Compare Blue Prism vs. UiPath

Blue Prism is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 11 reviews while UiPath which is ranked 1st in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 219 reviews. Blue Prism is rated 8.0, while UiPath is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "Assists us in risk management through our compliance to regulations ". 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". Blue Prism is most compared with UiPath, Automation Anywhere (AA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas UiPath is most compared with Automation Anywhere (AA), Blue Prism and WorkFusion. See our Blue Prism vs. UiPath report.
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This boosts the customer confidence and experience. When the customer experience increases, obviously sales will increase.It is highly scalable on cloud and virtual machines.The Automation Anywhere software has improved our organization by moving us into the RPA climate and allowing us to save on our overhead.Since we can register multiple bot runners in one control room, and we can easily monitor and re-run bots when necessary, it is convenient for me.The advantage of Automation Anywhere is that you don't necessarily have to come from a programming background.The most valuable feature of Automation Anywhere is the unattended mode bots, because we don't need to go and look at what they're doing. They just go by themselves.My impression of the Bot Store is good. It is a really smart offering. A lot of the time customers need the same things, and there's not necessarily a lot of logic in reinventing the wheel. When you take the Bot Store, you allow people to share knowledge, you allow best practices to be immediately adopted by users, and you can share good knowledge, saving a lot of time for customers. It's a really good thing.Its ease of deployment is the most valuable feature. We have found with many customers that it's quite easy to deploy.

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The most valuable improvement in utilizing process automation is the cost savings, but we have also had cases where the customer experience is enhanced.The most valuable feature is the design studio and its ease of use.It offers assessments by way of a robotics or automation readiness assessment tool, which was quite helpful.With Blue Prism, you automate the back-end processes. Blue Prism is more like service-side automation. It is not off-circuit automation. It is more like attended automation.The way you design the flow and configure the activities for the bot is very useful if you are working with any of the BPM or local platforms.If there is a task that Blue Prism cannot do out of the box, Blue Prism provides me the facility of designing one and integrating it into the application. This process is called Visual Basic Objects.The most valuable feature is the work queue. This helps the user to create a workflow, and it is a very powerful tool for generating management reports.We found the unassisted bots very useful because they can program a variety of different processes. This is a valuable feature of Blue Prism, especially when compared to other tools on the market.

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This solution has increased productivity in our organization.The OCR feature is very handy to extract structured and semi-structured data from documents.There is no coding at all required to implement a complex business process. If you have some programming background, it will help you. However, if you are a business user, you can still develop simple processes.The automated recording helps quite a bit. You record a complete business process along with human interactions to the desktop or web application. You can easily manipulate them. Once you are done, you have a complete recording of the interactions, which you can use to tweak your requirements.The UiPath Orchestrator is one source to easily manage all bots.The eagerness of UiPath engineers and their salespeople to help us along the process has helped us align ourselves more with UiPath.The initial setup is quite easy. We have worked with some other RPA tools, but they took us quite awhile to get setup. With UiPath, it was relatively easier to get started.Screen scraping credentials of whatever features that it has.& The robot can log into the system, scrape the data, and enter the data into the system. This eliminates a lot of the manual work that the team had to do, which has improved the performance. Our teams used to do a lot of data entry, and this repetitive work has been reduced. The same resource can now work on some high-end work.

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Automation Anywhere is a tool. It is not able to go ahead and extract the hand-written documents. Most of the automation tools that we have in the market are not able to get an accuracy of close to 80 to 90 percent on hand-written documents. So, I'm eagerly looking at a release from Automation Anywhere, wherein they could plug in an LP or look at some sort of a platform which could convert hand-written documents into a readable format. If they could bring in they own platform, this would make a big in-roads for the entire automation industry.I would like to see a built-in read-only role for the control room so that the bot creators can log in and monitor the production environment without any auditing concerns.I have noticed that after the bots have been delivered to run in a production environment, there are issues in terms of quality and performance.Because we are very new to our process, so we're still sort of working through it.The bot insides should come in the same package versus having it as a different bundle by itself. If we could have this product come with all the inside solutions altogether, that would help.Another feature that would be cool to see in Automation Anywhere is more use of artificial intelligence. Right now, RPA is basically limited to a bot which is simply following the instructions that it was given. However, what would be really useful is if a bot was able to more flexibly respond to issues. For example, sometimes there are erroneous errors and pop ups. With good code, you can certainly build your bots to be able to handle that. However, it does take time and a bit of technical know-how to be able to do that.Room for improvement is more on the IQ Bot side: How quickly we can adopt and deploy it?More interactions with PDFs would be great for Automation Anywhere.

