Automation Anywhere (AA) Pros and Cons

Automation Anywhere (AA) Pros

Logeshbabu Jothy
Head Transformer at FLSmidth
The ability to create automation itself is a benefit that reduces human error and enhances efficiency. Technical support is unsurpassed.
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William "Sonny" Kocak
Sr. RPA Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Its integration with source control is very refreshing. There could be a little bit more maturity around how to do some of the features, but not having to go outside the app, not having a separate set of procedures, allows you to check in and check out right from within the app. You can make edits and uploads and undo your checkouts.
It really does have a great dashboard. It has Bot Insight, it has MetaBots, and IQ Bots. It has so many features where it can read a file and loop.
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AutoMan9843
Automation Manager - Nordic at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the features that we have used the most is an action in the Workbench called Object Cloning. We find that very reliable and very useful for implementing different business processes.
Security is a top priority for us. To be allowed to automate different processes, we need to have a good set of controls around who is allowed to do what, and what credentials people can and can't use. It allows us to manage access make sure that we have full control.
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Priya Batish
Business Advisory Manager (AVP) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
There are multiple levels of cloning. In case screen cloning doesn't work, you can do object-based cloning or keystroke-level cloning, depending upon what parameters are available to you and what is the level of information that you capture. You can traverse between object cloning, which is the lowest form of cloning to a stroke-based cloning, which is like taking care of each keystroke-level which is made by the agent.
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Sharad Soni
Director Of Innovation at Quantum AI
What I like about Automation Anywhere is the object cloning and the way you can move the mouse and either go to a particular point or go to an element. That's very easy and intuitive in Automation Anywhere... If I need to mimic a human behavior, I will use Automation Anywhere.
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ShripadMhaddalkar
Director of Operations at XLNC Technologies
This boosts the customer confidence and experience. When the customer experience increases, obviously sales will increase.
It is highly scalable on cloud and virtual machines.
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Guruprasad Belle
AVP at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
There is one user registration process in one application where there is no API which has been published by that framework. This is a very proprietary in one application by a third-party. So, there was a help desk, and whenever a call went to the help desk, they had a front-end where they created these user registrations. Now, this is completely automated for all employees who are onboarded. We receive the data, it is put it into Excel, and from Excel, it will update it into the particular tool where the registration happens.
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Technica3594
Technical Lead - Robotics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
An easy to deploy and learn automation tool that can save resources, effort and money.
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Kalyan Bitra
CTO at Sage IT
The document management processes that IQ Bot gives has very good functionality of how you can actually take unstructured data and make sense out of it, connecting inferences, then making the data available to the user. So, IQ Bot is one of the best tools that I can think of in that aspect. This solves the problem of various document structures, document formats, etc.
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BPMan456
BPM Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It integrates with different types of applications, so we can automate our business partners' redundant, repetitive tasks.
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Automation Anywhere (AA) Cons

Logeshbabu Jothy
Head Transformer at FLSmidth
It is difficult to learn all the possibilities that the product and automation itself offer.
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William "Sonny" Kocak
Sr. RPA Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Regarding the UI, once you're in some of the screens there are fixed dialogues. They are a set size, so there's a lot of horizontal scrolls and vertical scrolls.
If I want to do something that is more purely business-related and is somewhat complex to write or is nuanced, I sometimes have trouble implementing that inside of the Automation Anywhere script. I feel limited at times with some of the looping and some of the branching and some of the ways to make procedure calls when I have a complex business issue.
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AutoMan9843
Automation Manager - Nordic at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The main things I've found that could be better are small things that can be annoying when you're using them a lot. I would recommend they add a feature where, if you mark the start of an "If" sentence it will highlight the end of the "If" sentence. That would make it easier to get a better overview.
We would like to see more options for merging and un-merging PDFs. More flexibility there would be good. We've figured out ways around this and, using their software, we've been able to do everything we wanted to do. It just took a bit more time to do it. We were on version 10.5 and in their Bot Store they actually had a bot that did exactly what we wanted to do, but it was for Version 11.0.
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Priya Batish
Business Advisory Manager (AVP) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
My experience has been that if the person who codes the bot is not very well-trained, then they might create unstable bots. So, it's not the platform. It is just how somebody has coded the bots which can bring lot of instability to them. I recommend that when you are using a coder that the person well-trained and have a good amount of experience already working on bots. They shouldn't be newbie or beginner who comes in to code because that will impact the quality of the code itself.
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Sharad Soni
Director Of Innovation at Quantum AI
There's a loss of overhead on the computing resources in Automation Anywhere. If you have an encrypted bot, the Automation Anywhere software has to read it first, decrypt it, and run it. So there is a potential that, if the logic of the bot isn't good enough, a lot of CPU and memory overload will happen. This is something which Automation Anywhere should look at because it takes a lot of computing resources. I have seen CPUs running at 100 percent.
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ShripadMhaddalkar
Director of Operations at XLNC Technologies
Automation Anywhere is a tool. It is not able to go ahead and extract the hand-written documents. Most of the automation tools that we have in the market are not able to get an accuracy of close to 80 to 90 percent on hand-written documents. So, I'm eagerly looking at a release from Automation Anywhere, wherein they could plug in an LP or look at some sort of a platform which could convert hand-written documents into a readable format. If they could bring in they own platform, this would make a big in-roads for the entire automation industry.
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Guruprasad Belle
AVP at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
There can be some options to connect to the database directly where we should be able to add some data.
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Technica3594
Technical Lead - Robotics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It is not always predictable 100% of the time. While it has improved with each version, some unexplained issues still exist.
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Kalyan Bitra
CTO at Sage IT
We did use quite a bit of Citrix automation. Of course, AI Sense helps you through that. There are two big challenges that I can think of with Citrix automation. Your making multiple hops into end-to-end systems. As you are rating the screen, which is a screen within a screen, which is what Citrix automation is, the complexity increases. That is where the two things will come in: the tool's functionality and the beauty of design. These two have to come in together to make it work. If you don't have one or the other, it's not going to work.
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BPMan456
BPM Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I noticed that from version 10.5 to 11.3 the number of clicks to start a bot through the Control Room and Schedule Manager have increased. In certain cases, I would like to see that become simpler, faster, and easier.
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