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Blue Prism Room for Improvement

Vijay Moorthy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Analyst and Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

There are a lot of things coming up, such as Discovery Bot and Process Discovery. A lot of other aspects are also maturing. We have definitely started using it for our clients, and it is maturing as a solution, but it is all about how you integrate the enterprise with all the automation projects, such as your chatbot, Conversational AI, and robotics. How they are integrated and talk to each other creates a very good business case with all three aspects. The next level should be about integrating it with other automation tools as well. It can have integration with other tools or automation projects, such as your chatbot, Conversational AI, and robotics.

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Sr Mrg, IT at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

I have been speaking directly with Blue Prism's engagement manager about making the solution more web-based. It's not quite there yet. Currently, the latest version is still under the beta version, so, as a customer, we don't have access to it. They are making it much more web-based, but for now, everything you have to log into requires an enterprise server — It's still more client-based than web-based. They are aware of these issues, but it's not available yet. If they would have done this earlier, it would have helped them occupy the market space better.

In the next release of Blue Prism, they are bringing in some great features, like deployment. I believe it's really going to focus on centralized monitoring. They are making it web-based. I think the scalability and the ease of installation are also going to get an upgrade in the new version. They are working on merging technology, like OCR capabilities — they are bringing everything under one banner. That's definitely going to help. This reboot of Blue Prism is definitely required. It's a little late, but at least they're doing it.

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Project Manager

The solution is not user-friendly. It has a very high learning curve. People should be able to learn it easily so that they will get interested in using it. 

While the solution is more secure, it's very hard to find people trained on that. I need different people, not only those who are trained on RPA tools. I cannot get people in Blue Prism. Without the resources, people just move to Automation Anywhere or UiPath which are more user-friendly. In comparison, UiPath is much easier to use and you can find people who are well-versed in it.

The product needs to put out more videos, similar to Automation Anywhere, which does that a lot. You can find a lot of videos online in relation to Automation Anywhere and UiPath, however, this is not the case with Blue Prism. There's just less information available. 

Blue Prism needs to provide better training. They need to start something similar to Automation Anywhere University or UiPath Academy. If they had some courses at different levels (basic, advanced, and master), there would be more educated personnel available.

The solution needs to provide a trial license - whether it is on cloud or on-premises. They need to provide a standard environment to work with. We need to have practice in installing the data center and connecting it to the database. 

We need to understand how we can migrate from one lesser version to the higher version and what is the load balance and how we can manage that. We need to understand better how our core system is managing that. Proper training would help with understanding.

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Business Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It isn't very easy or intuitive for our developers to program the bot to make intelligent decisions. A bot, for the lack of a better word, is stupid, and it can only do what we program it to do. It cannot make intelligent decisions. For example, if we are reviewing Uber charges, they could be posting their transactions under different corporation names, even though they are under the same parent company or group. A human can easily understand that it is the name of the same company, and it just has an asterisk or space, but a bot cannot do that. When a bot cannot complete the transaction, it sends out an exception rate, business exception, or system exception for a human to do a manual review. The exception rate has been high because the bots cannot make decisions that we think are very simple, which is understandable because that's how they were programmed. There is potential in utilizing the higher intelligence side of the tool, but it is not easy to code higher intelligent actions.

It is a very lengthy process to get the provisioning to ensure that it is kind of doing what it needs to do. Provisioning involves multiple things, and it is quite complicated and not the best experience, but it is not just because of Blue Prism. Blue Prism is easy, but it takes a long time to onboard into our in-house system. 

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Lead RPA at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

There are a couple of challenges in Blue Prism's latest version. So the main difficulty is when the bots are in a run state. If the schedule calls that, then the schedule information is not being received by bots in the right way. It means the bot is already running, and there is a schedule in place that is not functioning as expected. Also, there is a scenario where the bots are not handling volume as expected, especially when there are challenges with other environments. So there are a couple of areas where we have found that bots are not working as expected, especially in version 6.4.

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WayneFillis - PeerSpot reviewer
ROM Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

We haven't really used it extensively. I can say that even though it feels like a good product, there are some things that are completely missing the mark for me in Blue Prism.

