Data extraction from Unstructured documents

Automatically extract content from financial reports, economic reports, and industry analysis

Top Benefits

  • Get accurately extracted tables from reports, reliably and consistently – all automated
  • Outputs as XML, Excel, HTML, and/or JSON
  • No need for: pre-defined templates, manual intervention, training or configuration
  • Drag-and-drop MetaBot gives faster route to testing and deployment


  • MetaBot sends unstructured report to Zanran server
  • Zanran server recognises tables, text and images on each page
  • MetaBot retrieves outputs and passes structured data on to your Bot for further processing.

PROBLEM: Unstructured files like PDFs do not allow you to extract text and tables easily. If you have a large volume of reports it's impossible to automate your processing without some smart software.

SOLUTION: Zanran's Scaffolder uses computer-vision techniques to identify tables, text, and graphics on each page. It outputs tables and text in structured form so your Automation Anywhere Bots can do further processing. The Scaffolder saves time compared with manual extraction, and improves accuracy.

INPUTS: Reports that are a mix of text, tables and images - especially financial reports.

ACTIONS: the MetaBot takes PDFs and returns Excel, XML etc for further processing. The MetaBot makes it very easy and fast to test your overall solution.

OUTPUTS: Excel, XML or JSON. The Excel is for tables only; the XML and JSON include text, tables and images

USE CASE 1 - Automating part of the Credit-Checking Process. Zanran's Scaffolder software automatically extracts tables from the financial statements of the bank's corporate clients. Automation Anywhere Bots find the relevant rows in the balance sheet and other financial tables and extract data.

USE CASE 2 - Automating the Performance Analysis of Funds. The Scaffolder automatically extracts tables from the quarterly statements of the fund's assets. Automation Anywhere Bots find the relevant rows in the tables, then extracts data. Data is stored in a structured database, and interrogated for performance analysis etc.

This MetaBot works with a Zanran server on the cloud. It also works with on-premise servers and servers in private clouds.
Zanran provides an XML viewer for manual tagging, quality assurance, and table comparison.

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Bot Security Program
Level 1
Business Process
Automation Type
Last Updated
December 15, 2020
First Published
February 26, 2020
Community Version

See the Bot in Action

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Extract your financial tables to Excel
Screenshots of Zanran MetaBot popups
Screenshot of completion popup
Extract your financial tables to Excel

Setup Process


Download the Bot and follow the instructions to install it in your AAE Control Room.


Open the Bot to configure your username and other settings the Bot will need (see the Installation Guide or ReadMe for details.)


That's it - now the Bot is ready to get going!

Requirements and Inputs

  • Automation Anywhere Enterprise version 11.3.3
  • Reports - as PDFs (native PDFs, not scanned)