In its early days, IT infrastructure virtualization was introduced in a piecemeal fashion as organizations performed proofs of concepts and deployed discrete virtualization solutions. Over time, virtualization has become an accepted and ubiquitous feature of enterprise computing environments, both on-premises and in the cloud.
Process automation follows a similar path, with automation moving from point-to-point solutions in silos to an end-to-end ‘layer’ that sits on top of all cloud applications and services in an organization and manages the processes that cross them.
Since many applications and services already include automated processes, it might appear that a layer of automation already exists within the stack of IT solutions. In practice, however, such a layer should cover and integrate all discrete automations and serve as the basis for the creation of new automated processes.
Additionally, many existing automations focus on digitally-centric processes such as data transfers between systems. An automation layer based on robotic process automation (RPA) technology can integrate these types of automation, but also add the ability to automate many human-machine interactions. Of course, user interface processes often become inefficient bottlenecks in complex end-to-end processes.
By its very nature, an RPA-based automation layer must be able to integrate easily and efficiently with all the underlying applications and cloud services it covers. Without these out-of-the-box integration capabilities, any potential benefits that a new process automation might offer can be negated by the labor and costs associated with creating custom interfaces for every IT element. traversed by a workflow.
Once an organization has established a layer of IT automation, it becomes much simpler to implement a automation first approach that tackles discrete, manual enterprise-wide processes. The automation layer provides a standard and consistent foundation that every department, and even individual employees, can access and operate.
The UiPath platform provides all the elements organizations need to create holistic automation layers that encompass their entire on-premises and cloud infrastructure. UiPath and its community of partners offer dozens of native integrations and out-of-the-box automations for virtually any popular public cloud service and application.
To further expand its extensive integration offerings, UiPath recently acquired Cloud elements. The acquisition brought over 200 new native integrations to the UiPath portfolio, helping UiPath customers develop RPA automations even faster.
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