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Executive Summary
Updated on March 20, 2022

We performed a comparison between Automation Anywhere and Microsoft Power Automate based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most users of Automation Anywhere feel that it is a reasonably easy and straightforward solution to deploy. There were a couple of reviewers who felt that deploying Automation Anywhere could be complex. Microsoft Power Automate is viewed similarly. One reviewer noted that a little bit of IT knowledge was necessary to successfully deploy it.

  • Features: Automation Anywhere users find it to be so easy to use that someone with very little knowledge of coding could easily learn how to use it. They also note that it has many valuable features, including its artificial intelligence software and task automation. However, some users note that the program’s ease of use could be improved.

    Microsoft Power Automate users find it to be intuitive to use. They also note that it has many valuable features, including its ease of customization and event scheduling capabilities. However, a number of users note that its automation capabilities are immature as compared to similar products.
  • Pricing: Automation Anywhere’s users find it to be somewhat expensive. Some users note that the cost is fair considering the potential savings that it can generate. Reviewers of Microsoft Power Automate feel that it is relatively inexpensive. One user notes that it costs comparatively less than Automation Anywhere.
  • Service and Support: Automation Anywhere’s users note that, for the most part, Automation Anywhere’s technical support team is excellent. They also note that it has great documentation. However, some reviewers feel that the documentation could be improved. Some users of Microsoft Power Automate feel that its technical support teams are effective. Others were less than impressed with their ability to respond to issues. Some users also note that their documentation could be better.

Comparison of Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Automation Anywhere seems to be a slightly superior solution. All other things being more or less equal, our reviewers found Microsoft Power Automate’s automation capabilities and technical support documents to be lacking. Some users feel that Automation Anywhere’s documentation could also be improved.

To learn more, read our detailed Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report (Updated: May 2022).
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Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate
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Pros
"We recommend different solutions based on our customers' needs, and WorkFusion is what we offer for those who need a premium solution.""WorkFusion helps by speeding up processes. The process takes time. It has business costs associated because there are people waiting to take the next steps in the process. The end result of waiting, whether it is an internal or external team, is that they are delayed. Therefore, it helps us in speeding up business processes and improving employee morale, as people don't have to do repetitive work anymore.""For automating mundane activities, I can recommend WorkFusion.""We have seen Workfusion improve on accuracy and compliance... With the Workfusion model, we reduce human error and the need for further QC. We switch more to a QA process where we're testing whether the model is effective.""The most valuable features are the Excel activities. It has a number of Excel activities that are quite reliable.""We need to analyze documents in order to understand them. We don't need to dedicate much time to this because WorkFusion's machine learning capabilities are very good. We can easily extract information and classify these documents. The document processing engine is very important to our organization because it is the center for many use cases, as we need to control the information contained in documents.""The solution is stable, we have not had any glitches or problems.""It takes care of simple tasks so users can focus more on exceptions than on regular use cases. They only focus on orders where they need to handle an exception, some information was not given, or there is an issue that they had to focus on. The rest of it goes straight through without human touch. We want to see our employees as engineers, wherein they think and solve problems, not necessarily have to do repetitive tasks. I think WorkFusion helps with avoiding repetitive tasks."

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"The ease of use for the end user and the very low complexity in trying to build a bot are the big factors for us. We are able to work on a project, identify a use case, come up with a design spec, and execute and build a bot within a span of six to eight weeks. In nine to ten weeks, we are able to go live, which reduced complexity. Once we go live, the user interface and the user experience are extremely good.""It is an easy product. It is easier and less complex than any other RPA tool in the market. It is a popular product.""The technical support has been good in my experience. However, you need to use the latest version to get the right level of support. If it is an end-of-life version, you might not get support from Automation Anywhere.""Easy to access: Without the need to download and install software on a local machine, we can access the RPA application from virtually anywhere.""None of the commands are unique to Automation Anywhere, which allows beginners to leverage external knowledge.""It is easy to use. It helps to reduce your man-hours and manual effort.""The most valuable feature is the power of AI Technologies involved in Automation Anywhere's IQBot - such as Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Fuzzy Logic, and Machine Learning.""The recorder feature for front end automation and email packages is the most valuable feature as it has more features and it makes the email server related tasks easier and more independent on the email client."

