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"By using SNMP configurations and Excel, I was able to read the mail. I used this functionality to categorize the fabric, then I used this information to correlate the value to Jira along with Excel.""I utilize all the commands provided by Automation Anywhere, such as all the recorders. I use these commands to develop my processes and bots.""The training and resources for this tool are very good. They are so simple that anyone can easily learn it. One of the tool values is its ease of use.""We have the MetaBot feature, which is valuable because we can read reusable components in the MetaBot, then use them as a framework.""With Automation Anywhere you can read and extract CSV data easily. You don't need multiple commands to read it.""The core functionality, the ability to automate these tasks and to interact, both with our own in-house software solutions as well as with our customers' and vendors' solutions and portals, has been incredibly valuable for us.""We valued the ease of use, when we were thinking about scaling out to the business. The recording feature, while not a developer tool - it is a tool for a business user who may not possess the thought process of a developer - we valued that in our evaluation.""It extracts what the IQ Bot does, converting it and ensuring the entire process right from the input to the output and is fully automated. It is digitizing a particular process, which is really great."

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"This solution has increased the speed, accuracy, and happiness of staff involved in the activities for which RPA has been deployed.""The most valuable feature is the ability to do surface automation, allowing interaction with legacy systems where terminal emulation is still in use.""The ease of use is really good because a lot of business people, who have some idea about logic and who can think in logic, can configure things, because there is no coding.""It is not just for coders, as you can have a diagrammatic representation of the process.""The most valuable feature is that people with zero coding knowledge can use Blue Prism very well.""We started with a very small team and small projects. As the project started getting success with Blue Prism we have a large number of teams now just for automating all the business procedures. Larger time was saved after automating the processes.""The web-based designer is very user-friendly and easy to use.""It's quite easy to use and easy to understand the process studio."

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"We have HTML mode and Window mode, but Automation Anywhere is limited in this. It would be better if they were able to provide different specification modes.""With the PDF command, you can only read structured data. If your data is in an unstructured format, there is no command for it in Automation Anywhere. Then, people need to use Python coding if their data is in unstructured format. Therefore, Automation Anywhere needs to improve in the PDF area.""The Excel part needs improvement because we use it as a database. Right now, we are using UiPath for this feature, as that RPA tool allows us to sort, search, and filter in Excel databases.""The IQ Bot is pretty immature, in regards to AI and machine learning. I would like them to add additional logic.""Reliability and error handling should be improved.""One thing about it that we have not found to be exceptionally useful are the built-in bot analytics, the Bot Insights. From our own extensive experimentation, as well as from what we've understood from other people using this solution, we've been able to come up with better solutions using our own in-house analytics and our own systems than through theirs.""On the cognitive side, some of their competitors, when we were originally shopping, were a little more advanced in that space. Making use of probabilistic outcomes and presenting them to a business user is a feature that, at the time of our evaluation, did not feel like a strong, mature solution for Automation Anywhere. Nevertheless, they won our business. That is one feature where I feel they are trying to make investments to address those gaps.""It would be great if video analytics could be brought in as a third-party product integration or on the Automation Anywhere platform. I would like the video analytics to be integrated within the next two years. Right now, most people are using third-party tools. Video can be translated into an image and information can be picked up from that, then translated into meaningful insights to make decisions."

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"We would like to see intelligent process automation that integrates RPA and machine learning.""I would like to see the vendor improve the efficiency of Blue Prism interaction with applications.""Blue Prism has been a little bit slow when it comes to the commitments on their roadmap. They had some delays last year, so I hope they make it up this year... For example, they were launching a Decipher tool. It was delayed by more than a year. It has still not launched.""The assisted automation functionality needs improvement.""If this solution had a framework for exception handling then it would be very helpful.""They improve more in OCR, to read text more correctly, currently can say OCR in blue prism only works for less cases and is only effective 50%. so mostly OCR's of Blue prism is very less used and other API's or tools are integrated with Blue prism for OCR techniques.""I would like to see machine learning functionality integrated with the automation.""I don't like that it is so limited, anything that you do feels limited in your capabilities."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Their overall pricing falls in the middle of the market. Cost-wise, Automation Anywhere is quite expensive because of their analytics, IQ Bots, and MetaBots. For a standalone machine, the pricing is okay. When adding in the licensing for IQ Bots (or MetaBots), it can become quite costly.""The control room access gives the ability to create different roles, which helps when purchasing additional licensing.""They recently launched a Community Edition, which is okay, but they should have done this a long time ago.""I believe it is $10,000 for Bot Creator.""In most of the cases, the product value is very good. If the infrastructure, implementation, and framework are good, then generally, the client can get a good return on investment.""There are some additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees. There are a couple of add-ons we've looked at: The IQ Bot for OCR and machine-learning were add-ons, as well as the Bot Insights - the analytics.""Price is where I'm least satisfied. Other vendors are more willing to offer discounts.""More than 40 to 50 percent of the IT budget will be for the cost of automation projects in the coming years since these projects enhance operations add value."

