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Robotic Process Automation: Changing Dynamics of Outsourcing (Part One)

Written by Aravind Kambhampati

Automation and robotics are changing the way we live and work. The pace at which automation is supplanting human exertion in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) firms shows that the pit between the digital-physical partitions will be crossed over fundamentally in the coming years, affecting human lives and enterprises.

Over the pasts couple of years, it is witnessed that robotic process automation (RPA) and other automation advances rise has put 89% of the BPO segment at risk, as per the International Labor Organization. As RPA innovations turn out to be progressively best in class and generally utilized, processes that were once outsourced now require less human mediation.

As opposed to considering automation to be a risk, BPO organizations should utilize these capacities and advanced innovation to help their productivity and further support the appropriation of outsourcing by organizations. By incorporating automation in their offerings, BPO firms will have the capacity to enhance operational efficiencies, help business readiness, and improve customer engagement also.

For example, BFSI organizations can automate basic leadership in certain mid to back office capacities. This incorporates recognizing open doors for upselling and cross-selling, eligibility for loans, and risk assessments.

Why RPA Serves as a Lifesaver for the BPO Industry

Today, over half of BPO engagements are simply recreating customer forms, by bringing down expenses. In any case, in the present quick paced, technologically-disrupted environment, BPOs might find that their conventional methods have become obsolete. As indicated by Capgemini’s survey, RPA is generally utilized as a part of the IT and F&A procedures of the BPO area.

BPOs that implement RPA can accomplish radically enhanced profitability levels since software robots (dissimilar to humans who require breaks) can work all day and all night, investigating and extrapolating information effectively. That are unsusceptible to human errors – subsequently boosting the exactness of tasks. Thus, BPOs can encounter monetary profits by rapidly distinguishing the correct chances to diminish obligation and evade unnecessary expenses.

In order to finish the core operations productively and precisely, outsourcers who use RPA additionally encounter better security, review, examination, and administration. Since most directed ventures need to exhibit totally straightforward and inspected handling, RPA is useful to BPOs since it offers capable abilities and records of principles, let go and transactions executed. Also, RPA enables BPOs to keep running in nearby wards. Since numerous sorts of information can’t leave host countries, this ability is progressive – empowering BPOs to execute locally while being controlled remotely.

By fusing RPA into operations, BPOs can likewise create one ace process that the robots can translate to customers’ particular frameworks.

When BPOs recognize undertakings that can be gone up against by software robots, the subsequent stage is to run pilots that test innovative difficulties and assess how much time, and at what cost, the RPA arrangement finishes the current job. By surveying quantifiable information, BPOs would then be able to decide the benefit of executing RPA and its capability to drive business activities and reserve funds.

As of now, BPOs are getting positive outcomes with RPA usage – encountering better client administration and quality, dramatic process enhancement, cost saving, and redeployment of assets to more key, income producing capacities. As RPA turns out to be progressively acknowledged as a superior method to do work, BPOs will find that it is not anymore an upper hand, however an unquestionable requirement keeping in mind the end goal to remain important.

How robotics is changing the substance of BPO

The innovation that exists today is still very nascent; it can reproduce the fundamental value-based undertakings, likely affecting around 20%-40% of procedures. Be that as it may, the innovation creates at a quickening rate, this rate will assuredly increment.

The current BPO organizations could change their business plan, receive RPA as a center ability and keep on dominating the industry, though with a somewhat difficult progress period. The issue here is that, till date, there is no concrete evidence of what will happen.

At this moment, however, the robots are making their (virtual) presence felt, many end-users are as of now including ‘RPA capacity’ as a determination criteria while outsourcing; they are taking a gander view at a ‘onshore + automation’ arrangement as a contrasting option to a pure ‘offshore’ one (which is pocket friendly); and they are looking significantly more carefully at the consistency, proficiency and auditability advantages of utilizing robots over people. These are positively early days in the RPA transition, yet it set to affect a large number of employees around the world, and where the entire BPO industry will be flipped around when clients start automating their own process and outsourcing the process management.

The Indian BPO industry is right now in the disclosure stage, leading proof of concept’ practices with new advancements that may enable them to develop. Dynamic BPO service providers are thinking about relocating from multichannel to omnichannel stages and are outlining automated platforms driven by AI to deal with monotonous procedures and activities of call centers.

RPA is tremendously influencing the back office outsourcing environment around the world. Mature BPO service providers around the globe are automating back-office work for cost optimization and better effectiveness. Be that as it may, the regularly expanding complexity of RPA in the BPO space is currently growing the virtual workforce. RPA can build proficiency in a financially savvy way and with increased accuracy, which could soon replace labor-intensive back office capacities.

A next blog in this series discussing the future outlook of employment in outsourcing and how organizations are adopting to the trends and revamping their workforce will be published soon.

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