July 06, 2018
Typically, the cost of publishing a bot includes the cost of a Bot license, the development costs, the maintenance costs and infrastructure costs for supporting a bot. So, overall the total cost of publishing a working bot could be as high as several multiples that of a bot license. •Bot license pricing is based on a number of modalities- There are many bot options available today- a single bot could run a single process or one could choose an amphibious bot that runs a number of processes. The same bot could run an AP process in the morning, an AR process in the afternoon and a ticket process in the night utilizing one license throughout. •A major chunk of the cost incurred goes into the cost of developing a bot. Development requires rigorous, lengthy effort from experienced programmers. As Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a desktop automation, any change in the process workflow would require a re-configuration of the bot. Also, to be factored in, the impact of change management on the development costs of the bot. •Most RPA tools require high-end servers to run. Newer more efficient tools that run on commodity servers are now available and could be the preferred choice. Bots could also be run in an attended mode during the workday or in the unattended mode in non-office hours. This option would help tighten infrastructure support costs. •Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a bot would also include the costs.