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Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"The biggest challenge in attended automation, every time the agent has to log in to the control room and execute bot for most of the agents this is a time-consuming activity plus they are not tech-savvy""There are many features of Automation Anywhere that were found to be most valuable like WLM, PDF integration, Advanced Excel Commands, Terminal Emulator and its commands, Interactive Forms building features of A2019 which helped us in developing UI for our front office automation and integrate it with multiple rest APIs.""I like all of the product features, but I mostly like to work with IQ Bots because they have cognitive automation capabilities.""We have a bot running on a computer that is doing manual tasks that we used to do.""Bot Runner - The Bot Runner is the machine where you run the bot. You could have multiple bots running in parallel. You only need the Run License to run the bots. The bots report back the execution logs/pass/fail status back to the control room.""The ROI on major bots has been phenomenal.""The tool feature I found the most valuable is Metabot, as we can include the DLLs that are proprietary written code in .NET or other technologies.""The ease of use for the end user and the very low complexity in trying to build a bot are the big factors for us. We are able to work on a project, identify a use case, come up with a design spec, and execute and build a bot within a span of six to eight weeks. In nine to ten weeks, we are able to go live, which reduced complexity. Once we go live, the user interface and the user experience are extremely good."

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"Power Automate is not complex and is very easy-to-use in deploying most development projects.""It is a very useful solution. You don't need to create an infrastructure in your environment just for triggers or executions. You don't need to invest in the infrastructure. With Power Automate, we can call or trigger custom web services and routines. We are also using the flow for gathering data from Microsoft Dynamics.""Its usability is very valuable because it has a quite simple flow. It is very user-friendly. It provides you templates. I started learning with the help of Teams templates, and then I started providing them. It is always good to start with a template so that you understand how it works. Its branches are quite user-friendly. You can put expressions in it. It allows you to link and test the flow so that you can check whether everything is running properly. From a business standpoint, Power Automate is quite good for a non-tech person. It is not like Java, HTML, or C++, which are very developer-driven. Power Automate is a more business-oriented kind of tool.""Good core applications.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The sequencer programming mode's ease of use is its most valuable aspect. The ease of calling out the functions in a sequence, basically from the functional side, is great.""The solution is pretty customizable. Even big automation tasks are done rather simply.""The most valuable feature is the ability and ease of linking multiple connectors within the same flow."

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Cons
"Though the courses in the certification's learning hub are great and awesome, there is some more space for adding more explained contents.""I feel that document extraction like IQ Bot can be made more refined so that it may reach its full potential.""We want to have greater control on deciding when we want to upgrade to a newer version""Automation Anywhere can be improved with respect to the user-friendliness of the interface because most of the competitors are now using a flowchart-like structure, thus making it easy for anyone to learn and study it.""We noticed slowness in a few of the commands like Object Cloning, Web Recorders, etc. on which Automation Anywhere can work to make it more robust. There are improvements required in the WLM solution provided by AA, which can make it a more robust queuing system and the system should retry by itself in case of failure due to system error.""AA sometimes poses compatibility problems with new web browser versions like Chrome.""The REST API could be improved.""If we are getting input from a CSV file, we have to add one more layer of automation that first saves the data to an Excel file."

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"I need to have more integration capabilities from this solution.""I've had some issues with the stability.""While Microsoft has a way of integrating well with itself and its own internal tools, it could do more to include external options and add them to the mix.""While using this solution, we found it to be basic.""It is mostly integrated with the Microsoft environment. Unlike UiPath, we cannot really use external tools with Microsoft Power Automate. There should be a possibility to integrate it with external tools or systems.""Looping can be a bit tricky.""When you are doing desktop automation, they do not have a clear structure to create the code.""If someone was just about to start using it, it would be better if it was a bit more user-friendly in terms of understanding function references. I come from a bit of development background. To me, it all makes quite a lot of sense, but someone using it for the first time would probably battle understanding how the functions work. This might be something they could improve on. It would be really useful if it could publish data to Power BI. We like to use Power BI for our reporting, but we can't directly integrate the data across. If there was a way to automate the collection of the data and push it straight into the Power BI platform, it would be quite useful."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We generally follow the Gain-Sharing Pricing model, which enables the customer to start getting the RPA benefits right from day one of their implementation.""Additional costs will be for the machines and the number of machines that you are using. You can deploy virtually as well as on physical machines. In both the situations, you do need to allocate a certain budget for securing the machines and where the software will be installed and running. The machines cannot be used for anything else, because only a certain bot can run at a certain time. You need to be very particular about your scheduling of running the bots, and while the bot is running nobody can use the machine. You cannot have an agent working on a machine and the bot running in the background. It has to be completely dedicated. Then there are the network bandwidth requirements and space requirements, which are additional costs apart from the licensing and software costs. The developer is also going to charge you for their coding time too.""The price is very reasonable.""It's an ideal pricing model to customize the components based on everyone's needs.""The setup cost depends on multiple factors, so you need to get details before choosing.""Considering the cost, it is a bit high, but worth the price because the output accuracy is high.""Costs savings have been seen by employing bots for multiple shifts instead of people.""Automation Anywhere is flexible in terms of costing and licensing."

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"The price is right. If you have Office 365 It's included.""Microsoft Power Automate is expensive. The full license is quite expensive.""I am not aware of the recent pricing model, but during the time that I was using this solution is was reasonable.""We have it on our system. I don't really know if we need a separate license.""The licensing cost for us at this time is between $8 and $20 per user, per month.""You pay for use and if you want a premium connector or adapter, but a lot of things are available for free.""It is free with Office 365 subscription.""It costs us nothing because we use it on the built-in cost that is a part of our existing license for 365. To use it more extensively, there are different pricing models. Its licensing is complex. It is complex to evaluate the cost in advance. As a result, people don't use it because they don't know what overall cost they are going to incur. There are too many criteria to figure out how much it is going to cost you to use the product to its full extent. Its licensing model should be improved, and the pricing should be more visible and transparent."

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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: Yes, Attended Bots  which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
Top Answer: Microsoft‌ ‌Power‌ ‌Automate‌ ‌is‌ ‌intuitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌integrate‌ ‌and‌ ‌use.‌ ‌I‌ ‌like‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience‌ ‌necessary,‌ ‌and‌ ‌appreciate‌ ‌the‌ ‌automated‌… more »
Top Answer: ‌Neither‌ ‌solution‌ ‌requires‌ ‌any‌ ‌coding‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌and‌ ‌both‌ ‌are‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌great‌ ‌drag-and‌ ‌drop‌ ‌functionality.‌ ‌The‌ ‌training‌ ‌and‌ ‌resources‌ ‌for‌ ‌AA‌… more »
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Also Known As
Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
Power Automate, Microsoft Flow, MS Power Automate
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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. 

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Sample Customers
Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
SNCF, Air France, Avanade
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%
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Manufacturing Company19%
Computer Software Company12%
Financial Services Firm8%
Transportation Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise79%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise67%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise55%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise71%
Find out what your peers are saying about Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate 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 Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 56 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Power Automate 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 Microsoft Power Automate writes "Very user-friendly and easy to use but requires better user training at first". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, Kryon RPA, IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Pega Robotic Process Automation, whereas Microsoft Power Automate is most compared with UiPath, Blue Prism, WinAutomation by Softomotive, Nintex RPA and Kofax RPA. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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