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We performed a comparison between IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Microsoft Power Automate based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report (Updated: August 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"IBM Robotic Process Automation has greatly improved the organization by improving the speed of performance, as the speed of the robot is estimated to be 20 times faster than the human being.""The quality is great! It's very strong and has a very strong platform.""If you have a business process, and once you have automated that process, you have a readily available workflow in place.""I like the integration with Watson and the possibility to have an intelligent reading of all the customers' documents.""The solution is scalability.""IBM Robotic Process Automation is very easy to use."

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"Automation is the best feature of the product.""Its integration with the Office 365 ecosystem is most valuable. We use a lot of ready-to-use templates.""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.""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.""With the desktop version, we can automate many things. The ability to do a lot of things is one of the most valuable features.""It is Microsoft. So, you get the integration capability.""The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution.""It is a great solution for simple automation activities or simple automation of simple tasks. It is also integrated with Office 365. Integration is an absolute breeze with any RPA software."

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Cons
"This RPA should be under the umbrella of BPM. This is what the future should be.""IBM Robotic Process Automation should be more stable.""The time it takes for approvals, and risk analysis could be faster.""Stability could be better.""IBM should provide specific solutions for specific problems, like templates for invoicing processes, or general templates for creating efficient processes.""We would like a decreased need for customer support."

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"It lacks a lot of functionality that other tools have. There should be queue management, and there should also be the capability to deal with a little bit more complex automation. If it had queue support and if it was capable of doing more complex automation, it would be a much better tool.""It would be great if it was able to integrate more with various other platforms. It would make development easier.""When compared to other workflow automation tools out there, it's just not as mature.""Sometimes, Microsoft changes the game rules, and the free tools are no longer free, which makes it too hard to explain to customers. It is a SaaS service, so the cost is calculated based on the execution hours. However, we don't know the background of this cost because we cannot touch the infrastructure. They can be more open to developers or customers about this. The infrastructure part must be open for the customers.""Their OCR capabilities are not as evolved as the other tools.""They can build more templates and more connectivity with other platforms. They can provide a more user-friendly way to connect with other platforms. They have their own in-built plugins for certain third-party vendors, but there are still a lot of third-party vendors that are not there.""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.""The BPM component needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "IBM licensing is annual and based on Virtual Processor Cores (VPC). This provides flexibility as part of the containerization environment."
  • "The license is paid annually."
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  • "There is zero licensing cost. It comes with our Microsoft Office subscription."
  • "I don't deal with the financial side. I know that we pay for a per-user license. It is probably less than $20 a user, but I am not sure about the exact figures."
  • "I am not aware of the recent pricing model, but during the time that I was using this solution is was reasonable."
  • "It is free with Office 365 subscription."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Robotic Process Automation is very easy to use.
    Top Answer:Stability could be better. It also gets difficult with every new version of Java or every new version of Windows.
    Top Answer:We use RPA to test mainframe solutions because they never change.
    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 »
    Top Answer:‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌ ‌drag-and‌ ‌drop‌ ‌functionality.‌ ‌The‌ ‌training‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌for‌ ‌AA‌… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM RPA
    Power Automate, Microsoft Flow, MS Power Automate
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    Overview

    IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology that encompasses the use of smart robots in any process requiring efficiency, consistency and speed, with no risk of mistakes. In a nutshell, RPA simulates a human user working.

    Today, it is possible to automate processes through the use of digital robots, or bots, which execute pre-programed, repetitive tasks in a safe and mistake free manner. There are literally thousands of opportunities for Robotic Process Automation to make an impact on your organization today, including: automatic invoice emission, system integration, information reconciliation, report generation, intelligent email management to lead generation, and many others.

    Microsoft Flow is now Power Automate—a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.

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    Sample Customers
    The Hanover Insurance Group
    SNCF, Air France, Avanade
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is ranked 8th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 6 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 62 reviews. IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) writes "Once you have automated a business process it offers a readily available workflow ". 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". IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, IBM Datacap and Kryon RPA, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive and Kofax RPA. See our IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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