The solution isn't complete. There are items that you have to pay extra for, such as the Interact. Those things should be part and parcel of the Blue Prism solution. I can't see it as a standalone separate service, therefore, why do I have to buy this separately? It should be part of the base offering.

From a monitoring perspective, the way the screens are set up, or the reporting within Blue Prism, is not really user-friendly. You need a technical person to basically put that up. It's not necessarily easily viewable.

As far as the assessment is concerned, the assessment tools need to be refined as it is really difficult for one to just use it out of the box. The cloud offering basically says that you can start right away, and you don't have to wait for all of these configurations and things. However, we have purchased the on-premise solution and not the cloud solution. For me, I just need a better experience on that deployment, even though it should have been the more mature solution.

From a Blue Prism perspective, user-friendliness is really an issue. The components that I now have to buy extra to do automation, things that, if I look at a tool like UiPath, that is already part of their toolset. You don't have to buy any user integration with other solutions. I can't understand why Blue Prism doesn't do the same.

They are not really very innovative. There's nothing that wows me if I would compare them to the newer tools that are coming out that's got the cognitive automation tools that are built into the product.

Within Blue Prism it's very difficult to manage a team of coders, for instance, or a team of developers developing on the same application. That is not in Blue Prism. You can't do that. It's one developer at a time working with one thing. The source code management within the toolset really needs to improve. They don't seem so managed and packaged well, and integration to maybe other repositories where one can store that information would be better. That is where it's lacking at the moment. The configuration, as I said, of the reporting, of the dashboard, out-of-the-box, should actually be easy to configure and not so challenging.

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Senior IT Architekt at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We see some security issues in Blue Prism. The German vendor Servicetrace is better at this point. This is also reflected in the Gartner report where Servicetrace is mentioned as the tool of choice in high-security environments. So, security, particularly in terms of administration, needs to be improved. We must have the possibility to prevent the administration from taking a look at the ongoing process. When we have restricted data flow, the operations team should not be able to take a look at the data that is processed.

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Bank Employee at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

As a user, I cannot directly work with the bot. On a daily basis, I use and do some work in Microsoft Excel, which cannot be directly taken into Blue Prism. Our company majorly runs on Microsoft Excel. Everybody has Excel sheets as their working sheets. Therefore, we need a kind of automation to be able to do things with this program. This bot is almost like an invisible staff that works between the servers but not with the users. This bot works well with SAP and things like that, but it doesn't work with Excel sheets. It doesn't work with the bots that we have, and I cannot invoke an RPA right now as a user. It has to be done by an administrator who has better control than me. It needs better integration with Microsoft Excel.

Its price can be improved. It is expensive for us. It should be cheaper for a market like ours. We are based in India.

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Tech Manager at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

There are a lot of things that could be improved. The very first thing is their control room, and they are still sticking to the desktop version, which restricts access. You can't really access it from anywhere. The entire industry is moving towards cloud-based solutions. Blue Prism should make it RPA-as-a-Service cloud version. I would definitely like to see how they could really make it more accessible, going beyond desktop applications.

They have recently launched their web version, but that is still a read-only version of the control room. The web version of their control room could be accessible from anywhere so that I don't have to go and log into a specific machine.

Additionally, we tried integrating some of the applications to Blue Prism, and there was no REST API. It is still following the older mechanism using SOAP API, which again restricted quite a number of the integrations that we wanted to do. Exposing their artifacts through web APIs, REST APIs, would be good, which is normal nowadays.

It would be good to build more objects; they have very limited objects available, that is, implicit objects. If I need to connect to ServiceNow, I would need to build all those things. So they could really step up and create customized objects as an implicit feature that they could include.

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Senior Consultant at SDLC Partners

The activities that we do are a bit difficult to do in Blue Prism as compared to UiPath. UiPath provides create activities and create packages related to AI analytical skills. This is something that Blue Prism doesn't have.

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SanjayVyas - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Vice President at Barclays Capital

The OCR capability, along with the connectivity with some of the legacy tools, needs to be improved.

