The primary use case is automation in respect to the financial sector. We have been operating with trades across globe.
Right now, we have been upgrading to version 11.3.2. Two months prior, we had been using version 10.7.5.
The primary use case is automation in respect to the financial sector. We have been operating with trades across globe.
Right now, we have been upgrading to version 11.3.2. Two months prior, we had been using version 10.7.5.
We have automated a few processes, which take four to five hours to do manually. When we automated these processes that time became less than one hour with RPA. This was our goal. We have reduced the time frame.
The best feature is the MetaBot, which we've been integrating and calibrating with a lot of stuff. This has been helpful to us.
I like the object cloning.
The development period is shorter.
It is easy to fix bug issues which you encounter in the post-production process.
MetaBot still needs to be optimized, though Version 11.3 did integrate all the commands into it. We are not able to see all the lines of code which are executed in MetaBot.
Integrate .NET functionalities instead of installing Visual Studio, which is an additional resource to us.
Needs more Excel features and functionality.
We are moving onto Python machine learning and would like to have additional functionalities to be added, especially to MetaBot. This would help for the use cases that we are working on.
There are some discrepancies in respect to the variable creation of copying and pasting the code. However, in version 11.3, these type of disturbances has been removed.
The stability is up to 90 percent. It's not a meeting 100 percent because we keep on upgrading. Whenever we upgrade, we have to fine tune a few of the products because we have been interacting with some of the older applications and legacy parts. In those cases, it is somewhat failing.
The application is very stable in respect to automation. I am able to automate the Terminal Emulator, along with the Linux part, of a command prompt, the web application, and even the simplest application. It has been stable. However, in few cases, it has some pitfalls and stability get reduced.
Scalability is up to the mark. We have been building our solution from the low to high level. It is scalable.
Technical support has been a great asset. We have been encountering migration issues associated with database activities due to computer database back-end. We have contacted the technical support with database issues due to object cloning and SAP Objects. They have been helpful.
Their response time is within one to two hours. In some cases, it has dragged on up to six hours. I haven't found it dragging on for one to two days.
We kept on hiring resources to do the same type of operations, which increased our team resources. So, our SLAs were not up to the mark. the client that we were supporting was not satisfied. Therefore, we pushed toward RPA to optimize a few areas, such as onboarding employees, company access, and reading invoices from the PDF files.
The documentation is very clear in respect to the installation and migration. If there are any bugs or anything goes wrong, the technical support team helps. The installation and setup are very straightforward. It was very easy for us.
We have seen ROI as we keep on increasing bot utilization and building our own solution. We have optimized a few bots and integrated them into our solution. These bots have helped us prioritize our operations.
We are increasing our SME's time. Depending on the bots that we code, we are sometimes increasing or decreasing our developers' time.
UiPath has a lot of functionalities, but a lot of those functionalities can be replicated using MetaBot.
Blue Prism uses a workflow functionality, which seems like chaos to me.
I would encourage a developer to learn RPA and enhance their knowledge. If they start with Automation Anywhere, it will be easy to continue learning on the tool. It is harder to transition for another RPA tool to Automation Anywhere.
Primarily we use it for automating back-office operations processes. Some of the most frequent use cases are:
1. Invoice processing and proofing.
3. Automating Timesheets
4. SOW invoice creation.
5. Creation of Credit memos
6. Pulling data from SAP and generating a report.
We use VDIs to deploy. Client & runner environment is mostly Win 10. Most of the bots are scheduled.
Some organizations still use the manual click on the run button method instead of scheduling or running from CR.
It has definitely helped automating a lot of processes, but it is very difficult to build resilient bots. It is very difficult to find skilled developers in the market, who actually build resilient bots with appropriate error handling. Maintaining the bots is another challenge as the applications keep changing.
It is even more difficult to support a bot than build from scratch. No matter how much you document, things do turn haywire if someone new has to make changes to an existing bot.
Documenting the AA Solution SDD, PDD is another pain point. It is very common to miss out on a lot of things.
I feel that in places it is better to create a system to automate rather than use RPA.
Most of the features are valuable.
1. SAP GUI commands in the latest update is helpful as a lot of processes have SAP involved. 2. APIs are helpful too, but they certainly need more improvement. APIs help in building resiliency.
