Organizations still on their legacy RPA platforms eagerly want to migrate their automation estates to next-generation automation solutions like Microsoft Power Automate. They want to realize a lower cost of ownership, simplified automation design and delivery, better capabilities, and increased compatibility with their existing enterprise architectures.

As soon as they start to investigate the task of migrating automation estates, many times, the entire project is scrapped. This article examines why and how those seemingly insurmountable barriers can be overcome or avoided entirely.

#1 – The cost of migrating automation estates

The prospect of switching RPA vendors promises reduced operational expenses and greater returns for organizations, but that’s only once automation programs are up and running on the new destination platform.

When companies start to factor in the cost of migrating automation estates, it’s usually the biggest hurdle that derails the entire initiative.

The most common way organizations approach migrating to a new RPA platform is by doing it manually. From a purely financial perspective, a moderately complex automation, for example, costs roughly $20,000 to migrate to a new RPA platform.

According to recent research Blueprint performed, the average automation estate sits at around 120 bots.

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With portfolios of that size, the cost of migrating can easily creep into the hundreds of thousands, or even millions, if the right approach isn’t taken.

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What also needs to be factored into this equation and considered is the effort of switching RPA platforms.

#2 – The effort involved with migrating to a new RPA platform

Migrating and re-platforming automation estates can be so challenging because there is no universal format for designing and developing automated processes. Each RPA platform specifies automations differently. As such, automated processes have to be re-designed, re-developed, then tested and re-deployed according to the specifications of the new platform so that they’ll work in that solution.

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Because most automation migrations and re-deployments are attempted manually, this places a massive dependence on highly skilled technical resources to do all that complex work. For example, a moderately complex automation can take 4-6 weeks to migrate with the caveat of introducing errors and increasing risk during the re-development.

For an automation estate north of a hundred processes, that timeline and the resources it demands are incredibly daunting. In many cases, it’s enough to deter companies interested in switching, forcing them to stay on their underwhelming legacy tool. However, that conclusion is also a by-product of not knowing there are purpose-built solutions that can eliminate all those challenges instantly.

#3 – Not knowing some solutions can radically reduce the cost and effort of RPA platform migrations

One crucial factor preventing organizations from switching RPA platforms to realize all the benefits they stand to gain is that they don’t know there are solutions built for that very purpose. Solutions that can remove the massive effort and cost of switching RPA vendors while dramatically reducing risk.

And Blueprint is the foremost RPA migration and re-platforming solution available today that can deliver 60-75% time and cost savings compared to manual migrations.

Blueprint can also accelerate and reduce the effort of migration because, upon ingesting all your automation files, Blueprint maps and converts those processes into the leading RPA platforms. Instantly, you see the percentage of how much of each process has already been mapped into your destination platform so you can plan your re-platforming strategically and systematically.

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Blueprint also goes a step beyond lift-and-shift migrations in the way of re-platforming. When you ingest your automation files into Blueprint, you get access to a series of dashboards and analytics that provide invaluable insight into the health of your entire automation estate, like its complexity, dependencies, redundancies, etc., so you can retire what’s not working and improve what is for even greater returns.

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