People before robots while accelerating digitization


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Three phases put robotic process automation in the hands of users.

Three-stage approach. PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is becoming increasingly important as a way to accelerate digitization and improve productivity while reducing costs and errors.

Softomotive, a UK-based provider of RPA solutions, has developed what it describes as a new way to deploy: it’s people before robots by putting RPA in the hands of the users.

The People1st Approach has three stages: innovate to empower the many and accelerate performance collaboratively; incubate to filter and nurture the best output from the innovation phase; and implement to scale what is proven to work.

Each phase breaks down into different steps to provide a seven-stage blueprint for adoption.


Softmotive cites advantages as: lower upfront costs; lower risk; more RPA opportunities; more innovation; its flexible; and it engages more people.

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This article appears in the April 2019 print issue of PLANT Magazine.


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