3. Queues are great but need improvement. They are helpful because most of the automations are transaction-based.
4. Good old object cloning is always helpful as it is versatile.
5. Metabots help in working with many of the legacy applications. But needs improvement there as well.
6. Credential Vaults are helpful, but needs improvement there too.
1. Excel commands should include more features.
2. Need more variable types for eg. date, amount, number, etc
3. Better API support and more APIs.
4. Queues should be enabled to directly connect to DBs.
5. Managing so many variables is a pain. Some kind of variable initialization mechanism like how Blue Prism has it will be helpful.
6. Input-output variables should be defined for taskbots as well.
7.There are a lot of glitches in AA not fixed since Ver 10. Reach me to know more about them.
8. The commands should help evaluate the current state of variables(like how in Blue prism)
10. Metabots should have command to stop the task. Basically should have all commands of a task bot.
11. No one uses "WorkFlows".
12. The user roles and the Credential Vaults administration, sharing and the whole thing in action is very confusing.
13. Automatic technical logging option should be given by default in all commands like how we have in BP.
When it comes to RPA, for every step things should be in the right way at the right time. It is very difficult. So I would rate it as a 5 out of 10 on scalability.
It is scalable, though, in an organizational setup where teams work in silos, I have never seen any organization truly using the scalability to its full potential.
Technical support is okay. At times it takes a lot of email exchanges involved before actually setting up a call and getting help.
AA is all I am using. Blue Prism is used but I prefer AA. Though Blue Prism is better in certain aspects mentioned earlier.
It is the same as how enterprise applications should have in terms of complexity.
We develop RPA solutions for clients.
Costs are ok. IQ Bot is too expensive. Bot Vision should come for free as one can easily use a number of other visualization options for free. There is no point in paying too much for too little.
I have evaluated Blue Prism along with AA
We need some support of documentation methodologies so that the knowledge is easily transferrable through the documents.
I automated an application launched through the Citrix environment. The application was running on the SIT environment. Our application was a legacy desktop telecom domain application that runs on a Citrix environment. It was a very difficult task to automate our legacy application and we have seen only one tool which was able to successfully implement the automation. I have come to know about the AA tool and wanted to try this tool. And we are successfully able to automate a few of our flows with high accuracy and we have since then used AA for some of our functional executions on our legacy desktop application.
I have also implemented AA for the business process of logging into the work machine, opening remote desktop, and triggering some jobs during odd times. We have also made use of AA to keep our remote desktops active so that they do not get logged out and become a hurdle for our tasks during non-office hours.
After using AA for some of the flows, we identified that the execution time was reduced by 70% when compared to the other automation tool that we have been using for 8 years. As we didn't find any other tool that supports our legacy application automation, we have been using the existing one for the past 8 years. But once we tried with AA, our POC was successful and we are able to automate some of our flows and execute them. We have been saving huge man-hours by using AA. AA has made us to implement a new automation tool for the testing of our legacy application.
Automation Anywhere provides the best application to use for RPA and other automation requirements. It's very easy to use and easy to understand. It's UI(user interface) is user-friendly and easily understood by users, it is very easy to install Automation Anywhere. Simply click on next to install. It is easy to develop a bot, and no coding knowledge is required to develop.
AA has another feature BOT STORE which contains pre-built bots for most commonly used applications like sap, oracle, etc and last but not least IQ bot features which are used to extract unstructured or semi-structure data from pdf, images, emails, etc. Automation Anywhere also provides a dashboard so you can check your bot details like bot accuracy, bot failure details, and ratio, etc. It helps to find errors. It also provides error handling commands so if you know the bot may get any error so you can handle it.
Configuring A2019 and using it is getting a little difficult because of frequent errors of compatibility. It is not so user friendly like the enterprise desktop version. Sometimes the A2019 platform takes too much time in the pre-processing and deployment process which is too time consuming and to solve this we need to restart the services and also sometimes need to restart our machines. This is extra overhead. AA-client is too heavy software. AA-client should support multiple languages. Sometimes the client software needs to login, again and again, every hour and so.
Advanced Machine Learning and AI features with visualization capabilities should be included in the tool so that the product can offer many new use cases and
I have been using Automation Anywhere for 1 year and 6 months.
The bots automated were very stable and was not needed a lot of maintaining effort.
The solutions were easy to implement across many machines and using the cloud to run the bots on remote machines was a great feature.
We have been using a different solution and finding an alternative tool to help improve productivity. After the AA solution worked for us, we have been using both solutions to improve productivity even more.
It was completely easy and we didn't face any issues in setting up the software for the first time.
