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Question: Which one to choose, Power Automate or UiPath, for unattended and attended bots implementation for a simple RPA use case?
Answer: Uipath
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Microsoft Power Automate vs. UiPath
May 2022
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Pros
"It really does help by either freeing up people's time to focus on more value-added tasks or reducing headcount. We generally have other things that we can get people to do, helping make the employees' work more meaningful since they are not having to do the mundane stuff.""It's a pretty robust product.""We have seen Workfusion improve on accuracy and compliance... With the Workfusion model, we reduce human error and the need for further QC. We switch more to a QA process where we're testing whether the model is effective.""Their robots have increased the rate of efficiency by two to five times in our organization. There is still a human element to code out the package running the robots. You can't just click something and have it run. However, once that has been done, you can parallelize it 10 or 100 times in a fairly straightforward manner.""The solution is stable, we have not had any glitches or problems.""For automating mundane activities, I can recommend WorkFusion.""The cognitive features of this solution are good.""A helpful feature is the analytics capability within WorkFusion. The analytics dashboards, i.e., their Tableau dashboards, are really helpful for building a business activity monitoring layer. These are very visible to senior management and stakeholders, who can see and know what is happening within processes. They can see what benefits are getting delivered as processes, either ;daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly. It is easy for stakeholders or senior management to understand the value for the money that they are spending."

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"Its complete integration with Microsoft tools and the inclusion of the CRM are the most valuable features. It is embedded directly in the Office package, so clients have direct access to it. It has a lot more functionality than other standalone solutions, such as UiPath or Blue Prism.""I like that Power Automate gives us a connector to be able to connect different data sources or different software.""The solution offers a lot of documentation and tutorials for users to learn about various aspects and features.""It is basically free for me because it comes with my Office 365 subscription. The main feature is that there is abundant learning material on platforms like YouTube. You can find information about whatever you want to be done in Spanish or English without a problem. It is very easy to learn. Users can start using it on their own without any former training, which is something I like about this solution.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate are the ease of use and the templates that are provided. I no longer need to make the document from scratch. I can search for what template I want and then it only requires me to modify it a bit for my needs. Additionally, it's helped improve my productivity and efficiency, and at the same time, it's quicker.""The initial setup isn't too difficult.""The initial setup is very simple.""It is a low-code platform. It is easy to use and good for automating small tasks such as expense approvals, timesheet approvals, etc."

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"UiPath support is amazing.""It has a lot of features, but the ones that I'm really interested in and focused on are the Automation Hub and the Task Capture tool that they have created. Automation Hub helps you in gathering a lot of ideas, and Task Capture helps subject matter experts in capturing the step-by-step processes. It helps them build their SOPs or a document system wherever it is not already available.""We’ve improved our efficiency. Even just our cost analysis has been great. As we do new contracts, we know what it's going to cost exactly.""We are seeing many hours saved with respect to automation. Automation should be on every project's agenda.""The solution has freed up employee time. It depends on the process, however, if I had to take an average, it is probably freeing up one full-time person, which is eight hours. On a monthly basis, around 150 hours are saved for a medium process.""We are running around 20 bots and have 105 automations in production today. One of our automations saved 25,000 hours. Overall, I'll say we have more than 250,000 hours saved for the organization.""In terms of the ease of building automation, from what I've seen, I'm very impressed. We're using a partner. We built the COE and everything that they're developing right now. Obviously, we're just starting down this path. This means we're going to go work with a partner while we're developing our own guys. We can get to market quicker.""One of the features that I like is that the bot will continue to work on other tasks, even if one task is blocked because it is waiting for user input."

