How UiPath’s RPA Services Differ From That of Blue Prism?
by Smriti Srivastava
June 27, 2020
The increasing demand for automation technologies such as robotic process automation or RPA makes it difficult for various technology providers to demonstrate their value and relevance in a highly competitive market. Well respected automation companies like Blue Prism and UiPath are innovating their services extensively to stay relevant in such an ambitious market.
As noted by Crunchbase, UiPath designs and develops software for automating robotic processes. The UiPath Enterprise RPA platform offers an easy-to-use automation tool and supports local and automated cloud provisioning. The platform supports both supervised and unattended robots and is known for high-scale, safe and resilient operations.
This company was founded in 2005 and founded by Daniel Dines. In 2018, the company received an investment of $ 153 million from the capital Accel and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
As one report shows, it is really easy to manage automated business processes and process a virtual workforce with the help of UiPath. This helps you by increasing the benefits of robotic process automation. Such things are possible in UiPath because it is based on an on-premise and cloud delivery method and that way you can deploy and manage everything in one place. It also offers a wide range of productivity as UiPath is extensible and standard, giving you a new level of automation that is deployed with minimal operational costs and also better takes into account the use of IT resources. If you have different users for different lines of business, you can create a server that is secure, private, and also autonomous. It also offers a high level of security. You may have the option to deploy globally, but security won’t be compromised. It has the function of the lock screen.
Blue Prism, on the other hand, has the vision of providing every company with a digital workforce. The company’s goal is to unlock the collaborative potential of people working in harmony with a digital workforce so that any company can exceed its business goals and drive significant growth with unmatched speed and agility. Fortune 500 and public sector organizations, including customers in 70 commercial sectors, trust Blue Prism’s enterprise connected RPA platform, which has users in more than 170 countries. By strategically applying intelligent automation, these organizations create new opportunities and services while enabling massive efficiencies that bring millions of hours back to their business.
In 2010, a group of experts in the field of process automation founded the blue prism in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a company. The technology used in this case is based on the Microsoft.net framework and is supported by every type of platform and application. The customer or user owns and manages the blue prism digital workforce. It is also built by them. This technology is used in various industries such as consumer products, public sectors, finance and insurance, utilities, and healthcare.
All types of investment applications, company and infrastructure data repositories, the legacy system must coexist and the simple data exchange is made possible by the blue prism. Blue Prism helps remove IT initiatives from business operations. It performs such functions without creating a repository for new data. This is considered to be the complete technology for rapidly automating business processes.
Features of Blue Prism and UiPath RPA and their respective pros and cons
• Robust – It has some of the best features like data encryption, load balancing, and monitoring.
• Security and Accuracy – A user can perform an “N” number of processes and get reliable and accurately automated results.
• Reduced staffing requirements – The tool can run 24/7 and does not require staff to monitor it.
• Data Management – Automation supports this tool in storing data in data centers. This offers a defined possibility of abstracting data and securing the entire process.
• Dashboard Support – This RPA tool provides a dashboard that a user can use to quickly analyze data and monitor the process.
• This tool can be developed and controlled
• Operational scalability is good with excellent execution speeds
• It has a client-based server architecture
• Very reliable and accurate
• Image and text recognition is available
• The tool’s debugging ability is good
• This tool can process an infinite number of processes at the same time.
• This tool is expensive and there is no free version available
• Does not contain open forums
• A user cannot plan ahead
• Supports back office automation only
• There are no recorders on the tool
• App-based access only
• The user must be trained on the tool
• Compatibility – UiPath offers a good range of applications, be it desktop-based or web-based.
• Hosting – A user can host UiPath RPA in the cloud as well as on virtual terminals.
• Library – This tool provides a dynamic library that allows users to use the drag and drop functionality.
• Licensing – This tool uses server-based licensing that uses a central server, making it easy to use.
• Integration – UiPath offers third-party integration. A user can use OCR technologies from different companies at the API level.
• Debugging – It also offers powerful debugging that is flexible and intuitive.
• This tool is expensive, but a free version is available
• Contains open forums for the public
• A user can plan ahead
• Supports back office and front office automation
• The tool contains recorders for faster process mapping
• Both mobile and app-based access
• Image and text recognition is available
• The user interface is easy to use
• The implementation and development speed of the tool is fast
• It has a web-based architecture
• The reliability is not so good here
• Operational scalability is average
• This tool can process a maximum of 10,000 processes
Comparison between Blue Prism and UiPath
In terms of robot assistance, UiPath offers attended and unattended robots and Blue Prism only offers unattended robots. The ideology of the former of having visited robots is to enable all workers to have a robot more efficiently and effectively, while the latter is only designed to work in a corporate environment with only unattended robots.
While UiPath is less effective in debugging, Blue Prism is easier to debug. Debugging in the former is difficult, so no changes can be made while debugging is in progress. Users can only see the values of variables during the process and cannot change them for testing. With Blue Prism, users can dynamically interact with variables and scenarios to test and fix problems.
UiPath works with traditional “try-catch” activities, while while working with Blue Prism, changeable blocks are used and can be easily modified to cover steps for using the try-catch functionality.
Readability of the process
While UiPath has fixed-size items with limited positional activity, Blue Prims has process items that are custom sized, positioned, and color-coded.
In the case of UiPath, a process in the studio can only refer to one orchestrator at a time. So you’ll have to reconfigure to switch between staging and production, while importing / exporting packages makes it easy to deploy in Blue Prism.
One of the fundamental differences between UiPath and Blue Prism RPA tools is ease of use. If necessary, these tools can be implemented by any business insider, but they require a certain amount of coding.
Any developer with basic coding skills can implement UiPath RPA solutions. However, Blue Prism assumes that a developer has a moderate level of coding experience.
One of the main advantages of implementing RPA is its low cost of ownership. To achieve this level of cost efficiency in business operations, a company must first implement RPA.
While Blue Prism offers an affordable pricing structure for RPA implementation, UiPath could get a little too expensive for new age startups or companies looking to automate processes on budget.
In order for RPA automation to work smoothly, it requires a little human input and interaction. However, it is imperative to provide an intuitive, aesthetic sense of legibility.
Blue Prism has the upper hand here as it has visual elements and customization options, unlike UiPath, which has the process flow fixed with no options for additional customization.
The development aspect is a bigger part of RPA development. When development is tedious and time consuming, automation becomes another process in its own right.
With Blue Prism RPA tools, developing automation is a simple process. All you have to do is create a new package and export and import accordingly.
However, UiPath RPA tools make development easy, but you need to connect the assigned studio, trigger processes, and publish to the Orchestrator.
What makes RPA attractive and accessible is its ease of integration. You do not need to install any new infrastructure to implement RPA. Instead, it sits on top of existing processes and legacy systems.
Blue Prism offers great integrations on both the server side and the client side with additional support for REST calls.
However, you need support for REST calls to start RPA processes in the systems outside of the UiPath environment.