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RPA Tool Comparison: UiPath vs. Automation Anywhere vs. Blue Prism

Get help in choosing the best RPA tool for you by this RPA tool comparison. 

Know the RPA Leaders Personally

In this post, we will be listing the top three RPA vendors in today’s market; Namely, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and Blue Prism. By knowing each personally, you will know how each can address differing RPA needs that you may have. 

UiPath

UiPath helps to reduce human workers in doing repetitive back-office tasks. It is a very simple RPA tool with a drag-and-drop functionality feature. Mostly, automation needs for Windows desktop automation opt for UiPath. 

In addition to its simple interface feature, this RPA tool contains more than 300 pre-built automation components. However, although it is simple-interfaced, UiPath also has advanced features for more complex automation tasks.

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere is an RPA tool best for enterprise automation tasks. This tool offers more scalability, security, and resilient features. Moreover, Automation Anywhere can connect with different platforms; while allowing its users to extend its functionality whenever necessary. Thus, making it a good choice for enterprises.

Back in 2019, Automation Anywhere opened its community edition in public. By doing so, users can freely explore RPA with Automation Anywhere in automating their office tasks, even in enterprises.

Blue Prism

Blue Prism is out in the market since 2001. Since then, it empowers the virtual workforce by automating business tasks and operations with its software robots. Blue Prism helps businesses stay cost-effective in their operations while being agile.

Moreover, Blue Prism is an RPA tool based on c-sharp. So it has similar functionalities to UiPath; for instance, it also has its visual designer by a drag-and-drop functionality. Not to mention its visual designer also has no recorder scripts or not requiring any human intervention.

RPA Tool Comparison: Main Features

1. Architecture Type

Here are two types of architecture in RPA:

  • Client-server based: when each computer (or node) is either a client or a server
  • Web-based orchestrator: defines a unified workflow of tasks for automation to reach a certain goal, but requires oversight’s permission and policy enforcement

Examples of server-based architecture:

  • Blue Prism
  • Automation Anywhere

Example/s of web-based orchestrator:

  • UiPath

2. Robots

Robots can work either or both of the following:

  • Front office tasks- customer service, marketing, website tasks
  • Back office tasks- information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and inventory management 

For back-office automation tasks:

  • Blue Prism

For (both) front and back-office automation tasks:

  • UiPath
  • Automation Anywhere

3. Visual Designer

If an RPA tool’s visual designer has an easy user interface, you can easily automate repetitive business tasks and processes to help eliminate human intervention.

For easy visual designer feature:

  • UiPath (easiest of them all)
  • Blue prism 

Script-based visual designer (for developers):

  • Automation Anywhere

4. Programming Skills

If you are looking for a codeless RPA tool, UiPath is definitely for you. It offers RPA features like any other tools, but in a simpler way. That is, without any programming language.

While both Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere need some programming basics, for example, in managing business objects and activities.

5. Accessibility

  • UiPath– offers both mobile and browser accessibility
  • Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere- offers application accessibility
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