RPA automates any business process by accessing software through the application’s user interface in a code-free and non-invasive manner.
This is the first in a series of articles and videos on those discussions in which we get Johnny’s take on deploying RPA in the cloud.
Brian Terrell: Intacct's value proposition includes best-in-class connectivity to other best-in-class applications, an extremely robust reporting engine, great multi-entity reporting, continuous consolidations, it has the preferred provider designation of the AICPA, and the list just goes on and on. Since Intacct only runs in the cloud, our customers are not looking for another on-premises application, so it's going to be a rough conversation about RPA unless I can talk about deploying it in the cloud. How does that work?
Johnny Ramondino: RPA has been traditionally deployed on premise, and I would say this has been the case primarily because of how the solutions have come to market. The first solutions focused on large enterprise offerings where data privacy, security and things like that are very tight. I think as the market is maturing on RPA and as organizations are moving more to the cloud, you can see these options becoming more available to deploy RPA in the cloud as well. What we're seeing, certainly, is that there's a lot of acceptance from the market to say, "Hey, all of our IT is moving to the cloud. Why should we bring more things internally? Doesn't make a lot of sense." So deploying RPA through the cloud doesn't only make sense from an overall value perspective, but it also makes sense from just the speed of execution and the ability to scale. And ultimately, from an overall strategy, from an IT perspective, it's a lot more valuable and allows you to just pay for what you use.
At some point, every legacy application will be updated, replaced or obsoleted. Until then, RPA provides the means for organizations to advance their technology forward with the adoption of Cloud ERP, while continuing to leverage critical functions from legacy applications.
And when your organization is ultimately able to detach from its legacy applications, RPA technology will continue to be of value to your ERP implementation, as we highlight here.
BTerrell solves business automation challenges for midmarket companies with Intacct and our automation toolkit, which includes Robotic Process Automation software. With Intacct and RPA, you achieve more automation using fewer resources resulting in a rapid return on investment. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
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