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It has helped us to save a lot of FTEs for our solutions that we have provided to our companies. Suppose a job which was done by a group of eight to nine people on a daily basis for 24 hours was taking a lot of time, so we created a bot with Automation Anywhere. It was done with a bot working 24/7. It reduced the numbers of guys required to do that process.
The main thing is the simple UI, easy to use commands, and it's very easy to learn compared to other tools in the market.
The most valuable feature is the Excel operations because the most repetitive task which we used to do was Excel operations. Automation Anywhere has the Excel commands feature where we can run Excel Macros, which is very valuable. It's saving so much time for us.
The tool is very easy to use and mostly user-friendly. I like that when using it I don't need much expertise.
For most of the cases that we have worked on, the application has been stable.
In terms of development for our developers, it is very easy and quick to learn because Automation Anywhere has provided an online academy where developers can easily learn the features. It is very easy. If someone does not have a coding background, they can also learn from it very easily because it is just drag and drop and very interactive.
Scalability is one of the best things about most of the RPA bots. Once you create one, scalability is just about multiplying them.
Automation Anywhere has been an integral part of this product's evolution in general. A hindrance that we were faced with was companies who did not have API integrations for Salesforce. This is where RPA and Automation Anywhere came in and helped us with integrating solutions which did not have API integrations within themselves. That's how we've evolved in the past two to three months.
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 think simplicity is key. One of the things that we've noticed is how our developers have been able to quickly adopt the platform; but not only the developers or the techy people, also the business.
Ease of deployment means that business benefits can be developed quickly and easily.
This solution has improved business by facilitating increased speed and accuracy.
It is easy to manage the robotics environment with Orchestrator, including scheduling and reporting.
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.
Now, it is a big complex to download the product and install it, then again to install the patches. So, it takes a lot of time to download it.
If we are going through the high availability in the IQ Bot setup, it's a bit complex.
We have our limitations. We can run only VBScripts and one more thing. If we want to run Python scripts or batch files, we cannot do it. So, if they would add these extra things in there then that would be beneficial.
There is still a way to go for Automation Anywhere where we can see improvement. Mostly, we want to see more artificial intelligence and machine learning. Now, I can see only this mostly in the IQ Bot where we construct the data from PDFs. I also want to see more features where we can use the artificial intelligence in automating tasks as well.
Although, IQ Bot has data being extracted from it. It can improve with more features, like handwritten copies that are readable.
In the learning track, I was looking at the latest feature which is coming in A2019, which is very nice, because it is a web-based. So, we can do our development while sitting from anywhere. We don't need any type of installation. It's a web-based. Nowadays, everyone has the Internet.
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 want Automation Anywhere to work on IQ Bot further to help evolve the tool more and create a certain set of solutions using IQ Bot. They can maybe use better machine learning algorithms to come up with better accuracy for OCR extractions. This is an area that I want them to work on.
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.
Needs better integration with artificial intelligence or with machine-learning.
One of the things I would definitely like to see is more of the machine-learning and cognitive capabilities. For example, now that we're starting to automate more and more tasks, there are some things that still require us to go back and modify the robots when we need to. But if we had more of the machine-learning integrated into it, I believe it would be easier to maintain, so that we wouldn't have to go back and adjust every time.
Additional help with ROM and approach would be an improvement.
Templates had to be created for different formats.
Optical character recognition for hand written documents could be improved.
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.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
Our company is investing a lot of money in Automation Anywhere. They have saved money wherever humans are working. They invest a lot of money in FTEs and other logistics, so the money saving is very pretty good with Automation Anywhere. While I don't know the exact figure, the tool is saving us millions of dollars as well as saving about 40,000 hours in the last year.
As far as costs, it depends on your use. We started with a basic department pack, which is over 10K. The additional costs depend on the scale of the engagement and how it pans out. We customize to our needs on the go.
The major reason that we selected Automation Anywhere was the licensing model.
IQ Bots are very costly. It's not a sustainable bot for us as of now. We will look for better, alternate options for that.
The product starts at $10,000 and then it's up to you regarding how much you can consume.
Our annual licensing costs for the entire company are $100,000.
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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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|Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise||IBM RPA|
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.
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.
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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