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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 29, 2022

We performed a comparison between Blue Prism 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: Users of Blue Prism and UiPath express mixed opinions on the ease of deployment of the two solutions. Some users found deployment to be simple. However, there are a few reviewers that say it has a medium level of difficulty and can be complex, especially as the number of applications increases.
  • Features: Valuable features of both Blue Prism and UiPath include ease of use, scalability, and debugging. Valuable features of Blue Prism include stability, flexibility, reliability, the fact that it is robust, systematic and technically sound, good mapping and analysis, security, that it can engage with external systems and websites, helpful RPA processes, good background processing, Design Studio, modelers, supports the multi-bot architecture, good at OCR, error handling, object sharing, batch processing, zero coding knowledge needed, the reporting, exception handling, embedded control room, credential manager and logs, and API integrations. Reviewers say the control room can be laggy and not so user-friendly, the front end is not great for screen scraping, and it does not have an AI Fabric or process mining tools. Other users mention that the user interface could be improved, the assisted automation functionality needs to be better, It is not very easy or intuitive for developers to program the bots to make intelligent decisions, and that Blue Prism needs to provide better training since there is a steep learning curve involved.

    Valuable features of UiPath include their robotic enterprise framework, an extensive library of activities, IntelliSense, intuitiveness, automation Cloud Platform, great usability of Studio, Orchestrator, an AI fabric and a documented understanding model, ease of building automation, great APIs, database communication, scraping, and PDF functions. Users of UiPath see room for improvement with the backwards compatibility and with the new features that come with UiPath upgrades that don't work perfectly in the initial days. Other UiPath reviewers say having features for process discovery would improve the end-to-end development capabilities, navigating through the network components can be very inconvenient, and sometimes when the Orchestrator gets upgraded and UiPath doesn’t, errors regarding the managed packages occur.
  • Pricing: Blue Prism is more expensive than UiPath. Even with the cost being cheaper, reviewers of UiPath still say UiPath pricing should be more affordable and flexible.
  • Service and Support: Users of both Blue Prism and UiPath express that the technical support is good.
  • ROI: Users of both solutions experienced an ROI. Blue Prism users mention seeing an ROI as it relates to quality, compliance, error-avoidance, opportunity cost, and time-savings, while users of UiPath say there is a definite ROI seen in day-to-day operational costs.

Comparison Results: Both solutions are solid. However, UiPath seems to have slightly better ratings because it has more features (such as an extensive library of activities and a better front-end that Blue Prism lacks). UiPath also stands out because it is geared toward developers, whereas BluePrism is geared more toward business people. In addition, UiPath has a free community version, and provides sufficient training as needed.

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Q&A Highlights
Question: RPA Governance and Business Continuity requirements for a large multi-national corporate financial services provider
Answer: @reviewer1356150 @Nilesh Pawar @reviewer1390509 @Alex Yuan @Hayaa Kayasseh you've all recently written reviews for one of these products. Do you have any insight to share with @reviewer1373997 about governance and business continuity requirements for these products?
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"The support is good.""We have integrated the product with our centralized infra-monitoring tool, which gives us real-time insights into BOT health and also the health of the underlying resources.""As a developer, I liked the layout and UI, specifically referring to testing. I was able to watch the process through stages.""Blue Prism is a great enterprise and it has offered the solutions that I have been needing in order to give my organization an RPA.""The performance is very good and it is a valuable feature.""The overall package from Blue Prism is valuable. I cannot pinpoint one certain part.""Blue Prism is a mature, stable product with lots of built-in features.""From technical perspective, Blue Prism is pretty good. Overall, it's a stable and scalable solution. Installation is straightforward as well."

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"I've been pretty impressed with the stability.""This solution has reduced manual effort on our part. It's removed repetitive tasks which do not bring any value to the company.""REFramework... is a pre-defined template built with proper exception handling and logging activities. Those aspects help developers to develop code properly.""The return on investment is really good""We like using the prebuilt AI models in UiPath rather than creating our own AI models. We also found the UiPath Community very good.""The prebuilt AI models that are available in AI Center are valuable to us for things like invoice processing.""The UiPath community has grown and is active. It is definitely helpful to be a part of it because others can assist us.""I like the fact that UiPath makes everything fast, and you don't need to employ as many people to do all the dirty work. All of our clients only used UiPath."

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"Occasionally, there may be stability issues where certain nodes begin to behave erratically and produce errors.""They should incorporate more functionalities in the analytics tool.""The solution could be more user-friendly. I would like the see the inclusion of a recording feature as in Microsoft, SAP, and other legacy systems. Users can play the recording and use it for future use cases. The recording can help with the automation and configuration. I would rate the tool’s interface a seven out of ten. It needs to improve.""In Nigeria, I don't know what their marketing is like. However, they're losing market shares to other solutions. Most customers know UiPath more than Blue Prism.""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.""The solution can be improved by switching off data DB and including a report section.""Blue Prism can improve a lot. The interaction with Google Chrome can be massively improved. I know in the next version there are slight improvements. We don't know how much, but we are comparing them. At this moment, Google Chrome is a massive issue within the toolset, due to the way Google Chrome receives updates regularly but Blue Prism is unable to cope. The spy method of Google Chrome is not as user-friendly as Internet Explorer is. However, Internet Explorer is being discontinued from their support, therefore it's not the best browser to be using. This has caused us major issues in the last six months."

