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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.

To learn more, read our detailed Blue Prism vs. UiPath Report (Updated: March 2023).
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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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"My company decided to go with Blue Prism because of the security it provides.""The tool is very technically sound.""It's fast to get up and running if you use a cloud deployment.""The technical support is very good.""The automation on offer is great.""Although the solution may look complicated it actually has a lot of features and user space to work out of.""Blue Prism is stable enough.""For one, it's easy to set up, and once it gets running it can handle multiple processes in an efficient manner. It's a very robust system."

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"The speed to market is amazing because an automation can go from the initial planning conversation to production in weeks.""The automation Cloud Platform has definitely helped reduce the time it takes to create automation. It brings a lot of things together. It's easy to use for clients and customers. It makes it easy to bring different disciplines together, so I don't need to think about how to reuse my code, or how to explain to the customer, and I don't need to share the processes to be able to release, run, and monitor and to get reports on the results.""One of the features that I find most valuable is the Apps feature. We can easily create an app, or a web app, that can connect to the robots that we created with UiPath. It is just a drag-and-drop functionality, and we can implement an app with minimal code. Once we have the app ready, we can easily and quickly share it with other stakeholders so that they start using it. The apps are also pretty professional to be used at an enterprise level. That's the main feature I love in UiPath.""The OCR technology within this solution has been most valuable. We are able to scan handwritten documents and scrape their contents to be captured with in the system.""The most valuable features are the ease of use and the amount of resources and community that are out there for UiPath. They have all of the information that you would generally pay for with other providers. It's a very easy-to-learn solution as long as you put time and effort into it.""The stability is amazing. Years have gone by and obviously, the product has changed a lot, however, of late, the last couple of years have been great stability-wise.""UiPath has a very good user interface, and the automation is a great feature. New users can easily understand UiPath.""It's very easy to adapt to and it's very user-friendly and robust at the same time. You don't need to have a lot of technical knowledge to use UiPath. Overall, it's a very good tool for tackling simple and very complicated business processes."

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"We had a lot of challenges managing authentication and reusing or using external authentication providers.""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.""The solution can improve by having a free license for evaluation purposes.""The UI is more complicated than other tools.""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.""They should incorporate more functionalities in the analytics tool.""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.""Our primary challenge at present is that we are finding it difficult to get additional business insights into existing processes so that we can identify where we need to improve."

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"In the world of NextGen technology, it would be ideal if they could speed up their beta products.""UiPath would be improved by integrating AI.""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.""One area for improvement is connected to the fact that it's completely based on Visual Basic .NET and C# languages. I would like to see some more basic activities that are particular to the VB.NET code, as well as activities based on LINQ queries because that is one of the fastest and most integrated languages. I would like to see pre-written activities so that we could simply drag and drop them into place and use them frequently.""The user interface needs to be more customizable, and the debugging tool doesn't work well enough. It needs some improvements.""It would be helpful if they made the Document Understanding modules a little more user-friendly. There is a learning curve for using it correctly.""Most of our automations have been without a user interface and we need the ability to interact with users directly.""UiPath is good in a lot of areas, but as an end user, I feel one thing that can be improved is UiPath Studio. It is an application that we can download to our system and then start building the use cases that we want. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of time to launch, and when we are building a complex application involving a lot of sequential flows, it tends to lag a bit."

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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."
  • "There is a one-time purchase fee for this solution."
  • "The licensing is approximately $1,100."
  • "Its license is costlier than UiPath and AA. They should improve its price. We have a two-year contract with them."
  • "My clients tend to feel that the overall implementation cost is a little high."
  • "Blue Prism has a higher cost with respect to RPA enablement, particularly if you are trying to start with RPA."
  • "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."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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  • "The price of UiPath is a little bit high, although there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "The cost that we are allocating for RPA doesn't burden us too heavily, so what we are paying is acceptable compared to the gains that we have in the organization."
  • "The price of UiPath is higher than competitors, although the cost depends on what functionality and tools you require"
  • "The price and setup costs need to be supported by a strong business case."
  • "I am using the Community Edition and am not familiar with the cost of the paid editions."
  • "Overall, I think that the pricing is reasonable and it is similar to competitors."
  • "Some features are very costly, like Document Understanding. That is why in India many customers are not using the Document Understanding license. This is a premium feature and its licensing costs are high compared to other tools."
  • "In the initial days, UiPath was more competitive in terms of the license pricing as compared to Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere; it was much less. Currently, the pricing is quite standard compared to the other two vendors."
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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:My company decided to go with Blue Prism because of the security it provides.
    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 Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Blue Prism vs. UiPath
    March 2023
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    Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 39 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 230 reviews. Blue Prism is rated 7.6, while UiPath is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "A systematic tool with good security and analysis capabilities". 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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