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Dispelling the Myths of Software Robots

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    Software Robots Are Not Really Robots

    Many question whether robots can come in software form, arguing that "robots" allude to some sort of physical autonomy. Others contend that robots must operate autonomously, making decisions in real, unpredictable environments to accomplish determined tasks. However, robots are technically any machines capable of performing acts with human-like skill.

    Software robots mimic human actions via enterprise robotic process automation (RPA). Interacting with multiple applications in a non-invasive manner, they execute rules-based and repetitive transactional processes efficiently, accurately and at scale. For instance, RPA is perfect for transferring SIM card data from an old phone to a new one. The difference from traditional automation is their 'non-invasive' nature of intervention. Software robots don't have direct access to backend databases, but they do access and input information through existing user interface layers, much like human workers.

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Dispelling the Myths of Software Robots

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    Software Robots Are Not Really Robots

    Many question whether robots can come in software form, arguing that "robots" allude to some sort of physical autonomy. Others contend that robots must operate autonomously, making decisions in real, unpredictable environments to accomplish determined tasks. However, robots are technically any machines capable of performing acts with human-like skill.

    Software robots mimic human actions via enterprise robotic process automation (RPA). Interacting with multiple applications in a non-invasive manner, they execute rules-based and repetitive transactional processes efficiently, accurately and at scale. For instance, RPA is perfect for transferring SIM card data from an old phone to a new one. The difference from traditional automation is their 'non-invasive' nature of intervention. Software robots don't have direct access to backend databases, but they do access and input information through existing user interface layers, much like human workers.

With all the buzz around robots these days, most people envision R2D2 or Rosie from "The Jetsons" when they think about the machines. What many fail to realize, however, is that robots can come in both hardware and software forms, and the latter – while less discussed – are well positioned to completely disrupt the way we work.

For insight into these software 'bots and how they will impact our lives, David Moss, founder and CTO, Blue Prism, and his team have compiled a list of some of the top myths and misconceptions associated with the technology. Read ahead to debunk some of the common misconceptions you might have about software robots and better understand how these next-generation machines will streamline operations in your business in the very near future.