We implemented the bot through in-house team.
We have evaluated Tricentis TOSCA and we couldn't be able to automate our legacy application flows with it.
The environment is within a Citrix environment. Our primary use case is for interaction with mainframe applications along with web links and Excel spreadsheets. The bot interacts with the Excel spreadsheet, captures the task, go to the mainframe application, and pastes it with searching details of the task if it matches different details. It populates in the Excel spreadsheet if it is matched or not matched. There are numerous logics used in it. AA bots do the verifications and give an output in the Excel spreadsheet which becomes an input for the agents on the production floor.
We have used more than 30 bots in our healthcare vertical and are going to use many more bots. We have a very resourceful pipeline to use AA bots in our RPA projects and we are looking to be more engaged with the AA team in deploying these bots. We have very strict cost efficiency savings to be shown to the client and AA has helped us to meet this to a great extent. We have lined up a huge list of RPA projects and are waiting to partner with AA to a great extent which will help us to achieve these cost efficiencies in a great way.
AA has a bouquet of features that can be used in our projects. We have utilized all the features in our existing projects. It may be task bots, meta bots, or IQ bots. The features in the AA bots may be object cloning or security features where the bots can be triggered only from the control room and will help clients to maintain their security concerns. The number of commands is more which will help us to achieve different types of details being captured, verified, and executed in the project for us.
We have a challenge in our front office automation where capturing details from a table within a table does not happen in the existing AA Enterprise client version 11.3.4. The AA team tries various methods like using an Excel spreadsheet to capture the tables. Using object cloning it recognizes only the top line items and not the table which is in an HTML format then they asked to use Python codes within AA to identify tick boxes as a windows box. If this gets improved then we should be able to work on all the voice-related projects for a particular healthcare payer.
I have been using Automation Anywhere for more than three years.
Automation Anywhere solutions used in our RPA projects were easy to deploy for multiple projects, stable from a bots running continuously for close to 18 hrs each day. We will give a 9 out of a scale of 10 for the stability point of view.
The scalability of this solution is high as we can scale it in a very limited time and replicating the codes is easy.
The customer service/technical support is very good with AA and they are very supportive and listen to our issues patiently and give possible solutions wherever available.
We have not used any different solution as it is a client mandate to use only Automation Anywhere.
The initial setup was a bit complex as the control room was maintained by our clients and we had to approach them for each and every thing whenever there was an error/issue.
We implemented in-house but the control room was maintained by our clients and they helped in moving the codes to the control room and we have specific access to run from there.
Our ROI is very good by using AA. There are some projects where we can get close to 1:10 ROI.
We would advise going for Automation Anywhere as it is cost-efficient and easy in-terms of licensing form.
We did not have an opportunity to evaluate other options.
We are using MS 2007 Windows OS mostly with IE and Excel operations. Anyone can write code with AA software with basic coding knowledge, we just need to know which command will help to build the next step. We had developed almost eight major processes and a few POCs for different clients. As we worked mostly with Web and Windows applications, we had used most of the commands related to Web and Windows applications. We can say bot accuracy was 95% in the final result. Bot consumes around 12 minutes to process 1 application, where if a human performs the same they would take a minimum of 18 minutes on average.
AA application is very good for running the application on a schedule. But a few times, the client requirements were 24/7 so it stops every few days. We found three drawbacks with the product in production:
1. For 24/7 running applications Bot Insights won't be generated.
2. For 24/7 running bot stops every few days, it might be an environmental issue or something.
3. the Same name of Mebabot cannot be uploaded to CR.
4. We tried to upgrade to 11.3.4 but there were few bugs while performing actions in Excel. (You may have fixed later stages).
WLM & Device Pool, where multiple devices perform the same thing parallel and complete the tasks at the same time. The Credential Manager for security is one of the most valuable features for storing credentials and providing security between the developer usage and future maintenance where passwords expire every 90 days. There is no need to touch the code and just update the CR locker section. CR UI is also user-friendly for creating deleting and updating users, roles, etc within the CR. The Audit Log section is also good for logging all the operations done in CR.
It would be better if they could extend the support for AA version 11 for a few more years, as most of the companies have tasks completed in AA version 11, and A2019 is much slower compared to AA 11. It keeps on downloading dependencies, and time-consuming while running the tasks. In AA version 11, if the bot stops uninterruptedly it's better if it could resolve itself and back to normal and process the applications.