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Cons
"We had some issues in the past, but it is fairly stable now. From what I hear, it is more stable in the later versions. With version 10.1.4, there were some issues relating to load distribution. However, it is good now.""The most common issue we have is with the OCR, but that also depends on the quality of the documents your scanning. Still, I would say the OCR is comparable to other solutions. I wouldn't say it's better or worse than other OCR engines.""One thing we didn't like was their OCR solution. We felt it's somewhat inefficient.""This is a Java-based application that takes up a lot of space and when it runs, consumes a lot of memory. This affects the reliability because it gets to a point where it hangs.""The solution is not user-friendly, this is something they should improve.""There is enhanced functionality I would like to see, things that would further enhance the user experience, deliver greater efficiencies, and further mitigate risk.""The product could do more to expand its 'codeless' coding options by adding drag-and-drop assistance in building bots for non-technical users.""We have executed our robots thousands of times in our enterprise environment. However, in an enterprise environment, WorkFusion has performance problems. It is slow in production."

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"There should be more transparency when it comes to which features accompany the pricing, as there appear to be hidden features of which I am not aware.""Their connector to Oracle or premium data sets that aren't Microsoft would often fail for me. The information given back about why it failed wasn't always robust to understand how to fix it and why it happened.""If someone was just about to start using it, it would be better if it was a bit more user-friendly in terms of understanding function references. I come from a bit of development background. To me, it all makes quite a lot of sense, but someone using it for the first time would probably battle understanding how the functions work. This might be something they could improve on. It would be really useful if it could publish data to Power BI. We like to use Power BI for our reporting, but we can't directly integrate the data across. If there was a way to automate the collection of the data and push it straight into the Power BI platform, it would be quite useful.""It can have customizations like enterprise solutions. In the approval section, there should be an option to reassign approval to some other employee. It would be good if we are able to create custom tables by linking to an item, and there is an integration with the HTML table through HTTP calls or Swagger connectors.""The downside is the lack of orchestration and supplemental tools such as capturing existing processes and using them to build out.""Technical support needs to be able to respond quickly to queries. Right now, they are much too slow.""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 solution is not actually satisfying the complex programs that we want to execute."

