HelpSystems AutoMate Review

Affordable with good licensing and good stability

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution to automate some repetitive tasks which we execute in IT areas, such as backups, for instance. Also, we developed a systems support enterprise related to the transport industry that captures information that comes from electronic sources like Excel and other types of forms. In addition, we also make prototypes supporting the inbox and in the backend. The system looks for information that the user requests.

How has it helped my organization?

The OCR functionalities already embedded, and you can also use the command-line functionality such as those provided by Google, IBM, or others, even AWS

What is most valuable?

The licensing of the product is very good. You only need to license it once and then you have it forever. You don't need to keep paying for it like you would if you went with Blue Prism or a solution like that. It makes the product quite affordable.

What needs improvement?

In the case of health systems, particularly the OCR functionality is not available. You need to buy a separate license for OCR. 

Sometimes and the server loses contact with the agents installed in the equipment. That's something that I personally worry about due to the fact that, when the agent loses contact with the server, you stop receiving the locks of the receiver of the program.

The solution has a very weak knowledge base.

Much like Automation Anywhere, the product could offer virtual development via the web. AA has a web browser interface that allows users to deploy from the web using AWS. It's less reliant on on-premises technology.

The solution should have stronger password management. This should be centralized.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for about a year at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is quite good. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's not buggy and doesn't seem to have glitches. We find the performance to be reliable so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is quite good, however, it can be a little bit expensive. If you want to expand, it will cost more.

While I'm not working with the organization that uses this solution anymore, at the time, about six months ago, there were about seven people on the product.

How are customer service and technical support?

While, in general, technical support was good, the knowledge base on offer was awful.

The online support, that kind of information you could find in the knowledge base is good. However, the shape of the knowledge base is actually awful due to the fact that you have systems that have many publishing systems. It makes it so that you have to dig around to look for the actual correct answer. 

They do have chatbots that do offer quick responses. That is hit and miss. Sometimes you get an answer right away, other times, nothing happens. The system might ask you to check back in later. It's not the best.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use other solutions, however, we appreciated that with this product we paid once and had it forever, whereas with others we had to keep paying. At the end of the year, you'd look and see you've tried a bunch of other options and have been charged again and again and those costs add up.

We've worked with UiPath and Blue Prism.

How was the initial setup?

The Initial setup was not complex in any way. It was pretty straightforward. We didn't really have any issues with it.

In terms of deployment, everything happened quite rapidly. You can basically download it and install it and then you can work with it immediately. Then, around 50 days later, this system will ask if you want to continue working with it. If you do, you can send just an email and it can be used permanently. It was very simple.

What about the implementation team?

We have a strong relationship with health systems in Mexico and had some health systems providers help us a bit with the implementation. 

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

The solution has a one time licensing cost that makes it very affordable.

Other options, like Blue prism, have an ongoing cost, which means the price begins to add up over time and ultimately costs more.

While solutions like UiPath and Blue Prism cost around $11,000-$12,000 for each license, this product costs around $7,000 and you can keep it forever.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at about three or four other options, including something from Microsoft before deciding to go ahead with this option.

What other advice do I have?

We're currently using some version of release 8 or nine. I can't recall the exact version.

The company I worked for was a consulting firm.

I'd recommend the solution as it is it's a very good tool. If you want to try it, you can simply download it and use it contract-free for about a month. That can be expanded to maybe another 30 days if you really want to test the tool to see what it can do for you. It's very useful and easy to use.

I'd work to develop a relationship with the local representative as they can answer any questions a company might have and can give some really good advice as well.

Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

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