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Updated on Mar 24, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Although many Automation Anywhere users say the initial setup is easy, there are also some users who disagree and say the initial setup is complex. UiPath reviewers all agree that the initial setup is straightforward.

  • Features: Users of both products are very satisfied with their stability, scalability, ease-of-use, and wide variety of features. Automation Anywhere users write that it has high accuracy levels. A couple of Automation Anywhere users note that it occasionally freezes when dealing with a large amount of data.

    UiPath reviewers write that the product is customizable and integrates well. A small number of users feel that UiPath needs to improve its debugging tools. Several users of both solutions mention that their OCR capabilities could be better.
  • Pricing: Automation Anywhere reviewers report being satisfied with the price of the product. Several UiPath users write that the product is expensive.

  • ROI: Users of both solutions report a significant ROI.

  • Service and Support: Most Automation Anywhere users are satisfied with the level of support they receive. However, some users disagree. UiPath users report being very satisfied with the level of support they receive. In addition, UiPath reviewers write that there are a lot of training materials available online.

Comparison Results: Both products received excellent feedback from reviewers. UiPath has an advantage over Automation Anywhere due to its high performance, excellent support, and easy deployment. One area where Automation Anywhere did come out on top was in the Pricing category.

To learn more, read our detailed Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. UiPath Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: IBM digital business automation with UiPath vs IBM RPA with Automation Anywhere?
Answer: Sincerely we are just using UiPath, I haven't tryied Automation Anywhere however I've heard it's easy to use too.
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Pros
"We mostly used the Database commands in order to make the process faster and more secure, rather than using Excel or a CSV for reading the input files.""The code, once developed, is pretty stable.""Automation Anywhere has a uniqueness with respect to the IQ Bot.""Automation Anywhere is very simple to use. The features are very simple and the application light. Overall I love it.""Using this solution has freed internal operations employees to do more "human value-add" work by removing mundane manual tasks.""They have a credential vault, which is 256-bit encrypted. That is the highest security that can be provided when it comes to credential maintenance. With a credential vault, other than the user who is entering the password, no one else knows what the password is.""AA has good coverage in terms of out-of-the-box functionality for bot development and management.""Automation Anywhere is stable, scalable, and easy to use."

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"I have worked with other automation tools and UI Explorer is the standout feature of UiPath. For web-based applications, we can interact with every HTML element, from head to tail. UI Explorer is a valuable addition to UiPath for creating complex, web-based automation.""The unintended robots are very useful. Just letting it run and having visibility, and controlling how everything works is definitely helpful.""I have used the UiPath Academy courses. I'm a certified developer. I didn't know UiPath at all. I went through the Academy and trained myself. When I brought in new developers, I had them do modules and I sometimes go visit them. From the user's perspective, people are happy that they don't have to do certain tasks that they didn't like to do. I only have one of those bots where I have a group of people that prefer the way they've always been doing tasks, but that's more of an organizational thing. I'm seeing across the enterprise with other folks that they're very happy to have this. They are putting more use cases in, and the frontline workers are bringing in use cases. Of course, we need to vet a lot of those so that we get enough bang for the buck, but we're finding a lot of adoption across, up, and down the whole scale so far.""The solution reduces human error significantly.""There's a monthly upload process in my order management team. Every month, this team uploads a bunch of files to SAP. Now they don't need to do that because the bot does that for them at a given time period. The team members need to just upload a file to SharePoint and then the bot will pick it up.""The solution is easy to use, has a good user interface, and processes transactions quickly.""UiPath Orchestrator is a valuable feature for us. We started with all attended bots without Orchestrator, on-premises or on the cloud. It was almost like a very low-cost way to prove that we needed this technology and that we could use it. So, for our first year we did that. For the second year, we got Orchestrator, and it has given us the ability to utilize the bots more effectively. I thought we were going to have more attended bots, and we didn't because the process owners wanted things to happen in the background and wanted to be able to schedule them. Being able to do that and not have to have someone worry about triggering the bot or babysitting the computer while the bot runs, etc. has been the biggest gamechanger for us.""Our main projects are mostly around SAP and Excel. We have used most of the features available, especially the ones that support SAP and Excel activities. Those are the ones that we have found to be most useful."

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Cons
"Setup and deployment of this product could be difficult for those without experience. These processes should be made easier.""I would like to see them continue building out documentation with more video-aides.""The vendor should increase the training and other engagements with users before they acquire the platform, as this will simplify its usage further and ensure that there no hindrances in using the platform.""Some of the machine learning (ML) components are still in development. They deployed many of them, but they are doing some improvements on the machine learning part.""Excel automation or the activities for Excel is an area of improvement.""The initial implementation of Automation Anywhere regarding the elastic search and database set connection can be a little difficult. However, I am skilled enough to get through it. There were some balancing issues that my other team members had to manage. They are having difficulty in balancing when I checked the architecture properly. We determined later that there was no need for a load balance to be done on the servers. We didn't do any load balancing and then the elastic search was not done.""Setting up Automation Anywhere is a bit complex.""We would like to have a better debugging facility."

