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Pros
"While using ABBYY FlexiCapture we did not use the generic models that they do have for invoice and purchase orders. For one of the use-cases, the document was exactly the purchase order, but we are not using that generic model. We are creating the model from Scratch. However, if I was to compare ABBYY FlexiCapture with other IA tools, the machine learning and how the extraction is done is far better than competitors. This allows a lot less effort for the development.""The most valuable feature is the ability to capture data from documents with different formats.""Its OCR Engine is very successful, and it is the leading OCR Engine. It also has NLP support.""It's a very useful and user-friendly product.""The most valuable feature is the ability to scale for big processes. We are able to process 1 million pages a day. Its accuracy is also very nice. It is a good feature that they have. It is an independent platform, which is its biggest advantage as compared to other solutions. It is also very stable and powerful. It is 100% on time.""Identifies and extract relevant elements from a document.""We are able to extract details from a PDF and put them into a CSV. It is able to extract the details that we are looking for. We have the Machine Learning feature to extract the data with respect to the position of the field.""The machine learning capability is pretty good."

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"The features like IQ Bot and Metabot have helped our organization to gain business trust and provide a greater number of unique solutions to our clients for complex projects.""The most valuable feature is the task bots because we found that cognitive functionality can be improvised.""WLM & Device Pool, where multiple devices perform the same thing parallel and complete the tasks at the same time. The credential manager for security is one of the most valuable features for storing credentials and providing security between the developer usage and future maintenance where passwords expire every 90 days.""Simply tagging variables used in the bot, can provide automated real-time dashboards that are presentable to management showing them a complete view of how the bots are performing.""None of the commands are unique to Automation Anywhere, which allows beginners to leverage external knowledge.""The scheduling feature allows for scheduling of the bots to a specific time every day, which helped remove the dependency on humans completely.""It improved on 40+ % of manual effort which was a pain point for project budget and Project team SMEs.""Automation Anywhere has saved us a lot of time, money & efforts by automating our ServiceNow tickets."

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Cons
"Quite complex, particularly for those who are not tech savvy.""Their tutorials are not enough. They can improve the tutorials and maybe add more examples in their tutorials. Currently, if you want to learn ABBYY technology, it is very difficult. There are just a few resources, such as YouTube channels and blogs. There are not many resources for learning ABBYY.""In IRISXtract, we can have master data, and we can set the master data. There are more options for taking any data and comparing it with master data. For a project, they have a dump from SAP for validation. This feature is there in ABBYY, but it is not extensive like IRISXtract. ABBYY is capturing the data, but there are not a lot of options to validate the captured data. It would be helpful if there are more options for validating the captured data in ABBYY FlexiCapture.""They say that they have invoice training or document training where if you put in a certain number of documents of the same type and you fix it once, twice, or a few times, it'll automatically be able to read the same document perfectly without you having to create a layout for it to follow. That has never worked properly for any project, so I just stopped recommending it completely. We spent time trying to test and getting a bunch of invoices to test it with, and in the end, it just didn't do what it needed to. If they fix that or if they can improve on that, that would be great. It will save a lot of time for a lot of people, and it will allow people with less experience with ABBYY to be able to use it.""Not a ten because sometimes some documents have handwritten data. If this improved, I would rate it a ten out of ten.""They should improve the RESTful API side of this solution. Currently, fully RESTful API is not available in the on-prem version, which is really a problem, and we have to work around this limitation. The cloud version already has a fully RESTful API, but the on-prem version doesn't have a fully RESTful API, which is a big mistake. It is easy to solve, but they aren't solving it quicker. They are taking a long time. Nowadays, most people don't go to the interface. They like to use RESTful API.""There is always room for improvement in any product. Some of the configurations for the machine learning models for invoice reading are fairly complicated. There is so much customization that is possible with that sort of thing, so it makes sense that there are a lot of options, but some of the more important ones can be a little better streamlined or more upfront. Currently, machine learning models are a little bit difficult to configure satisfactorily.""The generic models have a lot of areas to improve. In our experience, we are not able to get good results in the generic models. From a developer's point of view, there could be more improvement if the source code is available on a broader scope"

