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How Robotic Process Automation Can Boost Data Management

By Dick Weisinger

Data is the lifeblood of any organization, but managing it can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Data management involves collecting, cleaning, transforming, and analyzing data from various sources and formats. It also requires ensuring data quality, security, and compliance with regulations.

This is where robotic process automation (RPA) can help. RPA is a technology that uses software robots to perform repetitive, rule-based tasks that humans usually do. RPA can mimic how humans interact with software applications, such as entering data, clicking buttons, copying and pasting information, and performing calculations.

RPA can automate many data management tasks, such as data validation, data cleansing, data normalization, data wrangling, and metadata creation. By doing so, RPA can improve data quality, accuracy, and consistency. It can also save time, money, and resources by reducing human errors and increasing efficiency.

RPA can also enhance data analytics by enabling faster and easier access to data. RPA can extract data from various sources, such as documents, emails, web pages, and databases. It can also transform data into a suitable format for analysis, such as CSV or JSON. RPA can then load data into analytical tools or platforms, such as Excel or Power BI.

RPA can also provide insights and recommendations based on the data analysis. For example, RPA can generate reports, dashboards, charts, and graphs to visualize the data. It can also apply machine learning algorithms to identify patterns, trends, anomalies, and opportunities in the data.

RPA is not a new technology, but it has gained popularity in recent years due to its benefits for data management. According to a report by Gartner, the global RPA market grew by 63% in 2018 and is expected to reach $1.3 billion in 2019. The report also predicts that by 2021, 90% of large organizations will have adopted RPA in some form.

RPA is not a silver bullet for data management challenges, however. It still requires human supervision and intervention to ensure quality and compliance. It also faces limitations in handling complex and unstructured data that require human judgment and creativity.

Therefore, the future of RPA lies in combining it with other technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), optical character recognition (OCR), and image processing. These technologies can enhance the capabilities of RPA by enabling it to understand and process natural language, images, voice, and video. They can also enable RPA to learn from data and improve its performance over time.

By integrating RPA with these technologies, organizations can achieve a higher level of automation and intelligence in their data management processes. They can also unlock new possibilities for innovation and value creation from their data.

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