(Robotic) automation is sexy

(Robotic) automation is sexy

Our lives would not hold so much promise and excitement if they were not greatly automated. Our world would not be so rich in opportunities for our enterprises or careers if it wasn’t so automated. Especially through robotic process automation (RPA).

Automation saves time and frees us from the drudgery of mundane tasks; making our projects more effective and profitable.

Automation is a sign of progress, and progress has always been part of our lives. We cannot say: “I want to keep my life unchanged, and live it just as it has always been”. We can’t reject any modification and improvements – such as the introduction of automation – just because we prefer tradition, which can often mean backwardness.

The concept of automation is part of a natural environment, a foundation of the natural order. Automation means harmony. The seasons or the time of day can be considered automated phenomena that bring an order, predictability and clarity to our lives, and make room for productive and creative undertakings.

Even humans’ habits can be defined as automated behaviours that make life easier. Well, sometimes, if it’s a bad habit it can make life miserable!

We can apply the same principle to our jobs and businesses: by making them automated, even in a small part, we can achieve more. Automated tasks are always done faster and without errors. Automation guarantees consistency of output and peace of mind.

We humans are not good at repetitive tasks. We are infinitely better at creative ones. That is why we are always more powerful when we work with tools, robots and smart software; there is no alternative.

Civilisation’s progress can be achieved only through automation.

It is an interesting paradox that the more automated work we have the more creative we are able to be. The only thing that counts is keeping a proper balance between automation and innovation.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are of the opinion that automation means unemployment and rising inequality. However, it is not automation that brings unhappiness, it is human intention. The real problem is not whether automation is good or bad; it happens anyway. The only question is what we can do to make it work for all of us. If you are afraid that automation – especially automation software – will replace your job, just consider what John Tudor said: “Pessimists have already begun to worry about what is going to replace automation”.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Robotic process automation is a very special kind of automation. What matters the most for businesses is that RPA is potentially the most profitable kind of automation. The best way to use it to our advantage is to first understand its implications (and also the implications of not implementing it).

Regardless of whether we are interested in automation or not, robotic process automation will dramatically redefine our businesses and societies.

Plenty of people were not interested in supporting or participating in the digital revolution that replaced analogue technologies, or the Internet revolution, which deeply and irreversibly transformed our mindsets, lifestyles and expectations. RPA will bring about economic and psychological disruption on a similar scale. If we understand it and implement it quickly, it will bring benefits, opportunities, and game-changing new perspectives. If not, as one of Murphy’s laws dictates: the sooner we fall behind, the more time we will have to catch up.

It is high time for every one of us to consider RPA as the solution that will catapult our businesses to the next level.


Andrzej Manka

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