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December2020

Common features and differences between low-code and robotic process automation (RPA).

According to research Gartner 65% of software development by 2024 will be done with low-code tools.
The term low-code means an approach in which the development of programs is carried out mainly through their visual modeling (for example, by connecting blocks in a visual constructor).

Many RPA tools also use this block-joining principle to build a sequence of RPA robot actions. The target audience of low-code and rpa tools are also similar. But the devil is in the details. Low-code tools provide the creation of full-featured applications 10 times faster and cheaper than the classic development of such applications in programming languages, while rpa tools only allow replacing the work of a human with the work of a robot in existing programs. Low-code solutions seem to be more reliable, since they are self-contained programs that do not work with the interfaces of other programs. At the same time, even with minor changes in the interfaces of the programs with which the rpa-robot works, this robot will work incorrectly or stop working altogether.

Low-code tools provide the creation of full-featured applications 10 times faster and cheaper than classic development of such applications in programming languages, while rpa tools only allow replacing the work of a human with the work of a robot in existing programs.

Thus, when choosing an automation method, you need to keep in mind that the interfaces of the programs with which the rpa-robot works are constantly changing, as the program developers release new versions and updates. This will lead to the failure of rpa robots at the most inopportune moment, requiring constant improvements to rpa robots. Automation made with the help of low-code tools does not have this drawback.