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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
"By implementing the Automation Anywhere robot, we have reduced the FTE count and it was able to process 800 invoices per day with 100% accuracy.""When our organization switched to Automation Anywhere, the accuracy rate improved and consequently, there has not been much data loss.""By using this, we are saving time and we no need to do routine work, as it is now automated and the result is shared with all of the end-users.""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 that are valuable including Whatsapp messages, OCR, and image recognization, but I have not tried all of them.""The code, once developed, is pretty stable.""During the digital transformation of a company, the number of internal portals and applications increases leading to an increased number of data silos.""Object Cloning is the most valuable feature I have found for automating a website or a process that includes multiple mouse clicks."

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"Mostly we use the Design Studio to develop the automation. It's great. We put them into deployment and have the automated process running. It's essentially the Design Studio for Blue Prism and the entire methodology of delivery that is the most useful or valuable to us.""Blue Prism is very good at doing background processing.""Technical support has been responsive when we have needed their assistance.""I use the basic features that are very useful.""It has a centrally managed infrastructure, and it is secure. Our client was using it because of its ease of use. They had already identified some workflows that were trained on Blue Prism RPAs. It was much more convenient for them to preselect Blue Prism as compared to other vendors.""Stability-wise, I haven't heard any complaints from our clients.""It is good for transactions that are very straightforward. It works very nicely with the structured data. It is user-friendly. It is easy to implement and easy to understand.""Being able to create an object and use it for multiple processes has been very useful for us."

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Cons
"We had a few setbacks because of bots getting queued and unable to force delete a task bot which kept persisting in the control room. These features should be included in future releases which will be highly beneficial.""Automation Anywhere can improve by implementing a Citrix environment and increasing the stability of tools, such as IQ bot.""It would be helpful if Device Credentials can sync with Active Directory so that for the IT policy case that requires periodic password resetting, there is no need for a human to input manually into each Bot Runner machine.""Excel, Outlook, and Word automation are very difficult with V11.""We have a challenge in our front office automation where capturing details from a table within a table does not happen in the existing AA Enterprise client version 11.3.4. The AA team tries various methods like using an Excel spreadsheet to capture the tables.""For the short term, in this pandemic era, they should have a feature to write and save directly into Word documents, Office 365, or Google Docs.""The inclusion of word packages would help us to extract data from Word and automate word-related activities easily.""Especially while using v11, I often experience freezes with OCR extraction from PDF files."

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"If this solution had a framework for exception handling then it would be very helpful.""The reporting system, specifically the system admin reporting could be improved.""The upgrades could be managed better. I would also like to see more true AI development and machine learning.""I have been speaking directly with Blue Prism's engagement manager about making the solution more web-based. It's not quite there yet. Currently, the latest version is still under the beta version, so, as a customer, we don't have access to it. They are making it much more web-based, but for now, everything you have to log into requires an enterprise server — It's still more client-based than web-based.""Everyone uses Workday and Salesforce and all that stuff. If they had specific plugins to interact with these enterprise tools, that would be very helpful.""I don't like that it is so limited, anything that you do feels limited in your capabilities.""There are some new tools on the market that work better than Blue Prism. When Blue Prism receives information I have found other RPA solutions refresh the application better. At this moment it's not the best application.""We would like to have something, not particularly within the tool, that gives flexibility to the end-users to schedule the bots themselves. There should be some kind of control room flexibility so that they can go in. We don't have to always keep that centralized with us. We would also like to have inbuilt scheduling and resource pooling to distribute the bots on servers from within the platform. I should be able to distribute or orchestrate them internally so that if one bot takes a little longer than planned, it automatically shifts to another server. We would also like its price to be lower."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Costs savings have been seen by employing bots for multiple shifts instead of people."
  • "My only suggestion in terms of pricing is very generic and that is to consider that as much as RPA saves cost and does automation, please get a realistic estimation done on whether you are really achieving any ROI over your investment with RPA."
  • "It is one of the most affordable RPA solutions, and as for licensing, they offer a community edition that greatly helps anyone who aspires to learn about the product before buying the enterprise solution."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "I don't deal have cost specifics but I can say it is a tool that provides value for the money."
  • "Pricing is affordable and I would recommend beginning with the Starter Package."
  • "The pricing and licensing are definitely moderate to costly but easily recoverable by achieving ROI quickly."
  • "Automation Anywhere is flexible in terms of costing and licensing."
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  • "The pricing is really good for an enterprise-level solution. It's quite scalable and it's quite comparable with the market."
  • "Our licensing fees are approximately $5,000 USD per year."
  • "The licensing fees are low compared to other tools."
  • "Blue Prism is less expensive than some of the other RPA solutions."
  • "We have a three-year contract that is paid on a yearly basis."
  • "With Blue Prism, there are no additional fees"
  • "Blue Prism has a really simple licensing model, where the licenses are not confusing and there are no hidden costs the way there are in UiPath."
  • "Blue Prism is quite costly."
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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 »
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    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 »
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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%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 145 reviews while Blue Prism is ranked 4th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 45 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Blue Prism is rated 7.6. 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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