The co-CEO at German process mining biz Celonis has talked up its leap into the world of automation by rolling out its own platform, as well as splashing the cash - reportedly a hair over $100m - on automation and integration outfit Integromat. Process mining, for the uninitiated, is the idea that organisations which rely on …
Integration at screen level rather than via back-end systems.
The switch from 'screen scraping' and 'running macros' to 'RPA' came with promises that the new systems can understand the UIs and handle things like fields changing location, matching field X on app A to field X on app B, other accelerators for automating.
They're actually not shabby. Proper server side integration is still preferable but RPA works with other peoples' systems too, and is quicker and cheaper to get up and running.