Compare Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. UiPath

Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 252 reviews while UiPath is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 314 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 8.0, while UiPath is rated 9.0. 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 UiPath writes "Easy to use: People with zero technical background can scale up in a matter of weeks and build bots". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas UiPath is most compared with Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism and WorkFusion. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. UiPath report.
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Bot Insights is the most valuable feature. We don't have to struggle with generating metrics around how the bots are performing. This information coming out of Automation Anywhere is useful to us because of the way the metrics are generated. It inspires confidence from our customers.It is easy to fix bug issues which you encounter in the post-production process.Sometimes the customer will not provide any data. Using Automation Anywhere, we can easily automate to capture the customer data. Then, we can use that customer data inside the Cisco Unified Wire Voice Portal.The most valuable feature is the screen recorder, which helps to automate processes easily.The most valuable features of this solution are its scalability, security using the credential vault, and ease of use for business.The advantage of Automation Anywhere is that you don't necessarily have to come from a programming background.We have improved on IQ Bot collectively with the normal Taskbot that we use. How it got started was that we have a lot of scanned documents to input for our solution. So, I used to get a lot of scanned documents, and extracting or reading the data from those has always been a pain area. We always used to bring a manual person in to do it. Once a manual person did that activity, it was brought into Excel where I could run the bot. With the entry of IQ Bot, it now takes care of my scanned documents, which means IQ Bot does the OCR extraction and gives my data to the Automation Anywhere Taskbot. This means no manual intervention and end-to-end bot processing, along with a happy customer at the end of the day. We provide these services to multiple clients, so we have been doing this for all of our clients.From an SAP point of view, we have in-built features. They have integrated everything together, so it's much easier for us to use that.

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I found the UiPath academy very valuable and it has helped us to understand the product we are working with.Technical support for UiPath is great.Scraping data from the application using OCR and other text validation features is amazing in UiPath.The most valuable feature that UiPath has is the ability to be able to use .NET functions.The most valuable features are the UiPath studio tools with the recording feature to capture the navigation of the process on the screen.The features that are most valuable are Excel Automation, Web Automation, Web Scrapping, and CV Automation.The employee's productive hours increased and they were able to handle more transactions and focused on better quality work that needs human intelligence.The inbuilt RE Framework makes development easier and fast.

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Version 11 is a bit heavy. At times, it takes a toll on the computing resources. It consumes a lot for computing power. We have seen multiple instances where computers or the client has crashed because of this particular problem. Automation Anywhere can improve this a lot.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.Our current version needs drag and drop, but that should be in the next release.We need more commands for PDF integration to make it more flexible.Better use case management to prevent each development from scratch would be an improvement.Because we are very new to our process, so we're still sort of working through it.I would like a couple more features where I can talk and the line comes up automatically. I can just put on a mic, like in "Ok Google". With "Ok Google", I can tell it to please open an Excel spreadsheet with the header read. If this is there, then I don't even need to sit on a computer, I can just dictate my commands and it will automatically come up.We have in-house, a few variables, which we use from technical perspectives. We don't have them in Automation Anywhere, but they introduced them yesterday.

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The platform that shows the reports and errors is not too transparent.I would like to see some artificial intelligence for UiPath that would help us with OCR and other things like computer vision.UiPath support needs to be a bit quicker than it is currently.I feel that a Host Admin, being a master Admin, should be somehow able to login to different tenants.In most cases, the results from the software are the same and not variable. This means that we have to define the variable by editing the flow chart.I would like to see improvements made in OCR, Captcha Automation, and PDF extraction.A self-coding robot can be a very useful tool in the future.The Community Edition is not stable, so end-users working on the Community version may find some errors or issues when using this tool.

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Costs savings have been seen by employing bots for multiple shifts instead of people.If we talk about the automation RPA. it definitely has worked very well for us. I'm talking about giving good savings, about more than 180 FTE savings, after implementing more than 200 plus bots. It has worked well. As an organization, it has supported us very well, and also for our customers.It saves on the quality of work, because the quality can be bad when somebody's doing it. If a bot does the work, it's faster and comes with good quality. These are two important things along with the cost saving in the long run. That's where the value is.We have seen ROI on one of the process, but not on the other processes yet.The licensing cost is approximately $4,000 USD, which is a seed license.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.