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"I would like to see ongoing integrations with different applications. For example, we have UKG, which is an HRIS or HCM system. I'd love to see if there could be some sort of connection there because there are definitely some HR stuff from onboarding and offboarding that we do in the HCM that I'd love to have UiPath help with.""With artificial intelligence or natural language processing, we need to get in touch with the servers, however, we cannot do it without getting a proper license. Maybe a mode of artificial intelligence and natural language processing should be included without needing a different license.""The graphics could always be improved.""I really wish that UiPath would have moderators in their forums who are more active. There are a lot of questions that go unanswered, and that is a shame.""The product could be made a little less glitchy. Specifically, when too many users are working at the same time, it hangs a little bit here and there.""I don't know if it's UiPath as much as just what we do is really complicated. Even the consultants that we've used with UiPath, even they've said, wow, this is very difficult what you guys do. There are a lot of moving parts, so it's not as much of a UiPath problem in terms of limitations. It's just our own processes.""With all the different tools that they have in their arsenal, sometimes it's hard to know how we can get the most out of them.""When it comes to REFramework, we need more training videos and tutorial documents for beginners."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of this solution is a little bit high, but it is worth the price."
  • "It's cheapest among the competition, although bargaining is a must."
  • "I advise others that even as of right now, the setup cost and licensing cost to automate bots on Automation Anywhere is steep but it is worth the investment!"
  • "Considering the cost, it is a bit high, but worth the price because the output accuracy is high."
  • "Approximately, for a developer, it is around $750 for a license a year. For Bot Runners, it is about $550."
  • "Our pricing a year ago was $600 per license."
  • "Additional costs will be for the machines and the number of machines that you are using. You can deploy virtually as well as on physical machines. In both the situations, you do need to allocate a certain budget for securing the machines and where the software will be installed and running. The machines cannot be used for anything else, because only a certain bot can run at a certain time. You need to be very particular about your scheduling of running the bots, and while the bot is running nobody can use the machine. You cannot have an agent working on a machine and the bot running in the background. It has to be completely dedicated. Then there are the network bandwidth requirements and space requirements, which are additional costs apart from the licensing and software costs. The developer is also going to charge you for their coding time too."
  • "The starting price, which is a one-off fee is a bit high and this may deter mid and small-sized companies from acquiring and decide to shun the platform."
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  • "The pricing is average; it is not too high nor too low."
  • "The pricing is good compared to other software. Based on the features that UiPath is providing, and the community support, the price is reasonable."
  • "The licensing system is something that needs to be improved."
  • "The licensing is close to optimum; however, there is room for improvement in both the cost and flexibility of the licenses."
  • "If you want to start doing RPA, I think you should definitely go with UiPath because it has the Community edition. You can just install it and check whether or not your process works fine with UiPath. It will be an attended bot, but you can form an idea whether your bot can easily be automated."
  • "It is cost-effective and has an affordable price."
  • "The price of Orchestrator is pretty high in general as well as compared to other solutions, because Automation Anywhere does not charge for its Control Room."
  • "The licensing is too expensive. It is not a cheap product. We constantly have to build business cases where we have to justify our existence as an RPA team."
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    Answers from the Community
    Walter Sitoe
    Daniel Robus - PeerSpot reviewerDaniel Robus
    Real User

    My question to you would be - Why are you mixing the two vendors? Do you have licenses for both and are trying to maximize investment? 


    If you have IBM automation you probably have other IBM technology - let the IBM automation run on that as its integration is a little more complicated than UiPath and may cost you time in execution. 


    If you have both IBM and UiPath then I would use UiPath for any areas that are not integral to the IBM technology or systems. 


    I would need to know a little more about your strategy before giving a definitive answer to your question but all 3 are good technical foundations depending on the scenario.

    Willem De Jongh - PeerSpot reviewerWillem De Jongh
    User

    RPA technology has been in the market for quite some time now. Benefits are quite common for all platforms. Every day a new platform is being introduced. You should check whether you want to automate the simple process(es), that does not consume 100% of an agent to execute, or you want to automate a complex End-to-End process, how many departments are involved, business/IT systems and data source needs to be accessed. For example the difference between a Question/Answer chatbot or a Cognitive bot that understands human language and access any corporate systems to solve the issue of the requester autonomously.


    Can you start really small, through a consumption model, or implement the full-blown system at once with lots of idle time of the agent while developing the processes to be automated. Many times the required infrastructure can be costly when growing the implementation.


    How are the processes implemented, how much can be done drag&drop and how much needs complex scripting. Ease of maintenance in the long term. What are the standard technologies that are available? Does it include ETL, AI/ML, API, or OCR as standard, optional or integrated with as part of the platform?


