While RPA (Robotic Process Automation) gets most of the coverage, it’s in fact “Hyperautomation” or “Intelligent Automation” which the analysts tend to focus on.
What is meant by Hyperautomation or Intelligent Automation?
Essentially what is meant is the sum of the parts of automation technology, with RPA being a key (but not the only) part of the puzzle, alongside other automation technologies such as API Automation (sometimes referred to as Digital Process Automation or DPA), Business Process Management (BPM), Artificial Intelligence and Process or Task Mining.
RPA is the newest of the technologies and therefore receives the most airtime, benefitting from its major recent advancements and the particular success of UIPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere.
This is also not forgetting Softomotive, Mulesoft and Signavio acquired by Microsoft, Salesforce and SAP respectively.
RPA as a term first came about in 2002 in a white paper by HFS and commissioned by Blue Prism and has since gone on to becoming a massive standalone industry with the noticeable success of all the major players above.