Automation Anywhere (AA) vs Blue Prism vs UiPath comparison

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We performed a comparison between Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, and UiPath based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Q&A Highlights
Question: RPA Governance and Business Continuity requirements for a large multi-national corporate financial services provider
Answer: @reviewer1356150 @Nilesh Pawar @reviewer1390509 @Alex Yuan @Hayaa Kayasseh you've all recently written reviews for one of these products. Do you have any insight to share with @reviewer1373997 about governance and business continuity requirements for these products?
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"The best feature is the drag-and-drop command. Users with less coding knowledge can also automate their end-to-end processes very easily.""This solution has gives us greater employee satisfaction because manual recurring work has been reduced.""Workbench, which is a development tool, is very friendly. It is complete. Compared to Power Automate, Automation Anywhere is much more comprehensive and easy to understand.""They can build an end-to-end solution with Automation Anywhere.""The most valuable feature is its Excel integration.""I don't think one feature is more valuable than any other. In my opinion, the value is in the totality of the platform. It is easy to use for our developers with a well laid out UI and many canned tools. The Control Room is very easy to navigate and mostly intuitive to use.""By implementing processes using Automation Anywhere, we can save up to 3,000 euros within two weeks of development.""We have improved on IQ Bot collectively with the normal Taskbot that we use. How it got started was that we have a lot of scanned documents to input for our solution. So, I used to get a lot of scanned documents, and extracting or reading the data from those has always been a pain area. We always used to bring a manual person in to do it. Once a manual person did that activity, it was brought into Excel where I could run the bot. With the entry of IQ Bot, it now takes care of my scanned documents, which means IQ Bot does the OCR extraction and gives my data to the Automation Anywhere Taskbot. This means no manual intervention and end-to-end bot processing, along with a happy customer at the end of the day. We provide these services to multiple clients, so we have been doing this for all of our clients."

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"For one, it's easy to set up, and once it gets running it can handle multiple processes in an efficient manner. It's a very robust system.""A feature I like about Blue Prism is the Control Room and how easy it is to find exceptions, to find common issues, and to troubleshoot your exceptions. Your Control Room person, without any development skills, can easily pick up what the problem is, with the exceptions, especially when there are a lot of exceptions related to one use case or process.""It is a scalable solution.""As a developer, I liked the layout and UI, specifically referring to testing. I was able to watch the process through stages.""The way you design the flow and configure the activities for the bot is very useful if you are working with any of the BPM or local platforms.""The development interface is quite easy to work with.""We've started to use some of the new features such as translation, cognitive, and we are finding them useful. We are also finding API integrations very useful.""Being able to create an object and use it for multiple processes has been very useful for us."

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"It's highly effective in pinpointing areas within the organization where assistance is required.""The software itself is relatively straightforward and easy to use.""We’ve improved our efficiency in a way for sure. Even just our cost analysis has improved. When we do new contracts, we know what it's going to cost exactly.""The insights that this solution provides have been most valuable. We use these insights to report to higher management on the performance of our processes.""UiPath is very user-friendly. There is ease of use. People can understand it very quickly.""It enables us to implement end-to-end automation. We have projects where it automates the entire process from one end to the other. Very often we have "human-in-the-loop" within them, because some decisions have to be made, but they are almost end-to-end solutions.""The most valuable feature of UiPath is the complete queue system-based framework because it is robust for all clients.""UiPath has good recording features that help to create automations."

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"One thing about it that we have not found to be exceptionally useful are the built-in bot analytics, the Bot Insights. From our own extensive experimentation, as well as from what we've understood from other people using this solution, we've been able to come up with better solutions using our own in-house analytics and our own systems than through theirs.""If I build a bot today and don't use it, however, in several months, someone tries to use it, there's a 30-40% change the bot will fail in one or two areas.""The initial setup was not that great. The road was very up and down. We struggled. A lot of the features were not compatible with applications which we are using. That was the reason. This was the initial days, we are talking about 2016 to 2017. The buzz was not as much as we are having now.""Getting the bot design into the developer's hands is taking longer than we initially anticipated.""The initial setup was complex because we had to make sure all the security aspects were approved by our leadership.""The quality and response time of the support, even on Sev-1 tickets, is not satisfactory.""They could improve around continuous integration, e.g., Jenkins and GitHub, stating how you could use those products and integrating them into Automation Anywhere.""We did use quite a bit of Citrix automation. Of course, AI Sense helps you through that. There are two big challenges that I can think of with Citrix automation. Your making multiple hops into end-to-end systems. As you are rating the screen, which is a screen within a screen, which is what Citrix automation is, the complexity increases. That is where the two things will come in: the tool's functionality and the beauty of design. These two have to come in together to make it work. If you don't have one or the other, it's not going to work."

