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Pros
"The insights provided by the dashboard are excellent.""The most valuable feature is the SAP application and the DLLs that Automation Anywhere provides. These DLLs help automate the SAP application.""Having a cloud-based deployment provides more flexibility because we just need an internet connection for connecting the agent into the AA cloud.""AA provides multiple features such as Windows actions, Database actions, Conditional Actions, Files/Folder Actions, Loop actions, Internet actions, and Clipboard actions. I have used mostly all of these features.""Tasks now don't depend upon the unavailability of certain employees/colleagues to be completed. Also, bots can run all day long which also affects the overall budgets.""Excel automation is especially helpful because a lot of small companies are still using Excel as their data storage.""The most valuable feature is IQ Bot, as it allowed us to train it to extract important logistical information from customer PDF documents, irrespective of the format.""AA allows you to create processes using 3 types of robots: Task Bot, Meta Bot, and IQ Bot. Instead of rewriting redundant code for processes, a meta bot can be used instead. This type of robot is best used for complex scalable processes. IQ Bot: The most powerful of the 3 types of robots is the IQ Bot."

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"The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution.""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.""The program requires no code making it very easy to implement various functions.""Power Automate Desktop allowed me to quickly visually identify parts of a screen and record it. So I can see that I know I'm going to have to click this button here, this field there, and this tab here, and I can literally go and quickly just record all of them and identify them and have them in a list that I can see and say - there's my list of things.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""Its usability is very valuable because it has a quite simple flow. It is very user-friendly. It provides you templates. I started learning with the help of Teams templates, and then I started providing them. It is always good to start with a template so that you understand how it works. Its branches are quite user-friendly. You can put expressions in it. It allows you to link and test the flow so that you can check whether everything is running properly. From a business standpoint, Power Automate is quite good for a non-tech person. It is not like Java, HTML, or C++, which are very developer-driven. Power Automate is a more business-oriented kind of tool.""It's an intuitive product. It's not overly technical.""Its integration with the Office 365 ecosystem is most valuable. We use a lot of ready-to-use templates."

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Cons
"The AI Sense functionality is what I believe can be improved since when I tried to use it for automating a use case involving a Citrix Virtual Machine, it was unable to capture objects consistently.""One of the important drawbacks of Automation Anywhere is that it needs to be able to show the automated process as a single flowchart.""We noticed slowness in a few of the commands like Object Cloning, Web Recorders, etc. on which Automation Anywhere can work to make it more robust. There are improvements required in the WLM solution provided by AA, which can make it a more robust queuing system and the system should retry by itself in case of failure due to system error.""While exporting a package, an option to de-select all the depending/referenced files should be available. Currently, it only allows for selecting all the files. Also, the views should be re-sizable as they are currently a fixed width. This would enable to view long file names easily eliminating any chances of exporting the wrong file.""In the next release, once the bot is triggered, the system should always recognize the active state and not prompt the user to log in again before the bot finishes all of its tasks.""The improvements that we could see would be the increased stability of each A2019 releases and reduce the likely impact on existing features. We are also looking to see improvements in the upgrade and bot deployment processes to make them easier and less interaction with back end servers.""It would be useful to have some updates for the control room in terms of analytics.""Version 11 is a bit heavy. At times, it takes a toll on the computing resources. It consumes a lot for computing power. We have seen multiple instances where computers or the client has crashed because of this particular problem. Automation Anywhere can improve this a lot."

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"When comparing with Automation Anywhere, there are a couple of things that this product doesn't have. One of the major things is the key management system. It would be great if they improve this. Its documentation can also be improved.""The connectors and the integration capability can be improved. Microsoft RPA is a growing platform, and it is not yet particularly mature.""During their merger, some key functions were eliminated which no longer allows it to run independently from the cloud as a standalone for other companies. For example, options to schedule and trigger have been removed. It would be nice to have these capabilities back. The flow and the connectivity between databases and so on is a bit complex as well.""We expect Microsoft Power Automate to work like any other RPA software, but at present, it is fairly lax, especially in the RPA space. We have a very limited set of use cases today for Microsoft Power Automate. Microsoft should make it a full-featured RPA product like other solutions that we use, such as Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, and UiPath. This is predominantly the area that they need to improve on. Microsoft Power Automate is quite complex to use as well, especially if you want to do advanced workflows or advanced automation. The regular simple workflows are quite easy and straightforward, but the moment you want to do something complex, it is almost impossible for one of our employees to work on it.""The thing which needs the most improvement is really the documentation. It should have better details of the processes.""Any task that is automated needs to be very simple. This tool does not seem to handle complicated tasks very well.""It's not as user-friendly as a solution such as UiPath, which is really easy to use.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "You pay for use and if you want a premium connector or adapter, but a lot of things are available for free."
  • "Power Automate is a much less expensive product than the competition."
  • "There are many different ways to license it."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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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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    Yes, Attended Bots  which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
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    Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience‌ ‌necessary,‌ ‌and‌ ‌appreciate‌ ‌the‌ ‌automated‌… more »
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    ‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌ ‌drag-and‌ ‌drop‌ ‌functionality.‌ ‌The‌ ‌training‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌for‌ ‌AA‌… 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

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
    SNCF, Air France, Avanade
    Top Industries
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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%
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    Manufacturing Company19%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 145 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 63 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, Kryon RPA, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, Kofax RPA and Nintex RPA. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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