Robotic Process Automation

OmPrompt works with RPA technologies to help achieve end-to-end process automation.

What is Robotic Process Automation?

Robotic Process Automation technology, or RPA for short, is typically used to automate discrete processes which form part of much larger and more complex processes. RPA helps companies by automating simple, high volume, repeatable and time consuming tasks.

The Institute of Robotic Process Automation defines RPA as: 

“the application of technology that allows employees in a company to configure computer software or a ‘robot’ to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems.”

Each discrete process requires a new robot to be taught what to do, deployed and then managed. Typically the robots are on computer desktops, inside the enterprise firewall. Each one interacts with applications via the user interface and can be sensitive to, processing exceptions, changes in data formats, security polices, and application user interfaces.

OmPrompt and RPA

OmPrompt's cloud based platform automates and joins up operational supply chain processes and provides visibility and control across the value chain. Intelligently managing data diversity, especially when it comes to unstructured data, the solutions and are designed to identify and deal with process exceptions. The OmPrompt platform is run as a managed service and setup to ensure automation initiatives deliver real business value for the supply chain in a coordinated way. Using established and controlled methods, OmPrompt integrates with ERP and other third party systems to ensure the seamless and governed transfer of data.

Here is an example of how RPA can work with OmPrompt

Current State - A major trading partner uploads all of their debit notes to a web portal for the supplier to download and process. To get to the debit notes for onward processing a member of the Accounts Receivable team has to log into the portal and download the documents, interpret the information, then enter the data into one or more system - all of which is very manual and time consuming.

With OmPrompt - If a direct integration with the trading partner is unachievable then OmPrompt would look to use RPA to automate the login and download activities. The robot accesses the portal via the user interface and completes the export activities just as the member of Accounts Receivable would have done. The debit note would then be sent, automatically, by the robot to the OmPrompt platform for processing. By using RPA to access and download the document, and harnessing OmPrompt's automation capabilities, end to end automation of the whole process is achieved.