    Many technical and business factors come into play and should be reviewed before even looking at a platform.

    Celestine - PeerSpot reviewerCelestine
    Real User

    If you are looking at a high level, IBM’s digital business automation looks like something that will work well for IBM products with pre-built integration packages. On the other hand, Automation Anywhere or UiPath also offers automation that support multiple technology. If you are looking for any specific guidance having technology in the center, I will be able to add some more view points. Fundamentally all the leading RPA products do not differentiate themselves much as of now in terms of capabilities. In licensing models products come up with variations. 

    Yasser - PeerSpot reviewerYasser
    Real User

    You don't need anything else to use besides UiPath. 


    The platform covers every area and you'll have the full capabilities to do whatever you need. I think you just need more guidance on achieving the full power of UiPath. 


    Good luck!

    Jack Frano - PeerSpot reviewerJack Frano
    Reseller

    Although I've worked with UiPath (not Automation Anywhere), my experience is now solely with AutoMate from Help Systems. 


    I would recommend aligning IBM's digital business automation with Robotic Process Automation and how it works. It seems to be a very different tool from RPA. If programming is required in the use of IBM's digital business automation go with RPA.  

    Questions from the Community
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    Top Answer:It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
    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 that you can integrate into your project that is specifically made to work with… more »
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    Also Known As
    Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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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.

    UiPath is a popular RPA tool that helps users automate manual and redundant tasks as well as other business processes. The platform is open-source, and is most commonly used for performing PDF automation, web automation, Citrix automation, and Windows desktop automation.

    UiPath Offers:

    • Stability
    • Scalability
    • Flexibility
    • High-performance
    • Ease of use
    • Security

    UiPath Valuable Features

    UiPath includes a solid set of unique features, including:

    Robotic enterprise framework, extensive library of activities, automation hub, process mining, task mining, task capture, studio, studio X, integration service, IntelliSense, Automation Cloud Platform, Orchestrator, test suite, insights, data service, AI fabric, documented understanding model, easy building of building automations, enterprise-level governance for APIs, server-side triggers to start automated processes, database communication, scraping, PDF functions, simplified authentication​, and Marketplace templates.

    UiPath Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using UiPath include:

    • Little to no code needed: You can easily develop automations and automation-powered applications without prior coding knowledge.

    • Increased productivity: Skilled AI robots facilitate more efficiency and lead to better customer satisfaction.

    • Speed: You can automate more processes, faster, with drag-and-drop AI and ready-to-go templates available through Marketplace.

    • Supports different processes: Regardless of which processes you need to run, UiPath provides different types of robots (attended, unattended, or hybrid) to accommodate your needs.

    • Faster ROI: Benefit from an increased ROI with UiPath’s automated end-to-end, enterprise-wide solution.

    • Community-centric: It offers a free trial in its community edition with active community support, tutorials and tips.

    • Cost-effectiveness: This tool is cost-effective because there are minimal operational costs.

    UiPath Components

    UiPath includes the following components:

    • UiPath Studio: This component uses visual aids such as diagrams and flowcharts to design automation processes. It also involves the coding and sequencing of these processes. It consists of Graphical User Interface (GUI) buttons, drag and drop features, and pre-built templates.

    • UiPath Robot: In this component, multiple bots are deployed to execute the automation processes using predefined rules.

    • UiPath Orchestrator: This component functions as a web-based application that schedules, deploys, and manages processes.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "It is a very simple tool to work with for anybody. Simplicity is the best in UiPath. It also has the best community support. If we are looking for any solution, we can directly reach out to UiPath at any point in time." - Milan B., Senior Specialist Application Architecture and Developer at a tech services company

    "The artificial intelligence and document understanding features are very good and have been helpful when it comes to processing handwritten or unstructured, especially when there is a high volume and it is repetitive." - Harshad J., Senior RPA Developer at Capita

    “This has enabled employees to focus on higher-value work that involves human-base interaction. This saved the client money and provided a recruitment benefit." - Rahul S., RPA Assistant Manager at PwC India

    "The interface is intuitive and very user-friendly." - Jorge M.C., Robotic Process Automation Consultant at a tech services company

    “I can manage everything within one platform, which is either a UiPath Intelligent Automation platform or UiPath Cloud. This is very important. Because if I have multiple systems, then I need multiple stakeholders to manage, upgrade, and maintain them." - Manager and Lead - Digital Center of Excellence at a consultancy

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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business21%
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    Large Enterprise64%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. UiPath
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 50 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 220 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.6, while UiPath is rated 8.6. 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 UiPath writes "Starts ready-to-use, has good tools for developers, facilitates optimization of existing processes for significant time saving ". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Blue Prism, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Tricentis Tosca and AutomationEdge, whereas UiPath is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Blue Prism, Robocorp, Pega Robotic Process Automation and IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA). See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. UiPath report.

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