Compare Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism

Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 230 reviews while Blue Prism is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 13 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.0, while Blue Prism is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Automation Anywhere (AA) writes "Has the ability to customize and build out the platform to make it more useful and valuable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "Assists us in risk management through our compliance to regulations ". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas Blue Prism is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism report.
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A user can easily adopt this technology and utilize it, when compared to the other available resources in the market.IQ Bots are extremely powerful. We are using them increasingly more where we're about to look through a lot unstructured sources, like PDF documents, scanned images, contracts, etc. We are able to take the data out, then use that toward processing structured data and creating insights for our clients.We are able to sell it very easily compared to its competitors. Another piece is the stability part. The third piece is something which is the customer experience: The ease to work with it. The Automation Anywhere, as a partner, is very easy to work with. They are there when you need them, whether you are in the initial journey of automation, you are figuring out what is the right opportunity, or whether you are in the journey of deploying the bot or support. They are there with you at each of those stages.We use IQ Bot for invoice processing. It can be any type of document. It could be a PDF or any sort of document. It will convert those PDFs into CSV files, which is a structured format. It takes it from an unstructured to structured format. That is why we use IQ Bot.It has helped us to save a lot of FTEs for our solutions that we have provided to our companies. Suppose a job which was done by a group of eight to nine people on a daily basis for 24 hours was taking a lot of time, so we created a bot with Automation Anywhere. It was done with a bot working 24/7. It reduced the numbers of guys required to do that process.The main thing is the simple UI, easy to use commands, and it's very easy to learn compared to other tools in the market.The most valuable feature is the Excel operations because the most repetitive task which we used to do was Excel operations. Automation Anywhere has the Excel commands feature where we can run Excel Macros, which is very valuable. It's saving so much time for us.The tool is very easy to use and mostly user-friendly. I like that when using it I don't need much expertise.

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The most valuable feature is the ability to do surface automation, allowing interaction with legacy systems where terminal emulation is still in use.This solution has increased the speed, accuracy, and happiness of staff involved in the activities for which RPA has been deployed.The most valuable improvement in utilizing process automation is the cost savings, but we have also had cases where the customer experience is enhanced.The most valuable feature is the design studio and its ease of use.It offers assessments by way of a robotics or automation readiness assessment tool, which was quite helpful.With Blue Prism, you automate the back-end processes. Blue Prism is more like service-side automation. It is not off-circuit automation. It is more like attended automation.The way you design the flow and configure the activities for the bot is very useful if you are working with any of the BPM or local platforms.If there is a task that Blue Prism cannot do out of the box, Blue Prism provides me the facility of designing one and integrating it into the application. This process is called Visual Basic Objects.

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For future prospects, this tool should 80 percent deal with neural networks, deep learning, and artificial intelligence and that has to be integrated a lot. As these are future skills, these integrations will help us take the tool to take to the next level.They have done a fairly good job on the RPA space, but more and more, the whole cognitive AI space and machine learning are where I see the industry actually going. I'm sure Automation Anywhere is also focused on that topic, but we would like to see more coming down the pipe, as early as possible.In the last two years, with the help of IQ Bot, and what I learned today about this Attended Automation 2.0, I think they are addressing vital key challenges that we have faced so far.The Excel command has some limitations that they are working on.Now, it is a big complex to download the product and install it, then again to install the patches. So, it takes a lot of time to download it.If we are going through the high availability in the IQ Bot setup, it's a bit complex.We have our limitations. We can run only VBScripts and one more thing. If we want to run Python scripts or batch files, we cannot do it. So, if they would add these extra things in there then that would be beneficial.There is still a way to go for Automation Anywhere where we can see improvement. Mostly, we want to see more artificial intelligence and machine learning. Now, I can see only this mostly in the IQ Bot where we construct the data from PDFs. I also want to see more features where we can use the artificial intelligence in automating tasks as well.

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I would like to see the vendor improve the efficiency of Blue Prism interaction with applications.We would like to see intelligent process automation that integrates RPA and machine learning.We would like to see some desktop automation, although we have been told that the product is not going to be taken in that direction.A feature that I would like to see in the next release is the ability to easily call on the robots to fulfill part of the process, and be run by the users in the business, where the robot can simply be activated rather than running mass processes from a control room.This solution is lacking attended automation, which is the worst thing about this solution.They cannot do assisted automation. That is a drawback because that technology is very old now.I would like to see wider integration with other products.I believe that there could be more community support, or there could be more support for developers like us from Blue Prism. Blue Prism provides a lot of documentation, but there is a lack of support.

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The certifications are free of cost.There are a lot of savings in terms of effort and time as well as costs. Automation Anywhere automates a lot of processes. It allows an organization to save the efforts of a lot people. It saves a lot of time because people can't work a whole day (24/7), but Automation Anywhere bots can.We are interested in saving manual engineer man-hours. So far, we have saved $100,000.Our company is investing a lot of money in Automation Anywhere. They have saved money wherever humans are working. They invest a lot of money in FTEs and other logistics, so the money saving is very pretty good with Automation Anywhere. While I don't know the exact figure, the tool is saving us millions of dollars as well as saving about 40,000 hours in the last year.As far as costs, it depends on your use. We started with a basic department pack, which is over 10K. The additional costs depend on the scale of the engagement and how it pans out. We customize to our needs on the go.The major reason that we selected Automation Anywhere was the licensing model.IQ Bots are very costly. It's not a sustainable bot for us as of now. We will look for better, alternate options for that.The product starts at $10,000 and then it's up to you regarding how much you can consume.

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Compared to other tools on the market, it is one of the most expensive.Other than your infrastructure, in terms of servers that you have to set up, I don't think that there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.We really don't bear the costs. The cost is borne by the customer. It runs into about $100,000 per year per customer for Blue Prism. We normally budget around $30,000 for the first year for the hardware, setup, and people cost.Blue Prism is pretty steep compared to the others, much more than Automation Anywhere.

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Miriam Tover
Vickram NehraReal User

As rightly pointed out by Jason, the start up cost between the two is a big differentiation factor. However, I believe, Blue Prism is also fairly easy to use for a non-program as the tool provides a huge set of activities, which can be used unambiguously, as long as a person understand the logic.
As we are moving towards the world of heavy cognitive applications, Automation Anywhere right now is ahead of Blue Prism.

20 May 19
Jason FosterUser

First big difference is start-up cost. Last I checked BluePrism was about $100k to start. AA lets you start small, $10k gets you everything you need to get a bot in production, and grow incrementally, adding additional bots and dev licenses and control rooms. So, AA lets you ramp up at your own pace, versus buying a big application that you may not be able to fully utilize for 1-2 years.
Second is ease of training. AA is built for people that don't have coding background, so its more intuitive, more visual, and generally easier to get started on.

17 May 19
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Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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Automation Anywhere is the world’s largest provider of robotics process automation (RPA) software and the pioneer of the intelligent digital workforce. Over 1600 of the world’s leading enterprises deploy 1,000,000+ bots on the Automation Anywhere platform to automate their business processes in banking, finance, insurance, technology, telco, logistics and other sectors. Automation Anywhere has a global reach with 1600 employees and 500+ global partners that deliver products and services in over 90 countries.

In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation.

More than 1,000 major enterprise customers leverage Blue Prism's Digital Workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com.

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Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company14%
Software R&D Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
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Software R&D Company31%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Pharma/Biotech Company20%
Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider20%
Recruiting/Hr Firm20%
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Software R&D Company33%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider7%
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Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise81%
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business28%
Large Enterprise72%
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