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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: November 2022).
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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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Pros
"The technical support is very good.""The solution enables process creation and is object oriented.""There are simple things you can put in place that help you understand workflow and how implementation acts.""The entire tool is valuable because it is an enterprise tool. It is on par with other tools like Automation Anywhere or UiPath with the OCR/ICR facilities, analytics, and the entire package for enterprise-level security. It has the highest level of security as compared to any other tool.""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.""Being able to create an object and use it for multiple processes has been very useful for us.""The integration has improved a lot in terms of SAP, and other screens.""The performance is very good and it is a valuable feature."

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"The product has reduced the cost of our automation operations.""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.""We used the AI Fabric functionality in one of our projects. We had to categorize users' reviews based on the sentiment scores. Everything was already available, including the model. So, we just have to click on all those things from UiPath now.""UiPath handles the infrastructure, maintenance, and updates as a managed service, and that means we don't have to take care of those things. All future updates and enhancements are managed by them.""The biggest benefit that we have from UiPath comes from using the API.""We are able to remove all repetitive tasks. We are using RPA for HR, salary generation, interview process, appointment, etc. We are using RPA everywhere. We are in the top five just because of RPA. It's very important for us.""The scheduler tool is valuable because I can slow or speed up run times during peak use.""Once we deploy the automation into the production, our manpower has been reduced so there are only one or two people needed for the backup. The rest will be taken care of by the automation itself. So, there has been a drastic reduction in our workforce."

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Cons
"The deployment of the bots should be much faster and more intuitive.""Blue Prism is a little behind Automation Anywhere in the topics related to maintenance and report building.""Blue Prism could improve by having better integration with Computer Vision.""They have OCR technology, but it's not that great.""Security could be improved.""Developing is more time consuming than with other products.""Its image recognition or the OCR part should be improved. The quality has improved in the latest version, but some of the handwritten documents are not that accurate. Its interaction with the Citrix environment should also be improved. Their technical support should also be improved.""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."

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"It is not very easy to build on automations. That's a problem with UiPath. I don't think it's very easy to build automation on top of it.""Our challenge with UiPath is getting the infrastructure assets up to speed, particularly on the Orchestrator side. However, I just now came from a demo for UiPath Web, and it seems to be to enable serverless robots, which would definitely be a lower barrier to entry.""Sometimes, in my experience, Picture In Picture is a bit buggy. It takes over your control, then the controls get mixed. That is one of few issues that I have found.""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.""There are minor bugs. Every major software has bugs. That said, all are solvable, all are resolvable, and it's not a very bad thing.""The stability is good, but they keep upgrading versions. If you want some of the new additions, sometimes you have to take a beta version.""They could always continue to add new features, however, I don't have anything specific in mind right now.""To improve this solution, there could be increased transparency over licensing and consistency regarding what it costs for on-prem and what it costs for the cloud."

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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 pricing is average; it is not too high nor too low."
  • "The pricing is good compared to other software. Based on the features that UiPath is providing, and the community support, the price is reasonable."
  • "The licensing system is something that needs to be improved."
  • "The licensing is close to optimum; however, there is room for improvement in both the cost and flexibility of the licenses."
  • "If you want to start doing RPA, I think you should definitely go with UiPath because it has the Community edition. You can just install it and check whether or not your process works fine with UiPath. It will be an attended bot, but you can form an idea whether your bot can easily be automated."
  • "It is cost-effective and has an affordable price."
  • "The price of Orchestrator is pretty high in general as well as compared to other solutions, because Automation Anywhere does not charge for its Control Room."
  • "The licensing is too expensive. It is not a cheap product. We constantly have to build business cases where we have to justify our existence as an RPA team."
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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


    3.Architects(solution/technical)


    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:It is a very stable tool that allows very complex automations.
    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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    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.

    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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    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
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Blue Prism vs. UiPath
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Blue Prism vs. UiPath and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 42 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 216 reviews. Blue Prism is rated 7.4, while UiPath is rated 8.6. 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 UiPath writes "Starts ready-to-use, has good tools for developers, facilitates optimization of existing processes for significant time saving ". Blue Prism is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Automation Anywhere (AA), Pega Robotic Process Automation, Blue Prism Cloud and WorkFusion, whereas UiPath is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Automation Anywhere (AA), Robocorp, Pega Robotic Process Automation and IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA). See our Blue Prism vs. UiPath report.

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