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"The solution offers a lot of documentation and tutorials for users to learn about various aspects and features.""The RPA robotic process automation is a good feature. We can make a flow within a flow. We just made a UI flow. The flow is to run every day so far it's been quite helpful.""Its integration with the Office 365 ecosystem is most valuable. We use a lot of ready-to-use templates.""The most valuable features of this solution are the automation interface and the RPA automation.""In just in one click, we can see any documentation, etc., that we need. It makes it very easy to navigate.""The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution.""It's easy to learn.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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Cons
"We have had some problems in the past with the Inspector tool that looks at the elements on the screen. Replacing it or improving it is needed.""This is a Java-based application that takes up a lot of space and when it runs, consumes a lot of memory. This affects the reliability because it gets to a point where it hangs.""The product could do more to expand its 'codeless' coding options by adding drag-and-drop assistance in building bots for non-technical users.""So far, we have developed only one automation using machine learning. The results were less than optimal. Part of this could be because of the use case that was selected. Overall, our experience was suboptimal. WorkFusion was an outstanding partner in terms of providing their experts for free to help us on that particular use case, but we still have a lot of things to figure out in terms of how to use its machine learning capability.""The user experience could be better both from an RPA perspective and from a business perspective.""There could be better version control through their web platform. That is something that could be improved on. Integration from the IDE, e.g., from WorkFusion Studio directly into Control Tower, would be nice to have too.""We are having some database issues, but we are addressing them.""I would like it if they provided a more detailed roadmap in terms of where they are going with the product. As we are trying to make decisions about the things that we are going to do to try to augment our capabilities, we could know whether they are thinking about the same things or not."

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"The solution could improve the integration with some web applications. It was difficult to manage them.""Automation Anywhere should add a couple of commands which will help most developers not to always use a script, a good example is in String operations.""Instead of depending on other open-source BPM products, AA should provide their own BPM for attended automations.""IQ Bot has some limitations that should be improved in future releases.""As a solution, it could have been easier to use than in the current state.""We want to have greater control on deciding when we want to upgrade to a newer version""Though IQ Bot is the most powerful and effective cognitive OCR platform for data extraction in the market, still, there is a lot of scope for improvement as there are a lot of non-standard documents which do not give a high straight-through processing rate and accuracy.""Regarding the UI, once you're on some of the screens there are fixed dialogues, they are a set size, so there's a lot of horizontal scrolls and vertical scrolls. If I want to do something that is purely business-related and is somewhat complex to write or is nuanced, I sometimes have trouble implementing that inside of the Automation Anywhere script."