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"The conversion time of invoices to JSON File should take less time using AA2019 IQBot, the report file creation feature should be added into IQ Bot A2019.""Setting up Automation Anywhere is a bit complex.""Additional features should involve the Cognitive Section where we need more Advance solutions involving ML & AI.""The OCR can be a little better because sometimes while scrapping, it leads to data loss.""Our current version needs drag and drop, but that should be in the next release.""It should be easier to use.""Autosuggestion of existing use cases based on the problem statement could use improvement.""The price is a little high and could be reduced."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For us, the price is reasonable."
  • "The price of this ABBYY FlexiCapture is a bit expensive and the price is based on how many documents have been captured. For example, one or two million captures."
  • "Its price is a little bit high and can be lower. Its licensing is very expensive. I don't remember exactly, but for each page, it is about four or seven cents, which is too expensive."
  • "Most of our customers have purchased an annual license and if you have multiple developers from other companies, you can assign the license on a monthly basis to developers."
  • "It is expensive as compared to UiPath. We pay for the licensing and the page count."
  • "It is more on the reasonable side as compared to the competition that I am aware of. I'm not an expert on pricing schemes for all sorts of things, but when we offer them a solution, we like to say we're agnostic. So, we offer more than one solution when possible. Amongst the ones that we've offered, ABBYY usually is the more reasonable solution on a big scale. On a small scale, they're all pretty similar. As far as I understand, you pay a license for a number of pages, and that's pretty much it. It has just the rate per page, and it decreases as you scale."
  • "Its price should be a little lower. It is a lot higher than the competition, and if they just break the gap a little, then more people might jump onto their product. Their price is definitely a deterrent in the few cases that I remember. They have monthly and yearly options, and if you want, they also have per project and per page options. They do charge extra for different types of installation. They have the standalone, which is pretty straightforward and a lot cheaper than the server installation. Server installation gives you a lot more, and it gives you control over the environment."
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  • "Costs savings have been seen by employing bots for multiple shifts instead of people."
  • "My only suggestion in terms of pricing is very generic and that is to consider that as much as RPA saves cost and does automation, please get a realistic estimation done on whether you are really achieving any ROI over your investment with RPA."
  • "It is one of the most affordable RPA solutions, and as for licensing, they offer a community edition that greatly helps anyone who aspires to learn about the product before buying the enterprise solution."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "I don't deal have cost specifics but I can say it is a tool that provides value for the money."
  • "Pricing is affordable and I would recommend beginning with the Starter Package."
  • "The pricing and licensing are definitely moderate to costly but easily recoverable by achieving ROI quickly."
  • "Automation Anywhere is flexible in terms of costing and licensing."
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    Questions from the Community
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    We have found the solution to be stable so far.
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    The UI is okay, however, I remember the scanning and the way that you actually get documents into the system. The FlexiCapture, what they call a process developer, could use some work. The solution… more »
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    The solution is used mostly for form extraction, fixed form extraction, text forms, data extraction, OCR, et cetera. We use it for digital document processing.
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    It depends on your use case. Is it simply to automate a couple of processes? Is it to augment a human team? AA is very good in certain situations but lacks in others. For me, it's more the team that… more »
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    From my experience using AA tool, it depends on the applications that you want to automate, because there some applications that AA has limitations for, such as the Oracle. For web-based applications… more »
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    It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
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    Also Known As
    FlexiCapture
    Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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    Overview

    ABBYY FlexiCapture is an intelligent platform for capturing meaningful data, relationships and insights from documents, forms, and correspondence to improve business outcomes. It transforms documents into business value by capturing and validating information in any format at its point of need. Intelligently digitizing documents and automating document processes, FlexiCapture helps organizations remove risk and cost while accelerating revenue and driving competitive advantage every day.

    With ABBYY FlexiCapture You Can:

    • Easily remove manual processing friction from document intensive processes
    • Feed content-driven business applications
    • Help your organization focus more on customer service
    • Gain a competitive advantage
    • Leverage customer-provided data to accelerate transactions
    • Easily train the system to use ongoing machine learning for continuous improvements and cost control
    • Reduce your document handling costs

      ABBYY FlexiCapture Includes:
    • Multi-level documents classification: With ABBYY FlexiCapture, AI-based classifiers that are trained automatically help you automate the task of understanding, separating, and routing documents by using the latest machine learning methods.
    • Natural Language Processing: Unstructured documents such as contracts, leases, articles, agreements, and email can be captured with NLP technology. Business processes that require manual data entry can be automated, allowing you to make important document data available quickly in your business applications to save time, money, and labor.
    • Auto-learning: ABBYY Flexicapture’s auto-learning capabilities help to accelerate your time to production and also reduce ongoing system support and maintenance costs. Users train the system to process irregular or flexible document layouts and the administrator is able to retain full control to edit, fine-tune, or discard auto-learning results. Through this process, the system continuously learns and improves based on feedback from users.
    • Advanced document classification: ABBYY FlexiCapture gives you the ability to classify inbound communications by form and content to optimize your organization’s information-driven processes. Deep learning detects every incoming document type and sorts them by appearance or pattern.
    • Image enhancement: Images captured by mobile devices are automatically improved to optimize processing, making it especially useful for documents with complex backgrounds like transcripts, identification documents, and transportation forms. Regardless of image quality or source, ABBYY FlexiCapture offers tools such as auto crop, background whitening, and image quality assessment to create custom enhancement profiles for different image sources.
    • Handwritten ICR: Using advanced ICR technology, ABBYY FlexiCapture is able to recognize handwritten data; The technology can extract handwritten data in fields, marks, or full text in documents such as bills, receipts, medical forms, prescriptions, applications, claims, invoices, and other financial or transportation documents.