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This solution is worth the investment.This solution is not cheap but the price is worth it because by following the documentation and using the support, you get good robotic processes that are stable.The setup cost is minimal as far as other options are considered.I think the setup cost is quite nominal, but the licensing might be on a higher side when compared to Automation Anywhere.If you purchase an Orchestrator then it's pricey but you receive the benefit that it runs many processes simultaneously.UiPath has a Community version that is totally free (including Orchestrator) and has all the features.The initial investment cost is expensive, but I promise you guys this will be very helpful as we can easily automate applications and our productivity has increased.The best thing is that the UiPath Software is available as a Community Edition that is free and sufficient for personal use or small business.

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Real-time RPA analytics built into Automation Anywhere, along with IQ BOTS and Metabots is an interesting feature.

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There is no dearth of tech comparisons on the internet and both tech offerings will work with 95% of use cases in an identical manner. I'll share my personal perspective, keeping it non-technical focused.

1. The UI itself. If VB style interface is your thing, go for UiPath. It was the first thing that turned me off.
2. Cost of entry: very low for UiPath, owing to some really smart and enticing entry-level packaging. Run cost may, however, be the same or more. AA doesn't make it as enticing.
3. Greater code level access and control of bots using AA is a big plus.
4. UiPath will bend backward to meet a client's need- double thumbs up! AA because of its market superiority cannot come to imagine themselves needing to defend their marketing position.
5. AA is advancing itself at a very rapid pace- some very nice changes. But the gap is closing, not fast enough though. Recently AA launched support for mobile phones to manage bots.
6. Buying as a direct seller or working via a reseller, limits your options to negotiate terms with AA, severely.

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I am using the both tools. Both have more advantages and bit of disadvantages. But I would like to suggest more the UiPath because it is more flexible than AA. Here I delight to first reasoning what flexible means, If you want to create your own custom library of activity (in AA called Commands), workflow and snippets it is possible in UiPath and you can post those on the Go or Connect. Others are able to use it as well if it is posted as Open Licences (MIT).

Automation Anywhere is giving more scripting advantage whereas the UiPath is giving more visual treat, that means Lets take an simple example in the perspective of both developer and analyst , If you want to print "Hello World" , You should take Message Box activity in UiPath that is seems to be a box kind or Graphical User Interface!, that you are able to see. whereas in Automation anywhere, you are selecting the almost same command but it looks like a line of code or kind of script.

There are plenty of other differences between them as well.

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Automation Anywhere is a propriety solution of IBM. It is based on conventional software development and does not support a lot of plugin based architecture. Whereas the UiPath is a plugin based architecture where you can create your own automation plugins and use within UiPath to solve different problems. Moreover learning curve of UiPath is very less as compared to Automation Anywhere.

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Well - it is quite simple in my world to compare UiPath and Automation Anywhere (AA):

1: There is not any functional difference in what use cases that can be solved - only the method to do so.
2: There is a huge difference in the license model where UiPath will require a separate license for your Front Office users. This will make the license cost for UiPath much more expensive over time.
3: Support and License wise you are forced to work with 3rd parties with AA as you cannot connect directly with AA. A big minus.
4: UiPath looks on the developer GUI much more Microsoft alike as the founders are coming from there. This gives more recognition from new developers.
5: For all RPA - it is a developer tool so don’t let you be convinced that any end user can do complex use cases. If you want they can do simple front office tasks - but here you need to be concerned on governance, support volume and license cost.

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I particularly do not know about Automation Anywhere, but a great differential of UiPath is 100% free training, the community is always willing to help.
Every time we needed the support they were ready to help.

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Also Known As
Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
Automation Anywhere

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.

Built for both business and IT, UiPath is the leading platform for Enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

UiPath is recognized worldwide for product leadership and technical excellence. With the largest development team in the industry, we are dedicated to continuously deliver innovation year-round to accelerate your value from automation.

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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest DiagnosticsThomas Reuters, GE, Lufthansa, NASA, Autodesk, Equifax, Airbus, Fujifilm, HP
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company14%
Software R&D Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
Software R&D Company35%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm22%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Software R&D Company7%
Insurance Company6%
Software R&D Company29%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise80%
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise71%
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise65%
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise72%
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