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An increasing number of businesses and applications are moving to the cloud. And that includes businesses looking to take advantage of Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Consider these four reasons why you should consider automation in the cloud.


There is no doubt that your business's and your customers' needs are rapidly changing along with the latest trends and technologies in your industry. This means there is a significant need to adapt on the fly to stay competitive. RPA in the cloud enables your entire organization to move faster by automating repetitive processes and eliminating complex infrastructure setup and maintenance. RPA in the cloud is delivered as RPA-as-a-Service, where users can build and consume on the web.

RPA in the cloud helps you to stay competitive. With a cloud-based platform, you can benefit from automatic and regularly scheduled updates filled with new features that are built for you to utilize instantly.


Another important benefit of moving to the cloud is the increased security built-in as part of public clouds such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. With the number of business applications that are used in an organization, protecting sensitive data is critical. RPA in the cloud includes multi-layered security, starting with security features such as role-based access controls to secure cloud operations.

Consider a platform that offers enterprise-class security across the board and the highest protection against threats with a cloud service, including ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type 1 and 2.

Cost of ownership

Cost is a significant reason CIOs are mandating their organizations move to the cloud. Operating in the cloud reduces infrastructure and maintenance costs. IT departments are increasingly being asked to migrate from the old legacy systems and processes they're accustomed to and adopt the cloud. And this task can seem overwhelming, especially for enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP, Oracle, and others, where the process can take years. RPA in the cloud can help deliver immediate savings of time and cost by automating legacy system-based processes, driving modernization without extensive lift-and-shift strategies to modern systems.

For greater cost-efficiency, look for a platform that provides a single end-to-end solution across your front office, back office, and employee applications.


The long-term reason for moving to the cloud is to make sure you stay competitive and agile in your market. By making the move, you can leverage new capabilities and technologies to efficiently evolve towards a digital transformation.

You want a Digital Workforce platform that integrates artificial intelligence (AI). It should include advanced tools: process discovery to help you identify manual processes and then create bots to automate them; a tool to automatically classify, extract, and validate structured and unstructured data; and a digital assistant that lets you scale automation across your entire workforce by allowing bots and business users to interact and automate more complex processes where decision-making is required. 

These types of tools will help you discover new automation opportunities while staying up to date with the latest technology available on any device, anywhere.

The path to RPA in the cloud

Now that you're aware of what the cloud has to offer and its advantages, it's time to get started.

  • If you're new to RPA, starting with the cloud is the easiest and most cost-effective option, providing an easy-to-use experience that will ultimately give you a faster time to value.
  • If you're currently using RPA on-premises, you can reap the benefits of the cloud by building your new automations. Without disrupting your on-premises RPA program, you can leverage innovative capabilities such as process discovery and digital assistants for business users by running RPA in the cloud in parallel. See how to get started in the cloud.
  • If you're looking to make a shift from on-premises to cloud, Automation Anywhere provides automated tools for you to seamlessly migrate to the cloud.

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About Ashraf Aziz

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Ashraf Aziz is a product marketing manager and a lover of all things innovative. His background is in networking and automation.

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