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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: November 2022).
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Pros
"Bot Insights is neatly integrated into the platform, which enables us to develop rapidly and train the learning instances using pre-defined domains over the purchase orders, forms, and invoices that need to be processed.""While RPA is the cutting-edge technology to bring digital transformation, the RPA as a service will reduce costs and increase efficiency with ease of deployment, less maintenance, and cheaper upgrade costs.""By using its AI & ML capabilities, we have solved many problems for our clients.""The most valuable feature is the task bots because we found that cognitive functionality can be improvised.""Automation Anywhere has improved my organization by automating many rule-based and nonjudgmental processes in domains like telecommunications, human resources, financial services, and daily or monthly reporting.""Automation Anywhere (AA) is really fast on the development side. It's an efficient and intelligent RPA tool, with a good engine and good connectors.""The code, once developed, is pretty stable.""There are multiple levels of cloning. In case screen cloning doesn't work, you can do object-based cloning or keystroke-level cloning, depending upon what parameters are available to you and what is the level of information that you capture. You can traverse between object cloning, which is the lowest form of cloning to a stroke-based cloning, which is like taking care of each keystroke-level which is made by the agent."

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"The tool is very good at implementing automation within processes. It's saved us from doing a lot of manual processes.""The initial setup was easy. It was very easy for people to pick up. The deployment took a few hours.""So far, the tech support has provided me with good enough support and knowledge.""It is a very useful solution. You don't need to create an infrastructure in your environment just for triggers or executions. You don't need to invest in the infrastructure. With Power Automate, we can call or trigger custom web services and routines. We are also using the flow for gathering data from Microsoft Dynamics.""I like that Power Automate gives us a connector to be able to connect different data sources or different software.""The initial setup isn't too difficult.""Technical support is available regionally and it's quite good.""Its complete integration with Microsoft tools and the inclusion of the CRM are the most valuable features. It is embedded directly in the Office package, so clients have direct access to it. It has a lot more functionality than other standalone solutions, such as UiPath or Blue Prism."

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Cons
"Setting up Automation Anywhere is a bit complex.""Most of the Excel commands such as filtering and removing duplicates are not available.""I am currently on 11.3.4.2 and the analytics feature of AA, Bot Insights, needs improvement. It is not easy to implement. It is not intuitive for the developer as you have to mark variables for analytics.""They need to improve the real-time data and analytics.""It should have more commands, which should remove the dependency on MetaBots or other scripts so that everything is available in the tool itself.""The inclusion of word packages would help us to extract data from Word and automate word-related activities easily.""The Automation Anywhere Control room component features can be improved, as of now it contains too many roles and rules which makes it confusing to use it.""Excel, Outlook, and Word automation are very difficult with V11."

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"It is mostly integrated with the Microsoft environment. Unlike UiPath, we cannot really use external tools with Microsoft Power Automate. There should be a possibility to integrate it with external tools or systems.""There are two versions of the automation suite. You've got your cloud functionality, and you have got your on-premises functionality for legacy systems. There are a lot of functionalities between the two systems that don't cross-correlate with each other. A lot of the functionality in the cloud system is not there on the production side in the on-prem system. If they could implement some of the similar functionalities and streamline them for integration, it would be a lot easier. There should be seamless integration between the two systems.""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.""Sometimes, Microsoft changes the game rules, and the free tools are no longer free, which makes it too hard to explain to customers. It is a SaaS service, so the cost is calculated based on the execution hours. However, we don't know the background of this cost because we cannot touch the infrastructure. They can be more open to developers or customers about this. The infrastructure part must be open for the customers.""Their connector to Oracle or premium data sets that aren't Microsoft would often fail for me. The information given back about why it failed wasn't always robust to understand how to fix it and why it happened.""When compared to other workflow automation tools out there, it's just not as mature.""It doesn't have any OCR capabilities.""The OCR part or scanning of documents is missing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The setup cost for this is onetime and licensing is based on your choice of product."
  • "We generally follow the Gain-Sharing Pricing model, which enables the customer to start getting the RPA benefits right from day one of their implementation."
  • "This is a value for the money product."
  • "This is a comprehensive automation offering with a scalable architecture and flexible pricing models."
  • "Regarding the price, licensing, and maintenance, Automation Anywhere provides its customers with its best and affordable value."
  • "I really enjoy the pricing options with Automation Anywhere, as they are able to flex their ability to adapt to the needs of the customer really well."
  • "Our advice is that anybody interested in this product should negotiate product bundles in order to reduce the cost of installation and setup."
  • "I feel the cost of licensing is very high for the A2019 version."
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  • "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."
  • "We have it on our system. I don't really know if we need a separate license."
  • "Currently, we are using the free license for testing. After everything is done, we'll buy the license."
  • "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."
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    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 good in certain situations but lacks in others. For me, it's more the team that… more »
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    Top Answer: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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    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 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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    Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate
    November 2022
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 79 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 54 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.8, 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), 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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