In recent years technology solutions such as Digital Process Automation (DPA), which includes applications such as OCR and RPA, have offered organisations a solution for these manual tasks through automation. DPA is an evolution of Business Process Management (BPM), something organisations have been doing in some form for decades. DPA takes the appropriate manual tasks within a process and utilises computer systems to help organise and perform them more efficiently, eliminating unnecessary repetitive tasks altogether by having the computer system carry them out instead.
Traditional DPA, as defined previously, is extremely effective when structured data is required to be processed because the technology relies on rules-based decision making to perform tasks. For example, DPA could be applied to locate and extract data from a structured spreadsheet and deliver it to a line of business system for further action. In this instance, the location of the data required to be extracted will not change from document to document making it easy for the technology to find the key data with pre-programmed rules. This technology works well when there are high volumes of the same document layout or just a few anticipated variations.