You can give clients some more time to get used to A2019 and find and fix the concerns observed till then. That way you can add more features and easy to implement for the development team. If you ask all the clients to migrate to the latest version. Few are still thinking about the migration of code from the old to the new environment and various other factors.
Bot Insight for 24/7 tasks is limited in the AA 11 version. If this gets fixed a few more clients will renew this license as well.
I have been using AA for the past three years.
We need to train the bot to handle all kinds of conditions. So it will behave accordingly when that situation occurs.
The technical support team were very responsive, they were available 24/7 and for severity 1 issue's for the production part they used to reply or communicate with us in maximum 45 minutes.
Other than the CR set up with the database will take little time. Client installation and configuration was straightforward.
We are a vendor team and worked with the client's environment along with their in-house team. Our clients are always happy with the product and its performance. There are few scenario's due to system instability they used to complain, we used to check and revert back to them what is the problem.
I don't remember the exact number, in one of my bot runner I had seen a $5million change.
Pricing depends upon the number of licenses required by the company. They can implement using the community version. If their business can be automated based upon the business process workload they can decide a number of Bot runner and Developer licenses are required.
To use other tools you need to have knowledge with VB script. But using AA no need of that.
Our primary use is to provide a digital solution with a view to delivering robust, time-efficient, and error-free solutions to business customers. The requirements for every customer are quite different depending upon their return on investment measures, the need for automation in their organization, etc.
Other than that, I as an individual have found a fondness towards the product, which helps me automate all of my day-to-day activities. They are monotonous and the bot can jump in and make my work life such that I can breathe a little easier.
My environment varies from customer to customer.
Automation Anywhere has not only my organization but several customers as well. Particularly the organizations from the automobile industry have benefitted from AA in their vision to transform their business objective towards the path of digital transformation.
In fact, there are more than 25 customers that we have or will have partnerships with. These groups are willing to invest more in automation so that their valuable resources are not wasting their time and energy with monotonous work. Instead, they are better utilized in improving their employee value and thus helping the organization grow.
It is very difficult to automate Telnet and Terminal screens using Java or Python. Automation Anywhere has made the automation of these processes pretty much hassle-free and easy to use.
The robust and flexible nature of the product gives it the capability to automate almost all rule-based processes in each and every ERP application that is currently available in the market.
Another added advantage of this product is its capability to automate web-based processes and its ability to automate all processes without compromising a single bit on security.
As a developer, I would like to have copy commands available from one bot to another. It is a tedious task to write the same snippet of code in different bots again and again, whereas I could simply copy and paste the patch of code, like in the older versions.
As a business user, I would like to have a feature wherein the bot is run on demand, whenever an email with a specific keyword or whenever a specific person sends an email to the bot's email address. Thereby, I need not worry about setting up a schedule in the WebCR.
We have been using Automation Anywhere Enterprise for two years, and the A2019 version for five months.
The software can automate almost all web based or desktop based applications. Its wide range of commands makes it possible to automate almost any rule based process with ease.
Scalability is pretty good as it covers pretty much all of the applications and almost all processes can be automated.
More often than not, I have a quick response from their support team. Hence, I would say I am pretty much happy with the way they are organized as a support team.
I have always been a user of Automation Anywhere and did not work with another RPA product.
The Express mode installation is pretty straight forward. However, the SSO (Single sign-on) enablement, which is a requirement for many customers, is a bit complicated because the certificate needs to be installed.
For customers, we have the Automation Anywhere team to support us in case we need any assistance. Otherwise, we do the installation on our own.
As far as the expertise of the Automation Anywhere team, I must admit that they know their product and are very skilled at it.
I think the organization has been making some real profits with the help of this product, although I don't really have access to the numbers.
My organization had a partnership with Automation Anywhere and hence did not have much of a choice.
I am a developer and I have developed bots mainly for insurance companies. Most insurance companies in my country usually have big problems trying to transfer data from one application to another, this hence has made it very difficult for them to be up to date with their entry. Usually, they are faced with a one month lag since they employ humans to do the work for them.
In addition to this, the data transfer usually contains a series of errors, and in that area accuracy is very key. A slight mistake can end up ruining things big time .
Our company's reputation has made it easy to improve recently after beginning to offer RPA services to clients.
Before AA, the insurance companies used to do data manually from one app to another, but after introducing them to automation the speed and accuracy have been outstanding. They had a lot of workload hanging around.
