UiPath vs BluePrism vs Automation Anywhere – Comparing the RPA Leaders

March 26, 2020

RPA Tools Comparison_ UiPath vs BluePrism vs Automation Anywhere - Signity Solutions

The implication of RPA is not merely in banking, finance services, and insurance industry. But its application can have a significant impact on industry sectors like manufacturing, telecom, aviation, oil and gas, retail, and analytics. 

It is expected that the RPA market is going to reach about USD 8.75 billion by the year 2024. 

But since many sectors are working towards the deployment of smart RPA tools in their business processes. They are very confused about which tool they should choose for the correct implication. 

And according to a Forrester report, the best RPA vendors are Automation Anywhere UiPath, BluePrism, NICE EdgeVerve Workfusion Pega / OpenSpan UiPat in the technology category. 

As per Gartner Research, Global RPA Software spending is expected to reach $2.4 billion in 2022. Also, by the end of the year 2022, 80% of the large and very large organizations will have deployed RPA in any form.

RPA Software Market Share - Signity Solutions

Source: Gartner

RPA Tools Comparison:

In order to decide, which is the best and the most suited tool according to your needs we are comparing the RPA tools industry leaders – UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and BluePrism. 

UiPath

UiPath is one of the leading RPA tools that is used on the Windows desktop for automation. The tool helps in removing human intervention by automating repetitive or redundant tasks. The tool is very simple and has a drag-and-drop functionality. 

It also has a standard studio with over 300 pre-built automation components. And it integrates automation with business software for simple automation and advanced development features for the more experienced users.

“UiPath is open and collaborative. Its success, as arguably the fastest-growing enterprise software company in history, has been driven by its community of 250,000 users. They are the ones who come up with the good ideas, the new technologies to look at, the new implementation partners to talk to, and so on. No other RPA vendor has this reach.”, says Guy Kirkwood, UiPath’s chief evangelist.

Automation Anywhere 

Automation Anywhere is an RPA tool that has a goal to offer its users scalable, secure, and resilient features. The tool has recently launched in 2019 with a community edition that lets you explore the tools and automate the tasks. And also provide you with an enterprise service.

Automation anywhere offers better performance as it has the ability to integrate to different platforms and also scale whenever the client wants to extend the functionality. Automation Anywhere is meant to be used at the enterprise level and is mainly designed for solving complex issues.

“James Dening, VP and European RPA evangelist at Automation Anywhere says, “Our recent research with Goldsmiths, University of London  shows that the greatest ROI on RPA investment is achieved with simultaneous investment in people. Businesses need to understand how RPA fits within their operations, but ultimately the key to successful RPA implementation is diligent planning and management of the organisation’s workforce transformation.”

Blue prism 

Blue prism was out in 2001 and followed a top-down approach. The tool works on a virtual workforce powered by software robots that help in automating enterprise business operations in a cost-effective and agile manner.

Blue prism is based on c-sharp and it offers a visual designer with drag-and-drop functionalities, which is a bit similar to UiPath. Also, its visual designer has no recorder scripts or any intervention.

“RPA Is a software category created by Blue Prism that provides an easy-to-control ‘Digital Workforce’ that informs, augments, supports and assists people in the automation of rules-based mission critical procedures and tasks. This category is now entering its next evolutionary phase —  ‘connected-RPA’ — which promises an exciting era of collaborative technology innovation – led by digitally savvy business users – enabled by ever greater, intelligent, business automation.”, says Pat Geary, chief evangelist at Blue Prism. 

Robotic process automation has solutions that are helpful in engagement especially if we talk about employee engagement.

Employee engagement is defined as survival. In businesses, employees are the faces of any organization. They take care of the businesses by providing support to customers in terms of providing solutions for technical support.

Comparing the main features – UiPath vs Automation Anywhere vs Blue Prism

1. Architecture Type:

There are two types of architecture – client-server based architecture and web-based orchestrator. 