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"When it comes to debugging, there is some improvement needed for UiPath compared to other RPA tools. There are features to edit the workflow or content of the automation file while we are debugging. For example, we have 10,000 lines of code that we have integrated by 10 different users. So, there is one integrated code and you are debugging it. After some time, you might find a line which is not an error. You may have forgotten to remove it or change the value to your desired criteria. It is really a pain to stop the entire debug session and just edit it, then start again at zero. It will do the same steps again just to reach that level or step where you were actually stuck previously. Whereas, in different automation tools, whether you are on the findings step or in-between a debug session, you can actually edit that information. This is good because sometimes the developer also forgets to add or remove certain values in-between a long code. I think this should be improved in UiPath. This should already be in consideration because I have been in touch with UiPath a couple of times because of this.""The integration with APA should be improved with respect to adding data from external sources and being able to bring in data from third-party applications.""There are so many offerings and configurations and customizations that make things a bit complicated. Streamlining it would be ideal.""I'm learning it for the training for the RPA associate, and I'm about 70% through there. UiPath's academy courses have been helpful in onboarding or being up to speed with UiPath. However, it has been tougher because the programming that I learned in school is very different from the programming done today. I am sure the younger people will pick it up much faster. There is so much out there, and there is so much to learn because it is not one software package. It provides the ability to use all software packages and interconnect with them. So, the opportunities are amazing but also intimidating.""The error handling is in need of improvement. We'd had a problem tracking when errors occur, and troubleshooting how things are captured in production.""I can’t think of any direct places where improvements need to happen. Whatever I need, it appears to be there. That said, any app could use some form of improvement.""It should be less focused on the howtos and more on demonstrating business value add. A business outcome should be that I was able to approve something in however many days or hours compared to my peers when I benchmark across my peers. That would be a business outcome as opposed to a technical outcome.""The Document Understanding feature should be more developed and advanced. For example, you have to make a template with their ML model. Currently, we can't use our own ML model, and we have to use the UiPath ML model. UiPath has only a few ML models right now. They should come up with more ML models or make it easier for us to use our own ML model."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "They have a very expensive license compared to any other automation tool. For instance, at $50,000 - $60,000, you can bring in an Automation Anywhere solution. For this solution, you need at least $250,000 to get something going."
  • "It is not the most expensive solution, but it is also not the cheapest."
  • "I can't speak to pricing. It's a contract signed by upper management."
  • "We are on an annual contract to use the solution."
  • "My client is using RPA Express, which is available for them to use free of charge."
  • "One upgrade took a year to do, from the first server being built to the last bot being migrated. This was because we had to migrate all our existing bots. This is the same process and time frame that we are expecting towards the upcoming upgrade. I will end up spending half a million dollars to do an upgrade."
  • "The solution was not the cheapest, but it was also not the most expensive. Workfusion was very open to negotiating pricing and to working within the objectives of our firm."
  • "As a first-time customer who wants to engage with WorkFusion, not working for my company, then I would want to do a PoC. The cost is prohibitive because they will ask me to get infrastructure with six or seven servers. Then, you must buy a WorkFusion license to do a PoC, which is expensive. I would then have to set up a team to build the PoC and see the benefits. That is very prohibitive."
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  • "There are many different ways to license it."
  • "This solution can save money when used for simple tasks specifically using only Microsoft products."
  • "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."
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  • "The pricing is okay, but I recommend to build a business case before going live. Ensure that you really use the license and building the robot makes sense. Try to think of multiple use cases, because one license can be used for several robots."
  • "It is important for whatever we implement that it's cost effective in a sense that the robots will replace some human time. If human time costs less than the robot, then that's not a good deal."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
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    A helpful feature is the analytics capability within WorkFusion. The analytics dashboards, i.e., their Tableau… more »
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    The pricing is high. They should have a better pricing structure. It was not easy for me to try out WorkFusion… more »
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    It is difficult for non-technical users to use WorkFusion. If we really want to build automation, we definitely need… more »
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    ‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌… more »
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    Hello Netanya, it depends on your needs and your expertise.  In my humble opinion you can start a big RPA project… more »
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    I can only speak to UiPath since that is the only RPA solution that I have used. I know that there are specific packages… more »
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    I'm very familiar with UiPath and the RPA industry: was hired by Daniel Dines in 2015 when there were 35 employees and… more »
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    UiPath makes you more productive because it comes with a lot of drag-and-drop features. You don't need to know the APIs… more »
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    Also Known As
    Power Automate, Microsoft Flow, MS Power Automate
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    Overview

    Enterprises in regulated industries, such as banking, financial services, and healthcare, leverage WorkFusion's Intelligent Automation platform to multiply operational capacity and streamline data- and document-intensive processes. As the only automation software provider with deep vertical expertise, WorkFusion offers pre-built solutions for your mission-critical processes, such as customer lifecycle management, insurance claims processing, or patient record management. Because of advanced AI and ML technologies including AutoML, Continuous Learning, Differential Privacy, and Federated Learning, WorkFusion’s solutions yield 95%+ out-of-the-box automation rates for various document types, including fully unstructured sources such as emails or news articles. 

    WorkFusion has been recognized as a Leader in both RPA and Intelligent Document Processing categories and has received the highest ranking for the "Augment Knowledge Workers" and "Document Processing" use cases by Gartner Critical Capabilities assessment.

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

    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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    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Computer Software Company26%
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    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
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    Large Enterprise70%
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    Large Enterprise63%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Power Automate vs. UiPath
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Power Automate vs. UiPath and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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    Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 68 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 143 reviews. Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6, while UiPath is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Power Automate writes "Very user-friendly and easy to use but requires better user training at first". 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 ". Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and VisualCron, whereas UiPath is most compared with Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, Pega Robotic Process Automation, Kryon RPA and ABBYY FlexiCapture. See our Microsoft Power Automate vs. UiPath report.

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