The role of the RPA solution architect is critical to the success of an RPA deployment. This individual is responsible for ensuring that the RPA solutions meet the business requirements and fulfill their intended purpose. Additionally, the solution architect must ensure that the solution is properly implemented and supported. As such, organizations need to understand the responsibilities and ownership of this role before moving forward with an RPA initiative.
Background and Skillset of an RPA Solution Architect
An RPA solution architect is a software professional with extensive experience programming in one of the popular programming languages. They possess in-depth knowledge of infrastructure including servers, storage, firewalls, load balancers, routers, etc.
An RPA solution architect is responsible for designing and implementing Robotic Process Automation solutions. They work closely with clients to understand their business needs and requirements and then design and develop a solution that meets those needs. In addition to their technical expertise, an RPA solution architect must also have strong communication and project management skills to effectively manage the development and implementation of RPA solutions.
Responsibilities and Ownership of An Architect for RPA Solutions
Following are most of the responsibilities that an RPA solution architect will take:
Enabling the development and deployment of the RPA solution
The first and foremost of a solution architect is to oversee the initial infrastructure setup for the dev, test, and production environments then explore the server and other RPA deployment options.
Preparing for the RPA journey
In this round, the solution architect needs to have the agreement of everyone on the CoE, including the stakeholders, on the best practices for the team to follow. The goal would be to lay out proper coding standards and guidelines.
Designing the solution
After identifying reusable components to save duplicate effort, the solution architect will define how to manage configurable parameters, queues, and schedules of Robots to optimize the cost and runtime. She will create a document describing outstanding challenges that may or may not be taken care of during the implementation.
Building the workflows
The solution architect is responsible for overseeing the development effort to develop the component workflows and documenting extra requirements after the PDD is signed. To do this, the solution architect needs to constantly mentor and monitor the developers and help troubleshoot and debug the issues.
The solution architect needs to do a timely and diligent code review and audit to make sure there are fewer bugs and the solution is compliant and robust. Then, he will review the Development Specification Document (DSD) and sign it off.
Sustaining the solution
The final result will be monitored closely to identify any issues that need to be addressed. If any changes are needed, they will be documented and implemented accordingly. This process of monitoring and controlling ensures that the software stays up-to-date and continues to meet the needs of its users.
As the RPA Solution Architect, you will be responsible for designing and implementing RPA solutions. You will need to have a clear understanding of the business process being automated as well as the technical requirements of the implementation. If you are interested in learning more about this role or would like to discuss how we could help your organization automate its processes, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide additional information on our services.