The differences between BPA, RPA and IPA. Which of these process automation technologies is right for your enterprise?

The market for automation tools to support technology-driven business process transformations is primed for explosive growth. A confluence of recent developments, including the digital transformation craze that has taken hold in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing cloud computing trend that is democratizing access to tools, and increasing user adoption of data-driven intelligence in every aspect of business processes are prime catalysts. Businesses are adopting Business Process Automation (BPA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) tools at a pace far exceeding prior technology roll-outs.

The global market of Intelligent Process Automation is estimated to grow to nearly $14B by 2023 according to a leading market survey. Most of the growth will be driven by increased demand for intelligence and automation to improve business process efficiency, across industry segments. Business Process Automation and Robotic Process Automation have been around for a while and are now morphing into Intelligent Process Automation as business needs and tool capabilities evolve. Today, almost every SME and enterprise is either using or evaluating these technologies in some way or the other. And with increasing awareness among CIOs and other business leaders, the demand for these technologies is on the rise. A business leader needs to well understand the differences in these automation technologies and the specific purpose that they serve. This will give them clarity about the technology that is most appropriate for their organization and its unique process transformation needs. Although they may sound similar, there are fundamental differences in BPA, RPA, and IPA, and depending on your business goals, one may be far better suited than the others.

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