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We performed a comparison between Blue Prism and Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Blue Prism vs. Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation report (Updated: September 2022).
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It has a centrally managed infrastructure, and it is secure. Our client was using it because of its ease of use. They had already identified some workflows that were trained on Blue Prism RPAs. It was much more convenient for them to preselect Blue Prism as compared to other vendors.""Mostly we use the Design Studio to develop the automation. It's great. We put them into deployment and have the automated process running. It's essentially the Design Studio for Blue Prism and the entire methodology of delivery that is the most useful or valuable to us.""The overall package from Blue Prism is valuable. I cannot pinpoint one certain part.""Blue Prism supports the multi-bot architecture, which is really good. It is also really good at OCR. Blue Prism is integrated with Abbey OCR, and it provides at least 90% right information on period documents. This is something that is really good in Blue Prism. Blue Prism can deal with huge amounts of data. We can track each and every record, and then we can see the data. If you don't have much coding experience, it makes it easy to build automations and deploy them. It is also easy to learn and easy to work with. It has a lot of features, which makes it reliable for any sort of automation.""I like the cloud features such as IADA and Decipher.""Blue Prism is stable enough.""One of the most powerful features in Blue Prism is exception handling. It's one of the features that really differentiates it from other platforms.""The development interface is quite easy to work with."

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"It lets us automate almost anything, even with the legacy tools. It is very easy for us now to automate with legacy tools, which used to be difficult earlier. We work with a lot of other automation tools from Micro Focus, such as Operation Orchestration, but these tools can only connect to the API. So, there was a gap when we wanted to automate older and legacy tools that didn't have any API to connect to. We can now also automate without any changes in the customer environment. We don't need to change anything in the way that the customer environment works."

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Cons
"Blue Prism is a little behind Automation Anywhere in the topics related to maintenance and report building.""There are some security issues in Blue Prism. The German vendor Servicetrace is way better. This is also reflected in the Gartner report where Servicetrace is mentioned as the tool of choice in high-security environments. So, security, particularly in terms of administration, needs to be improved. We must have the possibility to prevent the administration from taking a look at the ongoing process. When we have restricted data flow, the operations team should not be able to take a look at the data that is processed.""There are many reasons why many companies don't go for Blue Prism. It is not open, and the community addition is not available. Blue Prism provides support through partnership. You need to do a partnership with them, which is a major disadvantage. You contact a Blue Prism team, and they will schedule a meeting with you. They will give you a demo and help you set up everything, whereas with UiPath and Automation Anywhere, you can try the community edition, and if it fits your needs, you simply buy a license for that. The initial setup of Blue Prism is complex. They simply provide a PDF or documentation for you to go through it, whereas, if you go with UiPath or Automation Anywhere, they have several videos and community support to guide you. The documentation of Blue Prism is static. They don't have any sort of videos or open forums. Other tools have got a lot of community support, but Blue Prism doesn't have that. Its training is also hard to attain, and they also don't provide any certification.""The upgrades could be managed better. I would also like to see more true AI development and machine learning.""Lotus Notes automation should be easier to understand.""Security could be improved.""I have found that community support is lacking for this solution compared to competitors.""My clients report that there is a little bit of a challenge regarding the cost-benefit ratio."

