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Updated on Mar 20, 2022

We performed a comparison between Blue Prism 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: Some users of Blue Prism find deployment to be simple. However, there are also a few reviewers that say it has a medium level of difficulty and can be complex, especially as the number of applications increases. In contrast, users of Microsoft Power Automate generally find deployment to be straightforward.
  • Features: Valuable features of both Blue Prism and Microsoft Power Automate include ease of use and stability.

    Valuable features of Blue Prism include scalability, flexibility, reliability, and robustness. Reviewers would like to see improvement in the laggy control room and also mention that the user interface could be better.

    Valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate include simplicity of automation, native integration with other Microsoft products, and drag-and-drop functionality. Users mention that they find the scalability to be unreliable, and say that the product does not handle complicated tasks very well.
  • Pricing: Reviewers feel that Blue Prism is expensive. Microsoft Power Automate users find the pricing to be reasonable and also point out that there is a free trial version.
  • Service and Support: Users of Blue Prism express that the technical support is good. Only a few Microsoft Power Automate users have had experience using the technical support, and for those that did use it, they mention it was unhelpful.

Comparison Results: The two solutions have similar ratings with regard to ease of use and stability. However, Blue Prism seems to be slightly more favorable because even though it is more expensive, it has a lot of great features to offer, and also has good service and support, unlike Microsoft Power Automate.

To learn more, read our detailed Blue Prism vs. Microsoft Power Automate Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What are the main technical differences between Microsoft Power Automate and Blue Prism?
Answer: 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 history. f. integration with third-party, internal or line-of-business applications for any data retrieval or data push to the system. g. drag and drop features (a kind of no-code solution) wherein the only configuration is required to create a workflow solution. h. user interface-driven or run as a back-end job to support the workflow process. 2. Robotics automation software features - a. a pure-play automation software that can detect images and other user interface elements on the application and interact with them. b. ability to mimic all human actions and steps while interacting with the software product. c. ability to interact with all types of software environments Citrix, Desktop, Server-based, Cloud, Web, Mobile, etc. d. ability to log activities performed on the application automated and perform all transactional activities and re-execute for any failed transactions. e. ability to interact with a standard application using either web services or another integration framework. g. OCR features to identify user interface elements, etc.
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Pros
"From technical perspective, Blue Prism is pretty good. Overall, it's a stable and scalable solution. Installation is straightforward as well.""I like the cloud features such as IADA and Decipher.""The overall package from Blue Prism is valuable. I cannot pinpoint one certain part.""The integration has improved a lot in terms of SAP, and other screens.""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.""Technical support has been responsive when we have needed their assistance.""The ease of development is the most valuable. Standard VBOs are pretty useful there with Excel and different things. Our custom developments for SAP and things like that are pretty easy to set up and quick to get going.""I like the error handling, it's very good."

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"I like Power Automate because it is very easy to use for users who don't have IT knowledge.""The solution is easy to understand and to develop connectors.""It's an intuitive product. It's not overly technical.""The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution.""The whole platform seamlessly integrates well.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate are the connectors, such as loops, which make things easier.""The tool is very good at implementing automation within processes. It's saved us from doing a lot of manual processes.""There is an exhaustive amount of templates that users have access to."

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Cons
"The initial setup and deployment could be simplified.""It lacks integration with proper AI, and it is a very complex tool to use in general.""I have found that community support is lacking for this solution compared to competitors.""The activities that we do are a bit difficult to do in Blue Prism as compared to UiPath. UiPath provides create activities and create packages related to AI analytical skills. This is something that Blue Prism doesn't have.""As a user, I cannot directly work with the bot. On a daily basis, I use and do some work in Microsoft Excel, which cannot be directly taken into Blue Prism. Our company majorly runs on Microsoft Excel. Everybody has Excel sheets as their working sheets. Therefore, we need a kind of automation to be able to do things with this program. This bot is almost like an invisible staff that works between the servers but not with the users. This bot works well with SAP and things like that, but it doesn't work with Excel sheets. It doesn't work with the bots that we have, and I cannot invoke an RPA right now as a user. It has to be done by an administrator who has better control than me. It needs better integration with Microsoft Excel. Its price can be improved. It is expensive for us. It should be cheaper for a market like ours. We are based in India.""The control room is still the desktop version, which restricts access. You can't really access it from anywhere.""The solution is not user-friendly. It has a very high learning curve.""Blue Prism can improve on the ease of use of its graphic user interface(GUI)."

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"I was working on it for around three days and then took a break of about two days. When I went back to it, all of the Excel, and all the Excel functions, just disappeared. Completely vanished. When I looked up the help, it said that sometimes that happens when you're not connected to the internet.""The OCR part or scanning of documents is missing.""The solution is still maturing, and it's going to take time for that to happen.""When we scale up, we switch to another application.""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.""They can improve the description of errors and provide more details. Sometimes, when I receive an error, I can't understand what is wrong. It would be useful to have a desktop version to modify or edit workflows. Its scalability can also be better.""Power Automate is too complicated - it forces you to go through extra tasks instead of streamlining your workflow.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "This is a very expensive product and this is the reason that they're losing their market share."
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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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    Answers from the Community
    Tarek Fanous
    Ram Chenna - PeerSpot reviewerRam Chenna (Blueray Digital Services)
    Real User

    Hello,


    There is a subtle difference between Microsoft's flagship workflow product Microsoft Power Automate and an Enterprise Robotics Automation Product as Blue Prism.



    Well, to begin with, the technical community has attempted to use the Power Automate tool to perform Automation as well, but that's not what it is intended for.


    Like any other Workflow Software Tool, Product or Framework, Power Automate is a no-code solution. The business use cases, for which it can be applied are purely workflow scenarios.

    E.g., if you raise a Leave request in HR software which eventually gets to your manager for approval or a  Retail Loan approval workflow Application (in a Banking Application) that has various levels of verification and validation by various departments and individuals before it is either approved or rejected.


    Whereas when we talk about Robotics automation (like Blue Prism) it is a purely out and out Automation software that can automate and mimic all human actions while interacting with an application/software/product in a typical IT-driven organization, eventually requiring no or little human interaction while interacting with an application and can replace the human.


    Hope I have answered the question to an extent. 


    Please do let me know if you have any specific queries you want me to answer.

    Thanks.

    Shiv Chandra - PeerSpot reviewerShiv Chandra
    User

    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...

    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: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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    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.

    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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    Blue Prism vs. Microsoft Power Automate
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    Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 42 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 54 reviews. Blue Prism is rated 7.4, while Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6. 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 Microsoft Power Automate writes "Very user-friendly and easy to use but requires better user training at first". Blue Prism is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), Pega Robotic Process Automation, Blue Prism Cloud and WorkFusion, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), WinAutomation by Softomotive, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Kofax RPA. See our Blue Prism vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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