RPA Doesn't Need to Have Hidden Costs

SIMON SHAH | March 23, 2018

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That’s one of the most common pain points we hear about from businesses considering RPA deployments - that there’s never an easy way to work out exactly what it’s going to cost. In many cases, traditional RPA tools are priced per bot, which means you need to know how many bots you need, and what their output will be before you even start to write the business case.

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