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"It currently supports only on-premises deployments. They can include support for cloud deployments. It should provide us the ability to choose a robot for executing a workflow. We want to control which robot executes a certain workflow. Right now, it automatically chooses the robot that is going to execute our workflow. It should also provide the ability to get filters on the outputs of the steps. We have each workflow as a step, and each step has some output. We would like to have the functionality to execute some script or some logic on these outputs to format the tests directly on the variables."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Blue Prism has a really simple licensing model, where the licenses are not confusing and there are no hidden costs the way there are in UiPath."
  • "Blue Prism is quite costly."
  • "I don't recall what it was. Initially, we had our licensing through the consultant, and when we stopped using them, we renegotiated licensing. Blue Prism gave us temporary licenses during the negotiation. When all things were said and done, it came out to a decent price even without the vendor. So, our management has been happy with that."
  • "They work on a big partnership kind of program with our organization, and they also give us a lot of discounts. Its price is pretty much comparable to the other solutions like UiPath and Automation Anywhere."
  • "It is a bit higher in cost as compared to Automation Anywhere and UiPath. The rate also differs from client to client. Margins are also important when it comes to costing and licensing. There are some additional costs involved besides the standard licensing costs. You have the development team cost, which includes the project manager, development team, analyst, and testers. You also need a team manager. You also have the tools cost, architecture cost, platform cost, and the licensing cost of each bot."
  • "The price is on par with other products in the market."
  • "Its price is sometimes higher."
  • "I don't have an idea about Blue Prism, but I have an idea about UiPath. UiPath is scaling its business in different products. It has got products for intelligent document processing (IDP) to test or log integrations for chatbots. If you want to work on something like a true test automation, you have to buy a test book. In such cases, they have a predefined way of working with, implementing, or running things. This is where I see that UiPath might be a bit costly or expensive when compared to Blue Prism because UiPath charges for each and every product."
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  • "The pricing model is very straightforward. You can have a one-year or three-year subscription. You pay for each robot that you want to use simultaneously. If you want, you can install 50 robots and get 50 licenses. If you want to use only one robot at a time, you just need one license. For each license, you pay around 10% or 15% to support. You pay for the license, and you pay a small percentage of the cost of the license for support. This is their licensing model, which is very easy to understand."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Hello Netanya, it depends on your needs and your expertise.  In my humble opinion you can start a big RPA project implementation with Blue Prism which is stable and mature software, in order to… more »
    Top Answer:I'm very familiar with UiPath and the RPA industry: was hired by Daniel Dines in 2015 when there were 35 employees and left in 2019 when there were 3K+. I'm a big believer in the product, leadership… more »
    Top Answer:It is a very stable tool that allows very complex automations.
    Top Answer:It lets us automate almost anything, even with the legacy tools. It is very easy for us now to automate with legacy tools, which used to be difficult earlier. We work with a lot of other automation… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing model is very straightforward. You can have a one-year or three-year subscription. You pay for each robot that you want to use simultaneously. If you want, you can install 50 robots and… more »
    Top Answer:It currently supports only on-premises deployments. They can include support for cloud deployments. It should provide us the ability to choose a robot for executing a workflow. We want to control… more »
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    Overview

    Blue Prism is an intelligent, business-developed, no-code automation platform for SaaS deployments as well as for on-premises, public cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid environments. Unlike other automation technology, Blue Prism combines robotic process automation with expanded artificial intelligence and cognitive capabilities. Blue Prism gives users instant access to the tools you need for building and delegating automations, as well as a digital workforce that is already AI-equipped.

    With Blue Prism’s code-free RPA, deployed through use of their Robotic Operating Model, your business can scale efficiently, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and augment its talent to take on new responsibilities. Blue Prism helps to accelerate operational agility and efficiency by making it easy to automate the most important processes. Allocating everyday tasks to your Digital Workforce gives you immediate increased capacity and allows your teams to focus on their strategic goals. In addition, it delivers a return on investment, increases efficiency gains, and can even introduce new revenue streams.

    “Workforce of the Future”

    Blue Prism’s all-in-one intelligent automation platform consists of:

    • Design Studio with drag-and-drop process automation building, reusable “objects” across your business, and updates to objects and processes saved throughout the process library.
    • Control Room where you can assign processes to digital workers, scale digital worker and task volume ondemand, and gain real-time transparency of process proficiencies.
    • Digital Workforce of autonomous software robots that can learn and mimic business processes like humans and are equipped with six intelligent automation skills:
      1. Knowledge and Insight - The ability to harvest, understand, and deliver insights from multiple disparate data sources.
      2. Visual Perception - The ability to read, understand, and contextualize visual information.
      3. Learning - The ability to derive contextual meaning and adapt to evolving process patterns.
      4. Planning and Sequencing - The ability to optimize workloads and identify opportunities for better outcomes.
      5. Problem-solving - The ability to autonomously solve system, logic, and business problems.
      6. Collaboration - The ability to seamlessly work with both people and systems.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Blue Prism stands out for its enterprise-level functionality, which is why many companies choose it over its competitors. IT Central Station users note that the solution is easy to use, stable, and robust scalability-wise. The security is also top-notch. One user pointed out that "One of the most powerful features in Blue Prism is exception handling. It's one of the features that really differentiates it from other platforms." Blue Prism helps businesses with everything from compliance to quality control and error-avoidance.

    Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology creates digital factories to automate and integrate any repetitive administrative task in order to take the mundane out of work. Micro Focus test automation solutions offer tools that allow companies to easily create bots to automate rule-driven business processes.

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    Sample Customers
    Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 45 reviews while Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation is ranked 18th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 1 review. Blue Prism is rated 7.6, while Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "A valuable enterprise-level tool with the highest level of security, good scalability, and an option to code separately and write a script". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation writes "It lets us automate almost anything and is very easy to work with". Blue Prism is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), Pega Robotic Process Automation and Blue Prism Cloud, whereas Micro Focus Robotic Process Automation is most compared with UiPath and Microsoft Power Automate.

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