Automation Anywhere (AA) vs Microsoft Power Automate comparison

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Updated on Mar 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: March 2023).
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Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is the SAP application and the DLLs that Automation Anywhere provides. These DLLs help automate the SAP application.""The most valuable feature is the task bots because we found that cognitive functionality can be improvised.""The ease of use of getting started is probably the big thing. They had a lot of references that we were able to check. It is a well-known player, and being able to get up and running quickly was the big thing.""The technical support is good. We have not had any issues.""This RPA software has good scalability and stability, is easy to understand and easy to use, even for users who have no experience with automation software.""RPA platform with a good accuracy rate, variable management, and OCR feature. It has a straightforward setup.""Implementation of Automation Anywhere (AA) allows us to automate business processes and has brought productivity gains, error reduction, and speed of execution in multiple HR and Finance operations.""The solution helps with reducing operational costs, which can be reduced by up to 30% to 40% in savings in terms of operational cost."

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"We use Power Automate for applicant tracking and automated around 80 percent of the process.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate are the ease of use and the templates that are provided. I no longer need to make the document from scratch. I can search for what template I want and then it only requires me to modify it a bit for my needs. Additionally, it's helped improve my productivity and efficiency, and at the same time, it's quicker.""I like Power Automate because it is very easy to use for users who don't have IT knowledge.""I like that Power Automate gives us a connector to be able to connect different data sources or different software.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Power Automate is the ability to automate tedious tasks.""The most valuable feature is that it easily integrates with other Microsoft products, so it has multiple connectors. You can create solutions that connect to Teams, Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive.""It is quick, so I'm quite happy with it. It is also easy to use.""Different trigger events were most valuable. You could schedule a process on a recurring basis, at a certain time of day or week, or when something happens, which is huge."

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"They could improve the environmental stabilizing issues. There are a lot of environmental issues when rolling over from one environment to another, higher environment. This is the one thing they definitely need to look into.""Setting up Automation Anywhere is a bit complex.""The product's technical support could use improvement.""Their OCR is a bit expensive.""The error handling command on this solution still needs improvement, especially when compared to other platforms that are doing very well.""As a solution, it could have been easier to use than in the current state.""Queue management is still missing from the latest version which is a barrier to using the platform to start implementing complex cases where you have parent and child transactions going through multiple stages.""Scaling from small to medium automation works well, but if building out very big applications, sometimes the code can be too lengthy and uncontrollable."

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"When you try to create a flow or work on the flow in Microsoft Power Automate you cannot undo changes. There are no options to edit or, undo an action. This feature would be useful. The editing option within the flow can be enhanced.""They can improve the description of errors and provide more details. Sometimes, when I receive an error, I can't understand what is wrong. It would be useful to have a desktop version to modify or edit workflows. Its scalability can also be better.""For countries in our region, it's not very well known.""There should be more transparency when it comes to which features accompany the pricing, as there appear to be hidden features of which I am not aware.""Not suitable for connecting other applications like browsers and third party applications.""Things need to be improved with respect to RPA kinds of solutions.""When you are doing desktop automation, they do not have a clear structure to create the code.""The OCR part or scanning of documents is missing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Automation Anywhere is a little higher than some of the competition, such as UiPath. However, depending on the use case and other factors we are able to receive some discounts."
  • "There is an annual subscription for Automation Anywhere."
  • "We're paying a monthly subscription fee for the bot and for services. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fee."
  • "Subscription for Automation Anywhere (AA) is paid yearly."
  • "There is an annual license to use the solution."
  • "We're on a license package with Automation Anywhere (AA), paid yearly. What would be better is for them to have different packages for different types of organization."
  • "Its price is competitive with all other products in the market."
  • "Licensing for Automation Anywhere (AA) is paid on a yearly basis. Out of all the RPA tools, it has the most value for money, e.g. what you pay is what you get."
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  • "We are just using the free products at the moment. We are using the ones that come with the license that we have got."
  • "Microsoft Power Automate is expensive. The full license is quite expensive."
  • "It costs us nothing because we use it on the built-in cost that is a part of our existing license for 365. To use it more extensively, there are different pricing models. Its licensing is complex. It is complex to evaluate the cost in advance. As a result, people don't use it because they don't know what overall cost they are going to incur. There are too many criteria to figure out how much it is going to cost you to use the product to its full extent. Its licensing model should be improved, and the pricing should be more visible and transparent."
  • "Its licensing cost is comparatively less as compared to Automation Anywhere. We have bought a two-year license agreement."
  • "It depends and varies a lot according to the licensing terms. There is no cost to maintain if we have less than 10 forms. Microsoft only charges if there are more than 10 forms. So, most of the companies can survive without paying anything extra. It is included in the Office 365 licensing."
  • "There should be increased transparency about which features attend the pricing."
  • "The price is right. If you have Office 365 It's included."
  • "The license cost could be better."
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    Questions from the Community
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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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    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. 