I found a few connection issues. I'm not sure whether it is a system issue or maybe the Blue Prism connectivity or connection string is not available there, but in some of the applications, we do face challenges to connect with another application. For example, the Chrome extension doesn't work on an unattended bot, which is why we have installed the upgraded version of Blue Prism.

In the next release, I would like to see the OCR capability increased, have a built-in solution to enhance the hyper capability itself. 

It should be compatible with all of the Internet Explorer options, such as Internet Explorer, along with Chrome and any others. 

Also, the cloud-based installation option, for example, there should be an option to set up in-house, along with cloud-based, that can be operated from anywhere.

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Mattia Mezzacapo - PeerSpot reviewer
RPA Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The user interface could be improved and I would like to see a web interface to easily access robot information. The key value of Blue Prism is also its main weakness because Blue Prism is quite connected to its data, so anything you do on Blue Prism is logged on the database. It's quite difficult to read these logs, so I would like to have a more valuable way of understanding how robots work on the environment. Blue Prism doesn't manage variables well. It's annoying because you have to declare visually every variable but there's not a list of the variables. You have to open the graphical elements and check the variables.

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Digital Strategy Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

Its front end is not very good for things like screen scraping. UiPath and AA are very good for that. Blue Prism's license is costlier than UiPath and AA. They should be improving its price.

Its artificial intelligence and cognitive features are not that strong enough. Cognitive automation should be their next area of improvement.

The decoding of the bot is a highly painful activity, and this is an area of improvement for Blue Prism. It is tough to find variables and get the code in place. You have to open the whole bonnet of the car to get things in place. 

Their training should also be improved. UiPath and AA have their learning communities. They provide free of cost basic certification. As a result, you get trained workforce in the market that can directly work on projects, but this is not the case with Blue Prism. It is costly to get the resources trained, which increases the overall cost of getting a resource for Blue Prism.

Their tech support can also be improved. Many times, the issues that should have been addressed by L1 have gone to L2.

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Senior Manager , Digital Transformation, Strategy & Transformation at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

It's not very easy to use. There is some learning curve that you need to manage as an individual.

In the past we have had platform challenges with Blue Prism, like the scheduler functionality doesn't always work as expected and there are content downtimes as well. On the stability, I will probably rate it a little lower than medium.

If they could have process recording and task recording also in place, that will help expedite the delivery for the automation.

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KasimIqbal - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Automation Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Blue Prism can improve a lot. The interaction with Google Chrome can be massively improved. I know in the next version there are slight improvements. We don't know how much, but we are comparing them. At this moment, Google Chrome is a massive issue within the toolset, due to the way Google Chrome receives updates regularly but Blue Prism is unable to cope. The spy method of Google Chrome is not as user-friendly as Internet Explorer is. However, Internet Explorer is being discontinued from their support, therefore it's not the best browser to be using. This has caused us major issues in the last six months. 

Our customers go through platforms, such as CyberArk and Citrix. The way that Blue Prism interacts with these applications could improve. There are a few other issues, such as memory, but these are the key problems that have offered issues in the past six months or so.

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Senior SAP Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's been our concern that we will be able to move more towards sustainability within our own company. We do rely a lot on third-party vendors, and we're hoping we can have more internal talent to actually manage all our projects. That's our number one goal and concern. We are looking into providing training to our business users that is similar to something like PowerBI, where you can basically configure and use less coding. That's what we want to leverage.

The license cost is a bit high. Being a finance guy, that's number one for me. 

Number two is that whatever bots that you put inside, they only can run a specific activity at a specific time. For example, let's say I want to do a bank reconciliation at 10:00 AM, and, at the same time, I want to do some kind of asset capitalization, I can't do both. I need to choose which I can run at 10:00 AM. With one, I may need to re-time it. I'd basically like the bot to work on multiple activities at once. 

The deployment of the bots should be much faster and more intuitive.

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Chief Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The user interface is okay. I don't think there is much of a problem.They need to also have a better capability in attended automation. Blue Prism has not invested enough in AI development.

They need to have a Bot store. If they can introduce AI bots that will automatically diagnose why something failed and keep sending data back to admins, it would be an improvement.

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Emeka Uchendi - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at ITwize Technology Limited

In Nigeria, I don't know what their marketing is like. However, they're losing market shares to other solutions. Most customers know UiPath more than Blue Prism. 

