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From DPA & RPA to APA: Exploring Automation Trends

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Navigating the Evolution of Business Process Automation

The world of business process automation is evolving rapidly, driven by the relentless pursuit of efficiency, speed, and precision. In this digital era, three fundamental technologies are taking centre stage: Digital Process Automation (DPA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and the emerging Artificial Process Automation (APA). Together, they form a web of automation that is transforming industries. In this blog post, we will explore how these technologies are reshaping industries and paving the way for unprecedented efficiency and innovation.  

  • Digital Process Automation (DPA): The Base 

Digital Process Automation (DPA) represents the evolution of traditional workflows and business process management (BPM). It focuses on comprehensive automation and optimisation of complex business processes. Digital Process Automation (DPA) platforms provide tools for designing, implementing, monitoring, and continually improving processes, thereby increasing operational efficiency and agility. Digital Process Automation (DPA) has demonstrated tangible benefits, such as substantial improvement in customer communication, an average 30% reduction in order activation times, and a 50% decrease in business process rework. Key features: Advanced automation and optimisation of workflows; seamless integration with existing systems; real-time analytics and reporting.  

  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA): The backbone 

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) represents the next step in the evolution of business process automation. This technology focuses on automating rule-based routine tasks, reducing human errors, and significantly increasing productivity. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a highly scalable and adaptable solution that can flexibly meet changing business needs. Statistics support the benefits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA): it reduces data handling errors by up to 99%, increases workflow by 60%, and can contribute to reducing operating costs by 20% to 30% according to a Forrester study. Key features: Automation of rule-based routine tasks; significant productivity improvement and reduction of human errors; ability to scale and adapt quickly to evolving business needs.  

  • Artificial Process Automation (APA): The Intelligent Future 

Artificial Process Automation (APA) represents the future horizon of automation, harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to enable automated systems to learn and improve over time. Artificial Process Automation (APA) systems have the unique ability to analyse data, make decisions, and predict outcomes, paving the way towards smarter and autonomous business processes. This technology not only significantly reduces the time spent on task automation (by 40% to 90%) but also dramatically enhances business decision-making by up to 90%. According to KPMG's 2023 Global Technology Report, 29% of companies in Spain have experienced increased profits by investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation. This finding underscores the positive impact of digitalisation on business performance and profitability. Key features: AI and ML-based decision-making capabilities; continuous learning and improvement from data; predictive analytics for proactive decision support.  

Integration: Forming the Interwoven Automation Framework 

The true power of automation lies in seamlessly integrating DPA, RPA, and APA, thereby harnessing the unique strengths of each technology to create a cohesive and effective automation environment. This synergy between DPA, RPA, and APA triggers a series of key business advantages:  

  • Enhanced Operational Efficiency: Automates complex and routine processes, reducing processing times and minimizing human errors. 

  • Increased Adaptability and Agility: Enables quick adaptation to market changes and customer needs through intelligent process automation. 

  • Optimization of Operating Costs: Reduces costs by eliminating repetitive manual tasks and freeing up resources for strategic activities. 

  • Improved Customer Experience: Provides faster, more accurate, and personalized services by optimizing internal processes. 

  • Mitigation of Human Errors: Helps mitigate risks associated with human errors, ensuring greater accuracy and consistency in operations. 

  • Continuous Innovation: Frees up resources and enables companies to focus on strategic activities that drive growth and innovation. 

  • Facilitation of Comprehensive Digital Transformation: Fully transforms business operations, enhancing interactions with customers, employees, and business partners. 

Use Cases and Potential for Businesses 

Adopting DPA, RPA, and APA technologies opens up a wide range of opportunities for businesses across various sectors. 

Financial Sector: 

  • Automation of loan approval processes and mortgage management. 

  • Implementation of RPA for account reconciliation and claims management. 

  • Development of chatbots for customer service and financial inquiries. 

  • Predictive analysis for early detection of fraud and financial risks. 


  • Automation of electronic health record management. 

  • Development of telemedicine applications and remote patient monitoring. 

  • Use of APA for medical image analysis and AI-assisted diagnostics. 

  • Implementation of appointment reminder and notification systems. 

Retail and E-commerce: 

  • Development of e-commerce platforms and inventory management systems. 

  • Integration of RPA into order management and shipping processes. 

  • Implementation of chatbots for customer service and sales support. 

  • Data analysis for personalized offers and recommendations. 

Manufacturing and Logistics: 

  • Automation of production processes and quality control. 

  • Implementation of collaborative robots (cobots) for assembly and packaging tasks. 

  • Development of product tracking and traceability systems. 

  • Predictive analysis to optimize supply chain and inventory management. 

Public Sector and Administration: 

  • Automation of administrative processes in government agencies. 

  • Development of applications for public service management. 

  • Use of RPA in permit processing and licensing. 

  • Implementation of APA for public sector data analysis and urban planning. 

Conclusion: Embracing the Future of Automation 

The convergence of Digital Process Automation (DPA), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and Artificial Process Automation (APA) represents a revolutionary shift in business operations, offering unprecedented opportunities for growth and innovation. This strategic integration not only drives operational efficiency and cost reduction but also enables organizations to comprehensively transform their operations, interact more efficiently with customers, employees, and business partners, and successfully position themselves in a highly competitive and dynamic business environment. By adopting these technologies, businesses not only meet changing market demands and elevated customer expectations but also prepare to lead the next wave of innovation and growth in their respective sectors. Intelligent automation thus becomes an urgent necessity to maintain relevance and competitiveness in today's ever-evolving business landscape, empowering organisations to lead in efficiency, agility, and competitive advantage. 

Jeff, CEO Spain

Jean-François Clercx

Located in Valencia, Spain, Jeff, is our local CEO for Mimacom Ibérica. He focuses on business management, digitalization, international growth, and entrepreneurial team management.