What are BluePrism, Automation Anywhere & Ui-Path?

Let take a brief introduction of trio.

Blue prism 


Blue prism was formed in 2001, and follows a top-down approach. This tool holds the capability of virtual workforce powered by software robots. This helps the enterprises to automate the business operations in an agile and cost effective manner. This tool based on C# 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. 


Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere is a RPA tool whose motive is to provide its user scalable, secure and resilient services. This will let you explore the tool and automate tasks, 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. Well this tool is meant to be used in the enterprise level and is mainly designed for solving complexity issues. 


Ui-Path is a robotic process automation tool which is used to automate repetitive tasks and eliminate human interventions. Now this tool is simple to use and has a drag and drop functionality of activities. 

Let us now see how these tools stand out against each other. In this face off we will compare all three tools on the basis of following grounds:

1. Market trend

Now according to Google trend Ui-Path emerges as clear winner out of the trio while other tools have almost similar trend and are going hand in hand with others. Ui-Path seems to be giving a tough competition to two other tools. Also the search volume of Ui-Path is large. 

2. Based technology 

All the three tools are based on different technologies while blue prism is based on C#, Automation Anywhere is based on Microsoft technology, Ui-Path on the other hand is based on numerous technologies like sharepoint, kibana & elasticsearch. While all the three technologies are based on different technologies Ui-Path, blue prism and Automation anywhere aim to cater need of the enterprises with similar functionalities. 

3. Architecture type

There are mainly two types of architecture we will be focusing on that is client based architecture and web based orchestrator. Now let me explain you these terms first. Client based architecture is a network architecture in which each computer or process on the network either a client or server, so basically you can see multiple client connected to a single server and performing various number of tasks. Now coming to web based orchestrator, it connects automated tasks to a cohesive workflow to accomplish a goal with permissions oversight and policy enforcements. So blue prism and automation anywhere have client based architecture while ui-path have web based orchestrator.
4. Process designer

Process designer or a visual designer. Now visual designer refers to the dashboard of the tools through which you can define your automation tasks. Now we are comparing blue prism, ui-path and automation anywhere based on this parameter. Ui-Path emerges as clear winner. This is because Ui-Path is user friendly and offers dashboard with simple drag and drop functionalities whereas automation anywhere is developer friendly and is completely script based. Now coming to blue prism, it is easier to use than automation anywhere but it is not easy to overtake Ui-Path. 

5. Programming skill

Before I start comparing these tools on the basis of programming skills let me tell you that when you are working on automation tool it is obvious that our aim is to reduce coding yet if you are looking forward to up skill yourself in RPA then knowing dot net will definite be an advantage. Now comparing these tools on the basis of programming you do require programming for blue prism to manage business objective. Well for automation anywhere you do require a little knowledge of coding to use activities. Now coming to ui-path you don’t require programming skill as ui-path offers a simple dashboard with basic functionality. So anyone who can understand and analyze the business problem to design automation to benefit an enterprise can go with either of the tools.  

6. Accessibility

Accessibility of blue prism and automation anywhere stands 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 scenario which tool you want to use and which tool will need cater best.

7. Reusability

When we compare these tools on this parameter we will observe that all the three tools offer various options to cater reusability of processes or the designed automations. While blue prism offers libraries which can be reused with other process, coming to automation anywhere, blocks are created using smart adapters and in ui-path projects are grouped together as library.

8. Recorders

Next  point of comparison we have is recorders, recorders are features provided by 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 manual workforce doesn’t have to spend a more time in implementing action again and eventually waste time. Blue prism doesn’t provide this feature while automation anywhere and ui-path provides basic and macro recorders.

9. Robots

Robots provided by the tools are responsible to cater your requirements and provide either front and back office automation or both of them. When it is front office automation it means all those kind of tasks which operational activity that directly affects customers such as customer sales, services markets and websites. Now back office refers to that activities that take place behind the scenes and serves as more supportive function such as IT, HR, inventory, management etc., now you can use anyone of tools to reduce cost and maximize efficiency. You can cater with only back office automation with blue prism while ui-path and automation anywhere caters both front and back office automations.

10. Accuracy

Now moving on next parameter which is accuracy, now term accuracy is to define how accurately designed automation works to deliver the desired result within allotted production time. Now comparing blue prism, automation anywhere and ui-path on this factor, blue prism performs well in the sector of desktop web and citrix automation. Now desktop automation mainly refers to activities automated in single PC, web automation refers to action performed on web browser and citrix automation refers to actions automated to virtual environment. Also let me tell you that ui-path shines in citrix automation designed for business processing outsourcing. Now coming to last tool which is automation anywhere, it performs reasonable across mediums.

11. Operational scalability

Blue prism clearly wins as it offers good and high execution speed, while automation anywhere offers limited large scale robot deployment on the other hand ui-path tends to crash in medium level projects.

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