What is hyperautomation?



Hyperautomation has been labelled as one of the top automation trends to look out for this year. Everyone is talking about it. Gartner have labelled it as an ‘unstoppable market-trend’.

Clearly, it’s an important technology. But what is hyperautomation, exactly?

Here, we take a look at this major technology trend, how it works, and why it’s labelled as the future of automation.


What is hyperautomation?

Some say that hyperautomation is the combining of automation with artificial intelligence. But this only scratches the surface of the growing trend.

Hyperautomation is the next major evolution of automation technologies.

It grows from, and expands on, a variety of automation and process management tools and techniques. For example, robotic process automation, advanced business analytics, machine learning, etcetera.

In other words, hyperautomation is the convergence of available automation technologies with other software and artificial intelligence functionality.


How does hyperautomation work?

Hyperautomation is the convergence of multiple tools and techniques. The key components are robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), business process management, and advanced analytics.

Combining automation and artificial intelligence functionality creates intelligent automation. That is, automation that can work with and process unstructured data. By then combining this with other software solutions, you get an automation system that can handle a huge array of tasks and processes.

So, hyperautomation works by leveraging an extensive set of tools. With these tools, it delivers a digital twin of the organisation. (I.e., a digital representation of the workflows in a business, and how they interact.)  This means that the company gets real-time intelligence and analysis of its inner workings.

You can think of a hyperautomation deployment as a digital workforce that can work with and for your human teams.

And analytics allow your hyperautomation to give insight into how this ‘digital team’ is working. From there, it can suggest ways to optimise performance and efficiency.


Why hyperautomation is the future

Hyperautomation represents a culmination of all the advances made in the automation industry so far. Beyond that, it also unlocks benefits for the businesses that use it.

  • Overcoming the limitations of using a single application

Because hyperautomation combines multiple tools, it allows businesses to overcome the limitations experienced when using a single automation application. For instance, combining AI with RPA overcomes the limitation of structured vs unstructured data. Combining machine learning with analytics means the systems can analyse and improve over time, and so on.

  • Efficiency and productivity

As with any application of automation, hyperautomation stands to improve efficiency and productivity. This is because it will be able to analyse and improve processes, as well as support your human teams so they can focus on high-value tasks.

  • Integration

Hyperautomation requires a diverse mix of different tools to work together. This means that another benefit of the technology is that it promotes deep system integration. This translates to easier access to data, easier communication between teams and stakeholders, and improved system security.


What is hyperautomation?

The idea of hyperautomation is that it combines all the automation power we have so far. In doing so, businesses can automate more processes and augment human workloads.

So, now when you see hyperautomation making the headlines, you can feel confident that you know what it’s about.


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