Most Helpful Review
Researched UiPath but chose Automation Anywhere (AA): The Control Room, schedule features, and client repository help with day-to-day bot development
Researched UiPath but chose Blue Prism Cloud: Very secure and good new features but isn't really user-friendly
Prevents human error, increases data accuracy, standardization, and quality of data for the shipping processes
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The advantage of Automation Anywhere is that you don't necessarily have to come from a programming background.
Automation Anywhere has surely helped our organization to shape its Digital Journey - It was our first RPA tool which helped us to perform basic automation which created Point solutions but has added tremendous value at the early stage. We were able to scale-up fast using Automation Anywhere due to its user-friendly AI and later on IQ Bots provided the required edge to handle the unstructured data.
I implemented AA in different environments, the AA installation is the smoothest compared to other RPA software installs.
The universal recorder is a kind of hybrid recorder that enables the user to record the data across devices.
Movement on cloud architecture according to me provided by AA2019, will be most beneficial as it will be easy to use and will provide flexibility.
AA has improved our digital strategy extensively and provided the required leverage to place ourselves above other peers in the O&G Industry. We were able to develop quick digital solutions by demonstrating the ROI and gain momentum by aligning the desired resources & budget from leadership.
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.
Scalability is one of the best things about most of the RPA bots. Once you create one, scalability is just about multiplying them.
It is more secure for complex implementations.
The most valuable feature is the ability to write custom code.
The most valuable feature is the customizability.
The most valuable feature is security.
Blue Prism is able to scale up at an enterprise-level. It's what I used when I was working for a big bank in Belgium.
The reusability of the solution is excellent. It's a superior feature - far superior to any other tool on the market.
The ease of building automation and the development environment
Ability to see the blueprint of the design executed alongside the actual process.
Attended Bots have been star cases as it totally removes dependencies of user literacy to know the application.
The tech support that UiPath provides to the licensed user it is really helpful. There were some scenarios when my issue was resolved within 24 hours. Also, I like the constant updates that UiPath provided to us.
Our consultants have been able to go through the training videos and pick up the ability to build their own automations.
I really like that I am able to tell the story, using Orchestrator, how humans work, how bots work, and how humans and bots work together.
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.
Because we are very new to our process, so we're still sort of working through it.
Automation Anywhere can be improved in certain areas specified in the cognitive zone where the information needs better OCR Engine + Machine Learning capabilities. Also, they can improve on the System Identified region function of the IQ Bot - Our team faced a tough time in handling that as we were not able to assign variable to System Identified Region as the IQ Bot tool wasn't allowing it.
Bringing a DevOps model for bot implementation integrated through private bot store might be a good idea to improve the tool.
SMTP mail features should come with migration options. All kind of VB scripts and Java scripts which we built using exiting version should support in this version.
[They] should add more Analytics and Intelligence related capabilities.
Additional features should involve the Cognitive Section where we need more Advance solutions involving ML & AI.
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.
Some things that I do not see as of today are interactive chat or video interface. These are things that I will look for in future. I saw something like picture recognition, but something like a video or voice recognition is something that I'm looking for in the Automation Anywhere platform as an end user and even as a reseller.
I wouldn't call Blue Prism user-friendly. It's one of its downfalls. They would benefit from having drag and drop functionality, for example. It would make them a strong competitor in the space. There needs to be less reliance on coding for customization, similar to Microsoft's Power Automate.
I would like to see a web-based control room, rather than the one that is in-built with the desktop version.
Having more AI functionality would be an improvement.
The vendor does not make their pricing clear when you are searching for it, which is something that needs to be improved.
They should improve the user-friendliness and they should change their business model.
I personally would like the solution to be supporting more languages.
Lacking advance features like CIO and optical character recognition
There's a need to deal with unstructured input with RPA.
UiPath should focus more on recommendations of process automation based on ERP Applications like Oracle, SAP etc. They should also provide a list of possible RPA cases as per departments, processes and based on various industry domains.
As in my opinion, debugging needs more improvement. Also, if we get any other tool or technology which helps extract information from the scanned or handwritten document than that will be really helpful as a user and for our clients as well.
I would like more incorporation of AI features to allow for intelligent character recognition.
UiPath should offer an on-demand cloud-type model where you can get bots for five minutes, ten minutes, an hour, or whatever duration you need.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
Annual licensing costs were somewhere between $5,000 - $10,000 for the development tool. For the control tower, I think fees were about $50,000 annually.
There are many RPA solutions available from different vendors and the pricing for Blue Prism is competitive.
We pay about $15,000 per quarter in licensing costs. We don't have to pay for any other extra costs. There isn't, for example, an extra cost for technical support. We just pay the licensing.
The licensing structure is complex and the minimum contract length is three years.
Pricing can be negotiated in situations where there will be heavy usage.
The investment is relatively small compared to the potential in qualitative and quantitative benefits that can be achieved.
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.
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: The usual answer with software is "It depends". The variable cost is # of bots. I would expect each is less than $10,000. You have to assume one bot for every 2,000 hours of work and I would… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the screen recorder, which helps to automate processes easily.
Top Answer: Blue Prism is able to scale up at an enterprise-level. It's what I used when I was working for a big bank in Belgium.
Question: What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Blue Prism Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce?
Top Answer: The licensing cost and the cost of ownership is lower than the competition if you are looking to scale to 20+ licenses.
Top Answer: The user-friendliness needs improvement. It's still a bit more IT-minded. I'm personally looking for a more business-minded RPA. It's the two big ways of using RPA in my experience. You can implement… more »
Top Answer: I'd prefer BP for backend, unattended automation while UiPath [or better AA] for front end and including desktop [attended] automation. Each of these 3 performs pretty similar to the other in my… more »
Top Answer: Sunita, what do you think of the answers here: https://www.itcentralstation.com/questions/i-am-evaluating-blue-prism-and-uipath-for-rpa-for-my-company-which-one-do-you-recommend What other… more »
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|Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise||Blue Prism Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce, Blue Prism Virtual Workforce, Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce|
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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.
The Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce is a highly flexible intelligent automation platform. It uses software to replicate the way people work in existing applications and systems, the processes they follow, and the decisions they make, to deliver automation without disruption.
UiPath is leading the “automation first” era – championing a robot for every person and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. Through free and open training, UiPath is led by a commitment to bring digital era skills to millions of people around the world, thereby improving business productivity and efficiency, employee engagement and customer experience. The company’s hyperautomation platform combines the #1 Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to scale digital business operations at unprecedented speed. The company has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for businesses and government organizations all over the world including approximately 50% of the Fortune 500.
UiPath was recently recognized as the top company on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest public and private technology companies in North America, was recently featured in CNBC Disruptor 50, and #3 on the 2019 Forbes Cloud 100.
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