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"The solution is easy to learn and with it, it's easy to replicate knowledge.""Its integration with source control is very refreshing. There could be a little bit more maturity around how to do some of the features, but not having to go outside the app, not having a separate set of procedures, allows you to check in and check out right from within the app. You can make edits and uploads and undo your checkouts.""It really does have a great dashboard. It has Bot Insight, it has MetaBots, and IQ Bots. It has so many features where it can read a file and loop.""MetaBots are useful when connecting to websites or to forms with objects that need to be captured.""MetaBot is the most valuable feature. Other products have robotic functionality but MetaBot is a kind of functionality by which code is created... so business users who do not have coding knowledge can drag and drop.""We have seen more efficient processing and less number of errors due to quality control.""We have staff who have been moved out of the mundane tasks and are now doing value-added activities.""One of the features that we have used the most is an action in the Workbench called Object Cloning. We find that very reliable and very useful for implementing different business processes."

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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."

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"The most valuable feature is that it is pretty low-code, so you don't need much coding expertise to use it.""Power Automate has allowed us to simplify the business process and improve operational efficiency.""This product is a really easy-to-use solution for quickly developing prototypes.""Power Automate is not complex and is very easy-to-use in deploying most development projects.""For people who already use Office 365, Power Automate is very easy to integrate and use.""Power Automate is intuitive and easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the ability and ease of linking multiple connectors within the same flow.""In just in one click, we can see any documentation, etc., that we need. It makes it very easy to navigate."

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"We had several issues when trying to connect the different components, due to our firewalls. They were eventually solved by our internal IT and the AA technical team.""Regarding the UI, once you're in some of the screens there are fixed dialogues. They are a set size, so there's a lot of horizontal scrolls and vertical scrolls.""If I want to do something that is more purely business-related and is somewhat complex to write or is nuanced, I sometimes have trouble implementing that inside of the Automation Anywhere script. I feel limited at times with some of the looping and some of the branching and some of the ways to make procedure calls when I have a complex business issue.""The schedule queue needs improvement. When one task fails, everything else gets stuck, requiring manual intervention to clear the problematic schedule and trigger the other tasks.""There is room for improvement when this application is used in a Citrix-based environment.""We have a few issues which have persisted. These end up restarting the machine. We are hoping in version 11.3 of Automation Anywhere, our compatibility and infrastructure issues will be resolved.""If you work with image recognition and custom objects, there are stability issues.""The main things I've found that could be better are small things that can be annoying when you're using them a lot. I would recommend they add a feature where, if you mark the start of an "If" sentence it will highlight the end of the "If" sentence. That would make it easier to get a better overview."

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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."

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"I would like to have a user account so that the staff can see all of their requests, including the status and other details for each one, on the dashboard.""There is an RPA feature gap between this solution and other more mature products.""If the product had onscreen help, it would be easier to learn and use.""The thing which needs the most improvement is really the documentation. It should have better details of the processes.""Compared to other RPA solutions, there is a little bit of a feature gap.""The licensing model is difficult to understand and is something that should be improved.""I would like to have chatbot assistance available, where you can open it and receive help on the spot.""All the services on the Microsoft platform are great. If we want to try something like with SharePoint or Azure or the 365 CRM, then we can't with the everyday community edition of the Microsoft Power Automate. It would be a good thing if there was some sort of trial period. Let's say you have 14 days. That way, can log into the loading screen with Power Automate, and get to utilize services like SharePoint, OneDrive, 365 CRM or etc. to see if they like them. It would be a good way for Microsoft to cross-sell or up-sell."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is too high for small-scale groups. The Control Room yearly fee is high, making it difficult to break even.""Automation Anywhere is competitive... Pega is somewhat comparable, but Pega also requires a lot more infrastructure and a lot more experience to get up and running.""Automation Anywhere is costlier than the general competition. That is aligned with the share of the market it has.""They're very flexible around pricing and licensing.""They give us a good deal on the licensing because we bundle and customize things. If you ask to get a bulk business deal, you will receive more benefit. If you take other products from the suite, like IQ Bot, you can also receive a deal on the licensing.""We just did a round of price comparison on a global scale and found it's so hard to compare the license prices. But, Automation Anywhere, in general, is on the same price level as the other vendors, a bit lower in some cases.""If you look at the capital expenditure, Automation Anywhere is number two to UiPath. But if you take a long-term view, on a scalable model of a large number of bots coming out, it slowly goes on to become the costliest tool. There is something they can do about that. The capital expenditure goes out right at the point of buying the tool. For Automation Anywhere, I would need to spend $20,000. UiPath can give me something for $6,000, while Blue Prism will come in at $300,000.""It's cheaper than other similar solutions."

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"This solution is bundled with our Office 365, so there is no additional licensing fee.""You pay for use and if you want a premium connector or adapter, but a lot of things are available for free.""Power Automate is a much less expensive product than the competition.""There are many different ways to license it.""This solution can save money when used for simple tasks specifically using only Microsoft products.""There is zero licensing cost. It comes with our Microsoft Office subscription.""I don't deal with the financial side. I know that we pay for a per-user license. It is probably less than $20 a user, but I am not sure about the exact figures."

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Top Answer: Automation Anywhere provides below features better than Blue prism: 1. End-to-End Solutions,--------------- (IQ Bot… more »
Top Answer: The cost will depend upon what you wish to automate! Most of the users have indicated the cost of the bot. So multiple… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the screen recorder, which helps to automate processes easily.
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Top Answer: For people who already use Office 365, Power Automate is very easy to integrate and use.
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Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere EnterpriseIBM RPAPower Automate, Microsoft Flow
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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.

Microsoft Flow is now Power Automate—a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.

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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest DiagnosticsThe Hanover Insurance GroupSNCF, Air France, Avanade
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm28%
Manufacturing Company15%
Computer Software Company14%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
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Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm6%
University5%
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Computer Software Company50%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm10%
Manufacturing Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
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Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise81%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise76%
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Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise88%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise64%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,141 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is ranked 14th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 3 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 5th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 15 reviews. IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Power Automate is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) writes "Provides ease of use when you perform a task". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Power Automate writes "An RPA specifically for Microsoft applications, but very limited in process complexity and integrations". IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, Syntel SyntBots and Kryon RPA, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, Nintex RPA and Kofax RPA. See our IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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