They have partners in Nigeria, for example, gold platinum partners. They are not doing well in the environment they've gone into and I don't know how Blue Prism evaluates them. Smaller companies do not like Plue Prism.  It's not because of Blue Prism's technology, but they're platinum partners among the four big consulting firms, they have not done a great job.

In a future release, Blue Prism should have an entry-level solution for smaller organizations with low-code capabilities. You need more technical knowledge to use Blue Prism compared to other solutions.

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GRC Analyst at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees

The control room is its worst feature. It can be laggy, and it is not as user-friendly.

We're with staying Blue Prism, but we're moving it from on-premises to Microsoft cloud for cost savings. We looked into Blue Prism cloud. It has a lot of features, but it comes with a lot of costs. Right now, we have six spots, and we're only at 13% utilization. The cost didn't really weigh out for us for moving to Blue Prism cloud, but on-premises, it is working for what we need.

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Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

If that bot is running 24/7, we have to allocate people 24/7, 24 hours a day. The cost of support can be quite high.

If there was a way that robots could self-heal if they stopped running for whatever reason, that would be helpful.

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Jayveer Mandora - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead RPA Developer at eclair Group

The intelligent automation, like document processing, is lacking and should be improved. I would like to see PDF processing capabilities, and invoice automation templates.

Technical support is in need of improvement.

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Head of Intelligent Automation at a outsourcing company with 51-200 employees

The reporting system, specifically the system admin reporting could be improved.

If there were more business analytics, that would be quite helpful.

In general, however, the solution isn't really lacking any features.

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Srikanth RB - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager - Business Analysis at DXC

Everything on offer is great. We could hardly find any procedural issues at all. All the processes are really quite good. 

They should come up with these open-ended certifications, like UiPath, where people can just go ahead and get the certification. That way, people can evaluate and pick up certifications easily to make it easy to learn.

Everyone uses Workday and Salesforce and all that stuff. If they had specific plugins to interact with these enterprise tools, that would be very helpful. 

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Director at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

They have OCR technology, but it's not that great.

They need to come up with better OCR technology.

In the next release, the OCR features need to be improved. This is an area that I would love Blue Prism to work on.

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RPA Solution Architect - Lead Developer Individual Contributor at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Unfortunately, developing with Blue Prism takes more time than developing with UiPath or other platforms, because each action requires multiple actions. If you need to open an Excel file and collect the data from it, UiPath can do it with two or three clicks, like drag and drop the Excel application scope. With Blue Prism, you need to open the workbook, then open an instance, then get the sheet and then close that instance. It takes more time to develop things in Blue Prism. The dashboards are not excellent, they could be improved enabling more information.

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Development Lead For RI DMV Modernization at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

There are many reasons why many companies don't go for Blue Prism. It is not open, and the community addition is not available. Blue Prism provides support through partnership. You need to do a partnership with them, which is a major disadvantage. You contact a Blue Prism team, and they will schedule a meeting with you. They will give you a demo and help you set up everything, whereas with UiPath and Automation Anywhere, you can try the community edition, and if it fits your needs, you simply buy a license for that.

The initial setup of Blue Prism is complex. They simply provide a PDF or documentation for you to go through it, whereas, if you go with UiPath or Automation Anywhere, they have several videos and community support to guide you.

The documentation of Blue Prism is static. They don't have any sort of videos or open forums. Other tools have got a lot of community support, but Blue Prism doesn't have that. Its training is also hard to attain, and they also don't provide any certification.

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RPA Developer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Its image recognition or the OCR part should be improved. The quality has improved in the latest version, but some of the handwritten documents are not that accurate. 

Its interaction with the Citrix environment should also be improved. Their technical support should also be improved.

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Vice President at YASH Technologies

Blue Prism could be compatible with Oracle's suite of ERPs. We have seen some issues related to this.

They could do much better with their intelligent document processing solution. They're pretty behind and don't have attended bots.

I would also prefer a better UI in the administration screens The user interface is pretty bad from an administration perspective.

I would like to see a lot of features like process mining.

