Process Automation vs Orchestration

Posted by Troy Hughes on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:42

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Around my office we have an ongoing debate regarding the difference between process automation and orchestration. Is there a clear and commonly held understanding of the difference? Thoughts and/or resource pointers are appreciated!


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Swen Tobler
posted 23 weeks 3 days ago
We use these Therms generally like this. Processes are Orchestrated (means digitally tracked and steered) where Automation is when Tasks are executed without Human interaction. This leads to the following: A fully automated Process is one which is digitally managed (orchestrated) and every Task in there is fully automated.
A Orchestrated process is digitally managed, but the Tasks may or may not be manually executed which still brings the Value of proper Time and Activity Tracking and reporting on Run-time/constraints etc.
Hope this helps...
posted 28 weeks 1 day ago
i am hearing about Robotic Process Automation ( RPA) , coming out to industries. This can automate the task of the regular activities of the team members and save a huge time. Orchestration is about a central controller managing the process criticals.
Ko-Yang Wang
posted 38 weeks 2 days ago
My two cents.
Process automation allows you to automate a processes and its workflow.
Process orchestration not only allows you to dynamically automate the process flow but also allows you to dynamically integrate process components from different processes to form new process (therefore the reuse) and automate it.
Karl Walter Kei...
posted 1 year 13 weeks ago
Big difference in medicine. You have a) remote devices that automatically collect data,
b) healthcare professionals that receive guidance or orchestration via background BPM best practice templates in respect of their services delivery to patients
c) rule sets at the Case level that provide governance. The analogy I use is a highway where the driver provides the orchestration but receives guidance from the center lines and guardrails on both sides provide governance. I suppose if the car is driverless, then we have automation in the highway example.
Jasmina Samardzija
posted 1 year 15 weeks ago
I would agree with @Andrew regarding the fairly interchangeable use of process automation and process orchestration. But, from a broader perspective, it might be that there is one difference... Assessing whether a process has automation potential or not would be part of process automation => if not, then the process can't be automated. On the other hand, in process orchestration, a process is ether already automated or its automation potential is > 0 This is just a thought...
Steve Kato
posted 1 year 35 weeks ago
What do you mean by orchestration?
Andrew Spanyi
posted 1 year 36 weeks ago
Process automation and process orchestration are used fairly interchangeably. For example, SAP promotes that "SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration can help you save time and money by automating your business processes."

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