With robotic process automation (RPA) becoming a prominent topic of discussion, financial institutions are thinking of ways to integrate digital labor into operations. While swift results can be enticing, firms should identify relevant risks and ask the right questions before diving into implementation. By doing the initial legwork, firms can position themselves for success. Streamlined processes and effective controls can help pinpoint issues early and ensure a positive return on investment.
Implementing new technology is often a long and tedious process. This is why it’s so important to get all the steps right. RPA requires a structured controls approach to effectively address new issues that a financial institution may not have encountered before. Honing your focus on relevant risks and asking the right questions will ensure a successful RPA investment.
The following five areas of risks are important to address:
Doing the initial legwork can save additional effort later. As you implement your RPA control framework, we encourage you to ask the following questions:
While controls may come as an afterthought in new process implementations, financial institutions can greatly benefit from effective control structures. Starting early ensures that implementation goes smoothly, and your business gets the most out of RPA.
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PwC's Dave Hoffman explains robotic process automation (RPA), its impact on financial institutions, and how RPA has affected the industry in 2016. RPA allows companies to automate certain tasks, activities, and processes that previously required human interaction. RPA has the opportunity to have a profound impact on the financial services industry at large.
PwC's Kevin Kroen discusses some of the ways our clients are using RPA. Financial institutions certainly use it to improve operational functions, but they're also exploring the technology in more complex processes.
PwC's Kevin Kroen discusses the benefits RPA can have on a control environment. He also shares some issues we've seen, and some ways to avoid them as you implement the technology.
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