RPA vs Scripting

RPA vs Scripting? Ever since you heard about RPA, are you wondering how the new shiny kid on the block, RPA (Robotic Process Automation), is better than scripting, the granddaddy of automation? Also, if you are a student of RPA, you are bound to hit upon this question, how is RPA different from scripting.

  1. While scripts can work across applications, you need to use multiple scripting languages to perform complex tasks that involve multiple applications. RPA frees you from this dependency. You can train a single RPA bot to use various operating systems, applications, and interfaces to achieve an operational task. For example, you can train an RPA bot to generate a report from raw data and mail it to your boss every day using your email client.
  2. RPA lets you embed work-flow capabilities into your RPA bot, whereas scripting languages do not offer this capability.
  3. Scripting languages require coding. RPA does away with coding. If you have an RPA bot installed on your system, you can train it without writing code.
  4. Scripting languages are majorly used for three purposes: web development (server-side scripting where code is executed on a server and client-side scripting where code is executed in the client web browser), testing applications, and working with operating systems. However, RPA’s capabilities are only limited only by one’s imagination.
  5. Unlike scripting, the reach of RPA is higher as RPA bots can use all the three interfaces that computing systems enjoy today, that is GUI, API, and CLI.

For all these reasons, RPA means freedom.

One caveat, though. While RPA has eliminated or minimized coding for the majority of the tasks done during a business day, it has not yet eliminated the need for coding for some sections of functions.

All said, the benefits of RPA are making firms consider and implement RPA.

To Know More

For an introduction to RPA, you may want to read the awesome Wikipedia page on RPA.

Also, RPA is one of the paths to achieve digital transformation. To know more about digital transformation and how it supports Indian SMEs, you may want to read the blog about digital transformation for SMEs.

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Author: Surya Prabha Vallae.