In most cases, if the RPA project fails it affects the processes that are supposed to be automated. So, the implementation takes money, time, and effort. The good news is that most RPA failures result from human error, not the technology itself. The most important lesson here is that you can learn from past mistakes and generally take a different approach.

The 5% of companies that do well with RPA today are demonstrating that the technology really works, and these businesses are creating yet another technological arms race that all organizations must join in order to survive, let alone prosper. Yes, achieving full RPA ROI in one quarter may protect your bonus this year, but successful large-scale bot deployments over the next year or two will protect your job and possibly your career.