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7 Questions to Ask Before Beginning Your Oracle RPA Journey

The automation revolution is making a significant impression on businesses all over the world. Many industries worldwide are rapidly adopting Robotic Process Automation (RPA) (including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, financial services, transportation services) as it enables cost-savings, greater productivity, accuracy, and provides better customer experiences and satisfaction.

RPA proves most beneficial on desktop based complex data entry applications, such as Oracle EBS and those systems developed using Oracle Forms. Many organizations worldwide currently use these applications as their mission-critical, back-office systems, having based their entire day-to-day operations around them. Oracle systems have the power to drive businesses for years to come. Unfortunately, they do not support the next generation business needs of the end users who operate them. As new user experiences, business efficiencies, and digital trends become the norm, Oracle EBS users want to modernize their applications as well. Due to the complex nature of Oracle EBS, these organizations are now struggling with challenges, such as lack of planning and design, scope creep, and exploding budgets – all of which negatively impact the ROI of digital transformation.

Oracle RPA - Robotic Process Automation

Oracle systems users quickly discover how difficult this technology is to modernize and automate. While there are many automation tools available, none of the leading automation solutions successfully and efficiently record and automate Oracle applications. Standard RPA methods successfully automate the majority of client-side technologies and applications, providing many organizations with efficient, stable, and fast results. However, these solutions are not sensitive to the unique challenges of Oracle systems. In order to ensure full ROI from Oracle RPA, one needs to seek out an automation tool that works seamlessly with Oracle’s quirks and customizations, to create a stable and smooth automation.

To help find a compatible RPA solution, we have created a specialized checklist of features to ensure these key components will be supported by one’s RPA vendor of choice. We suggest making sure that these factors are all covered by any potential solution to allow for an efficient, stable and easily maintainable RPA plan. 

 

The key factors to validate are:

 

  • Rapid development – Can your RPA solution create automation processes quickly using a recording toolbar?
  • Robust to UI changes– Is your solution robust to client-side changes and modifications/customizations?
  • Immune to EBS version changes – Are flows unaffected when field names are changed due to upgrades or patches?
  • Automatic support for pop-ups and error messages – Does your tool support dynamic pop-ups and error messages automatically out of the box?
  • Oracle Aware– Does it support any custom Oracle EBS workflow and automate any personalization or Form component out-of-the-box, without custom programming?
  • Concurrent flows– Can your tool support headless “no-client-activated” concurrent automations?
  • Low-code input Form development environment – Can your tool create rapid, attended RPA forms without development?

These factors are critical in ensuring the success of one’s Oracle RPA strategy, and we’re seeing it time and again as companies come looking for assistance after complications arise in their Oracle automation journey. One example of this is Worthington Industries, a large manufacturing company with over 60 warehouses across the United States. After beginning their RPA journey and automating several business flows with a leading RPA vendor, they soon encountered instability and failures when it came to their Oracle EBS workflows. After such a significant investment in their RPA strategy, they were encountering unstable and unreliable bots that often got stuck without warning. To alleviate the problem, Worthington employed a specialized Oracle RPA solution that plugged-into their existing RPA orchestrator. This allowed them to automate their Oracle applications successfully, bringing immediate value and ROI. Using a specialized Oracle RPA plug-in saved them over 200 hours of development time and continues to save them 75 hours of data entry a month.

It is no secret that RPA is the key to helping businesses gain and keep momentum, especially as they attempt to adjust to the “new normal” following the Covid19 pandemic. The global RPA market size is steadily growing, expected to rise to $13.74 billion by 2028. However, it’s clear that Oracle legacy systems require specialized automation features in order to ensure smooth and stable automations and to achieve ultimate ROI. By implementing an RPA tool that protects and works efficiently with your Oracle applications, there is no doubt that automation can help take your business to the next level.

David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.

 

Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.


Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.