Top 10 Distinct Features of SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation 2.0

Published: October 27, 2022

Process Automation is a key driver for businesses looking forward to an optimal level of digital maturity to stay ahead in the competitive race. Its vast benefits include lowered operational costs, accurate outcomes, and less dependence on manual resources. Recent times have seen process automation rapidly become a fulcrum on the path towards digital transformation. SAP has a vision to enable businesses to transform into intelligent enterprises. They offer a solution for process automation in the SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation suite (SAP IRPA 2.0). The synergy of IRPA with the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) platform delivers the right impetus for efficient and reliable process automation solutions.

For businesses running on SAP, or implementing SAP solutions, this blog delivers useful insights on how SAP IRPA enables intuitive and intelligent process automation. Learn more about the vast features that the suite offers, and the way it can transform business operations with unparalleled scalability and flexibility. SAP IRPA simplifies process automation in a low-code/no-code development model, enabling even novice users to automate operational processes

These 10 capabilities address a lot of requirements needed from a process automation platform. SAP IRPA makes the journey towards process automation simpler and efficient-both for technical specialists and citizen developers alike. Extended capabilities such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) integration in the Hyperautomation model enable the creation of modern Apps with self-learning capabilities for efficient run-time decision making.

SAP IRPA Components

SAP IRPA includes the below four components, that together create a perfect and all-inclusive platform for intelligent process automation.

  • Cloud Studio for designing the automation process on the cloud
  • Desktop Studio-which is an on-prem component used for designing the process automation on a local machine
  • Cloud Factory for orchestrating process automation
  • On-prem Desktop agents to execute the automation process

Top Features of the SAP IRPA 2.0

  1. Creation of both attended (Bots that require user interaction), and unattended Bots (Bots that run independently without any manual intervention) with a low-code/no-code development model.
  2. SAP IRPA is an integrated platform for end-to-end automation, with a vast set of APIs to interact with third-party applications. These APIs enable capturing, storing, and integrating actions to build and deploy scalable and future-proof Bots. The suite leverages the features in SAP BTP for enhanced security with identity, profile, and access management capabilities.
  3. SAP IRPA includes connectors to access other SAP applications such as SAP GUI for Windows and S/4HANA. It also includes an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) connector for access to applications/data- which are beyond the scope of regular connectors.
  4. Includes libraries for connecting to Microsoft applications such as Excel, Outlook, and Word-among others. They ensure simplified and faster connectivity with regular on-prem business data.
  5. A flexible development model that supports both script and workflow-based automation, and a visual debugger which works on both local and remote systems. SAP IRPA also includes built-in activities that can connect workflow actions to the automation model.
  6. The suite includes SAP IRPA Factory, which is a cloud-based component built on SAP BTP. It facilitates easy configuration, distribution, and administration of process automation packages, along with job execution and package deployment. SAP IRPA Factory also stores methods and events in a process automation step, for use in future automation sequences.
  7. The suite supports the usage of API Trigger and Notifier for integrating SAP Conversational AI and API-based events.
  8. Included pre-built process automation models configurable for a wide range of automation scenarios.
  9. SAP IRPA provides multi-layer security with application sandboxing in runtime containers, and data isolation. It also provides support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 identity providers.
  10. The suite also includes encryption and key management, along with application logging for compliance requirements. These features make sure that the developed automation Apps are secure and compliant with business and regulatory norms

What it means for Businesses

Let’s look at a few benefits that businesses can accrue with automation solutions created with SAP IRPA 2.0:

  • Cost savings when compared to engaging manual resources for routine and repetitive tasks
  • Less process execution time, leading to improved efficiency and better user/customer experience.
  • Choice of rapid scalability to meet dynamic business needs
  • The benefit of better human resource engagement for high-end tasks, with routine tasks done by Bots
  • Lesser errors and accurate results when compared to manual task execution
  • Perfect integration with the existing technology stack

The above features of the SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation suite make it a perfect choice for a unified platform to automate business processes. Process Automation is no longer an option, but a necessity to thrive in the current digitally mature markets, best done with the SAP ecosystem.

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