Extract more value and boost your digital transformation journey by combining integration and intelligent automation capabilities. Read the blog to learn how
In our overall experience, we found three primary business needs being expressed across different industries:
These business needs refer to improving business processes on an existing set of applications. There are various types of applications involved in a transformation journey. In this blog, let us focus on three large groups of applications.
For simplicity’s sake, let us call them IRIA, i.e., Integration, RPA, and Intelligent Automation.
Look at your organizational application landscape with a narrow vision on integration and automation products and ask the following critical questions to yourself:
If you have tried to answer the above questions, you would conclude there are more potential benefits to be realized by building synergies within these three technology groups; improved efficiency and effectiveness as well as reduced costs. When used in concert, they can help companies transform business by quickly transferring data with task automation, communication, and automation of processes across the business flows.
This is the first blog in a series where you will learn more about the synergies and values achieved when IRIA is working together. Starting with the why. Keep reading to learn:
Everyone in the industry loves to talk about numbers so let us look at them. The solution consisting of IRIA can result in a significant increase in productivity (+30%-40%), reduce license costs (-20%-40%) as well as a reduction in human error (-65%-80%).
Additionally, by automating tasks, businesses can free up employee time to focus on more value-added activities resulting in the growth of employee happiness and customer satisfaction.
Please note that all the numbers mentioned in the article are based on our varied types of customer implementation experiences.
Let us explore the IRIA-based solution with the analogy of the Stockholm transit system, which includes metro, buses, and more.
Imagine your Integration application transferring data like the Stockholm metro with characteristics like short, fixed stops and high availability.
Your RPA applications are like mid-tier connectivity, such as Stockholm buses and taxies, with attributes like short, flexible routes and high availability.
Your Intelligent Automation applications are like last mile connectivity, same as an E-Scooter, E-cycle, walk or having your own car with attributes like a personalized vehicle, fully flexible, and 24x7 availability.
With the above analogy, you need all three modes of vehicles working together to complete the travel between your home and your office. i.e., If you want to complete the transformation journey, it is imperative to use a combination of Integration, RPA, and Intelligent Automation IRIA.
The solution you need to build should have
Magic happens when Integration does a fantastic job of fast and accurate data transfer. And just before data transfer, RPA performs data operations/processing activities (collect/validate/write/update/reconcile) at the source and target application levels.
Suppose you add intelligent automation of complex decision-making activities based on events or predict future events based on historical data. In that case, you have an almost end-to-end automated business process with a lot of savings and happy employees and customers.
In addition, the IRIA combination essentially helps streamline data-related activities like operations, quality check, refinement, and transfer, giving the benefits of achieving the objective of a data-driven organization.
The biggest challenge in building an IRIA-based solution is the decision of where/when to use Intelligent Automation, RPA, and Integration – considering that all these technologies have considerable overlap in terms of capabilities. I go more into depth, and provide a concrete tool to use to determine when to use IRIA in my second blog.
Some architects may feel that there is no requirement for three technologies that can be consolidated into one. But based on our on-ground experience, most companies use all these technologies based on their core strengths. We have seen our customers maintaining a weighted decision matrix to make technology choices.
The decision matrix will include critical factors like data volume, process frequency, type of data, Return on Investment, license cost...etc. We will talk about the decision matrix in detail in my next blog. If you are interested in knowing the decision matrix, then please follow the series. Solution designers should choose technologies appropriate to a business solution that needs to be based on that decision matrix.
The answer is yes. We can see that using Integration, RPA, and Intelligent Automation (IRIA) together can help organizations achieve their desired business goals more efficiently and effectively.
However, the abovementioned challenges must be overcome while implementing such solutions. But if they are adequately addressed, the benefits of using Integration, RPA, and Intelligent Automation together far outweigh the challenges.
Now you will say it is easier to say than successfully execute it. We are happy to share that we have helped customers successfully navigate or drive the transformation journey. My colleagues and I would be happy to discuss how we can help you in your digital transformation over a cup of coffee.
Tietoevry has strong capabilities in the Data domain across the Nordics and the rest of the world – including data strategy & analytics, Integration, RPA, and Intelligent Automation as a strategic bet that will realize significant value for the customer in the years ahead.
Eager to learn more about how IRIA can support your business? Don't hesitate to reach out!
Curious to know more? Don't miss my second blog where you will learn to identify when to use IRIA, including a concrete tool to use. Read it here!
Abhijit is a Digital Transformation expert focused on delivering value through AI, Automation, and Integration based solutions. He has strong experience in helping customers from the exploration stage to the transformation stage across industries like manufacturing and construction etc. He is passionate about the human and technology interface aspect of business transformation.