IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs Microsoft Power Automate comparison

 

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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

IBM Robotic Process Automat...
Ranking in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
8th
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
23
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Microsoft Power Automate
Ranking in Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
2nd
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
123
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) category, the mindshare of IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is 1.1%, down from 2.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Power Automate is 24.7%, up from 20.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
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Featured Reviews

Karinne Carnevalli De Almeida - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 3, 2023
User-friendly interface and good stability
I used it in 2018 in a company that specialized in medical services. They used it for accounting and payments It's user-friendly; even non-technical people can program bots using drag-and-drop functionalities. There are a few areas that could use improvement. Firstly, the cost of IBM RPA is…
Mohit Vohra - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 13, 2023
Easy to use, plenty of features, and priced well
We assessed the functionality of Microsoft Power Automate in streamlining repetitive processes that required human effort. Specifically, we discovered that the process of completing online loan applications for our customers was a prime candidate for automation. With Microsoft Power Automate, we were able to automate this process, enabling a single individual to log in to up to twenty loan applications. However, if we needed to scale up to two hundred applications per day, we would have required ten individuals to manage this process manually. With this solution, we were able to achieve this with only two people, as the software facilitated logging into the application master and extracting data directly into an Excel file, which could then be easily uploaded and processed within minutes. It has improved our organization's efficiency.

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"It's not inclusive, in terms of automation, you can just do it standalone, in its own silo. It's not going to force your existing system or teams, your admin teams, to create new IDs for you or even force them to create new services or APIs for you or expose something from there. They can just keep the way they are doing it right now, but you still automate it."
"Integrating the tool with SAP, EBS, or other ERPs is easy."
"It's integrated with all the other products within the Salesforce ecosystem."
"I like the integration with Watson and the possibility to have an intelligent reading of all the customers' documents."
"The feature I found most valuable is the TCO."
"The solution's ease of use is its most valuable aspect."
"The initial setup is very easy."
"IBM RPA helped us resolve a lot of difficult cases we could not resolve using other solutions."
"It's easy to learn."
"WinAutomation is very handy to use, and it has the power to interact with multiple systems, such as SAP, Oracle, or .NET systems."
"The feature most useful for integrating different applications is its ability to create flows. Specifically, we use flows to integrate with finance and operations."
"The solution has saved us hours of work."
"Different trigger events were most valuable. You could schedule a process on a recurring basis, at a certain time of day or week, or when something happens, which is huge."
"You can automate almost everything in your organization by simply dragging and dropping and selecting a few options, whether it's an Excel spreadsheet or other on-premise data."
"For people who already use Office 365, Power Automate is very easy to integrate and use."
"The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution."
 

Cons

"I would like it to do pretty much everything out-of-the-box without any need for any customization. However, that is not the case right now. We absolutely have to do some amount of customization with the solution in order to use it out-of-the-box as-is."
"IBM Robotic Process Automation should be more stable."
"We are looking to see how it can connect with various interfaces seamlessly, through APIs."
"The scalability of the solution can be challenging."
"This RPA should be under the umbrella of BPM. This is what the future should be."
"One of the things I would definitely like to see is more of the machine-learning and cognitive capabilities. For example, now that we're starting to automate more and more tasks, there are some things that still require us to go back and modify the robots when we need to. But if we had more of the machine-learning integrated into it, I believe it would be easier to maintain, so that we wouldn't have to go back and adjust every time."
"There are certain limitations in the solution for screen reading."
"We would like more focus on understanding AI and how it can be used to manage exception handling."
"I've had some issues with the stability."
"When it comes to cloud computing, there are many limitations when dealing with large amounts of data."
"It should work better for Angular websites, as it has a lot of problems."
"There is an RPA feature gap between this solution and other more mature products."
"Things need to be improved with respect to RPA kinds of solutions."
"The connectors and the integration capability can be improved. Microsoft RPA is a growing platform, and it is not yet particularly mature."
"The OCR functionality needs to be improved."
"The OCR part or scanning of documents is missing."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The pricing is reasonable."
"I rate the pricing ten out of ten. So, the pricing is very good for me."
"The license is paid annually."
"The product is reasonably priced compared to other tools."
"The product has a yearly licensing fee."
"IBM RPA is cheaper than other tools."
"The pricing is reasonable for this solution."
"IBM licensing is annual and based on Virtual Processor Cores (VPC). This provides flexibility as part of the containerization environment."
"The licensing cost for us at this time is between $8 and $20 per user, per month."
"At the moment, from our experience with the two, Power Automate is a lot more expensive solution than Automation Anywhere, but it is also a far more reliable solution. With the price increases and with the current pandemic situation going on worldwide, a lot of the prices have fluctuated, but the packages and the all-encompassing features you get with the Microsoft package far outweigh the benefits from the Automation Anywhere side. Each package on the Automation Anywhere side is cheaper, but we need to continuously purchase subsequent packages to continue with our automation to the extent that we require. So, the Power Automate solution is a bit more pricey, but it does offer us a far better range of capabilities."
"You pay for use and if you want a premium connector or adapter, but a lot of things are available for free."
"We've got a subscription package. We are on a monthly package of $40. We've got some discount because we're a big corporate client of Microsoft 365 and other solutions, but the standard price of the package that we use is $40. For the product, you don't have to pay anything extra. If you're using a partner, you need to pay for their coding, advice, and services, which is a separate cost. The majority of the features are available for free for anyone who is on Microsoft 365."
"The pricing of this solution is very good and for me, it's the best option there is."
"This solution is bundled with our Office 365, so there is no additional licensing fee."
"We use Office 365 and this solution is free for me to use with the package we have. We have plans to increase the usage of Microsoft Power Automate."
"Good price-quality relationship. Its features for its price were the best fit for our company."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
15%
Educational Organization
8%
Insurance Company
6%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Computer Software Company
12%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Government
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
Integrating the tool with SAP, EBS, or other ERPs is easy.
What needs improvement with IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
The product must be promoted more. There are no promotions.
What is your primary use case for IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?
We're working with different clients from the manufacturing environment. We have implemented end-to-end solutions. We work on web automation and automation of invoices.
RPA that Bots can run without centralized control?
Yes, Attended Bots which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
How do I choose between UiPath and Microsoft Power Automate?
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How is Automation Anywhere compared to Microsoft Power Automate?
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Also Known As

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

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Sample Customers

The Hanover Insurance Group
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