Automation Anywhere, the enterprise software provider in robotic process automation (RPA), launched Bot Store, the world’s first online marketplace for off-the-shelf, plug-n-play software bots that accelerate business process automation.
Businesses today are increasingly augmenting their human workforce with a digital workforce – armies of software robots (or bots) that automate repetitive, high-volume tasks and operate at speeds unmatched by human workers. A digital workforce significantly increases productivity and introduces remarkable efficiencies that impact both top and bottom-line business growth.
“Globally, enterprises are rapidly automating repeatable processes, to reduce costs and to drive superior performance and operational velocity. In that context, RPA is becoming a key tool in their armory,” said Philip Carnelley, Research Director at IDC. “The Automation Anywhere Bot Store ushers in an innovative new approach for robotic process automation, enabling organizations to deploy and mobilize bots in a fraction of the time it takes to build them from the ground up.”
The Automation Anywhere Bot Store has pre-built bots from Automation Anywhere and will feature bots from strategic partners EY, Genpact and others. It introduces a deployment model that dramatically shortens the time to value for business process automation initiatives.
“The Automation Anywhere Bot Store enables organizations to scale their digital workforce faster than ever before, which enhances the productivity of human workers and allows them to focus on more human-centric initiatives,” said Mihir Shukla, CEO and Co-Founder of Automation Anywhere. “Our certified, off-the-shelf bots incorporate industry best practices and enable organizations to shrink deployment times, reduce operational costs, and amplify the ROI from RPA initiatives by more than 50 percent.”
The bots in the Automation Anywhere Bot Store run on the Automation Anywhere Enterprise platform and can be snapped together like LEGO blocks to automate complex business processes like order fulfillment, mortgage processing, logistics management, compliance auditing and customer churn prediction. For example, in minutes a sales operations manager can interconnect a bot that queries Salesforce for high-revenue accounts and feed the list of accounts to a bot that queries Zendesk for any recent trouble tickets. The tickets can then be sent to a cognitive engine to analyze sentiment and assess churn risk to prioritize mitigative action.
Bot Store users can discover new bots with ease using filters for attributes like process type, application integration and cognitive capabilities, as well as intelligent recommendations for related bots.
Automation Anywhere is expanding its partner program to include the Bot Store, with added incentives for strategic, technology and system integrator partners in all tiers of the partner program to participate in the Bot Store.