As the world is moving towards building new processes this has fueled the absolute necessity for automation. Now every organization, big or small is aiming to automate its business processes in a way that it complements the manual strategizing and processes remain uninterrupted. Now robotic process automation is the new-age marvel that is being utilized by enterprises to automate their tasks and process. Now the market on RPA is mostly dominated by powerful and dynamic tools such as the blue prism automation anywhere and UI path. Now obviously deciding on the best tool to cater your need can be an overwhelming task. So to help you guys come out of this dilemma and unveil the best among them.
Let us get started, but before we begin with the face off. Let me brief you about each of these tools one after the other.
Now blue prism was formed in 2001 and follows a top-down approach .this tool holds the capability of virtual workforce powered by software robots and also helps the enterprises to automate the business operations in an agile and cost-effective manner. The tool is based on c-sharp programming language and offers a visual designer with drag-and-drop functionalities. Also, let me tell you that blue prism offers a visual designer with no recorders scripts or any intervention.
Now automation anywhere is an RPA tool whose motive is to provide its users scalable secure and resilient services. Now, this tool has recently launched a community edition which will first let you explore the tools and automate the task and then provides you with an enterprise service. Automation anywhere offers better performance as it has the ability to integrate to different platforms and also scale simultaneously. Now, this tool is meant to be used at the enterprise level and is mainly designed for solving complex issues.
Now UI path is also a robotic process automation tool which is used for Windows desktop automation. It is used to automate repetitive or redundant tasks and eliminates human intervention. Now the stool is simple to use and has a drag-and-drop functionality of activities. UI path also has a standard studio version which has a trial period of 60 days. now the best part is UI path also comes with a community edition which is free for lifetime and has most of the functionality of the studio version.
So in this face-off, we will be comparing all the three tools on the basis of the following grounds:
That is the offers trial version, market trend, based technologies, architecture, process designer, programming skills, accessibility, reusability, recorders, robots, accuracy, operational scalability, community and support, jobs related to tools and certification.
So now let us get into detail with the first comparison factor that is
Offers trial version
Now in the software industry trial software refers to software which consumers can try before they buy. So when we compare all the three tools based on this parameter no prism doesn't offer any trial version. So if you wish to learn this tool then you have to get yourself enrolled in the blue prism Academy to get access to the tool and only then you can start exploring the tool. But this is not the case with the other two tools. Now automation anywhere has recently launched the Community Edition through which you can explore the tool and then if you're further interested in learning this tool you can use it on an enterprise level.
Ui-path also offers a community edition which is free for lifetime. you can learn to explore and design automation to cater your needs and once you think you are proficient enough to work in an enterprise and use this tool, you can go ahead and buy the Enterprise Edition.
Tools Based on the market trend
now according to the Google Trends UI-path emerges as a clear winner out of the tribe .while both the other tools have almost the similar trend and are going hand in hand with others. UI path seems to give a tough competition to the other two tools, also the search volume of UI path is the maximum out of the lot. It's around 63,000 folks.
Now that's definitely a very big number.
Now moving on to the next parameter which is based technologies now all the three tools are
based on various technologies while blue prism is based on c-sharp, automation anywhere is based on the Microsoft technologies. UI path, on the other hand, is based on numerous technologies like SharePoint, cabana and elastic search.
While all the three technologies are based on different technologies UI-path, blue prism and the automation anywhere aim to cater to the need of the enterprises with similar functionalities.
Now next let us discuss the architecture type of all the three tools. Now there are mainly two types of architecture we will be focusing on that is the client-server based architecture and the web-based Orchestrator. Now let me explain to you these terms first the client-server architecture is a network architecture in which each computer or process on the network is either a client or a server. So basically, you can see multiple clients connected to a single server and performing a various number of tasks. Now coming to web-based Orchestrator, it connects automated tasks into a cohesive workflow to accomplish a goal with permissions oversight and policy enforcement. So blue prism and automation anywhere have a server-based architecture and UI-path also is an architecture type of web-based Orchestrator.
Now moving on to the next factor of comparison that is process designer or a visual designer. It refers to the dashboard of the tools through which you can define your automation tasks. now when we compare UI-path blue prism and automation anywhere based on this parameter UI-path emerges as the clear winner. This is because UI-path is user-friendly and offers a dashboard with simple drag-and-drop functionalities. whereas automation anywhere is developer friendly and is completely script based.
Now coming to blue Prizm blue prism is easier to use than automation anywhere but it doesn't overtake the UI path.
Now the next point of comparison we have is programming skills. Now before I start comparing these tools on the pieces of programming skills. Let me tell you that when you are working on an automation tool it is obvious that our aim is to reduce the need for coding. Yet, if you are looking forward to ops kill yourself in rpm then knowing dot net would definitely be an advantage.
Now comparing these tools on the basis of programming you do require programming for a blue prism to manage the business objects. Now for automation anywhere you do require a little knowledge of coding to use the activities.
Next, we will be comparing these tools based on accessibility. Now the accessibility of blue prism and automation anywhere stand the same. That is, both of them can be accessed through apps but when it comes to UI path it has mobile and browser accessibility. Now it is completely based on the scenario which tool you want to use and which tool you think will cater your needs to the best.
Now moving on to the next parameter which is reusability. Now when we compare these three tools based on this parameter we will observe that all the three tools offer various options to cater reusability of processes are they designed automation. Blue prism offers libraries which can be reused with other processes coming to automation anywhere blocks are created using smart adapters and in UI-path projects are grouped together as a library.
So in short, all the three tools offer various functionalities to cater your needs to reuse the pre-designed automation.
Now the next point of comparison we have is recorders. Now recorders are features provided by the tools through which we record various types of actions. In large scale industries recorders are mainly used to record few important and repetitive actions so that the manual workforce doesn't have to spend time in implementing the actions again and eventually waste time.
Next, we will be comparing these tools based on robots. Now the robots provided by the tools are responsible to alter your requirements and provide either front and back office automation or both of them. Now when I say front office I mean all those kinds of tasks which operational activities that directly affect customers such as, customer service, marketing, and websites.
Now back office refers to business activities that take place behind the scenes and serve more of a supportive function. Such as information technology human resources and inventory management. Now you can automate activities in both areas of your business to improve efficiency and minimize costs. So with a blue prism, you can all get back office automation whereas you Ui-Path and automation anywhere cater both front and back office automation.
Now there won't be any final verdict as to which among them is the best. As each one of these excels
in a different field but if you asked for my opinion I personally feel if you are someone who is new to automation then UI path will give you the best. Start on your journey to automation but it's not necessarily that you feel the same.