Automation Anywhere (AA) Review

Helps us automate inventory and order checking and compliance which saves a lot of time and money


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for this product is BOE (Bill of Entry affecting imports in India) analysis and processing.

Previously, we were checking the inventory with checklists and two kinds of Excel validations, and sending the mismatches to have them reassessed in a manual process. Before four of us were working on the data reliability, and really three people were completely dedicated to this task full-time. We were repeatedly taking the Excel inventory and the Excel invoices we are getting from the different vendors, and then we would check all the attributes of the data. This would mean we had to review invoice numbers, invoice dates, currency codes — so many little things needed to be validated. The detail also had to be examined like the number of items, the SKU (Stock Keeping Units) numbers and check those against the item names by validating with a checklist.

So after, we created a bot with Automation Anywhere for that issue to speed up processing. Now the automated checking time is reduced to 15 minutes. That's all.

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization cost-wise and bank savings in transactions. Everything has been changed for the better. It is easier to track various domains, various kind of devices, and control recording of all the process. The quality of the results are improved, we spend less time and resources, so the time we save can be spent on other things. This all reduces the time spent on menial activities and reduces the cost of processing. It is very important that we have increased accuracy and control over data errors.

What is most valuable?

The best part of this solution is that this product has more capabilities than our previous solution with Excel. The error handling and sending mail — all those additional features — give us more control when using Automation Anywhere with less time and effort.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I think we would like to see more capability for integration and more customization with some features. For example, email records should have their subject like email that's been downloaded. Because it is not doing this, we now need a separate solution for this based on the subject line. Integrations that we'd like to see are that the product is more friendly with languages like Python and JavaScript. These are the type of integration we are expecting. Also, it should be more friendly with Excel commands which it does not seem to agree with or have so that we can customize the output.

The product is not working sometimes with the methods we prefer. If it is going to be a flexible product it should include some more common things. There are so many small issues with the product it is not as good as it could be.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We really have had no stability issues ourselves, or actually there were some minor things. There has been nothing we could not resolve.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As far as scalability, it is one of the most important things for us. We were looking for that only when we went to upgrade our process. We want to automate any of the processes that we can by using Automation Anywhere. It is the whole point for us using the product.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have never had to call into technical support.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were not involved in this decision to adopt this product.

How was the initial setup?

For the implementation, almost everything was a little complicated. We faced issues actually but everything was manageable and then we addressed the issues and the initial setup was fully completed.

Mostly the issues had to do with security. The product was new to us and we had to set everything up for the first time so we had to learn about some things, like how to deploy the security features correctly. That is the kind of issue we faced as a learning curve.

During our onboarding, we had some issues and during integrations, we were having various small issues. But the reason for all of that is this was a new technology for us and we had to learn something about it. We learned by working with the product and all the integration issues and security things have all been resolved.

What about the implementation team?

We did not use an external integrator, reseller, or a consultant. We implemented the product ourselves.

What was our ROI?

Our return on investment is that it costs us less. One of the problems with some licensing is if you have six employees and later 27 people are working, your cost can go up even if nothing extra is used. Now we need one developer's license only. One license and it is covered. There are more problems if you have to purchase one license per user. For example, if five people never work with the product and two of us work daily we are charged for the minutes for the CPU. It is not wasted.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing strategy is one license, one creator. It is more complicated than that depending on the options you choose.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Automation Anywhere as an eight.

When we update to the newer version, maybe it will have what we want and it will be better. It could be a ten if it were a perfect partner for us without any errors or had all the features we would like.

This is a very good product, but like managing other software and solutions, issues, bugs, and all various activities, you see the things that could be better. Obviously we think users will be satisfied by your outcome with using Automation Anywhere as we have had success. But right now it is an eight.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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