Pega Robotic Process Automation Review

Good lookup tables and configuration tables, and can be easily updated on other machines

What is our primary use case?

We provide services to our clients. We have a website with monthly and daily runs in which we extract the information. Depending on the account types from the different screens on the website, we add it to an Excel spreadsheet. There is a comparison between the months to see how many are added and how many have removed the products. Once the comparison has been completed we create a comparative report and publish it to the respective stakeholders. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the loops to lookup tables to read the data.

As it is a Java-based website, there have been several trial and error runs to get the exact match rules.

We develop a normal web adaptor, not an unusual web adaptor.

Another feature that we like is the configuration tables.

What needs improvement?

There is no two-dimensional lookup table implemented. There is one dimension then to a single dimension. You cannot use a two-dimensional array to read the data. 

First, you have to read the rows, then go to the columns, then repeat the rows from the columns. You have to write a simple C# script for this to work.

In the next release, I would like to see a better UI with the latest features to design and develop faster.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been familiar with this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There has been integration with a robotic manager and when patches are created and released, they can easily be deployed to new machines. This is a very good feature compared to other tools, where they have to be done on the spectrum machines immediately. With this solution, we have the choice to delay the deployment of patches to particular machines.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support several times. The delay in response time is within eight hours, but that could be because of the regional differences. Also, it may be that there are a lot of tickets being raised.

Overall, we are satisfied with the technical support.  

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

Previously, I worked with Blue Prism. Blue Prism and Pega Robotics are at the same level when it comes to implementation and development. 

With Blue Prism the consistency of the reports outputs the UI failed most of the time. We had to go through to ensure that everything was correct. With Pega Robotics, once we integrated it will work with any machines after deployment until there is a change. It is more consistent than Blue Prism.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, the setup is straightforward. With the upgrade to the new version 19.1, there were some challenges with the configuration files, the common config, the studio config, and the runtime configs.

When we work on a project we go on the config and look at the 19.1 version, but normally it was a simple set up.

I took one hour to set up the Pega Robotics.

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

It comes as a package, not an individual license. Other solutions have better licensing terminology.

Pega Robotics mostly work with Fortune 500 companies. 

Individualized licenses are available, but most, are as an integrated package. There are supported add-ons for legacy application integration that are used with Pega Robotics.

What other advice do I have?

I think that they are improving the IDE with the new and latest features that will help to do things in a faster way.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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