Blue Prism vs Microsoft Power Automate comparison

 

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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 20, 2022
 

Categories and Ranking

Blue Prism
Ranking in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
4th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
86
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Microsoft Power Automate
Ranking in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
2nd
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
123
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) category, the mindshare of Blue Prism is 12.3%, up from 10.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Power Automate is 20.5%, down from 22.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
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Q&A Highlights

Tarek Fanous - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 11, 2022
 

Featured Reviews

TS
Mar 25, 2022
A stable tool that supports complex automations, but it lacks integration with proper AI and is very complex
It is a very stable tool that allows very complex automations It lacks integration with proper AI, and it is a very complex tool to use in general. It was quite good. I also work with UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and Power Automate. Functionality-wise, Blue Prism and Power Automate are two…
NM
Jan 29, 2020
Easy to automate processes with a short development time, but better Excel automation is needed
We are implementation service providers and this is one of the products that we provide to our clients There are several use cases for this solution including automating tender processes, compliance-related processes, and in finance, we have automated some invoicing processes. The most valuable…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"The most valuable feature is the work queue. This helps the user to create a workflow, and it is a very powerful tool for generating management reports."
"You can easily see where all your problems lie, in a visual way. It's always nice to have a visual representation of things... Seeing things at one glance makes a lot of difference, instead of having to read through the fine print and see where the issues are."
"The tool is very technically sound."
"Blue Prism is very good at doing background processing."
"I like the solution’s simplicity in process and objects. The solution has very clear guidelines and demarcation on processes and objects which is not present in other tools. The tool’s architecture is also very simple and clear. The product’s licensing model is also very simple. Other tools do not have such a simple licensing model."
"It is a scalable solution."
"The support is good."
"The use cases range from document ingestion, process enablement, and data management, including financial records cleanup."
"The interface is user-friendly."
"Power Automate is a better and more cost-effective solution compared to Automation tools."
"The initial setup isn't too difficult."
"We have talked to Microsoft. We're a large company and we're talking to Microsoft on a regular basis. We have a partner we talk to when it comes to Automate. We are absolutely satisfied with technical support."
"The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to use."
"The most valuable feature is the ability and ease of linking multiple connectors within the same flow."
"Power Automate is not complex and is very easy-to-use in deploying most development projects."
"The tool is very good at implementing automation within processes. It's saved us from doing a lot of manual processes."
 

Cons

"The solution is not user-friendly. It has a very high learning curve."
"Blue Prism features two layers of documentation. If we could make it in one layer, then it would be easy to develop, and it would take less time for developers to complete the task."
"The tool needs to work on its security aspect since there is a lot of regulatory compliance for enterprises like the GDPR. The product needs to improve the data login policy as well. They also need to come up with a mechanism where every change and upgrade happens within the element of the target application. Our partner struggles to keep up with the cybersecurity guidelines of my company."
"User interface could be improved and a web interface included for easy access to robot information."
"There are some new tools on the market that work better than Blue Prism. When Blue Prism receives information I have found other RPA solutions refresh the application better. At this moment it's not the best application."
"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."
"I would like to see the vendor improve the efficiency of Blue Prism interaction with applications."
"The domain in regards to cognitive abilities and the use of processing activity needs improvement. They have added this capability, but that's not really big in the public. It is more also available for gold partners. So they should improve the user activity for the public or even the regular customer."
"The solution could have more integration with different platforms."
"Sometimes there are issues with security policies within the company. Some parts get blacked. There are some drawbacks when we use it connected to the cloud. We need to convince clients to open some parts. This is often an issue that originates from the company itself, not Power Automate."
"The connectors and the integration capability can be improved. Microsoft RPA is a growing platform, and it is not yet particularly mature."
"It would be great if you could integrate outside of Microsoft environments."
"The solution is not actually satisfying the complex programs that we want to execute."
"They need to come up with a little more on AI and precision discovery path to be able to record the processes."
"Microsoft Power Automate's basic activities are not strong."
"While Microsoft has a way of integrating well with itself and its own internal tools, it could do more to include external options and add them to the mix."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"In the Philippines, fewer companies are using Blue Prism because of its cost. I don't know the price, but I know that its price is higher than UiPath."
"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."
"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."
"The solution is expensive."
"Its license is costlier than UiPath and AA. They should improve its price. We have a two-year contract with them."
"Its pricing is okay. Its price is pretty similar to the price of other tools."
"The licensing is approximately $1,100."
"Blue Prism is a bit higher priced compared to other payment-related or investment-related solutions. At the same time, it also provides more security than those solutions, specifically for the banking and insurance sectors."
"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."
"Currently, we are using the free license for testing. After everything is done, we'll buy the license."
"The licensing cost for us at this time is between $8 and $20 per user, per month."
"Initially, we had a Microsoft account for Office 365. Later, we discovered that our license included access to Power Automate at no additional cost. There was a small fee for additional features, but it was negligible compared to the benefits. There are not any additional fees required to use the solution."
"The solution is $150 per month for the unattended add-on, and the normal Power Automate comes with an E3 license."
"The cost to use Microsoft Power Automate is approximately $15 per user per month, for the basic plan. However, the solution comes free with the Microsoft 365 Suite."
"The pricing of this solution is very good and for me, it's the best option there is."
"The free version is quite good."
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Answers from the Community

Tarek Fanous - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 11, 2022
Mar 11, 2022
Adding to the answer here are the finer points: 1. Workflow technical features - a. ability to create a multi-level approval task. b. ability for the workflow engine to wait till the approval or rejection or any action is performed on the tasks. c. ability to delegate the task in the approval chain. e. Log of all activities within the workflow for the purpose of audit or tracing back the histo...
2 out of 4 answers
Shiv Chandra - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 10, 2022
Hi @Tarek Fanous,  Happy to talk you through what I have experienced in RPA.  Feel free to reach out to me via DM or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sh...
EB
Mar 10, 2022
Hello @Okay Akdeniz, @Biswajit Mohanty, @KinjalDangeria, @Nancy_Sachdeva, @Shantanu Chande ​and @Mattia Mezzacapo, Can you please help @Tarek Fanous ​by sharing your insights?
 

Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Financial Services Firm
21%
Computer Software Company
12%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Government
6%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Computer Software Company
12%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Government
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

Should I choose Blue Prism or Microsoft Power Automate?
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 ser...
I am evaluating Blue Prism and UiPath for RPA for my company. Which one do you recommend?
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, leadershi...
RPA that Bots can run without centralized control?
Yes, Attended Bots which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
How do I choose between UiPath and Microsoft Power Automate?
Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience‌ ‌necessary,‌ ‌and‌ ‌appreciate‌ ‌the‌ ‌automated‌...
How is Automation Anywhere compared to Microsoft Power Automate?
‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌ ‌drag-and‌ ‌drop‌ ‌functionality.‌ ‌The‌ ‌training‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌for‌ ‌A...
 

Also Known As

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Power Automate, Microsoft Flow, MS Power Automate, WinAutomation by Softomotive, ProcessRobot by Softomotive
 

Overview

 

Sample Customers

Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
1. Coca-Cola 2. General Electric 3. Siemens 4. Accenture 5. Deloitte 6. Johnson & Johnson 7. Ford 8. Nestle 9. Procter & Gamble 10. IBM 11. Amazon 12. Google 13. Microsoft 14. Adobe 15. Cisco 16. Oracle 17. SAP 18. Intel 19. HP 20. Dell 21. Verizon 22. AT&T 23. T-Mobile 24. Walmart 25. Target 26. Home Depot 27. McDonald's 28. Starbucks 29. Nike 30. Apple 31. Facebook 32. Twitter
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