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"The scheduling feature allows for scheduling of the bots to a specific time every day, which helped remove the dependency on humans completely.""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.""It can be easily learned by anyone who spends a bit of time with it.""The most valuable feature is the task bots because we found that cognitive functionality can be improvised.""During the digital transformation of a company, the number of internal portals and applications increases leading to an increased number of data silos.""It is easy to fix bug issues which you encounter in the post-production process.""Excel automation is especially helpful because a lot of small companies are still using Excel as their data storage.""WLM & Device Pool, where multiple devices perform the same thing parallel and complete the tasks at the same time. The credential manager for security is one of the most valuable features for storing credentials and providing security between the developer usage and future maintenance where passwords expire every 90 days."

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"Good core applications.""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.""The program requires no code making it very easy to implement various functions.""Currently, we are mostly using the desktop part of it for data. We are basically extracting the data and then putting it in.""Overall, it is a great service at the given price. It is very modern, and it integrates in a great way with pretty much anything. It is also fast.""The most valuable features are that it is low-code and simple.""The connectors are a very good feature.""I like the scalability option and the simplicity, the way we can really use the interface to easily scale up."

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"When we try to process structured documents but with some little pen marks, improper partitions, or faded documents, IQ Bot fails to extract data properly out of them.""IQ Bot has some limitations that should be improved in future releases.""The Image Recognition functionality should be enhanced to improve the accuracy of checkboxes.""I hope that Automation Anywhere can further optimize its bots to help automate tasks with Microsoft Word documents and Microsoft PowerPoint documents because, in most organizations, there is a lot of reporting required.""Queues are great but need improvement. They are helpful because most of the automations are transaction-based.""They need to make the AA stable across all browsers and I hope to see it fixed in the next version.""The mobile application can be improved by adding more functions and capabilities abuse right now, only a few features are enabled for mobile users.""Scaling from small to medium automation works well, but if building out very big applications, sometimes the code can be too lengthy and uncontrollable."

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"All the services on the Microsoft platform are great. If we want to try something like with SharePoint or Azure or the 365 CRM, then we can't with the everyday community edition of the Microsoft Power Automate. It would be a good thing if there was some sort of trial period. Let's say you have 14 days. That way, can log into the loading screen with Power Automate, and get to utilize services like SharePoint, OneDrive, 365 CRM or etc. to see if they like them. It would be a good way for Microsoft to cross-sell or up-sell.""When comparing with Automation Anywhere, there are a couple of things that this product doesn't have. One of the major things is the key management system. It would be great if they improve this. Its documentation can also be improved.""Technical support needs to be able to respond quickly to queries. Right now, they are much too slow.""The solution is still maturing, and it's going to take time for that to happen.""Execution of workflows could be improved.""There should be more transparency when it comes to which features accompany the pricing, as there appear to be hidden features of which I am not aware.""Their OCR capabilities are not as evolved as the other tools.""It doesn't have any OCR capabilities."

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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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  • "You pay for use and if you want a premium connector or adapter, but a lot of things are available for free."
  • "Power Automate is a much less expensive product than the competition."
  • "There are many different ways to license it."
  • "This solution can save money when used for simple tasks specifically using only Microsoft products."
  • "There is zero licensing cost. It comes with our Microsoft Office subscription."
  • "I don't deal with the financial side. I know that we pay for a per-user license. It is probably less than $20 a user, but I am not sure about the exact figures."
  • "I am not aware of the recent pricing model, but during the time that I was using this solution is was reasonable."
  • "It is free with Office 365 subscription."
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    Questions from the Community
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    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 »
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    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.
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    Yes, Attended Bots  which can run without centralized control Module. RPA Tools like Automation Anywhere, uiPath ,Power Automation they do support this.
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    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 »
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    ‌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. 

    For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

    Microsoft Flow is now Power Automate—a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.

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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 Company11%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 145 reviews while Microsoft Power Automate is ranked 3rd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 63 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Power Automate 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 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, Kofax RPA and Nintex RPA. See our Automation Anywhere (AA) vs. Microsoft Power Automate report.

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