Why RPA needs OCR
What is RPA?
Automation (RPA) is one of the most proven methods to automate business
processes, automation of which previously seemed unattainable due to the
complexity of these processes.
software robots, that can be quickly customized for the needs of a particular company,
come to help to automate the business processes of thousands of companies
around the world. RPA allows you to free company employees from such routine
tasks as copying data between applications, transferring files and more, so
employees can do more creative and interesting tasks, get more pleasure from
their work, and, as a result, bring more profit to the company. At the moment
there are a sufficient number of RPA solutions. The most well-known RPA
solutions are UIPath and BluePrism.
constantly looking for ways to expand the scope of software robots. Today, an important direction of the implementation
of RPA is the management of digital content, mainly e-documents. However, it is often necessary to work
not with structured data, but with text or images, while for RPA it is
important that the data has a certain structure and format. Thus, the problem of structuring
information is key to the implementation of RPA in such business processes.
What is OCR?
recognition (OCR) is a technology that allows turning different document types
(scanned, photo, pdf, and etc.) to a searchable format.
Suppose that you
have a paper document sent by your partner via email and you want to find a phrase
in it. Firstly, you have to scan a paper document, but the scanned file is only
a set of dots, and you cannot search phrases among them. That is why you need
OCR. OCR technology converts dots into symbols, words, and phrases and allows
you working with.
Why RPA solutions need ABBYY FlexiCapture?
FlexiCapture (well-known software product for OCR and Data Capture) is the perfect
solution to help RPA document processing. ABBYY FlexiCapture allows to turn
unstructured information easily and quickly into structured, suitable for
processing by software robots.
solutions such as UiPath and BluePrism with OCR technologies like ABBYY
FlexiCapture allows companies to automate a much wider range of business processes,
reduce people’s participation in the RPA document processing, and thus reduce
costs and take business advantages.
extensive experience with ABBYY FlexiCapture, including integrating ABBYY
FlexiCapture into the workflow of RPA solutions such as UIPath and BluePrism. Using specially developed connectors,
ABBYY FlexiCapture obtains unstructured documents from RPA (UIPath or
BluePrism), classifies them, extracts data, checks data using extensive
business rules, and then returns structured data to the RPA system.
Summing up we can that use of the UIPath + FlexiCapture and BluePrism + FlexiCapture allows to expand the scope of application of the RPA document processing, and automate those business processes, the automation of which only yesterday seemed impossible.
Ilya Evdokimov is a long-term practitioner and expert in leading Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Data Capture and Document Processing techniques, technologies and solutions. With over 15 years of experience spanning enterprise software implementations, mobile applications development, cloud-based systems integration and desktop-level automation, Ilya Evdokimov uses through industry knowledge and experience to achieve high efficiency and workflow optimization in most challenging paper-dependent and digital image capture environments.