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"Blue Prism can improve on the ease of use of its graphic user interface(GUI).""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.""The solution could be more user-friendly. I would like the see the inclusion of a recording feature as in Microsoft, SAP, and other legacy systems. Users can play the recording and use it for future use cases. The recording can help with the automation and configuration. I would rate the tool’s interface a seven out of ten. It needs to improve.""The OCR capability, along with the connectivity with some of the legacy tools, needs to be improved.""Lotus Notes automation should be easier to understand.""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.""Navigation within the UI could be improved.""The control room is still the desktop version, which restricts access. You can't really access it from anywhere."

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"They need to keep fixing the bugs and improving the tool. For example, if an Excel file is running and I'm doing an automation on that Excel file, it doesn't complete. There are some bugs, and fixes and improvements are required.""Our solution is on-premises so we are unable to utilize phone apps.""The path forward is probably to tie this all together in a platform and look at the workflow automation""I find it difficult to set up the Orchestrator and it should be more user-friendly for non-technical people.""I would like to see more integration with solutions, like SAP, especially because the biggest companies have a lot of SAP implementations going on. If they would have more packages to support native SAP activities or perform connectivity to some of those SAP clients in transaction codes, it would be awesome.""We're actually looking into a document to understand the use case. It's essentially car titles, and we're struggling. We've used several different OCR engines to try to train the model and try to improve it. For us, a little more direction on how to actually achieve this would be useful. We've been struggling for a couple of months now trying to get it working and getting it to the level we need it.""The speed of upgrades is really hard to follow.""Optical character recognition for hand written documents could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing is too high for small-scale groups. The Control Room yearly fee is high, making it difficult to break even."
  • "Automation Anywhere is competitive... Pega is somewhat comparable, but Pega also requires a lot more infrastructure and a lot more experience to get up and running."
  • "Automation Anywhere is costlier than the general competition. That is aligned with the share of the market it has."
  • "They're very flexible around pricing and licensing."
  • "They give us a good deal on the licensing because we bundle and customize things. If you ask to get a bulk business deal, you will receive more benefit. If you take other products from the suite, like IQ Bot, you can also receive a deal on the licensing."
  • "We just did a round of price comparison on a global scale and found it's so hard to compare the license prices. But, Automation Anywhere, in general, is on the same price level as the other vendors, a bit lower in some cases."
  • "If you look at the capital expenditure, Automation Anywhere is number two to UiPath. But if you take a long-term view, on a scalable model of a large number of bots coming out, it slowly goes on to become the costliest tool. There is something they can do about that. The capital expenditure goes out right at the point of buying the tool. For Automation Anywhere, I would need to spend $20,000. UiPath can give me something for $6,000, while Blue Prism will come in at $300,000."
  • "It's cheaper than other similar solutions."
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  • "Blue Prism is pretty steep compared to the others, much more than Automation Anywhere."
  • "We really don't bear the costs. The cost is borne by the customer. It runs into about $100,000 per year per customer for Blue Prism. We normally budget around $30,000 for the first year for the hardware, setup, and people cost."
  • "Other than your infrastructure, in terms of servers that you have to set up, I don't think that there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Compared to other tools on the market, it is one of the most expensive."
  • "The pricing is really good for an enterprise-level solution. It's quite scalable and it's quite comparable with the market."
  • "Our licensing fees are approximately $5,000 USD per year."
  • "The licensing fees are low compared to other tools."
  • "Blue Prism is less expensive than some of the other RPA solutions."
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  • "It costs much less and it does much more than the competitors' solutions."
  • "The pricing differs on the requirements. If there is a huge purchase, then we get a discount. There is not a fixed pricing of the product."
  • "If you want to do a demo trial, it is a 30 days free."
  • "The community edition is completely free. Then, people say, "There is nothing to lose, let me try it.""
  • "There are operational benefits in terms of time savings and user satisfaction of not having to do menial, repetitive tasks."
  • "Traditionally, Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism are the biggest things competing against UiPath. Those are usually what most of the clients lean towards, if they see a cheaper licensing option. Clients choose UiPath because it's easier to deploy and learn within their teams."
  • "We saw ROI in 15 days."
  • "They give it away in the community edition for free, so I use it at home."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    Mohammed Tafazal - PeerSpot reviewerMohammed Tafazal
    Real User

    For any RPA tool it required have a generic /universal governance model where 

    1. sponsor or Head of RPA implementation

    2. Business analysts


    4.Developers ( Full stack - Build, Test and SIT)

    5.Scrum master or Sprints head or Project manager

    6. QA ( Test automation) - optional

    Above generic governance model/structure roles for handling any kind of RPA process.

    One proven way to implement centralized automation management is via a CoE. The best practices of Robotic Process Automation states that the use of bots doesn’t increase negative risks for the organization in the development of reusable solutions. The responsibilities of a Centre of Excellence will depend on the exact governance model used. The most common activities include the following:

    1. Drive RPA in the business, training teams, and increasing awareness of RPA in those.

    2. Calculate the criticality and quality of the developed solutions, ensuring the application of best practices.

    3. Monitor the operation of bots and guarantee that execution SLAs (service-level agreement) are met.

    4. Follow and report the main development stages.

    5. Guarantee the execution of established governance processes.

    6. Guarantee the continual improvement of processes and tools.

    Business Continuity Requirements:

    To have backup or disaster recovery machines for the critical RPA processes with load balancing using central orchestration in different clusters.

