What’s the Difference Between iBPMS and RPA?

iBPMS, BPM, RPA – What’s the difference? Seeing the bigger picture in your process ecosystem can change the game, and ensure your processes are always running without a hitch.

The digital transformation journey can be a winding road. It’s often difficult to navigate the various options available on the market today. It’s tempting to look for the easiest, quickest solution without considering your broader workflow ecosystem, but overlooking these finer details can lead to more confusion down the road.

Intelligent Business Process Management Suites (iBPMS) are an innovation on the more archaic BPM solutions and add enterprise-grade workflow automation capabilities to the native offerings. RPA on the other hand has been gaining popularity among organizations as the latest and greatest in user interface automation technology. The differences of both platforms mean that together, iBPMS and RPA can provide a cohesive solution to produce ground-breaking results.

What is iBPMS?

iBPMS (Intelligent Business Process Management Suites) is an integrated set of technologies that helps connect the dots between people and the processes they do every day. It is in essence a hub for streamlining and reengineering business processes to become more efficient.

You may have already heard of BPM (Business Process Management) which is the traditional model of process management. iBPMS adds an element of flexibility, with the option for intelligent integration of various apps, forms rendering, business rule management and automatic analysis of data, and optimized workflows. Instead of simply addressing business processes, iBPMS includes innovative, intelligent technology like RPA automation to build successful end-to-end processes and solutions.

iBPMS can improve business processes by designing and implementing process architectures, automating tasks, and monitoring the progress. iBPMS helps you to model and map your initial processes, store everything within a central repository, integrate your processes with other line-of-business applications like Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, and Salesforce, and improve processes based on real-time data. It’s also easy for “citizen developers” to use, making it more accessible. For organizations, this leads to improved clarity, more transparency between departments, better customer satisfaction, and ultimately, saved time and cost across the business.

What is RPA?

RPA (Robot Process Automation) is an application-agnostic tool that automates repetitive user tasks within your processes with screen automation technology. The robots themselves simulate user behavior on already existing application user interfaces, reducing hours of repetitive work to minutes and seconds.

RPA software can be used for tedious tasks like sending emails, extracting data from multiple documents, and collating data. Since software robots are in high demand, there are now low code and no code options available. Now, you don’t need to know how to code to implement RPA.

RPA robots help organizations to decrease time spent on certain tasks in order to free up more resources for employees. Within an iBPMS ecosystem, each bot is more organized and structured within the workflows. With increased governance, employees can easily see where they can outsource their time-consuming tasks to a robot, so they have more time to do tasks that matter to them. Combining RPA with an iBPMS solution can supercharge your processes leading to more productivity and efficiency.

Benefit From Both iBPMS and RPA

Organizations today can benefit from implementing both iBPMS and RPA to build a strong and robust process system that is always easily understandable and works efficiently. iBPMS will help your team to run smoothly and effectively by providing transparency through each stage of the process. While integrated RPA automation will take the burden off your team by creating more room for innovation and pragmatic decision making.

The reason being is that combining iBPMS and RPA together creates a complete end-to-end solution for any enterprise. iBPMS helps the user gain more clarity with increased governance, helps create more harmony between the user and various collaborative applications like Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, or Office 365, and creates a better more organized workflow when using software robots. The result is that everything works as it should, like a well-oiled machine.

FireStart fosters great processes within an organization by empowering collaboration between humans and technology. While many businesses are continuing to implement RPA, many businesses are looking for more future-proof options (which is one reason why the RPA market continues to flatten into 2023).

Utilizing intelligent business process management combined with UiPath RPA robots, users are empowered by digitally delegating their workload.

View a comprehensive overview with process governance, and manage automated processes in one location within the process manager. Instead of focusing on single parts of the organizational structure, FireStart is a solution that encompasses your whole process ecosystem.

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