We hear a lot of talk about the popularity of the cloud and the rapid rate of cloud adoption. Just how widespread is cloud computing becoming?
- By the end of 2020, 67 percent of enterprise infrastructure will be cloud-based.
- 85 percent of businesses are making use of cloud technology across the globe.
- At the end of 2021, it’s estimated that 94 percent of the total workload of the internet will be processed by the cloud.
But what about robotic process automation (RPA) and the cloud? It’s clear that RPA is a smart business solution that can complete multi-step cognitive processes, lighten workloads, save you money, and ensure that your employees are doing rewarding, meaningful work. Just like enterprise infrastructure and other solutions integral to business processes, RPA is moving to the cloud too.
Whether in your own private cloud or a cloud-hosting environment, RPA is always a great idea. Here’s what you need to know about cloud-based RPA.
Enable Automation with the Hassles of Managing Infrastructure
Compared to on-premise servers and storage, there’s no question that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of cloud-based systems can benefit many organizations, and cloud-based RPA is no different.
It was estimated recently that the average cost to maintain just one on-premises server in the U.S. costs about $731.94 annually. For organizations that have multiple servers on-site, this can quickly add up, becoming a significant expense, and scaling up can make things even more complicated and costly.
Those looking to automate their organization’s processes should consider cloud-based RPA. Why? Because you get all the benefits of robotic process automation without the associated costs and struggles of dealing with on-site servers.
Implementing enterprise-level automation in the cloud means you can choose to power automation the way you need to, whether that’s through Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to accelerate your return-on-investment, start quickly, stay secure, and scale easily.
Keep Your Enterprise Secure and Streamlined
Many fear with cloud-based solutions that they are leaving their data out in the open, unsecured and vulnerable to malicious hackers. However, this isn’t necessarily true. As Quentin Hardy, former Deputy Technology Editor of the New York Times, stated, the cloud is “probably more secure than conventionally stored data.” Why is this the case?
Applications powered through the cloud are protected through the implementation of technologies and policies designed to keep this data secure. In the cloud, these security protocols are suited to the agility and flexibility the cloud demands and are certified by specialized, third-party auditors. These audits are designed to assure the organizations that store data and power enterprises within the cloud that their cloud providers have instilled internal processes and capabilities to manage security and meet high standards.
Be it a SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS solution, cloud providers employ full teams of people whose very jobs are focused on keeping enterprise data protected. When you run your RPA bots through the cloud (or even on-premises), they are operating on a platform that is certified and open, with security certificates and coverage in place to ensure your processes are not only automated but defended as well.
Compared to developing your own enterprise solution, SaaS infrastructure can be deployed very quickly. Since SaaS solutions run from a ready-made platform that’s already been provisioned, implemented, and thoroughly tested by the vendor, systems like cloud-based robotic process automations can be up and running the same day you decide to automate.
The same goes for cloud-based automation. When you choose a cloud-based, SaaS automation solution, it includes everything needed to automate your enterprise and manage it at scale, all in a matter of minutes. Thanks to the power of the cloud, you can start your automation processes right away, scale as much as you need to, and not have to worry about managing and maintaining the infrastructure at all.
Scale Easily from Your Choice of Cloud Platforms
Those looking to move the cloud should know that they have options—lots of them. From the cloud provider you choose to the size of your storage, everything is flexible, and is even more flexible with RPA technology at the helm.
One of the most popular reasons that organizations choose to move to the cloud over a data center is scalability. The cloud allows you to configure your RPA technology and maintain environmental control of your data with only as much storage as you need. But this needs to be managed and scaled up or down. However, your cloud solution can be configured with RPA to scale automatically to keep cloud costs low without ever having to sacrifice capacity or manage it yourself.
This can be done on virtually any cloud platform, including Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Provider, and Oracle. You can quickly implement cloud solutions and set up automations as IaaS or PaaS.
Cloud-Native Automation That’s Only a Click Away
Those looking to power automation can do so right away thanks to the cloud. What kinds of things can you do when you combine cloud technology with robotic process automation?
- Deploy and manage artificial intelligence and machine learning automations
- Build low-code, easy-to-use automation apps in no time
- Power an enterprise-wide automation hub that your entire organization can use to engineer automations from end to end
- Securely model, manage, store, and analyze data
- Extract valuable information from documents and put it into action
- Manage and optimize automations throughout your enterprise from anywhere
Cronos is making cloud-based RPA happen for enterprises of every size. Gone are the days where this kind of technology was only available for large corporations. When combined with the flexibility, ease, and affordability of the cloud, RPA is accessible to streamline and automate processes for organizations big and small. Discover more about what you can do for you by contacting us today!