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Find out what your peers are saying about Blue Prism Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce vs. IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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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.
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.
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.
This solution comes with a lot of good features.
The user performance is the most valuable feature.
I would say that the stability of Blue Prism is superior to any of the competing products because of the maintainability of the features and the openness of the tool.
Once it does the monitor, it collects the respective data and creates an output that is required for reconfiguration.
The product itself is quite mature.
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.
It's not inclusive, in terms of automation, you can just do it standalone, in its own silo. It's not going to force your existing system or teams, your admin teams, to create new IDs for you or even force them to create new services or APIs for you or expose something from there. They can just keep the way they are doing it right now, but you still automate it.
The most valuable feature is the ability to automate mundane tasks. This improves efficiency, reliability, etc. You can form critical operations which can be highly automated.
The initial setup is straightforward.
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.
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 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.
Selecting the right business processes that are stable enough to automate can be challenging.
The cost is a bit high. Other tools are much cheaper.
Blue Prism is slightly difficult for the non-technical user.
The main issue is screen scraping with Blue Prism gives us a big challenge because we need to define which technologies are web-based have been built instead of by itself discovering the technology that it is built on.
The pricing of the solution could be improved. It's a bit expensive right now. They should work to make it more competitive.
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.
Extensibility is the key, especially in terms of the Recorders feature that we have. That should be browser independent. Enhance it because some people have Chrome, some have Internet Explorer, etc. Also, integration with PDFs: Not just the ability to read information from PDFs but the ability to write information from PDFs, make it secure, sign it, etc. Finally, if they can allow a token exchange inside the tool itself, that would help.
We would like more focus on understanding AI and how it can be used to manage exception handling.
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.
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Also Known As
|Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise||Blue Prism Virtual Workforce, Thoughtonomy Virtual Workforce||IBM RPA|
|Automation Anywhere||Blue Prism||IBM|
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.
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.
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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