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RPA-as-a-Service vs. RPA On-Premise – What’s the difference?

RPA-as-a-Service vs. RPA On-Premise – What’s the difference?

A strong leadership commitment is needed to launch a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) program. Yet, given the high infrastructure cost and resources required to demonstrate success, this can take time to accomplish. 

Many business executives are aware of the benefits that RPA can offer. The decision often lies squarely on whether or not to invest in the conventional in-house RPA model.

However, for leaders who require fewer upfront resources and greater flexibility in scale and pricing than the traditional model provides, Robotic Process Automation as a Service (RPAaaS) may be the answer.

What is RPA-as-a-Service?

RPA-as-a-Service (RPAaaS) refers to outsourcing business process automation to service providers to use RPA advantages and cloud-based capabilities without needing installation or license. 

Unlike internal RPA development, the client outsources all RPA administration to a third-party business and makes no infrastructure investments.

Pros and Cons Of Implementing RPA On-Premise vs. RPAaaS

Several differences exist between implementing and deploying RPA On-Premise and RPA as a Service.

When deciding on which form of RPA deployment best fits your organization, it’s essential to evaluate the merits and pitfalls of each solution through the following categories:

  • Implementation
  • Cost
  • Security
  • Maintenance
  • Transparency


RPAaaS and On-premise RPA each have advantages and disadvantages. For businesses seeking to grow quickly, prove RPA as a concept, or achieve ROI as quickly as possible, RPAaaS is a superior alternative.

However, for businesses seeking cost savings by automating many processes using RPA, investing in FTEs with the expertise to support and maintain the solution, and having enough IT support to manage the infrastructure, on-premises RPA may be a better alternative.


For over 20 years, SALIX Data has provided more than 2,500 customers with ways to streamline their business through technology and outsourcing solutions. 

SALIX’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) expertise allows organizations to automate repetitive, mundane tasks with intelligent software that simulates human behavior, enabling business users to devote more time to serving customers or other higher-value work.

Whether your organization is looking for a strategic partner to develop its own RPA infrastructure or outsource your RPA management, we have solutions that fit every sized organization that will reduce costs and free up employee time to focus on value-added tasks.

Talk to us today to learn how we can help you maximize your RPA investment by letting SALIX enable your best people to do what they are best at more often. 

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