We live in an exciting world with accelerating digital transformation opportunities. CFOs are no longer only finance function heads but are under constant pressure to become better business partners and to contribute to revenue growth and increase profitability. They are tasked with driving process efficiencies and reducing costs. The finance function is characterized with having to complete many repetitive tasks – some as basic as generating and checking reconciliations and reports, other more complicated as having to complete a month end close for a Fortune 500 company in less than a week. The office of finance goes through cycles of high and low activity. Many functions still rely on manual processes that take too long, are error prone and cost too much.
As per Gartner forecast, the “global Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software revenue is projected to reach $1.89 billion in 2021, which is an increase of 19.5% from 2020.” This estimate for a surge in revenue is all the more outstanding, given that most organizations are limiting their technology spendings because of the harrowing economic instability caused by the pandemic. What’s more, the same Garner report suggests that RPA’s revenue will continue to grow by double digits through to 2024.
TOP RPA TRENDS TO WATCH OUT IN 2021:
- RPA will become a conventional Service (RPAaaS).
- Paperwork will be eliminated.
- AI and ML technologies will lead to further progression.
- The growth of IoT and Big Data will greatly be influenced by RPA.
- RPA use cases will expand beyond finance and accounting.
- RPA will transform to Smart Process Automation (SPA).
- Employee Experience will improve.
WHY WILL BORN CAPITAL INVEST IN RPA?It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity within CFOTechs that make use of cutting-edge technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) or artificial intelligence (AI) on particular friction points. Wouter Born said, “I think it’s more and more common that solutions are very specific and solve one very specific pain point. That’s where we see the most opportunity, in smart, new fit-for-purpose solutions.” As an example, RPA has substantial potential to ease AP friction and drive cost savings by mechanizing mind-numbing workflows normally led by a human. With CFOs increasingly embracing this new responsibility to drive value and growth for the enterprise, B2B FinTechs continue to see their Greenfield opportunities proliferate. However, with so many solutions and technologies flooding the market, these FinTechs aimed at CFOs will require both money and strategic assistance to break through the clutter and shine out. Supporting these innovators will remain a key focus for Born Capital.
FUTURE OF RPA:
- Startups are launching low-code solutions while RPA companies try to simplify programming to democratize RPA and expand its use. This can be as powerful as the launch of excel which empowered and changed the finance community forever. Given RPA’s broad field of application, low code RPA has the potential to revolutionize white-collar work.
- RPA marketplaces enable RPA bots to have a larger set of capabilities, allowing companies to automate processes more easily. This is because no single provider can provide all the functionality to automate the diverse number of processes in use at companies. Marketplaces allowed operating systems (e.g. Apple App Store), CRM software (Salesforce AppExchange) and numerous other platforms to extend their reach via marketplaces.
- With the introduction of Microsoft in the RPA ecosystem, leaders of RPA companies see increased commoditization of RPA. A capability that was under the grasp of a small bunch of vendors in the past year is selling openly like hotcakes as of 2021. It is becoming less costly to build a competitive RPA solution.