RPA and BPM: Intelligent Automation Starts Here

DANIEL SCHMIDT | November 5, 2018

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Business Process Management (BPM) or Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-which to choose? The right choice depends on the challenge you need to overcome, and surprisingly, the right answer is often both. This is particularly true as digital business transformation increasingly moves toward embracing the full spectrum of intelligent automation capabilities (such as machine learning and intelligent OCR).

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