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We would like to see some desktop automation, although we have been told that the product is not going to be taken in that direction.A feature that I would like to see in the next release is the ability to easily call on the robots to fulfill part of the process, and be run by the users in the business, where the robot can simply be activated rather than running mass processes from a control room.This solution is lacking attended automation, which is the worst thing about this solution.They cannot do assisted automation. That is a drawback because that technology is very old now.I would like to see wider integration with other products.I believe that there could be more community support, or there could be more support for developers like us from Blue Prism. Blue Prism provides a lot of documentation, but there is a lack of support.In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for attended robots.Blue Prism needs to provide better customer support because there are some bugs in the product that make implementation tricky. Blue Prism is designed more for operational than transactional processes. If Blue Prism incorporated a lot of IQ bots and cognitive processing, then it might be of better value at a lower cost. The issue of the cost of the tool needs to be addressed. To become a Blue Prism partner, it's costly. I think that this is one of the negative aspects of using Blue Prism.

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Better alignment of workflows for development is needed.Extending the UiPath studio in terms of UI and functionality would improve this solution.Tech support takes time replying to queries. It should be improved.You can't write small snippets of code. If you want to do a single code snippet, this is not available by default.I would like to see all a full-featured version for mobile devices.I would like to see higher end AI type features natively in UiPath. Some native integration over time would help.UiPath could use more OCR use cases to help with those features.Stability looks good except that we see that when we run the bot sometimes somewhere in the middle it fails. It will recovers, but I don't know why and can't answer to my customers why. I don't know if something can be done to eliminate the failing piece. I don't know whether it is a stability issue, but it should be handled in future.

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We have saved customers 400% in terms of time saved by implementing this product.The pricing and licensing of Automation Anywhere plays an important rule in the Indian market because in the Indian market $10,000 USD is too much. Hence, the pricing tends to go down depending on the customer relationship with the partner: A starter pack is $10,000 and an enterprise pack is $100,000. If you go through an implementation partner, you can get good deals. They can save some money.It looks like it will be right around $115,000, not counting IQ Bot, which we won't renew until later.No one is balking at the cost. They are market rates and will change, but no one is saying, "That is ridiculous or impossible." They are saying, "Show me the ROI and prove that the cost is accurate."One of the things that will be good for the community will be to get the free version to download, which came out just a month ago called Community Edition. So, you can actually download it and try it for yourself.Roughly, as of today, it is around $250,000 annually.We have a few licenses. They cost roughly $10,000 each.I've seen the price vary by whether the client is going to scale and adopt a tool.

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Compared to other tools on the market, it is one of the most expensive.Other than your infrastructure, in terms of servers that you have to set up, I don't think that there are any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.We really don't bear the costs. The cost is borne by the customer. It runs into about $100,000 per year per customer for Blue Prism. We normally budget around $30,000 for the first year for the hardware, setup, and people cost.Blue Prism is pretty steep compared to the others, much more than Automation Anywhere.