I would also like to see a lot of different innovative solutions like human-bot interaction, handover managerial systems, and collaboration systems for process capturing, storing, and evaluating and getting discussions done within businesses.

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Technology Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

For developers, they should have some kind of recording feature. Their competitors have this capability, so it is a big thing.

If you execute too fast then your code dies.

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Vineet Talwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Strategic Alliances at Zensar Technologies

Its pricing is sometimes higher. Its price can be better.

Its presale support should be increased. Currently, its presale support is very less. System integrators generally position Blue Prism in front of customers. Though they have an ecosystem, they don't have people who can train for the partner ecosystem. They have to increase the presales consultants for partners. In addition, their L1 and L2 support can also be improved. 

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Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The initial setup and deployment could be simplified.

The stability could be improved.

They could add more AI-related technology. 

With their free version, they should provide some sort of community link where you can learn for free. It would be better. 

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Manager Finance at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The recording of the transaction is missing in this solution.

The pricing could always be better.

We cannot record inactivity, we need an actual program or we need to design it. 

In the next release, I would like it to be able to record the transaction instead of designing it. It would be very helpful and easier to roll-out the product.

The interface is okay as long as we can design it. The studio is fine.

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Francisco Javier Mateus Ramos - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical and ROM Architect at PROA IA

Blue Prism needs to work in a web-based account. I think that Blue Prism will need to have the main features be web-based so that you can control the box in a web-based environment and not in a client's environment.

You need to enter the machine and study the client in that machine to see what happened in the box. In other platforms, you can do that in a web-based environment, which is easier to access.

The OTR can be more powerful.

They also need to have an easy way to have more sessions for Telco machines. 

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Manager, Information Technology Automation Delivery at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We would like to have something, not particularly within the tool, that gives flexibility to the end-users to schedule the bots themselves. There should be some kind of control room flexibility so that they can go in. We don't have to always keep that centralized with us. 

We would also like to have inbuilt scheduling and resource pooling to distribute the bots on servers from within the platform. I should be able to distribute or orchestrate them internally so that if one bot takes a little longer than planned, it automatically shifts to another server. 

We would also like its price to be lower.

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Head of Transformation at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

Blue Prism is a little behind Automation Anywhere in the topics related to maintenance and report building.

The report in Blue Prism could improve. I am in version 6 and they are already in version 7. The features or changes I need could have already been resolved in the newer version.

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Specialist-Configurator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I don't have an suggestions for improvement, at this time.

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MehakTalwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

We didn't find it much useful for unstructured data. It is not easy to do the automation with Blue Prism if you have unstructured data. It should have better automation processes or connectors for unstructured data such as PDFs or pictures.

It has a connector for different applications, such as SAP, but we use a few other applications for which it doesn't have a connector.

It should have a more comprehensive dashboard that we can use to see the processes that are running and control the parameters.

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Giovana Reis - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Planning and Control Analyst at a translation and localization position with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are some new tools on the market that work better than Blue Prism. When Blue Prism receives information I have found other RPA solutions refresh the application better. At this moment it's not the best application.

Blue Prism could improve the integration with the development of applications. For example, a type of automation where we can build applications and integrate them with the RPA. This is something that we would use a lot and is not available in Blue Prism.

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Partner Technology Consulting at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Blue Prism can improve on the ease of use of its graphic user interface(GUI).

In an upcoming release, it is important for Blue Prism to think about the future and not stay in the present. They should spend enough time on innovation.

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DavidBiden - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director of Automation at Foundry4

The upgrades could be managed better. I would also like to see more true AI development and machine learning.

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RPA/IA Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It lacks integration with proper AI, and it is a very complex tool to use in general.

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RPA System Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Blue Prism could improve by having better integration with Computer Vision.

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AmitDasgupta - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder at Oak and Acorn Consulting

I have found that community support is lacking for this solution compared to competitors.

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Richa Srivastava - PeerSpot reviewer
Professional 1 Application Designer at DXC Technology

It can be improved more in the field of Medicine.

Lotus Notes automation should be easier to understand.

Improvement is required with the DLLs for MAPIEx.

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Blue Prism
August 2022
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