In this Power Automate tutorial, we will discuss the difference between two RPA tools. One is Microsoft power Automate and another one is UiPath. Let us check out Power Automate vs UiPath.
Nowadays there are various RPA (Robotic Process Automation) platforms out in the IT world that can automate our repetitive tasks and paperless task even from a local computer. Also, it helps us to automate a large number of processes without taking more time. Some top RPA tools are UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Power Automate, NICE, etc.
From these above tools, let’s understand the two most powerful RPA tools and their comparison i.e. Power Automate and UiPath. While offering similar services, there are some key differences between these two tools and we have to choose the right one as per our business requirements.
What is Power Automate and UiPath?
First, we will understand what is Power Automate and UiPath? And why do we need this in our business process?
Microsoft Power Automate is a newcomer to RPA, which launched in 2016 and again in 2019, it rebranded and extended to Microsoft Flow.
It is user-friendly and easier to use for those people without coding experience as it needs low codes. It has a built-in connection with the Microsoft ecosystem and also, having more external connectors.
This tool not only automates the business process but also sends automatic reminders for a past due task, moves business data between systems on schedule, and many more.
This RPA tool was lunched by UiPath (Company’s name itself) in 2013.
In UiPath, it allows the end-user to code and automates their own process. As it is a tried and tested platform it has more capabilities to automate difficult tasks as compared to other platforms.
It is also easy to learn, just like Power Automate it also needs low code to be written directly in the automation.
There are some companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, AT&T, Dell, Intel using UiPath for Automation.
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Key features: Power Automate vs UiPath
Before using these tools, first, we have to understand their key features.
Key features of Microsoft Power Automate
- Available on Desktop, Mobile, web and in Microsoft teams.
- No-code or low code guidance
- Cloud-based and on premises supported
- Integrate with other microsoft platforms as well as other platforms
- Ai builder
- Connect to more than 500 data sources
- Achieve more with less effort
- Time saving
Key features of UiPath
- Drag and drop workflow
- High security and robust
- Inbuilt activities in UiPath
- AI-powered tools to control automatable task
- Automatic robot management
- Pre-defined activities sets
- Cloud-based and on pemises
Pros and Cons of Power Automate
Pros of Power Automate
- Easy to use to deploying development projects.
- Larger library of connecters and developer community that is active & growing.
- More powerful to createing bots.
- It has a builtin error handling for its activities.
- It is free to all Windows10 user for no additional cost but some restricted features are there that can not be accesible without licensing.
- It has a friendly user interface that can be easily navigate with variable management.
- The monthly pricing for per-user is $15 and with attended RPA cost is $40.
- It access hundreds of bulitin connectors such as salesforce, SAP, and many mores.
- For Microsoft 365 users, Power Automate is very easy to integrate and use.
- It has ability and ease of linking multiple connectors within the same flow.
- We can see any documentation by clicking on one click.
Cons of power Automate
- Components can only connect using Azure.
- Sometimes the ‘flow developer IDE’ is a bit slow and laggy.
- Integrations to Outlook and PowerPoint could be enhanced.
- Its not completly low code, as sometimes it is need some amount of code in there.
- Sometimes licencing is confusing and over changing.
- The third party add-on connectivity is little bit complex.
- Currently not supporting the citrix automation
Pros and Cons of UiPath
Pros of UiPath
- Builtin desktop recorders.
- It is a powerful automation tool with easy to handle.
- It can be easily adopted as it is very much user friendly.
- Components can be deployed in Azure, AWS, and Google cloud.
- It possesses a large library of activities with communities for problem solving to make it easier.
- It is easy to develop as well as easy to train for everyone by following the videos that are available.
- Easy to use the orchestrators(i.e. scheduled and triggers) in case of both attended and unattanded bot orchestrations.
- It supports the citrix automation.
- It provides the more flexiblity to both user and the organisation.
- Data management and enhanced the AI Automations.
Cons of UiPath
- It is not a cognitive computing solution.
- The number of robots is limilted in the orchestrators community level.
- Not easy to use at first appears as the user interface is cluncy and confusing to new user.
- Not widely available on external platforms.
- UiPath is very expensive than PowerAutomate with some hidden charges. Annually the charges are:
- UiPath studio license- $2000-$3000
- orchestrators license- $20,000
- Attended Robot- $1,200-$1,800
- Unattened Robot- $8000(per robot)
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From the above discussion, we found that both the UiPath and Power Automate work the same but it totally depends upon a user or organization’s need and requirement which particular should they try.
If you are deploying to a large enterprise with multiple RPA then UiPath is a better choice as compared to Power Automate. If you want to only automate one process then Power Automate is the best choice.
Did you get an idea of the difference between Power Automate and UiPath.
I am Bijay a Microsoft MVP (8 times – My MVP Profile) in SharePoint and have more than 15 years of expertise in SharePoint Online Office 365, SharePoint subscription edition, and SharePoint 2019/2016/2013. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies a SharePoint development, consulting, and training company. I also run the popular SharePoint website EnjoySharePoint.com