Financial Reconciliations and Period-Ends

Optimising Financial Reconciliation and Period-End Processes with Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

In today’s data-driven business environment, efficient financial period closing and reconciliation processes are crucial for organisational success. However, businesses often face challenges in areas such as:

  1. Time-consuming Reconciliation Tasks: Manually reconciling financial data from multiple sources is time-consuming, leading to delays in financial reporting and decision-making.
  2. Data Inconsistencies: Inconsistencies in financial data across different systems or formats lead to reconciliation errors, impacting the veracity and trustworthiness of financial statements and reports.
  3. Managing Repetitive Tasks: Employees spending critical time on repetitive and mundane tasks such as generating reports, sending notifications, or updating spreadsheets can reduce productivity and efficiency.
  4. Manual Data Entry Errors: Manual data entry is prone to errors, leading to discrepancies in financial records and inaccuracies in financial reporting.
  5. Reducing Operational Costs: Manual reconciliation processes incur costs related to labour, overtime, and potential errors that may require costly corrections or investigations, contributing to higher operational expenses.
  6. Regulatory Compliance: Automated tools can simplify financial data reconciliation, ensuring accurate and timely compliance with regulations and reporting standards.


Implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in your business can alleviate the inefficiencies created by these challenges.

RPA usage in Financial Reconciliations and Period-Ends Processes 

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has become an integral part of life for most organisations seeking to address these challenges. It assists them in managing their financial reconciliation and period-end processes. 

It works by using intelligent software robots that mimic human actions. RPA is a technology that automates repetitive and rule-based tasks, using intelligent software robots to replicate human actions. Businesses that have adopted RPA have observed the following advantages:

  • Efficient Data Gathering
    RPA streamlines order processing for manufacturers by automating tasks such as order entry, validation, and invoicing. This ensures faster order fulfilment, reduces errors, and enhances overall efficiency. For example, an RPA bot will automatically extract order details from emails, validate them against predefined criteria, and update the order management system, eliminating the need for manual intervention and reducing the risk of errors in capturing

  • Automated Report Generation
    Since data-driven decisions have become crucial, RPA has modernised report generation processes by handling data formatting, template adherence, and distribution. For example, an RPA bot can compile data into predefined report templates, ensuring consistency and saving valuable time.

  • Enhanced Data Accuracy

    We often underestimate the importance of data validation, and with manual processes, these validations are usually given a lower priority because of time limitations. RPA can automate data entry, validation, and reconciliation processes, reducing the risk of errors. An RPA bot can, for instance, cross-verify data from multiple sources, ensuring data accuracy and integrity.

  • Streamlined Data Analysis
    RPA contributes to efficient data analysis by automating repetitive analytical tasks, trend identification, and outlier detection. For example, an RPA bot can perform fundamental data analysis, allowing professionals to focus on interpreting complex patterns and making data-driven decisions.

  • Optimised Compliance Reporting
    Regulatory compliance has become a standard in everyday business. RPA automates compliance reporting by extracting relevant data, generating compliance reports, and ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements. For instance, an RPA bot is able to compile data for regulatory submissions, minimising the risk of compliance errors and late submissions.

  • Automated Report Distribution
    Efficient dissemination of reports is crucial for informed decision-making. RPA automates report distribution processes by handling email notifications, access controls, and versioning. An RPA bot can send reports to predefined recipients, ensuring timely and secure access to critical information.

  • Efficient Dashboard Creation
    The “pain” of updating and maintaining business reporting dashboards is often huge! Robotic Process Automation automates dashboard creation processes by assembling visual elements, updating real-time data, and ensuring interactivity. It could similarly provide reminders where manual inputs that have not been actioned are required.

  • Data Security and Confidentiality
    RPA contributes to robust data security by automating data encryption and compliance with data protection regulations. It ensures that sensitive information remains confidential and is accessible only to authorised personnel.

In essence, Robotic Process Automation has proven itself able to revolutionise support processes for manufacturers. By automating repetitive tasks and optimizing key operational areas, RPA allows manufacturers to compete more effectively, increase efficiency, and focus on strategic aspects of business growth. To explore how RPA can be tailored to the specific needs of your manufacturing operations, feel free to contact SmartTechNXT. Our experts are ready to provide a free consultation and keep you informed about the latest developments in RPA tailored for the Manufacturing sector.

Case Studies of RPA implementation

Case studies showcasing RPA implementation in financial institutions highlight the transformative impact of RPA technology in enhancing efficiency and compliance:

  • Case Study 1: Optimising Period Ends and Reconciliation Processes

    A prominent financial consulting company overcame challenges in manual financial report compilation by embracing Automate, a robust Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tool developed by SmartTechNXT’s partner, Fortra. Before Automate, the financial consulting firm involved labour-intensive processes, taking as much as 2 to 3 days with 3 to 4 employees, risking human errors and slowing down productivity.

    Automate’s scalability allowed gradual expansion from simple to more complex tasks, addressing security concerns through on-premises installations. Its powerful automation features, user-friendly interface, and personalised customer service positioned Automate as the preferred RPA solution. Implementation was swift, automating data extraction, insertion, and financial report generation, with some processes running twice daily and other processes on the first day of each month.

    The RPA initiative improved efficiency, with financial reports prepared more comprehensively and error-free earlier. They redirected resources to higher-value tasks and were able to enhance client data security. A year after implementation, the company plans to extend RPA projects company-wide. This success exemplifies RPA’s impact on internal operations and client satisfaction.

  • Case Study 2: Efficient Report Compilation with RPA

    A large bank addressed the challenge of time-consuming report compilation by adopting Fortra’s flexible robotic process automation (RPA) solution, Automate Plus. The bank utilised software robots to automate critical reporting tasks overnight, empowering employees to start their day with comprehensive reports and analyses for improved client service.

    The implementation team highlighted RPA’s role in simplifying colleagues’ work and enhancing client service offerings. The impact was substantial, providing considerable time gains and scalability. Thanks to RPA, tasks previously requiring up to 6 hours of daily work from a single employee are now automated, allowing the team to focus on more challenging and value-added activities.

    The bank’s success story with Automate Plus illustrates RPA’s transformative potential in automating report generation, not only optimising operational efficiency but also redirecting human resources toward tasks that contribute greater value.

In conclusion, RPA offers a strategic advantage in optimising Financial Reconciliation and Period-End processes, enabling seamless connectivity and efficiency across financial systems. To explore how RPA can enhance your financial processes, kindly provide your details in the fields below.