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"The pricing is really good for an enterprise-level solution. It's quite scalable and it's quite comparable with the market.""Our licensing fees are approximately $5,000 USD per year.""The licensing fees are low compared to other tools.""Blue Prism is less expensive than some of the other RPA solutions.""We have a three-year contract that is paid on a yearly basis.""With Blue Prism, there are no additional fees""Blue Prism has a really simple licensing model, where the licenses are not confusing and there are no hidden costs the way there are in UiPath.""Blue Prism is quite costly."

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author avatarreviewer1137633 (RPA Lead Architect and Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees)
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For any RPA tool it required have a generic /universal governance model where 


1. sponsor or Head of RPA implementation


2. Business analysts


3.Architects(solution/technical)


4.Developers ( Full stack - Build, Test and SIT)


5.Scrum master or Sprints head or Project manager


6. QA ( Test automation) - optional


Above generic governance model/structure roles for handling any kind of RPA process.



One proven way to implement centralized automation management is via a CoE. The best practices of Robotic Process Automation states that the use of bots doesn’t increase negative risks for the organization in the development of reusable solutions. The responsibilities of a Centre of Excellence will depend on the exact governance model used. The most common activities include the following:



  1. Drive RPA in the business, training teams, and increasing awareness of RPA in those.

  2. Calculate the criticality and quality of the developed solutions, ensuring the application of best practices.

  3. Monitor the operation of bots and guarantee that execution SLAs (service-level agreement) are met.

  4. Follow and report the main development stages.

  5. Guarantee the execution of established governance processes.

  6. Guarantee the continual improvement of processes and tools.



Business Continuity Requirements:


To have backup or disaster recovery machines for the critical RPA processes with load balancing using central orchestration in different clusters.


For any of the RPA there is orchestration tool which handles all the initiation and processing from one location have it maintained well from risks and disasters with load balancing.


This will helps in business continuity.



Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It depends on your use case. Is it simply to automate a couple of processes? Is it to augment a human team? AA is very good in certain situations but lacks in others. For me, it's more the team that… more »
Top Answer: From my experience using AA tool, it depends on the applications that you want to automate, because there some applications that AA has limitations for, such as the Oracle. For web-based applications… more »
Top Answer: It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
Top Answer: I'm very familiar with UiPath and the RPA industry: was hired by Daniel Dines in 2015 when there were 35 employees and left in 2019 when there were 3K+. I'm a big believer in the product, leadership… more »
Top Answer: Blue Prism is stable enough.
Top Answer: The big vendors should consider some sort of unbundled pricing model that allows them to price accordingly to a customer's needs. Because developing robots manually took too long, this solution gave… more »
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Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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Overview

Automation Anywhere is a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), empowering customers to automate end-to-end business processes with intelligent software bots – AI-powered digital workers that perform repetitive and manual tasks, resulting in dramatic productivity gains, optimized customer experience and more engaged employees. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native and web-based automation platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, yielding significantly lower TCO, higher security, and faster scalability than legacy monolithic platforms. Its Bot Store is the world's first and largest marketplace with more than 1,200 pre-built, intelligent automation solutions. Automation Anywhere has deployed over 2.8 million bots to support some of the world’s largest enterprises across all industries in more than 90 countries. 

For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

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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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company31%
Financial Services Firm23%
Manufacturing Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise79%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise72%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise77%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise73%
Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 268 reviews while Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 40 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.6, while Blue Prism is rated 7.6. 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 "Helps us with quality-control, compliance, error-avoidance, and time-savings". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Kryon RPA, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas Blue Prism is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Pega Robotic Process Automation, Kryon RPA and Kofax RPA. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism report.

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