SAP Rolls Out New RPA Updates, And What This Means For Your Business

If your business runs on SAP, some of the complexities of programming for every application might already be on your mind.

For example, while SAP is able to migrate most business processes to a digital environment, the challenge of code-reliant processes remains. Most SAP consultants today are also being kept busy with the S/4HANA migration, and may not have the time or the tools they need to build code for the business processes they need to automate.

In this content, the RPA rollout from SAP will be significant. RPA and associated applications allow SAP consultants and SAP-run businesses to develop new ways of doing old tasks, with next to no coding expertise required.

Specifics Of The SAP Automation Solution

At the recently-concluded SAP TechEd conference, our in-house consultants were introduced to three new rollout offerings, each with a different purpose.

  1. The SAP Cloud Platform Workflow Management tool which is meant to help you automate enterprise workflows with minimal coding involved

  2. SAP Ruum which helps department heads automate workflows within their departments, with no code dependency whatsoever.

  3. SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 which is a component of every SAP S/4HANA license purchased from January 2021.

Who Is SAP RPA Meant For?

From the specifics of this rollout, it is easy to see that the Cloud Platform Workflow Management tool and SAP Ruum are build more for existing SAP license holders. For quite some time now, there have been issues between how digital transformation tools like SAP and automation tools communicate.

In other words, while SAP enterprise solutions were to be the base layer on which virtually every other RPA tool could be run as the icing, the reality has been far from ideal.

Imagine two people speaking different languages, often frustrated at the communication gap but unable to do much about it.

However, with the RPA rollout, SAP intends to fix this in a manner that would be as non-technical as possible. In an earlier LinkedIn post, we highlighted how there is a skills gap between what SAP consultants can offer, and what businesses need from SAP today.

With the RPA rollout, SAP intends to reduce the level of technical skill needed to make the most out of the SAP investment, and allow more businesses to better use the SAP investment they have already made.

The Business Advantage For You

If you have an existing SAP S/4HANA license which you aren't yet using, this rollout gives you more tools to make the transition easier, without extreme dependencies on SAP consultants.

Indeed, the future is no-code, and in releasing no-code RPA applications, SAP is finally joining its closest competitors in giving its customers additional value, and more resources to make their digital transformation endeavours seamless.

Here are some benefits you can expect from this rollout:

  • Intelligent process automation with bots that can run unattended

  • The ability to capture your process/ workflow, to train the RPA bots

  • Assemble your own bots and add the skills and triggers you need to begin a process

  • Bots mimic human actions at scale, saving time and money

  • Testing is in-built and bots can self-correct, or raise an alarm when a process fails

  • Robotic Process Automation combined with SAP implementation can help your end-users focus better on their core tasks with the right kind of training

With the right kind of SAP end-user training, every existing barrier between your business and SAP success is being torn down to make way for a more business-centred enterprise solution.