RPA: Perfect excuse, tech phenomenon or a real game-changer?

February 12, 2018

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Throughout the last few years, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) was touted as a universal cure for many shared services and BPO branch vulnerabilities. It was billed as a cheap platform that was easy to deploy, scale and deliver, and required no special knowledge to get things done. Vendors propagated their marketing message well enough that enterprises believed their statements.

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Established in 1915, WRA is a nationally-recognized engineering, architectural and environmental planning firm with a reputation for delivering exceptional work on time and within budget. Owned and run by technical professionals, the firm's heritage is rooted in client service with experts involved at every stage of development to ensure consistency, accuracy, efficiency and depth of understanding.

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