UiPath and Blue Prism are some of the key players in the RPA market today. In Gartner’s Customer Choice for 2019, UiPath has been rated no. 1 for Robotic Process Automation and Blue Prism the third best. Although both UiPath and Blue Prism have cutting edge and sought after features of automation, enterprises often face a dilemma in choosing between the two. Despite the versatility in both these software’s, a closer look at them reveals different areas where UiPath and Blue Prism particularly excel.
While Blue Prism is widely used in consumer packaged goods, banking, finance and insurance and healthcare, UiPath is a go-to RPA tool in business process management, IT infrastructure management and customer relationship management. Blue Prism was conceived to eliminate low-return, high-risk, manual data entry and processing work. UiPath was formulated to bring together both process mining, RPA, AI, machine learning and analytics to foster hyper-automation.
Blue Prism RPA software provides visibility and control through its centralized release management interface and process change distribution model. Blue Prism provides a great platform for even non-technical users to automate with its drag-and-drop feature and automated process coding in the back-end.
Key features of UiPath consist of automating text, mouse, keyboard and desktop operations. A desirable feature in UiPath is its on-premise and cloud deployment that provides a great ease of use. UiPath also provides security options for making servers private or autonomous.
This article elucidates the comparison between Blue Prism and UiPath and details the pros and cons of each.
The following section compares the RPA capabilities of UiPath and Blue Prism across several key parameters:
Blue Prism provides a dynamic interaction during debugging with the option of altering the values of variables to test scenarios. Blue Prism has the dynamism of navigating through the steps and adding additional steps and allows users to test changes in the production environment without changing the actual process.
UiPath doesn’t provide the flexibility of making changes dynamically. This makes the process of updating changes during development cumbersome as users will have to stop running the process, switch to read-only mode and make changes.
Blue Prism and UiPath have the provision of data tables as well as the use of nested tables with structured data types that are essential while working with data structures like XML and JSON.
Blue Prism provides a better working environment with structured data types.
Interacting with structured data type in UiPath is not easy.
UiPath is superior when it comes to application integration as both front office and back office robots are applicable for UiPath with excellent image recognition capability.
Blue Prism falls a little behind UiPath as it supports only back-office automation. While Blue Prism does support image recognition, the process is considered to be complex.
Blue Prism has a simpler deployment process owing to its centralized database which allows an easier process to create, export and import data.
Process deployment on UiPath needs the studio and orchestrator to trigger the process. This poses a great challenge while working across multiple environments. And moving the process to a different production environment demands detaching from the development orchestrator before publishing the process to a file.
Comparing any two versions of a program can be easily done in visual form. Blue Prism offers an efficient version control, as it is easy to identify the differences and track the changes done on the code. Files of various versions are stored in one central database and hence can be easily accessed.
Comparing and noting differences between different versions of a program is cumbersome on UiPath. Files of different versions are not centrally located and tracking differences can be a challenge. An explicit full source code is needed to audit files on UiPath which needs to be implemented as an added mechanism as opposed to an intrinsic feature on Blue Prism.
Blue prism has an upper hand over UiPath in its aesthetic sense and visual elements. The feature to resize or recolour process elements as per the user discretion is an added benefit.
UiPath on the other hand has static elements and attributes which cannot be altered. The visual elements are widely deemed to be relatively unappealing compared to those in Blue prism.
UiPath and Blue Prism despite being hailed to be the top RPA providers come with their own limitations and prospects. Given their own niche of excellence, Blue Prism and UiPath should be appropriately used under specific conditions to best meet the purpose. While the offerings of Blue Prism are well suited for task of low-complexity (like data entry), UiPath has more in store for automation that are more complex in nature.
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