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"The product must improve partner enablement and support midmarket partners.""UiPath should improve the test case criteria in future versions because the test cases are not well-designed. I feel everything is fine other than that.""The license model changing every year can be a little bit frustrating. It's hard sometimes when things go from being robot-based to being runtime-based.""The development life cycle using Automation Anywhere is shorter. With UiPath, the development life cycle is slightly longer, but it is not a major issue.""When it comes to REFramework, we need more training videos and tutorial documents for beginners.""I don't know if it's UiPath as much as just what we do which is really complicated. Even the consultants that we've used with UiPath had said, "wow, this is very difficult what you guys do." There are a lot of moving parts. It's not as much of a UiPath issue. It's just our own processes.""When I started working with UiPath, there were no activities for SAP, but in the version that I'm using right now, there are SAP activities or SAP modules. Previously, I had to code everything from user login to user logout, but now, all the activities are available. I just have to drag and drop and give the username and password. I don't have to do it from scratch. It would be great if they can include activities for all of the most common CRMs and ERPs. They can integrate it with different activities for the most common systems.""The document understanding has room for improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "Due to our financial structure, we need fixed costs. So, a license based on the usage would not be feasible. If we have a license model that is based on tasks per year or something else, it could create a very dynamic range of costs. Due to our public financial input, we have to know what it will cost. So, we have licenses per server. This helps us in planning, and we know exactly when we need additional servers. We can then request additional money for them."
  • "The license for Blue Prism is very straightforward, we only need one license."
  • "Our customers pay for an annual license."
  • "I chose Blue Prism because it is priced well. The pricing was right for me at that moment even though Automation Anywhere is better in other aspects."
  • "Its pricing is okay. Its price is pretty similar to the price of other tools."
  • "It's an expensive product. For what they are providing in terms of capabilities and features for the price, I would rate the pricing an eight out of ten."
  • "Blue Prism is an expensive solution, especially in Southeast Asia, while in Europe and the UK, it can be considered moderate in terms of cost."
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  • "I'm not sure about licensing and pricing, but the pricing for their certification is a little bit more. Previously, we could do it for no price."
  • "Over and above the subscription fees, we're paying probably $51,000 a year right now."
  • "It is pricey at the beginning, but we'll have to see going forward what we get for the tools. It is always expensive to buy a really nice car and not drive it very far and very much. So, it is about utilization."
  • "The pricing for the robots is fair. One thing that annoys us a little bit is that we have to pay for each developer. With Blue Prism, you can have 20 developers and not incur any additional costs. We don't like having to piecemeal all these different licenses. It is providing value, but it is not in the sense of a robot. You're paying for the tools, whereas other people just give you the tools, and then you pay for the bots."
  • "Its actual cost turned out to be about two times more than what we thought it was going to be upfront. There were hardware costs that we were not expecting. Some of the server costs and things of that nature were higher than what we were expecting but based upon the return, it was a net."
  • "In the RPA industry at the moment and in automation in general, UiPath's pricing model is the most consistent. So, if you are looking at year-on-year growth and pricing, or even if you are comparing solutions, each vendor has their own take on how they are going to generate profits and expand their return on investment. By far, UiPath is the most consistent with their pricing. They make it quite clear what they set out to achieve with their pricing and product. That makes their product so much easier to design for, as you don't need to change your pricing and go back to clients every time that you introduce a new aspect into the solution."
  • "Initially, the pricing was a lot more affordable. Now, it seems a bit excessive."
  • "Some of the licenses, such as for Document Understanding, are a little bit expensive. We hope that they will reduce the prices over time, but it's still something new. I understand that it cannot be given away too cheaply in the beginning."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    Mohammed Tafazal - PeerSpot reviewerMohammed Tafazal
    Real User

    For any RPA tool it required have a generic /universal governance model where 

    1. sponsor or Head of RPA implementation

    2. Business analysts


    4.Developers ( Full stack - Build, Test and SIT)

    5.Scrum master or Sprints head or Project manager

    6. QA ( Test automation) - optional

    Above generic governance model/structure roles for handling any kind of RPA process.

    One proven way to implement centralized automation management is via a CoE. The best practices of Robotic Process Automation states that the use of bots doesn’t increase negative risks for the organization in the development of reusable solutions. The responsibilities of a Centre of Excellence will depend on the exact governance model used. The most common activities include the following:

    1. Drive RPA in the business, training teams, and increasing awareness of RPA in those.

    2. Calculate the criticality and quality of the developed solutions, ensuring the application of best practices.

    3. Monitor the operation of bots and guarantee that execution SLAs (service-level agreement) are met.

    4. Follow and report the main development stages.

    5. Guarantee the execution of established governance processes.

    6. Guarantee the continual improvement of processes and tools.

    Business Continuity Requirements:

    To have backup or disaster recovery machines for the critical RPA processes with load balancing using central orchestration in different clusters.

    For any of the RPA there is orchestration tool which handles all the initiation and processing from one location have it maintained well from risks and disasters with load balancing.

    This will helps in business continuity.

    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:The use cases range from document ingestion, process enablement, and data management, including financial records cleanup.
    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 »
    Top Answer:Yes, Attended Bots  which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
    Top Answer:Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience‌ ‌necessary,‌ ‌and‌ ‌appreciate‌ ‌the‌ ‌automated‌… more »
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    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. PeerSpot 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.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
    Airbus, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Chevron, CVS Health, DHL, General Electric, Google, Lufthansa, NASA, NTT, Orange, Philips, Singtel, Spotify, The Home Depot, Toyota, Uber, United Airlines, UnitedHealth Group, Wells Fargo
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Blue Prism vs. UiPath
    September 2023
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    Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 30 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 258 reviews. Blue Prism is rated 8.0, while UiPath is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "Easy to use, low -code platform that is highly scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of UiPath writes "Provides proper metrics and logs, saves a huge amount of time, and significantly improves accuracy". Blue Prism is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Automation Anywhere (AA), Pega Robotic Process Automation, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Blue Prism Cloud, whereas UiPath is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Automation Anywhere (AA), Robocorp, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation. See our Blue Prism vs. UiPath report.

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