Automation as IT's best ally

Written by Shobhana Viswanathan in Automation as IT's best ally on July 17, 2019
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Imagine if there was a way to buy time. What would you do with it? What can your business do with more time? When your employees save anywhere from 10 hours a week to 45,000 hours annually using intelligent automation, it’s almost as if you can buy time. Now, just imagine how much more your business will save when your employees are dialed-in on their core responsibilities, finding new ways to add value to the business and innovate.

To help make intelligent automation even more accessible, we’ve teamed up with Microsoft to provide any business with a scalable, stable, and secure experience every step of the way. You can now use Microsoft Azure® as the source to seamlessly use RPA in the cloud, from any device and any location where there’s internet access. Whether you want to work from your phone in Tahiti or get the right bot and Microsoft app at the same time, our partnership empowers an enviable work-life balance. For your business, your RPA can now be hosted on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment.

Top 5 benefits of RPA on Microsoft Azure

  1. Find order in the chaos: Access Automation Anywhere bots from Microsoft Azure to help manage large, unstructured datasets while decreasing time to market and lowering operating costs. This means that information from emails, text messages, or even video and audio files can be identified and organized so you can quickly make sense of the information and make informed decisions.

  2. With you wherever you go: Host the Automation Anywhere RPA platform on Azure, on-premise or in a public or private cloud, to drive productivity, increase innovation, and boost ROI. In fact, it works with all three of Microsoft’s clouds, so it’s super scalable, low-maintenance, and features the latest in web-scale security.

  3. Set your processes to easy mode: In a single click, customers can leverage software bots to automate complex processes and provide integrated capabilities with Microsoft products. Automation Anywhere RPA even includes a browser-based user experience, complete with step-by-step user guides, to make sure things are as intuitive as possible.

  4. Automated bots are rolling out: Leverage the award-winning Automation Anywhere Bot Store to get more than 60 ready-to-deploy Microsoft-enabled bots and digital workers, with new bots on the horizon. Do you need to quickly analyze text content? What about scanning for content in an image file? There’s a bot for that. There are more bots coming, and you can even make your own bots tailored to your specific needs.

  5. Get up and running quickly: The world’s moving fast, and RPA is ready to help you keep up. The Automation Anywhere Express Install feature helps facilitate, simplify and expedite RPA in the cloud, quickly creating requisite Virtual Machine (VM) and SQL environments. You can get your operation updated to the latest RPA in no time with Automation Anywhere and Microsoft Azure.

Automation Anywhere products will be available on the Azure Marketplace starting next quarter; our current versions are optimized for the Microsoft Azure environment. If you have any questions about Automation Anywhere, RPA, or Microsoft Azure, please visit us at Microsoft Inspire July 2019. Automation Anywhere representatives are available to answer any question.

Automation Anywhere at Microsoft Inspire July 2019
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
July 14 – July 18 2019
Booth #2919

Written by Gautam Roy in Automation as IT's best ally on June 28, 2019
RPA DevSecOps

Cloud computing is transforming the way companies of all sizes are scaling services to fulfill customers’ expectations. Without worrying about underlying infrastructure costs or maintenance, companies now use the cloud to efficiently and quickly deploy more applications. For fast-scaling companies that also want to build speed and agility for security teams, there is a huge advantage in employing automation and building a higher caliber cloud platform while securing the business.

DevSecOps is the strategy of integrating security from the beginning of the software development lifecycle. This philosophy addresses the need for proactive, customer-focused security that anticipates, rather than reacts to, data breaches or cyberattacks. When implemented correctly, DevSecOps, using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), reduces the costs associated with fixing security flaws by building security into every stage of the development process.

There are benefits to organizations that implement DevSecOps and RPA in their buildout cycle. Developers who are interested in producing the highest quality software with pre-considered security can easily test software vulnerabilities, tying in the secure-by-design approach with RPA to conduct security review of code, automate security auditing, monitoring, and notification systems. Automation should be an integral part of planning, designing, building, testing, and deployment, as software in production that has not been thoroughly tested for vulnerabilities can expose your company to a security incident. Engaging everyone involved in software development and IT operations early in the planning phase will help ensure the software is well tested, and released quickly and efficiently.

Like most security plans, the successful implementation of DevSecOps involves three main parts: people, processes, and RPA technology. In order to make your DevSecOps efforts successful, you should include the following:

  1. Engage the IT and operations team very early on in the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), ideally in the initial planning phase; security should be an integral part of the planning process. As such, security should feel less like a department function and more as a framework that permeates the product and company culture.
  2. Incorporate automation tools into the SDLC process. RPA tools implemented correctly can help with version control, codifying security, security tooling in CI/CD, analyzing threat intelligence data, creating playbooks and action plans for incidents, as well as mobilizing security teams in case of a Red event.
  3. Train personnel to use tools in an integrated development environment. This is essential for security team preparedness in reacting quickly to any threats or incidents, identifying solutions, and responding swiftly.
  4. Establish a process for development teams to use tools for testing applications after release. You can automate scanning, runtime application self-protection, open source control, and monitoring the software to greatly reduce your exposure surface and increase your ability to manage an incident.

Now that you’re familiar with the cloud and DevSecOps as it pertains to software development, you may be wondering how to get started. Automation Anywhere is the only RPA platform with bank-grade security and governance that can be used for all aspects of software development. Security is intrinsic in every expression of the Automation Anywhere Digital Workforce Platform, spanning security of data, credentials, and ability to enforce fine-grained, role-based access control at scale. We deliver RPA engineered with built-in security to help you meet the most rigorous governance, trust, and compliance requirements.

 

Written by Shobhana Viswanathan in Automation as IT's best ally on February 14, 2019
New Year’s Resolution

It’s time to automate your workloads, and RPA is the quickest and best way to do it.

We all make New Year’s resolutions; exercise more, spend more time with family, be more productive at work, and so on. Unfortunately, these are often easier said than done.

Written by Ritu Kapoor in Automation as IT's best ally on June 26, 2018

The numbers are staggering. Since 2005, over one billion consumer records have been breached in 7,800 separate instances. Equifax, Target, Neiman Marcus, were the most prominent in 2017. Gartner blogger and analyst Avivah Litan predicts that the stolen information may be 1. sold and resold underground, 2. used to update existing identity records, 3. used to take over existing bank accounts, brokerage accounts, phone service accounts, and 4. used by adversarial nation states to disrupt or steal from US.

Written by Manish Rai in Automation as IT's best ally on April 19, 2018

So you’re interested in cognitive RPA? You’re not alone. Almost half of enterprises implementing RPA in the next six months will be doing so with RPA solutions that offer cognitive capabilities.

Written by Manish Rai in Automation as IT's best ally on April 16, 2018

Almost everyone has heard of RPA, and nearly everyone is doing it. Sales of RPA software between 2016 and 2022 is predicted to rise at an astounding 57% yearly rate at a time when enterprise software budgets are growing at just 4.1% annually.