Digital Transformation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Hyperautomation

RPA vs. hyperautomation. What are the differences between the two and why is it important for businesses to consider automation?

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5 minutes

Oct 27, 2021

Hyperautomation may sound like a space-age term but it’s making a big impact here and now for businesses across the world by taking automation to the next level.

Today, we’ll be talking about what hyperautomation is, why it’s becoming a must-have for modern companies, and how it can be implemented into your business today.

What Is Hyperautomation?

Hyperautomation is the use of technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation (RPA) to automate business tasks and processes that are usually done by humans.

It’s an approach to automation that aims to automate every process (within reason) in order to achieve a business where operations are as streamlined as possible.

The end result should aim to get rid of repetitive tasks, save time, lower outgoings and waste, collect more data, and increase efficiency within an organization.

What is RPA?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the process of using robots that are trained to automate routine, repetitive, and predictable tasks through interactions that are designed to emulate human actions.

This helps to free up time for human workers to focus on more impactful projects by letting bots handle tasks like data extraction, data management, logistics and operational support, invoice processing, reporting, and inventory management.

There are two types of RPA used today:


Bots deployed on desktop portals where the human worker executes some specific activities while the bot performs the more complex and repetitive ones.

One benefit of using attended RPA bots is that they do require some human intervention which provides some more quality control for oversight and compliance purposes.


A server deploys bots for fully-automated workflows. These bots are ready and waiting and don’t require any human interaction in order to start doing their assigned job.

Why Is Automation Important in Business Today?

No matter the size of your business, automation can be a helpful tool to streamline your processes and drive organizational growth and business are catching on.

Automation and AI is expected to generate billions of dollars in labor value in 2022 because automation brings unparalleled efficiency to businesses, giving them a massive leg up on inefficient competitors who will continue to fall further and further behind.

Modern business automation is also an incredibly flexible field, meaning businesses can only invest what is currently needed, whether it’s a simple level of basic automation or something more complex, and can scale up that investment depending on their needs and growth.

With such high upside potential and low cost of entry, it’s crucial that businesses begin to invest in automation sooner rather than later or risk having to play catch up to their competitors.

Automation can help in many different parts of your business, as well.

Whether it’s marketing, human resources, customer service, data management, sales, and accounting, every department of your business has processes that could be automated.

What are the components of hyperautomation?

What’s the Difference Between RPA and Hyperautomation?

The main difference between RPA and hyperautomation is that while RPA focuses mainly on robotically taking over and automating simple processes, hyperautomation is a larger transformation of how a business operates that takes RPA to another level.

Hyperautomation applies additional tech like machine learning to use data to identify patterns, learn, and to add another layer of depth beyond following simple rule-based processes to perform low-level tasks.

The Benefits of Hyperautomation

When thinking of the benefits of hyperautomation, people mainly recognize the idea of automating simple tasks but don’t realize that it comes with plenty of additional benefits to a business, like:

Inject New Technology Into Your Business

Introducing new technology into your business has several benefits alongside those that naturally come with hyperautomating your established processes.

Hyperautomation encompasses a range of different technologies from RPA to AI.

Improve Employee Satisfaction

Implementing hyperautomation into your organization’s processes greatly improves employee satisfaction by removing them from uninspiring, time-consuming jobs that involve repetitive actions.

Instead, they’re able to focus on challenging projects that are interesting and require creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Digital Transformation with Automation

Oftentimes for businesses, automation is the first step toward a complete digital transformation strategy that streamlines, optimizes, and drastically increases efficiency.

Hyperautomation is just a continuation of that transformation that takes everything to the next level.


Automating with RPA cuts costs by removing unnecessary expenditure within business operations by freeing workers from tasks that don’t require a human touch to complete.

Hyperautomation takes this another step forward by making automation the guiding philosophy for all business operations.

That means taking over every possible job that can be completed with automation and cutting costs substantially in a multitude of different parts of a business.

Expand Data Usage

Utilizing hyperautomation allows for better use and leveraging of your existing business data, as well as collecting additional data that you weren’t before.

With hyperautomation, the combination of your data, AI, machine learning, and automation leads to more efficient data usage and cleaner data sets to leverage.

This means using more data (including data you’ve not been previously using) and even having AI use data to provide additional insights.

Bottom Line

With cost savings, improved employee morale, more data usage, and increased overall company efficiency, implementing hyperautomation has plenty of benefits for businesses.

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Additional Resources

What is Business Process Automation? | An Overview

We all know how time-consuming repetitive tasks can be in the workplace. Learn the basics of business process automation in this video.

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