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"Automation Anywhere is excellent for integrating with other solutions. It provides the ability to leverage the APIs of third-party solutions. We use some of the already built-in MetaBots to then scrape the data and manipulate independent data that we need in order to integrate with other third-party solutions.""The solution has removed humans making errors while increasing our time savings. We now have a lot of more efficiencies in our process.""We are making less mistakes and have more metrics available to understand what our problems are. Now, we can do root cause analysis and have less noise in the system during the process.""The tech support for Automation Anywhere has been really good, so far. We haven't had to call them very much, but when we have, we have received a good response.""Ease of use is one thing that definitely first comes to mind when I think of Automation Anywhere. The tools are built in a fairly straightforward way. The documentation is really good and a Knowledge Base is available on every topic.""The flexibility: If there is anything the tool cannot do, we have the ability to make a MetaBot to achieve that functionality. The overall flexibility of the tool makes it very useful for us in our landscape.""From a developer perspective, the user interface is user-friendly and easy to use.""At the most granular level, automating people's daily tasks has been helpful by freeing them up to do higher value-add activities, which is definitely beneficial."

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"It is easy to use. We have enabled our resources who don't have a background in automation to be certified and trained, then implement this product within a very short period of time, as it is very user-friendly.""It's integrated with all the other products within the Salesforce ecosystem.""The solution's ease of use is its most valuable aspect.""If you have a business process, and once you have automated that process, you have a readily available workflow in place.""The quality is great! It's very strong and has a very strong platform.""I like the integration with Watson and the possibility to have an intelligent reading of all the customers' documents.""IBM Robotic Process Automation is very easy to use."

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"I would like to have a bot as a service platform on AA Cloud. This would minimize the installation process, and we wouldn't need to have all the hardware to support the platform in-house.""Understanding what we wanted to do the tool after setup, that was complex.""I would like more with OCR and data capture. We are partnering with IBM to help bridge this gap, but Automation Anywhere should continue to expand on their product line and provide these capabilities, as well.""I would like to see more bots available right out-of-the-box in the SAP area. For example, if you take the overall OTC in our organization, we have to contact 15 teams. Even if we provide one big bot for the OTC, it won't work. It will not be used by one person. So if there could be more specific bots out-of-the-box, that would be really helpful.""I would like more integration into the entire Microsoft Suite of products, not just Excel. Companies use all of Microsoft products at the same time, and being good at just one Microsoft tool is a limiting factor. Being able to use Microsoft Excel, Access, and Outlook together and have them integrated (as standard) into the tool would be very useful, especially when you go into attended automation.""Anything that can be done to increase the stability from a system standpoint in regards to large-scale systems, which are being used by a number of applications, e.g., Salesforce or Workday.""I am looking forward to seeing writing on Linux in the web and WorkBatch in the next release.""The support and user community need improvement. For example, it would be nice to have a place for those who create bots to have a place to share information and success stories."

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"I would like it to do pretty much everything out-of-the-box without any need for any customization. However, that is not the case right now. We absolutely have to do some amount of customization with the solution in order to use it out-of-the-box as-is.""We are looking to see how it can connect with various interfaces seamlessly, through APIs.""We're based in Thailand, but the documentation is not in Thai, which makes it difficult for us. If they could translate all of their documentation into our language, we'd be very grateful.""This RPA should be under the umbrella of BPM. This is what the future should be.""IBM should provide specific solutions for specific problems, like templates for invoicing processes, or general templates for creating efficient processes.""The time it takes for approvals, and risk analysis could be faster.""Stability could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We save 34,000 hours of time per year and have recouped up to $6000 in lost revenue.""We have a three-year contract with Automation Anywhere.""If you are looking into Automation Anywhere, get the Community Edition and play with it.""We have reduced our headcount, approximately 200 to 300 employees, by eliminating manual, repetitive work. It provides profit to the business.""I'm not sure what the monthly licensing cost is, as that is taken care of by another team, but I would say it's around $100,000.""With the rebate processing automation that we did, it has provided us a savings of around an hour or two a person on a daily basis, which is quite a lot of savings.""Because it reduced the time duration of our processes, our costs went down.""The ROI is really good. We have saved time and money."

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"IBM licensing is annual and based on Virtual Processor Cores (VPC). This provides flexibility as part of the containerization environment."

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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: IBM Robotic Process Automation is very easy to use.
Top Answer: Stability could be better. It also gets difficult with every new version of Java or every new version of Windows.
Top Answer: We use RPA to test mainframe solutions because they never change.
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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 software bots that perform repetitive and manual tasks, resulting in dramatic productivity gains and business resiliency with less than one-year payback, on average. The company offers the industry’s leading web-based and cloud-native intelligent automation platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics right out of the box, to help organizations rapidly start and scale their process automation journey. Its Bot Store is the world's first and largest marketplace with more than 1,000 pre-built, intelligent automation solutions. With a global network of 2,000 partners, Automation Anywhere has deployed over 2.4 million bots to support some of the world’s largest enterprises across all industries. For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

IBM Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere enables you to automate the highly repetitive tasks normally performed by humans with robotic process automation (RPA) so you can boost employee productivity and allow employees to focus on higher-value knowledge work. The RPA solution from IBM includes market-leading RPA technology from Automation Anywhere, Inc. that is pre-integrated with IBM Business Process Manager Express, which allows organizations to orchestrate and manage multiple RPA bots, and better handle business process exceptions.

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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
The Hanover Insurance Group
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 Provider15%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise79%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise71%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise67%
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Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 363 reviews while IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is ranked 10th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 7 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.4, while IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is rated 8.4. 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 IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) writes "Once you have automated a business process it offers a readily available workflow ". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Blue Prism, Pega Robotic Process Automation and Kryon RPA, whereas IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, Microsoft Power Automate, WinAutomation by Softomotive and IBM Datacap. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) report.

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