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    Microsoft Power Automate is an intelligent, cloud-based solution that allows users to boost their productivity by creating automated workflows between multiple services and applications.

    These workflows are used to synchronize files, receive notifications, and retrieve data. The system creates workflows by recording user actions, like mouse clicks, data entry, and keyboard use, which are processed into intelligent, secure workflows.

    Users can easily add intelligence to their workflow automation with AI Builder. AI Builder has a set of AI tools which range from language comprehension to image recognition, as well as hundreds of pre-built connectors and thousands of templates.

    Power Automate utilizes triggers and events to create chain reactions within each workflow so that all manual and repetitive tasks are carried out without any human intervention. The automation of time-consuming manual tasks frees teams up to focus on other strategic opportunities for their organization.

    The workflow creation tool allows users to easily set up custom integrations and processes between Office 365 and third-party applications by using pre-built connectors. These integrations are typically services like data loss prevention and access management services.

    Microsoft Power Automate seamlessly integrates and automates tasks with hundreds of out-of-the-box data sources. Some of the more popular third-party applications include:

    • SharePoint
    • Microsoft BI
    • Microsoft Office
    • Asana
    • Mailchimp
    • Twitter
    • Trello
    • Google Docs
    • Salesforce
    • OneDrive

    Microsoft Power Automate was designed to allow non-technical business users to create their own automated processes with AI builder’s easy-to-use drag-and-drop-based interface, using four different types of automation flows:

    • Cloud flows: Automations that are triggered by a specific event in the cloud or on-premises, such as an email or a social media post related to your organization.
    • Scheduled flows: As soon as a designated time is reached, a scheduled process is triggered and continues to run until it completes all of its assigned scheduled tasks.
    • Desktop flows: This allows users to automate their desktop by recording their screen. The visual flow designer automates mouse and keyboard clicks. Desktop flows can be used for extracting text from files, retrieving files from folders, and more.
    • Business process flows: This automation can be designed in order for employees with different security roles to have a smooth work experience that best suits the tasks they need to perform.

    A few of the major benefits of Microsoft Power Automate include:

    • Automated processes improve workforce productivity and reduce human error.
    • Streamlined repetitive and time-consuming tasks.
    • Constant access to the solution via the mobile app to create, run, and monitor automated workflows from anywhere at any time.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Power Automate stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its user-friendly interface, its automation capabilities, and its integration options.

    Thiago R., the head of Digital transformation at Zaact, writes, "Workflow management is what clients select the most. It is very intuitive and pretty much drag-and-drop, so we can create escalation, decision flows, and if-else conditions pretty much by dragging and dropping boxes. Even someone who is not technical can develop a workflow for the business."

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    Sample Customers
    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
    SNCF, Air France, Avanade
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company32%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 24 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 52 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 7.8, while Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Automation Anywhere (AA) writes "Being able to get up and running quickly is the big thing, but migration is probably our biggest challenge". 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), Tricentis Tosca and AutomationEdge, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Kofax RPA. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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