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This solution has a very competitive and flexible pricing scheme that depends on the process complexity.Licensing should be reduced and price should be cut down a bit.This solution is priced less compared with other products.Given how cheap it is to initially buy the product, the licensing methodology that they have in terms of renewing every year is appropriate. Later on, if they start charging more early on, for deployment, buying the license, and deploying it initially, then having a lower maintenance fee might be more appropriate. Now, with the scale they are at, it is an appropriate way to do the licensing.There is some initial sticker shock from a lot of people regarding cost, until you show them what the actual benefit is. Initially, people are just going, "Why?" So, the retort for that is, "Look how much you will save, time, and budget-wise with one bot. If one bot costs X, this is how much it will save you over one year. This alleviates the "Oh my gosh" face, when it's 1200 dollars for a bot.It would be nice if you could just buy the product instead of having the annual rate license renewals. It's expensive, but I guess we'll have to see what the ROI truly is.I would like to have transparency in pricing. We're creating a lot of robotic process automation use cases all over the place. I'm never really clear on what the pricing model is and the skews.Go download it, install it, and play with it. You can't do this with any of the other platforms.

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Answers from the Community
Diana Richardson
Magic ManReal User

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 evaluation of the 3 but I disliked the drab UI that UiPAth offers. UiPath got a load of free stuff on the internet - trainings, downlaods, etc. so its a decent entry point product.

01 May 19
Vimal PuthiyadutReal User

If you need to implement RPA for BPO automation, UiPath is very good with Citrix environment. Where UiPath will provide you both front and back office automation, Blue Prism will only provide you back-office automation as of now.

UiPath activities are integrated with variables and one can develop a package and use it. Blue Prism on the other hand does not really support it with ease.

Blue Prism supports debugging while interacting dynamically, which is limitation with UiPath.

The mapping process with UiPath is done at a pretty high-speed. Blue Prism, on the other hand lacks recorders.

It’s easier to learn UiPath owing to large source of free training and free software for learning and evaluation. It also has certification available for free right now.
On the architecture level, Blue Prism has client-server architecture. UiPath combine its Studio software with Orchestrator, which is quite easy to manage.

There are certain differences in accessibility and reliability.
Where you may access UiPath through browser and mobile, for Blue Prism it is app based.
Blue Prism is considered highly reliable, however UiPath is moderate in this respect.

UiPath is very good tool for small to medium projects but for large projects Blue Prism provides higher speed.

You will find UiPath to be cheaper then Blue Prism.

01 May 19
Kal RabbUser

At this point, they are all pretty comparable. Although, I will say UiPath has slightly better tools for inspecting webpage or dialog controls (You'll need that when you run into automation problems -- trust me!). Their community forums are pretty active as well. If you have competent developers, I am sure they can get any of them to do what is needed. In my experience, the licensing model is going to be more of a deciding factor. I'd work out how you will deploy (central server, desktop) and work out your costs. If you don't have a good handle on that, it can be a bit of a shock. Definitely negotiate that with the vendor early on.
Most of my clients struggle more with the process analysis, process redesign and rollout management than the technology.

30 April 19
Andrew_WrightReal User

We have not used UiPath, hence I am not able to do a direct comparison. In terms of Blue Prism, we have found it user friendly. We run it as a business tool and not as an IT solution. Hence our approach was to select a tool that did not require “coding” and had a user friendly design studio. Processes are generally quite quick to implement. The control room is also intuitive and easy to use.
The support received from BP has also been good and any technical question raised, gets answered promptly.
BP are also enabling partners who automate different parts of a process. This is all evident in their digital exchange. Makes it easier to drop into a RPA process, other tech that fulfills part of the process automation.

We are in the processes of looking at how to scale the tool. It is scalable and secure, which is a good feature. Their pricing model also caters for single Bots to scaled environments with volume discounts.

Some lessons in terms of RPA include:

1) Take the business along the journey – no matter what tool you use. Without buy-in to the vision around intelligent automation, you will find roadblocks along the way. The business needs to understand the power of a digital worker.

2) Establish a vision on automation. It is more than just large scale process automation. Blue Prism is bring the “human-in- the-loop” solutions to the market which allows us to deploy a Bot within a process and on demand. It changes the dynamics of a “digital co-worker” to being very visible to the workforce

3) Get the right skills into your RPA team. Process analysts, business analysts, RPA developers, technical specialist – make sure the skill includes people who can re-engineer processes and are able to see process optimization opportunities. Often the benefits come from looking at how to improve the process, not just automate what is already there. As with other entities, we are looking to graduate engineers to play a role as they understand “process and control”.

