RPA Tool - UiPath

iPath and Automation Anywhere dispute the market leadership in the robotic process automation software market. There is therefore no doubt that UiPath is one of the largest players in the RPA market. In particular from 2017 onwards, they are witnessing a steep increase in the number of customers, which is also reflected in the company’s estimated valuation of $7 billion in March 2019. It is one of the largest companies in the global AI landscape. Specifically for the Benelux and Europe, UiPath is a dominant player, with the exception of the financial sector where BluePrism has a strong historic position.

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Benefits UiPath

Low initial threshold

Getting started with UiPath does not require large investments. For smaller organizations and evaluation purposes, a free “community” version can be downloaded. The great thing is that this version already contains all the functionalities of the paying version. The purchase of the paying “enterprise” version will face major objections with annual licensing costs for the basic set-up below € 5,000. Even a complete package, including Orchestrator (for managing several databots and / or RPA scripts), is clearly less expensive than with the 2 large competitors, Automation Anywhere and Blueprism.

Extensive training and support

Besides the fact that the community version is made available free of charge, training material is also available online in the UiPath Academy. There are certificates attached to completing the various training modules, which can be achieved when online tests are completed with positive results. In addition to the Academy, there is also a very active UiPath Forum where developers find each other for questions and for the exchange of experiences. Customers with a paying license can also call on the support services of UiPath itself, similar to a traditional help desk.

User-friendly interface

UiPath’s interface is user-friendly: it is structured in a logical, visual way. Processes are presented in a Visio-like workflow making it easy to maintain an overview. Previously built activities can be re-used from a library via drag & drop, where you will find them via a practical search function. Provided the structure is well thought through, modules can be reused without much effort. UiPath also has a recorder that makes it possible to record how a human carries out a process as the basis for the RPA script.

Attended and unattended RPA

Attended and unattended are concepts that often come back when it comes to RPA. This is the difference between an end user who directly controls the databot and, in a certain sense, enters into a dialogue with it, versus a databot that processes its tasks behind the scenes, without human involvement. Both RPA scenarios are supported by UiPath and the combination of both is possible within the same environment.

 

 

Virtual Desktops and Citrix

More and more, and certainly within the larger corporate environments, the work environment of the end user has been virtualized. For example with the help of Citrix. Not all databots can cope with this, since the screen only shows a projection of the actual application, and not the application itself. UiPath scores particularly well in working in these types of environments, and has various functionalities to deal with this depending on the specific set-up.

Computer Vision and OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

Following on from the previous point, it is important that a databot recognizes various types of input, both from the on-screen applications as well as from digitized documents. UiPath has the built-in OCR engines from both Google and Microsoft. These provide a satisfactory result when it comes to recognition of information on a screen. When it comes to reading scanned documents, the optional but also fully integrated Abbyy OCR engine delivers a great result.

Bot-store

Finally, with UiPath Go, UiPath has a catalog of reusable components, a kind of mini script that can be used by RPA developers or can serve as inspiration for their own RPA developments. These are built by independent developers and are made available in an app store-like manner, often for free or for a limited fee.

Local support

In addition to a growing network of partners, UiPath has its own local representation in both the Netherlands and Belgium. This means our RPA can contact a partner in their own language if desired.

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Weaknesses Blue Prism

Ease of use vs robustness and scalability

For many, the low entry threshold and extensive support make UiPath an excellent starting point for their RPA journey. However, as soon as the corporate environment imposes important safety, robustness, scalability requirements, working with an experienced RPA implementation partner is crucial. Particularly setting up an Orchestrator, a super-bot that controls, follows up and coordinates all other databots, requires the kind of know-how that only comes with experience.

.Net based, but pay attention

UiPath’s RPA software is based on the .Net platform. The syntax of variables and formulas are also in line with this, and developers with experience in this area are one step ahead. However there are subtle differences that require attention to ensure proper functioning of the databot.

Conclusion UiPath

UiPath is a good choice for every organization. Regardless of whether it is a first careful RPA proof of concept or a thorough automation that involves a large number of employees and processes.
The low entry threshold and wide applicability make it easy to build up experience fast and build a good short-term business case. Provided the developments are sufficiently well thought out, the UiPath RPA platform also provides everything you need to deploy at a large scale. An experienced RPA implementation partner comes highly recommended

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