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Question: RPA Governance and Business Continuity requirements for a large multi-national corporate financial services provider
Answer: @reviewer1356150 @Nilesh Pawar @reviewer1390509 @Alex Yuan @Hayaa Kayasseh you've all recently written reviews for one of these products. Do you have any insight to share with @reviewer1373997 about governance and business continuity requirements for these products?
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the screen recorder, which helps to automate processes easily.""Automation Anywhere is stellar and the pre-built bots on the bot store help reduce the development time and effort. The IQ Bot solution can read from scanned images and documents which has hugely benefited the mortgage processing team.""The universal recorder is a kind of hybrid recorder that enables the user to record the data across devices.""Automation Anywhere has lots of features, some of them are accuracy increases, time consumption reduced, scalability. Automation Anywhere does not require a strong knowledge of programming languages. The dashboard is user-friendly.""The best part about A2019 is its ease of use. You don't need to be a coding champ or an expert to use and implement A2019 in automating tasks. It's very easy to learn, tweak, and implement in your day-to-day tasks, especially features like capture/record is completely marvelous.""The most valuable feature is IQ Bot, as it allowed us to train it to extract important logistical information from customer PDF documents, irrespective of the format.""Using this solution has freed internal operations employees to do more "human value-add" work by removing mundane manual tasks.""I implemented AA in different environments, the AA installation is the smoothest compared to other RPA software installs."

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"Technical support has been responsive when we have needed their assistance.""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.""It works very well for batch processing at the backend. Scalability-wise, it is very robust. It is also stable.""It's fast to get up and running if you use a cloud deployment.""The entire tool is valuable because it is an enterprise tool. It is on par with other tools like Automation Anywhere or UiPath with the OCR/ICR facilities, analytics, and the entire package for enterprise-level security. It has the highest level of security as compared to any other tool.""The development interface is quite easy to work with.""We've started to use some of the new features such as translation, cognitive, and we are finding them useful. We are also finding API integrations very useful.""The object design way of implementing things actually brings a lot of reusability for us because you can design your objects once and leverage them in multiple automations."

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Cons
"At some places, the if-else statements become so confusing so, at that place, they can change the UI for better understanding. Apart from this I liked this tool and would like to continue working on this.""Automation Anywhere can also be improved in machine learning and artificial intelligence. It would make our lives easier.""Training is good and interactive but the final certification exam is very tough and it requires in-depth practical knowledge.""It would be great if they provide installation documents that are easier to understand, place more focus on capturing the fields, and most importantly, concentrate more on the OCR capability.""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.""The inclusion of word packages would help us to extract data from Word and automate word-related activities easily.""Queues are great but need improvement. They are helpful because most of the automations are transaction-based.""Excel, Outlook, and Word automation are very difficult with V11."

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"Its pricing is sometimes higher. Its price can be better. Its presale support should be increased. Currently, its presale support is very less. System integrators generally position Blue Prism in front of customers. Though they have an ecosystem, they don't have people who can train for the partner ecosystem. They have to increase the presales consultants for partners. In addition, their L1 and L2 support can also be improved.""Its image recognition or the OCR part should be improved. The quality has improved in the latest version, but some of the handwritten documents are not that accurate. Its interaction with the Citrix environment should also be improved. Their technical support should also be improved.""The control room is its worst feature. It can be laggy, and it is not as user-friendly. We're with staying Blue Prism, but we're moving it from on-premises to Microsoft cloud for cost savings. We looked into Blue Prism cloud. It has a lot of features, but it comes with a lot of costs. Right now, we have six spots, and we're only at 13% utilization. The cost didn't really weigh out for us for moving to Blue Prism cloud, but on-premises, it is working for what we need.""The assisted automation functionality needs improvement.""The solution is not user-friendly. It has a very high learning curve.""All of the processes that we've automated have been completed successfully, and the bots are able to process them as expected.""It's not very easy to use. There is some learning curve that you need to manage as an individual.""From a monitoring perspective, the way the screens are set up, or the reporting within Blue Prism, is not really user-friendly. You need a technical person to basically put that up. It's not necessarily easily viewable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I find the license pricing to be competitive and reflective of the pricing models throughout the RPA space, and I believe there is a lot of value in continuing to maintain the free community edition platform.""The pricing and licensing are definitely moderate to costly but easily recoverable by achieving ROI quickly.""I feel the cost of licensing is very high for the A2019 version.""I really enjoy the pricing options with Automation Anywhere, as they are able to flex their ability to adapt to the needs of the customer really well.""The pricing is reasonable and one can achieve ROI faster when compared to other tools.""It's very good in terms of cost and pricing.""The price is a little bit high but the support is good.""It's cheapest among the competition, although bargaining is a must."

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"It is a bit higher in cost as compared to Automation Anywhere and UiPath. The rate also differs from client to client. Margins are also important when it comes to costing and licensing. There are some additional costs involved besides the standard licensing costs. You have the development team cost, which includes the project manager, development team, analyst, and testers. You also need a team manager. You also have the tools cost, architecture cost, platform cost, and the licensing cost of each bot.""Blue Prism has a higher cost with respect to RPA enablement, particularly if you are trying to start with RPA.""Blue Prism is quite costly.""There is a one-time purchase fee for this solution.""We have a three-year contract that is paid on a yearly basis.""Its license is costlier than UiPath and AA. They should improve its price. We have a two-year contract with them.""I don't recall what it was. Initially, we had our licensing through the consultant, and when we stopped using them, we renegotiated licensing. Blue Prism gave us temporary licenses during the negotiation. When all things were said and done, it came out to a decent price even without the vendor. So, our management has been happy with that.""They work on a big partnership kind of program with our organization, and they also give us a lot of discounts. Its price is pretty much comparable to the other solutions like UiPath and Automation Anywhere."

