According to OnePoll research for Ultima, a modern infrastructure and automation services provider, 88 per cent of SMEs are considering using robotic process automation (RPA) to improve their IT security and data compliance. Robotic process automation is the use of software robots to automate business processes, for example, in back-office functions or other core areas.
With the new GDPR regulations upon us, RPA is a good way of ensuring greater accuracy of processing, and thereby compliance by removing human error. It also ensures greater security of data and information. RPA can be used to improve compliance and security in many areas, including HR, legal, finance and IT.
Scott Dodds, CEO, Ultima says, “Organisations that don’t comply with the new regulations and who don’t have up-to-date IT security are putting themselves at risk of losing their business. With the GDPR now in force, SMEs could be faced with significant financial penalties for infringing data protection legislation on top of any business financial loss. One way to ensure greater IT security and compliance is to use robotic process automation as it removes room for human error.”
“I would urge all SMEs to look at the benefits of RPA. There are now comprehensive IT security offerings for SMEs that use RPA software robots as part of a SaaS offering. We are using RPA technology in our business to automate some of our own back-end operations and we’ve seen productivity rise by a factor of two since implementing the technology. So not only are we improving our own IT security, we are also making huge productivity gains,” says Dodds.
With a simple cloud deployment and as-a-service delivery, Ultima has worked with UK business, Thoughtonomy, to develop an intelligent automation platform which requires no infrastructure or application re-architecture, no matter how small or large the installation.