    For any of the RPA there is orchestration tool which handles all the initiation and processing from one location have it maintained well from risks and disasters with load balancing.

    This will helps in business continuity.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:From my experience using AA tool, it depends on the applications that you want to automate, because there some… more »
    Top Answer:It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
    Top Answer:Hello Netanya, it depends on your needs and your expertise.  In my humble opinion you can start a big RPA project… more »
    Top Answer:I'm very familiar with UiPath and the RPA industry: was hired by Daniel Dines in 2015 when there were 35 employees and… more »
    Top Answer:Blue Prism provides both on-premises and cloud versions.
    Top Answer:I can only speak to UiPath since that is the only RPA solution that I have used. I know that there are specific packages… more »
    Top Answer:Yes, Attended Bots  which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌… more »
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    Also Known As
    Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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    Automation Anywhere is the leader in intelligent automation solutions that put AI to work across every aspect of an organization. The company’s Automation Success Platform is powered with specialized AI, generative AI and offers process discovery, RPA, end-to-end process orchestration, document processing, and analytics, with a security and governance-first approach. Automation Anywhere empowers organizations worldwide to unleash productivity gains, drive innovation, improve customer service and accelerate business growth. The company is guided by its vision to fuel the future of work by unleashing human potential through intelligent automation.

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    Blue Prism is an intelligent, business-developed, no-code automation platform for SaaS deployments as well as for on-premises, public cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid environments. Unlike other automation technology, Blue Prism combines robotic process automation with expanded artificial intelligence and cognitive capabilities. Blue Prism gives users instant access to the tools you need for building and delegating automations, as well as a digital workforce that is already AI-equipped.

    With Blue Prism’s code-free RPA, deployed through use of their Robotic Operating Model, your business can scale efficiently, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and augment its talent to take on new responsibilities. Blue Prism helps to accelerate operational agility and efficiency by making it easy to automate the most important processes. Allocating everyday tasks to your Digital Workforce gives you immediate increased capacity and allows your teams to focus on their strategic goals. In addition, it delivers a return on investment, increases efficiency gains, and can even introduce new revenue streams.

    “Workforce of the Future”

    Blue Prism’s all-in-one intelligent automation platform consists of:

    • Design Studio with drag-and-drop process automation building, reusable “objects” across your business, and updates to objects and processes saved throughout the process library.
    • Control Room where you can assign processes to digital workers, scale digital worker and task volume ondemand, and gain real-time transparency of process proficiencies.
    • Digital Workforce of autonomous software robots that can learn and mimic business processes like humans and are equipped with six intelligent automation skills:
      1. Knowledge and Insight - The ability to harvest, understand, and deliver insights from multiple disparate data sources.
      2. Visual Perception - The ability to read, understand, and contextualize visual information.
      3. Learning - The ability to derive contextual meaning and adapt to evolving process patterns.
      4. Planning and Sequencing - The ability to optimize workloads and identify opportunities for better outcomes.
      5. Problem-solving - The ability to autonomously solve system, logic, and business problems.
      6. Collaboration - The ability to seamlessly work with both people and systems.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Blue Prism stands out for its enterprise-level functionality, which is why many companies choose it over its competitors. PeerSpot users note that the solution is easy to use, stable, and robust scalability-wise. The security is also top-notch. One user pointed out that "One of the most powerful features in Blue Prism is exception handling. It's one of the features that really differentiates it from other platforms." Blue Prism helps businesses with everything from compliance to quality control and error-avoidance.

    UiPath is a user-friendly automation software that streamlines business processes by automating repetitive tasks. It offers extensive automation capabilities, seamless integration with other systems, and robust security measures. 

    Users appreciate its intuitive design, ease of use, and ability to automate complex workflows. 

    Its seamless integration with various applications ensures smooth data exchange and enhances workflow management, while strong security measures protect sensitive data and maintain compliance with industry standards.

    Sample Customers
    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
    Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
    1. Accenture 2. Deloitte 3. PwC 4. IBM 5. Capgemini 6. KPMG 7. Ernst & Young 8. Infosys 9. Cognizant 10. Wipro 11. Tata Consultancy Services 12. HCL Technologies 13. Genpact 14. Tech Mahindra 15. DXC Technology 16. Atos 17. NTT Data 18. CGI 19. L&T Infotech 20. Hexaware Technologies 21. Mindtree 22. Mphasis 23. Virtusa 24. Syntel 25. Zensar Technologies 26. WNS Global Services 27. Hexaware Technologies 28. Larsen & Toubro Infotech 29. Persistent Systems 30. QuEST Global 31. Sonata Software 32. Zensar Technologies
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company29%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company6%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
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