After automating the process, my company has been able to acquire new clients who are interested in automating their processes using automation anywhere. This hence means more work for us which is always a good thing.
1. I would say business analytics, it provides real-time data that's something other competing companies lack. It uses statistics and graphs to show the performance of the bots which processes are lagging behind and if you need to give priority to certain tasks.
2. The control room and the bot creator - the control which is the brain is a powerful feature that allows administrators to be able to control how the bots work, create users, and be able to give roles to a user.
The bot creator allows developers to be able to customize bots according to the client's needs
Most clients use systems which use old Java versions, trying to automate on these systems is really difficult since most features/commands are not supported. Java earlier than 1.7 cannot work something and most firms I have interacted with their systems are old. Another thing according to Automation Anywhere, it's main aim is not to change the client's system but to be used on top of the existing one hence Automation Anywhere should consider those clients since in my country most of them use systems which date back to 2000, and they are not willing to spend another fortune to change them just so they can use Automation Anywhere.
Additional features: Automation Anywhere should add a couple of commands which will help most developers not to always use a script, a good example is in String operations.
I have been using AA for two years.
This solution is stable, as of now, I can't complain about anything but more attempts to make it more stable would be okay maybe I haven't encountered one yet but I'm sure it's flawless when it comes to stability.
Definitely would like it, scalability means more new features.
Most customers we've interacted with at first are usually not certain about automation but immediately we do a proof of concept, they are eager to implement.
I have only used Automation Anywhere and I love it.
It was straightforward.
It was an in-house one.
Anything above 50%. Most clients cannot go for anything less.
I usually advise them not to worry about the overall cost since the outcome will be profitable.
Yes, I had considered UiPath.
I like the way Automation Anywhere has migrated from v11 to a2019 my concern is about bots in a2019, once you delete them it's impossible to get them back.
Automation Anywhere is being used as a solution in creating robots, which imitates mundane tasks and simplifying business processes all across different divisions and departments that fit their process needs.
This solution greatly helps us reduce repetitive human effort and turn them into more productive resources for the company. Automation Anywhere also helped in turning complex processes into possible solutions, which greatly reduces production costs, also allowing employees to do more and enjoy more.
Automation Anywhere greatly improved our processing time since robots can execute process steps faster than human resources do. With this, we also reduced errors and mistakes in processing because robots don't get tired or worn out. It thus reduces the risk of misinformation and other human errors.
It also helped in making our resources more productive, given that repetitive tasks are now reduced. Simple processes such as tracking, logging, and data consolidation are now automated, which helps us focus more on doing tasks that are impactful and more important.
IQ Bot is one of the features I greatly value in Automation Anywhere, as it has helped me in creating bots that involve processes with unstructured data, thus making complex processes possible and attainable with this technology.
Their mobile application is a great feature for developers and project owners on the go, as they can monitor the status of the robot runs anywhere and anytime. This is an important feature because this world is running at a faster pace than before, and mobility is very important for everyone.
Automation Anywhere can be improved with respect to the user-friendliness of the interface because most of the competitors are now using a flowchart-like structure, thus making it easy for anyone to learn and study it. Essentially, it's as easy as connecting shapes for each action and process.
An area for improvement is their OCR reading for images since some competitors have an inbuilt OCR reader that recognizes various hand strokes much better, thus improving the time and resources needed for transcribing the documents.
I've been using Automation Anywhere for two years and six months.
This solution is very stable in terms of performance and after-sales support.
This solution is very scalable as they adapt to the different needs of their customers.
Customer Service is a breeze since they quickly respond to various issue request.
We've previously used Pega Robotics as an automation solution, but since we're improving our services and processes as well, we need to step-up our automation technology to keep up with the ever-changing business world.
The initial setup was pretty straight forward, and the installation is easy.
Implementation was done by an in-house expert who had knowledge of our systems and processes, thus reducing the time needed in acclimating our process with the product.
Based on our department's statistics, we've been able to recover our initial costing after two-plus years.
I advise users or prospective buyers of this product to know more about the features they offer before diving in with this solution, pricing-wise. It is one of the most affordable RPA solutions, and as for licensing, they offer a community edition that greatly helps anyone who aspires to learn about the product before buying the enterprise solution. It will give them an overview of the features and functionalities that they will encounter when using the robot.
We've evaluated different options such as UiPath and Blue Prism, but due to costing, we've selected Automation Anywhere as our provider.
This solution is worth considering for medium to large-scale companies looking to automate various processes.