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Would you use open source tools for RPA?


Would you use open source tools for RPA, or do they need to be really expensive to be credible?

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Top 5Consultant

Hello Hanna, 

As everybody knows, RPA is basically about code, so if you just consider that angle my answer would be: "Yes, go ahead with an Open Source solution" as you will have to consider a lower investment amount.

However, I would also recommend to consider the partner expertise (on implementations, as well their post-implementation support). 

But it does not ends there either: if you are planning to expand the RPA utilization in your company in the future, then you should also consider their "control room" features and capabilities (as well as the costs linked to the "control room" utilization, typically PaaS-based). It is certainly not the same exercise having 2 or 3 bots working than having 20 or 30, or even more. So I suggest thinking long term as well.

Long story short, it is important to carefully size your RPA project from the start and then pick up your RPA supplier and version (community or enterprise). I would also recommend to evaluate these two last options and compare their pros and cons. What is it clear to me is that even the most expensive RPA platform will not grant you getting the expected ROI from your bots, if you do not have clarity on the big picture first.

I hope this helps you to answer your inquiry. 

Best regards,


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Top 10Real User

To answer your question, there are many open-source RPA tools available in the market. Depending on the features, integration with different applications we need to make a decision on which tool is suitable. Coming to the cost I can say it is least expensive compare to the top tools like UiPath, Automation Anywhere, etc., in the market.

I came across one of the best open-source tool is Open RPA. I really liked this tool and this tool is available for free (conditions apply). For more details on this tool -


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Top 10Real User

I think for SME's, it makes financial sense to get onboard on the open source RPA platform. But for a large corporation with a high number of transactions, a fully managed RPA solution (which normally comes with a robust SLA and support structure) would be a more preferred option. Great technology is just half of the story; what's gonna happen when the technology breaks down is what makes the relationship sticks.

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Top 5Real User

Hello Hanna K,

in my humble opinion and collecting infromation coming from markets and customer needs we can assume that the need something stable and with strong integration capabilities, something like pay-for-use RPA tools can give.

This approach is good with a bcase to support your operation, let me say on a classical approach > my instances, my tool, my data, everything clustered from other customer data. Segregation is the way here.

If you want to walk on BPO way i think open RPA can give you a strong level to manage some tasks on several customer and share the same instances, cluster and robots. Sharing is the keyword here.

Pay-per-use RPA tool are good for reselling approach cause for soure you'll achieve the goal. But there are some contracts limitations.

Open source RPA tool are good for BPO approach cause there are free and you can install o many instances. But there are not so mature as payed tools.

This is the game!

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Real User

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