Client-server architecture is a kind of network architecture in which each node or computer is either a client or a server. 

While a web-based orchestrator helps connect automated tasks into a unified workflow that is defined to attain a specific goal with permissions oversight and policy enforcement. 

Blue prism and Automation Anywhere is a server-based architecture and UiPath is a web-based Orchestrator.

2. Robots:

Now the robots can be of two kinds that work on the front office or at the back office. Front office comprising of customer service, marketing, and websites., and the back office includes operations, such as information technology, human resources, and inventory management. 

Blue prism can automate back-office operations and Ui-Path and automation anywhere work on both front and back-office automation.

3. Visual Designer:

It is a user-friendly visual designer that can help automate repetitive business processes and also eliminate human intervention. 

In this UiPath is a clear winner as it offers a user-friendly dashboard with simple drag-and-drop functionalities. And Automation Anywhere is developer-friendly and is completely script-based. While Blue Prism is much easier than Automation Anywhere and is a visual designer based but not completely like UiPath. 

4. Programming Skills:

UiPath doesn’t require any programming language knowledge. It provides RPA functionalities in a much simpler way than any other RPA tools. Blue prism needs a basis of programming to manage the business objects and Automation Anywhere does require a little knowledge of coding to use the activities.

5. Accessibility:

UiPath has mobile and browser accessibility, while blue prism and automation anywhere can be accessed through apps. 

RPA leaders

Source: Gartner

Guy Kirkwood from UiPath, James Dening from Automation, and Pat Geary from Blue Prism making industry understand why their product stands out.

“UiPath is open and collaborative. Its success, as arguably the fastest-growing enterprise software company in history, has been driven by its community of 250,000 users. They are the ones who come up with the good ideas, the new technologies to look at, the new implementation partners to talk to, and so on. No other RPA vendor has this reach.”

“Automation Anywhere’s platform is the most intuitive to use, fastest to scale and it’s secure by design. Added to this, the capabilities of our digital workers enable unparalleled automation deployment.”

“What makes Blue Prism’s digital workers unique is they’re designed to be the most scalable, secure, controllable, intelligent and connected — with no coding required, so they can be run by business users — through a centralized, collaborative, RPA platform. Crucially, these digital workers also operate safely within the full governance and security of the IT department within the most demanding enterprise environments, making them easy to operate at scale.”

RPA tools capabilities - Signity Solutions

Source: Gartner

Customer Experience

RPA Tools Rating according to the customers

Source: Gartner

Summarizing RPA Tools Comparison – UiPath vs Automation Anywhere vs Blue Prism 

Summarizing Comparison - UiPath vs Automation Anywhere vs Blue Prism - Signity SOlutions

Source: Gartner

Future of RPA 

According to GrandView Research RPA Industry analysis, the global RPA market size was USD 357.5 Million in 2017 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 31.1% over the period 2018-2025. BFSI application segment experienced the largest revenue in 2017 and it is expected to maintain the top position in the coming years. Also, the Pharma and Healthcare segment is expected to expand at the 35.7% CAGR over the forecast period.

The future of RPA is bright and infinite as it is a leading edge-technology. And the global economic downturn will encourage the adoption of RPA in various industries. Automation is developing new ways forward.

RPA will soon be the new and intelligent way of automation. The functioning of RPA will run simultaneously with the development of automation code. This programming will be more useful and reusable. The usage of centralization and functionality will help enable companies to reuse code across industries and geographies. 

During 2020, companies will learn in a better way to standardize bots and imply them across various use cases and business processes, and then across companies and industries. Once you combine and standardize automation set into reusable and repeatable elements, everything will be unified.

Amit Dua

Co-Founder at Signity Solutions
A tech-evangelist, he has an uncanny ability to synergize and build associations, thriving teams, and reputable clients. His vision to grow his decade-old company as per global standards, and his deep analytical skills to foresee market trends, as well as global challenges, has enabled his company to come up with products and services best suited not only for local, but global markets as well.

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