AA shared their product evolution roadmap starting in 2016. The growth of their developments was put on display showcasing some of their best features, such as IQ Bot and Automation 360 which makes them the only, fully enabled cloud RPA platform.
To understand why AA emphasizes so much of these cloud components, we need to look again at their main competitor UiPath, who released the cloud components a little later in the game. To this day, UiPath still doesn’t have a cloud development tool like AA. This doesn’t mean AA is the absolute winner as we would need to compare functionality and ease of use with each tool as they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Almost every component mentioned here has its equivalent from UiPath, so this is a master race in RPA between these two giants.
Something key to mention here is that AA was originally based on an on-prem architecture, and many of their customers will need to make the jump to the cloud platform.
Looking toward the future, AA is proposing AI integration across the RPA lifecycle. This comes in the form of Process Intelligence where AA proposes analyzing process data and suggesting improvements. One very interesting feature that we would like to see in action is self-healing bots which refers to bots adjusting themselves to UI changes or application updates.
AA also came up with a new acronym in the RPA world: BRaaS. BRaaS is Bot-Runner-as-a-Service, and this feature seems to emulate some of the functionality that Microsoft Flow provides with native integrations. Also in the current RPA space, several companies offer Robot-as-a-Service and RPA-as-a-Service to enable customers to implement RPA without having to do the initial investment upfront. See our RapidAutomate offering that bypasses the upfront costs in hardware and software to ensure immediate ROI is fulfilled.
Automation Anywhere then shared their global impact partnerships where they’ve deployed RPA in non-profit organizations. There are several examples of this like OOBVI that does rainwater harvesting research, RPA Nugget who trains people in Africa in RPA technologies, and People Shores who train disenfranchised young adults in distressed rural communities.