4) Adopt an agile build process.

5) Ensure that the control environment is built from the start – all the governance is in place even if only for a few Bots

6) Ensure that you have a forum to review and prioritise RPA work. Without this, you will find it difficult to report on the value and navigate all the requests from business to automate.

02 May 19
Carola ArmijoUser

We always recommend Automation Anywhere for enterprises. It is the only product that is proven at scale for enterprise clients. In my experience, this is because of product scalability, an awesome CSM team and internal expertise, and a large ecosystem of trained users.

Compared with UiPath and Blue Prism, I've seen my customers have most success with AAI. is very easy for users with varied technical skills to learn and operate. There is free training, easy access to the tool, and advanced Citrix and VDI support.

Ability to operate, manage and control bots easily is a big advantage for AAI. Compared to AAI, Blue Prism is very difficult to use, and UiPath has a very basic orchestrator. We hear complaints about UiPath's inability to manage bots efficiently.

I would add Automation Anywhere to your shortlist for attended and unattended automation.

01 May 19
Raj AgrawalReal User

I'm very happy to resolve your query. Below is my opinion on your question.

1. UiPath is much better than the Blue Prism, In a Blue Prism, you will
get the complex implementation in activities.
2. In term of the Demo and practices, UiPath provides a community version
to explore the platform.
3. In terms of Licensing, UiPath provides RPA (Robotic Process Automation)
aka unassisted bots and RDA (Robotic Desktop Automation) aka assisted bots.
Both have different license model and pricing while Blue Prism provides
only RPA platform with a single licensing model.
4. UiPath provides strong activities guide which is lacking in Blue Prism
for public
5. UiPath provides version control at activities level and the user can
update version according to project need. but in the Blue Prism, it's too
complex to maintain version at the activity level.
6. My personal opinion, it takes time to learn Blue Prism as compared to
UiPath.

01 May 19
Anurag VishnoiReal User

It really depends on what are your plans for RPA in your organization. In terms of Features and functionality both of the tools are good only with few minor differences as explained by in other responses. Based on my 5 yr. experience in RPA Blue Prism scores big when it comes for security, stability and scalablity. In case you are planning for a enterprise wide RPA implementation at large scale go with BP.

01 May 19
Birinder SinghReal User

The following are the points that describe the differences
between Blue Prism and UiPath

1) UiPath has free community edition while Blue Prism doesn’t have their
community edition for students and small scale company
2) UiPath studio is extremely easy to use and you would be able to figure
out most of the options quickly while in Blue Prism you need certain
training regarding processes and objects before you kick start your project
3) UiPath offers free foundation diploma which will get you to the speed of
automation while Blue Prism doesn’t have one at this point of time.
4) UiPath free community edition can be used to learn the software within
UiPath academy website which consists of free training videos gated online
tests and exercise materials along with the solutions. Blue Prism doesn’t
have good knowledge base and only consist of exercise materials as documents
5) UiPath provides strong activities guide which is lacking in Blue Prism
for public.
7) If you have applications hosted in citrix then UiPath is a better tool
to use because UiPath incorporate AI on their computer vision where the
elements are identified much precisely then Blue Prism
8) UiPath provides advance scheduling on their orchestrator that can use
Cron expression for custom scheduling while Blue Prism lacks this feature
9) Both these tools are moving towards cognitive analytics. UiPath offers
Google Text Analysis, IBM Watson Text Analysis, and Microsoft Text
Analysis. Expert System Partners with Blue Prism to Extend RPA Reach with
Cognitive Computing.
10) Hardware requirement for UiPath is on the higher side when compared to
blue Prism. This includes more CPU, RAM and SSD requirement on both client
& server side. This may marginally increase infrastructure cost for the
firm when compared to Blue Prism.

I hope these clarify the differences. Although both the tools can be used
for many process scenarios I personally would prefer UiPath because of its
ease of use and quick ROI.

01 May 19
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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.

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.

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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