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"Its licensing model should be improved. The pricing should be more visible and transparent. When you consume services, there are too many criteria to figure out how much it is going to cost you to use the product to its full extent. It should also support visual process editing, which is a standard feature for BPMN 2.0 compliance. They should improve the visual designer.""I've had issues with reordering columns. When I tried to do it, it seemed to take a long time, and then, later, it gave me some kind of error.""I rate the technical support from Microsoft Power Automate a four out of five.""It should be faster and more user-friendly.""The solution is not actually satisfying the complex programs that we want to execute.""While working with big data, when we have structured data like logs, we have to work with an ETL tool before manipulating the data and creating the workflows and the forms. This can be improved. Big data support is something that I'd like to be covered a lot.""The solution could have more integration with different platforms.""It can have customizations like enterprise solutions. In the approval section, there should be an option to reassign approval to some other employee. It would be good if we are able to create custom tables by linking to an item, and there is an integration with the HTML table through HTTP calls or Swagger connectors."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is not the most expensive solution, but it is also not the cheapest."
  • "I can't speak to pricing. It's a contract signed by upper management."
  • "We are on an annual contract to use the solution."
  • "My client is using RPA Express, which is available for them to use free of charge."
  • "One upgrade took a year to do, from the first server being built to the last bot being migrated. This was because we had to migrate all our existing bots. This is the same process and time frame that we are expecting towards the upcoming upgrade. I will end up spending half a million dollars to do an upgrade."
  • "The solution was not the cheapest, but it was also not the most expensive. Workfusion was very open to negotiating pricing and to working within the objectives of our firm."
  • "As a first-time customer who wants to engage with WorkFusion, not working for my company, then I would want to do a PoC. The cost is prohibitive because they will ask me to get infrastructure with six or seven servers. Then, you must buy a WorkFusion license to do a PoC, which is expensive. I would then have to set up a team to build the PoC and see the benefits. That is very prohibitive."
  • "We have a good deal from WorkFusion. We have an unlimited global licensing deal with WorkFusion. For us, it is a no-worry solution. We can go ahead and use it as much as possible anywhere we need it. If WorkFusion has a different kind of a deal for licensing with others, then their business decisions need to be evaluated based on that."
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  • "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."
  • "From my experience, I can say that the initial setup cost is easily recovered over a period of time once the bots start running in production."
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  • "This solution can save money when used for simple tasks specifically using only Microsoft products."
  • "There is zero licensing cost. It comes with our Microsoft Office subscription."
  • "I don't deal with the financial side. I know that we pay for a per-user license. It is probably less than $20 a user, but I am not sure about the exact figures."
  • "I am not aware of the recent pricing model, but during the time that I was using this solution is was reasonable."
  • "It is free with Office 365 subscription."
  • "The licensing cost for us at this time is between $8 and $20 per user, per month."
  • "It's more fragmented licensing, where every little thing that you add, you get an extra license cost."
  • "It is free for us. It is embedded directly in the Office package."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:A helpful feature is the analytics capability within WorkFusion. The analytics dashboards, i.e., their Tableau… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is high. They should have a better pricing structure. It was not easy for me to try out WorkFusion… more »
    Top Answer:It is difficult for non-technical users to use WorkFusion. If we really want to build automation, we definitely need… more »
    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:Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌… more »
    Top Answer:‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌… 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 »
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    Also Known As
    Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
    Power Automate, Microsoft Flow, MS Power Automate
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    Overview

    Enterprises in regulated industries, such as banking, financial services, and healthcare, leverage WorkFusion's Intelligent Automation platform to multiply operational capacity and streamline data- and document-intensive processes. As the only automation software provider with deep vertical expertise, WorkFusion offers pre-built solutions for your mission-critical processes, such as customer lifecycle management, insurance claims processing, or patient record management. Because of advanced AI and ML technologies including AutoML, Continuous Learning, Differential Privacy, and Federated Learning, WorkFusion’s solutions yield 95%+ out-of-the-box automation rates for various document types, including fully unstructured sources such as emails or news articles. 

    WorkFusion has been recognized as a Leader in both RPA and Intelligent Document Processing categories and has received the highest ranking for the "Augment Knowledge Workers" and "Document Processing" use cases by Gartner Critical Capabilities assessment.

    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.

    Microsoft Flow is now Power Automate—a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.

    Offer
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    Sample Customers
    Deutsche Bank, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, LPL Financial, Selective Insurance, HPE, Canadian Tire, Standard Bank, Humana, New York-Presbyterian, Houston Methodist, Six Financial  
    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
    SNCF, Air France, Avanade
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm50%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Retailer6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 155 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 66 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Power Automate writes "Very user-friendly and easy to use but requires better user training at first". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Pega Robotic Process Automation and ABBYY FlexiCapture, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and HelpSystems AutoMate. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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