    ABBYY FlexiCapture Features:

    • Powerful FlexiCapture functionality in the cloud: You can select the best deployment option that makes sense for your organizational needs; It can be deployed to either cloud or on-premises.
    • Proven security: ABBYY FlexiCapture Cloud has native security features, related both to infrastructure and platform layers.
    • REST API: With ABBYY FlexiCapture Cloud REST API, external systems can upload documents and also receive extraction results, and tight integrations can be done easily with your systems. The REST API feature trains FlexiCapture by providing feedback about result quality, and develops customized verification.
    • Trusted environment: ABBYY FlexiCapture leverages its security and data protection by using Microsoft Azure, ensuring a trusted environment.

    ABBYY FlexiCapture Benefits:

    • Quick start: ABBYY can automatically learn how to classify and extract data from similar documents by simply running samples of routine documents through the system.
    • Accessible anywhere: Companies can distribute and manage relevant business processes across remote locations through a responsive web interface that’s easy to maintain and can be accessed from anywhere.
    • Document classification automation: FlexiCapture offers image, text, or rule-based classification methods that can be combined into a hierarchical system to deliver the greatest straight-through processing performance and reduced manual review. Documents can be classified into different types and variations.
    • Visual model processes: Using ABBYY FlexiCapture, you can build a “digital twin” of your business processes and identify deviations from the ideal process flow to better understand exactly how your processes execute.
    • End-to-end process visualization: Gain greater insight into the flow of your work through the process stages and also visualize the cause of delays and bottlenecks.
    • Reduced time and manual effort: Deliver faster time to value by eliminating manual processes.
    • Customer journey visibility: ABBYY FlexiCapture allows you to discover your customers’ journey and processes to understand challenges and special cases, giving you all the information you need to improve customer satisfaction.
    • Cost reduction: Easily identify improvement opportunities, reducing the cost of process evaluation.
    • Compliance risk management: Ensure compliance obligations by receiving alerts when rules are broken and following up immediately.

    Reviews from Real Users

    "The whole idea of designing your own templates is pretty much the bread and butter of the product, but that's really the best part because you can design flexible templates.” - B.R., IT Consultant at a financial services firm

    "There are a lot of options in ABBYY FlexiCapture, and it is very vast. I have worked with multiple OCR tools, and I found ABBYY FlexiCapture to be the most accurate tool.” - Saamir H., RPA Consultant at a financial services firm

    "The most valuable feature is the ability to scale for big processes. We are able to process 1 million pages a day. Its accuracy is also very nice. It is a good feature that they have. It is an independent platform, which is its biggest advantage as compared to other solutions. It is also very stable and powerful. It is 100% on time.” - Mauricio D., C Document and Data For Automation at PRTi Digital

    Automation Anywhere is a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), empowering customers to automate end-to-end business processes with intelligent software bots – AI-powered digital workers that perform repetitive and manual tasks, resulting in dramatic productivity gains, optimized customer experience and more engaged employees. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native and web-based automation platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, yielding significantly lower TCO, higher security, and faster scalability than legacy monolithic platforms. Its Bot Store is the world's first and largest marketplace with more than 1,200 pre-built, intelligent automation solutions. Automation Anywhere has deployed over 2.8 million bots to support some of the world’s largest enterprises across all industries in more than 90 countries. 

    For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

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    Sample Customers
    Banque Populaire de l’Ouest, PepsiCo
    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm57%
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Transportation Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    ABBYY FlexiCapture is ranked 1st in Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) with 16 reviews while Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 145 reviews. ABBYY FlexiCapture is rated 8.2, while Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of ABBYY FlexiCapture writes "Gives control over what goes through the system, lessens the errors, and saves time to allow the teams to focus on bigger picture things". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Automation Anywhere (AA) writes "While the platform is feature-rich and easy to use, it is the skill of the coder that determines how well the platform is leveraged". ABBYY FlexiCapture is most compared with ABBYY Vantage, Kofax RPA, IQ Bot, UiPath and Microsoft Power Automate, whereas Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Blue Prism, Kryon RPA and Kofax RPA.

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