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Microsoft Power Automate vs. VisualCron
May 2022
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"WorkFusion helps by speeding up processes. The process takes time. It has business costs associated because there are people waiting to take the next steps in the process. The end result of waiting, whether it is an internal or external team, is that they are delayed. Therefore, it helps us in speeding up business processes and improving employee morale, as people don't have to do repetitive work anymore.""It takes care of simple tasks so users can focus more on exceptions than on regular use cases. They only focus on orders where they need to handle an exception, some information was not given, or there is an issue that they had to focus on. The rest of it goes straight through without human touch. We want to see our employees as engineers, wherein they think and solve problems, not necessarily have to do repetitive tasks. I think WorkFusion helps with avoiding repetitive tasks.""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.""We need to analyze documents in order to understand them. We don't need to dedicate much time to this because WorkFusion's machine learning capabilities are very good. We can easily extract information and classify these documents. The document processing engine is very important to our organization because it is the center for many use cases, as we need to control the information contained in documents.""The Robotic Desktop Automation Express component allows us to do rapid development outside the normal, time-consuming processes.""WorkFusion's RPA Express's ability to scale across multiple geographies with limited impact on additional IT Hardware requirements. This has enabled the scaling of Robotics capabilities and solutions across all our entities.""WorkFusion's SAP integrations are really good.""The cognitive features of this solution are good."

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"It is a very useful solution. You don't need to create an infrastructure in your environment just for triggers or executions. You don't need to invest in the infrastructure. With Power Automate, we can call or trigger custom web services and routines. We are also using the flow for gathering data from Microsoft Dynamics.""Good core applications.""It servers our purposes in bringing together all types of applications, being able to automate them with the right intelligent output from the data that we plugin.""It is Microsoft. So, you get the integration capability.""Its integration with the Office 365 ecosystem is most valuable. We use a lot of ready-to-use templates.""The solution is pretty customizable. Even big automation tasks are done rather simply.""The initial setup was easy. It was very easy for people to pick up. The deployment took a few hours.""It's an intuitive product. It's not overly technical."

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"'ve only had a few cases where I've had to request support in the past 12 years of use, but the support response time and resolution were was extremely quick.""The ability to clone jobs to shorten the time it takes to implement a process has been invaluable, but its flexibility also gives us the ability to create a job that can handle a multifaceted process with a complex workflow.""VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement."

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"We are having some database issues, but we are addressing them.""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.""It is complex for enterprise implementation. The solution needs a needs minimum, of 20-22 servers. It's no small task. This is not a straightforward setup. It's a large undertaking and there are many moving parts.""I would like it if they provided a more detailed roadmap in terms of where they are going with the product. As we are trying to make decisions about the things that we are going to do to try to augment our capabilities, we could know whether they are thinking about the same things or not.""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 user experience could be better both from an RPA perspective and from a business perspective.""There is enhanced functionality I would like to see, things that would further enhance the user experience, deliver greater efficiencies, and further mitigate risk.""There could be better version control through their web platform. That is something that could be improved on. Integration from the IDE, e.g., from WorkFusion Studio directly into Control Tower, would be nice to have too."

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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.""The tasks that can be automated are limited to Microsoft applications only.""It is mostly integrated with the Microsoft environment. Unlike UiPath, we cannot really use external tools with Microsoft Power Automate. There should be a possibility to integrate it with external tools or systems.""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.""The solution could benefit from mirroring Oracle's use of videos and community forums to help users get acquainted with the product. It could use better online training and/or documentation.""There are two versions of the automation suite. You've got your cloud functionality, and you have got your on-premises functionality for legacy systems. There are a lot of functionalities between the two systems that don't cross-correlate with each other. A lot of the functionality in the cloud system is not there on the production side in the on-prem system. If they could implement some of the similar functionalities and streamline them for integration, it would be a lot easier. There should be seamless integration between the two systems.""From an improvement perspective, Microsoft just needs to make sure that they have a real enterprise RPA tool. PowerApps and Power Automate are still not at the level of UiPath and Automation Anywhere. It could be because Automation Anywhere and UiPath have been in the market for quite some time. It's just about Microsoft increasing their focus in terms of product reviews and development and making them competitive products that one can consider at an enterprise level. Right now, their use cases are limited as compared to what one would consider doing with UiPath and Automation Anywhere.""We need a more powerful desktop option."

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"VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I always appreciate the quick response I get when bringing up an issue or coming up with suggestions. I've mentioned before that it would be great to see a move away from SQLCE and XML configuration files.""I would like for VisualCron to expand audit log to show who changed job variables that are initialized per job run.""There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now."

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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 extremely fair, and because of that I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the processing load across multiple application servers."
  • "ROI is one month."
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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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    Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌… 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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    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.

    VisualCron combines many features into one product. Through scheduling you can set your Jobs to run on a specific time or event. The Tasks in each Job automate scripts and eliminate human errors. Through various Tasks you can integrate different systems through file transfer and conversion.

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    Sample Customers
    Deutsche Bank, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, LPL Financial, Selective Insurance, HPE, Canadian Tire, Standard Bank, Humana, New York-Presbyterian, Houston Methodist, Six Financial  
    SNCF, Air France, Avanade
    7 Eleven, ABB Sécheron SA, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Amazon Europe Core, Apple, Assa Abloy, Aston Martin, Banco Santander, BMW (Australia)
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm50%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Recreational Facilities/Services Company6%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Power Automate vs. VisualCron
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Power Automate vs. VisualCron and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    598,634 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 68 reviews while VisualCron is ranked 7th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 3 reviews. Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.6, while VisualCron is rated 9.6. 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 VisualCron writes "Has made us more efficient, eliminating manual processes that free up our employees to take on more of their prioritized projects on a daily basis". Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive and Nintex RPA, whereas VisualCron is most compared with Control-M, UiPath, WinAutomation by Softomotive, ActiveBatch Workload Automation and OpCon. See our Microsoft Power Automate vs. VisualCron report.

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