RPA is a buzzing word in tech community circles. RPA or Robotic Process Automation is a way to automate repetitive tasks. For example, if we have repetitive tasks of doing data entry from spreadsheets, we can automate that to let the robot/bot do this work and we can focus on other important tasks.
This approach to let RPA automate repetitive and manual tasks is fast, almost error-free, and very much cost-effective. For instance, A robot can work day and night with the same efficiency!
There are many RPA tools available in the market. For example, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, BluePrism, NICE, Kryon, and the list goes on! As of writing this article, Both UiPath and Automation Anywhere are market leaders in the RPA market. Between them, UiPath is having the upper hand over Automation Anywhere at this moment.
In this article, we’ll be reviewing different aspects of both RPA providers.
Let’s get to know a little bit more about UiPath and Automation Anywhere company.
UiPath is a public company (NYSE) founded by Daniel Dines (CEO) and Marius Tirca (CTO) in 2005. Based on TechCrunch news, UiPath secured $750 million dollars funding in a private round at a $35 billion valuation. Impressive numbers, isn’t it?
Automation Anywhere was founded in 2003 by Mihir Shukla (CEO). It has headquarters in San Jose, CA. In 2019 AA raised $290 million dollars at a $6.8 billion valuation. In addition, Based on the news article, it’s planning an IPO soon!
Now that we go over company briefings, let’s go over key components of UiPath and Automation Anywhere.
1. UiPath Studio
UiPath Studio is a graphical tool useful for creating automation workflows. It’s capable of creating simple as well as complex solutions containing third-party apps, administrative IT tasks, and business processes. Please visit documentation to know more about it.
2. UiPath Orchestrator:
UiPath Orchestrator allows you to execute repetitive tasks or business processes by UiPath Robots. It is a web-based application portal that manages and controls all bots. In addition, UiPath Orchestrator also lets you connect to third-party solutions and applications. Visit documentation for details.
3. UiPath Robot:
UiPath Robot is a low-level executioner of a process defined by UiPath Studio and scheduled by UiPath Orchestrator. Read more about UiPath Robot here.
4. UiPath Activities:
UiPath Activities are building blocks of processor automation defined in UiPath Studio. You can configure your execution logic by creating and configuring activities inside UiPath Studio. For more information, visit documentation.
Automation Anywhere Components
A Bot is recorded human activity which will be automated and mimicked by a machine. It’s a great concept to reduce repetitive tasks and it does not require human monitoring and interaction.
2. Bot Creators
As the name suggests, Bot Creators is used to create/edit bots. Bot Creator has features such as interfaces for Task Editor, Event Watcher, Reports, Bot Player, Local Scheduler, and more. A Bot can be deployed to registered devices from the control room. Go to documentation for more details.
3. Control Room
Control Room is similar to Orchestrator in UiPath. It provides automated provisioning, orchestration, governance, and analytics which is actionable for all implementations. It provides functions such as Licensing, Services, Caching, Messaging. Please refer to the documentation for more information.
4. Bot Runners
Similar to UiPath Robot, Bot Runner is software that runs the bot! It can also execute scaled deployment across multiple devices. Visit documentation for more details.
Pricing is definitely one of the biggest factors taken into consideration when we are comparing two products. Let’s take a look at it!
UiPath offers a different range of pricing plans as shown in the following table. Please note that prices are from Oct-2021 and it is subject to change.
|Automation Developer||$420/month||Suited for single developer/user for their personalized use|
|Unattended Automation||$1380/month||For individual users who are automating for their team.|
|Automation Team||$1930/month||Best for small teams automating for their business group.|
|For Enterprise and Medium organizations, Plans are not public. Contacting sales is suggested.|
Please visit the Pricing page for more details.
Automation Anywhere Pricing
Pricing for Automation Anywhere is not publicly available. Users are suggested to contact the AA sales team for more information.
It’s showtime! We at PDF.co have developed plugins for both UiPath and Automation Anywhere. In the process of reviewing these plugins, we’ll also get to know working with these RPA in a real-world scenario. Interesting, isn’t it?
UiPath and PDF.co
PDF.co is a Gold Certified publisher on UiPath Marketplace. If you are a UiPath user, you can very easily consume PDF.co services by using its marketplace package. To know more about PDF.co and UiPath Integration, visit this link.
The following video gives an overall overview of the PDF.co UiPath package. We also get to know how to add third-party packages in UiPath.
Now, to give an example of working with PDF inside UiPath consider the following video. Here, we are adding an image to an existing PDF document inside UiPath using the PDF.co package. This video also demonstrates creating activity flow and how to add an activity block and configure it.
Automation Anywhere and PDF.co
Automation Anywhere provides a nice web-based UI to design a bot. We can add different actions to our bot, for example, “Message Box” or “Rest Web Service”. For instance, We can easily integrate any PDF.co API endpoint inside Rest Web Service action. To know more about PDF.co integration with Automation Anywhere, please visit this page.
Now, Let’s observe an example of this. For Instance, Consider a situation where you have a fillable PDF form and you want to automate the PDF filling process using PDF.co and Automation Anywhere. To explain, consider the following video demonstrating PDF form filling with AA and PDF.co.
To know the more in-depth process of filling PDF forms with PDF.co and AA, review this article.
I hope this article will be helpful for you in getting a glimpse of UiPath and Automation Anywhere. Thank you!