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author avatarreviewer1137633 (RPA Lead Architect and Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees)
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For any RPA tool it required have a generic /universal governance model where 


1. sponsor or Head of RPA implementation


2. Business analysts


3.Architects(solution/technical)


4.Developers ( Full stack - Build, Test and SIT)


5.Scrum master or Sprints head or Project manager


6. QA ( Test automation) - optional


Above generic governance model/structure roles for handling any kind of RPA process.



One proven way to implement centralized automation management is via a CoE. The best practices of Robotic Process Automation states that the use of bots doesn’t increase negative risks for the organization in the development of reusable solutions. The responsibilities of a Centre of Excellence will depend on the exact governance model used. The most common activities include the following:



  1. Drive RPA in the business, training teams, and increasing awareness of RPA in those.

  2. Calculate the criticality and quality of the developed solutions, ensuring the application of best practices.

  3. Monitor the operation of bots and guarantee that execution SLAs (service-level agreement) are met.

  4. Follow and report the main development stages.

  5. Guarantee the execution of established governance processes.

  6. Guarantee the continual improvement of processes and tools.



Business Continuity Requirements:


To have backup or disaster recovery machines for the critical RPA processes with load balancing using central orchestration in different clusters.


For any of the RPA there is orchestration tool which handles all the initiation and processing from one location have it maintained well from risks and disasters with load balancing.


This will helps in business continuity.



Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It depends on your use case. Is it simply to automate a couple of processes? Is it to augment a human team? AA is very good in certain situations but lacks in others. For me, it's more the team that… more »
Top Answer: From my experience using AA tool, it depends on the applications that you want to automate, because there some applications that AA has limitations for, such as the Oracle. For web-based applications… more »
Top Answer: It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
Top Answer: Hello Netanya, it depends on your needs and your expertise.  In my humble opinion you can start a big RPA project implementation with Blue Prism which is stable and mature software, in order to… more »
Top Answer: I'm very familiar with UiPath and the RPA industry: was hired by Daniel Dines in 2015 when there were 35 employees and left in 2019 when there were 3K+. I'm a big believer in the product, leadership… more »
Top Answer: Technical support has been responsive when we have needed their assistance.
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Also Known As
Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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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 intelligent software bots – AI-powered digital workers that perform repetitive and manual tasks, resulting in dramatic productivity gains, optimized customer experience and more engaged employees. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native and web-based automation platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, yielding significantly lower TCO, higher security, and faster scalability than legacy monolithic platforms. Its Bot Store is the world's first and largest marketplace with more than 1,200 pre-built, intelligent automation solutions. Automation Anywhere has deployed over 2.8 million bots to support some of the world’s largest enterprises across all industries in more than 90 countries. 

For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

Blue Prism is an intelligent, business-developed, no-code automation platform for SaaS deployments as well as for on-premises, public cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid environments. Unlike other automation technology, Blue Prism combines robotic process automation with expanded artificial intelligence and cognitive capabilities. Blue Prism gives users instant access to the tools you need for building and delegating automations, as well as a digital workforce that is already AI-equipped.

With Blue Prism’s code-free RPA, deployed through use of their Robotic Operating Model, your business can scale efficiently, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and augment its talent to take on new responsibilities. Blue Prism helps to accelerate operational agility and efficiency by making it easy to automate the most important processes. Allocating everyday tasks to your Digital Workforce gives you immediate increased capacity and allows your teams to focus on their strategic goals. In addition, it delivers a return on investment, increases efficiency gains, and can even introduce new revenue streams.

“Workforce of the Future”

Blue Prism’s all-in-one intelligent automation platform consists of:

  • Design Studio with drag-and-drop process automation building, reusable “objects” across your business, and updates to objects and processes saved throughout the process library.
  • Control Room where you can assign processes to digital workers, scale digital worker and task volume ondemand, and gain real-time transparency of process proficiencies.
  • Digital Workforce of autonomous software robots that can learn and mimic business processes like humans and are equipped with six intelligent automation skills:
    1. Knowledge and Insight - The ability to harvest, understand, and deliver insights from multiple disparate data sources.
    2. Visual Perception - The ability to read, understand, and contextualize visual information.
    3. Learning - The ability to derive contextual meaning and adapt to evolving process patterns.
    4. Planning and Sequencing - The ability to optimize workloads and identify opportunities for better outcomes.
    5. Problem-solving - The ability to autonomously solve system, logic, and business problems.
    6. Collaboration - The ability to seamlessly work with both people and systems.

Reviews from Real Users

Blue Prism stands out for its enterprise-level functionality, which is why many companies choose it over its competitors. IT Central Station users note that the solution is easy to use, stable, and robust scalability-wise. The security is also top-notch. One user pointed out that "One of the most powerful features in Blue Prism is exception handling. It's one of the features that really differentiates it from other platforms." Blue Prism helps businesses with everything from compliance to quality control and error-avoidance.

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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
Coca-Cola, Walgreens, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, Pfizer, Shop Direct, O2, Siemens, Ascension Healthcare, Jaguar Land Rover
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company31%
Financial Services Firm23%
Manufacturing Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm18%
Computer Software Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise79%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise67%
REVIEWERS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 142 reviews while Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 43 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Blue Prism is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Automation Anywhere (AA) writes "While the platform is feature-rich and easy to use, it is the skill of the coder that determines how well the platform is leveraged". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Blue Prism writes "Helps us with quality-control, compliance, error-avoidance, and time-savings". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Kryon RPA, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas Blue Prism is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Pega Robotic Process Automation, Kryon RPA and Blue Prism Cloud. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Blue Prism report.

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