The Connected-RPA Difference

Connected-RPA vs RPA vs RDA

RPA goes by many names, but only connected-RPA can build a scalable foundation for enterprise-wide digital transformation.


Autonomous Automation Enterprise-grade connected-RPA

  • No-coding necessary, so business leaders can respond to market demands in real time
  • World-class security built-in, so IT can govern with confidence
  • Never code, recode or re-record a process again because the market does not wait for IT tickets

Attended Automation RDA

  • Record-and-replay, tactical automations
  • Short, not complex, no exceptions or variables
  • Limited connectivity due to navigating systems from a desktop

Assisted Automation RPA

  • Complex, longtail coded automations
  • Capable of accessing systems via desktop and open APIs
  • Required re-coding for every process object utilizing a system to updates, upgrades or changes at all

Attended Automation doesn’t support scale

While Assisted Automation Solutions like Automation Anywhere can be up and running quickly, they completely stop working anytime a third-party system’s interface changes from the initial “recording.” Moved login field? You’ve got a problem. New box to tick? You’ve got a problem. And if you’re running 100 machines on the same process, then you’ve got 100 problems, that need to be re-recorded. The market doesn’t wait for re-recording.

Recorded Desktop Automation (RDA)

Providers similar to Automation Anywhere & UiPath Recording
  • Avoids IT
  • Kills the robot when a basic Web UI changes
  • Allows users to change logs, lacks compliance

Key Differentiators for Blue Prism’s connected-RPA

RPA providers like Blue Prism, UiPath and Automation Anywhere offer similar yet distinctive RPA solutions - which one is best for your businesses’ long-term digital strategy?

• Built for the business user with code-optional automation and AI

• Ease of control and scalability for business and IT teams

• World-class security built in to achieve security, compliance and nonrepudiation

• System changes permeate the environment and process library for no process breakage

• The Robotic Operating Model (ROM®), a unique implementation approach that supports quick wins and a sustainable growth strategy

Additionally, Blue Prism is the only publicly held RPA developer, meaning we have the freedom to innovate outside of VC interest and are held accountable to the factual basis of our public claims.

The Market Does Not Wait for IT Tickets: Connected-RPA fosters nimble innovation to meet evolving market demands

Blue Prism’s connected-RPA is the only solution that puts AI at the fingertips of business leaders, while providing the ability to reuse process objects and update on demand without coding. Blue Prism’s business-led connected-RPA Platform fosters a nimble, entrepreneurial spirit among business-users who gain instant access to easy drag-and-drop automation technologies with AI.

Connected-RPA empowers your operational leaders by putting powerful AI and automation technologies right in their hands. Our point of view is simple: Intelligent automation enabled by easy access to leading-edge cloud, AI, and cognitive capabilities builds a connected Digital Workforce that’s agile and competitive.

This is a game-changer for our customers. This is connected-RPA.


  • Only Blue Prism allows business users with no-coding experience to build innovative automations and to address changes, variables and exceptions on demand
  • Connected-RPA helps overcome obsolescence by providing access to best-in-class technologies
  • Connected-RPA links the talent in our customer organizations to the industry’s largest partner ecosystems through our Digital Exchange “app store”

How Do Blue Prism’s Differentiators Stack Up to the Competition?

Blue Prism’s Connected-RPA Differentiator
The Market Norm
Blue Prism users can build complex tasks without IT intervention.
RPA solutions like UiPath require extensive C# and .NET coding familiarity.
Blue Prism deployments leverage a proven and comprehensive 7-pillar ROM to ensure RPA foundations are built with stability and scalability in mind.
Competitors like Automation Anywhere and UiPath can usually beat Blue Prism in terms of speed to deployment.
Blue Prism has the lowest Total Cost of Ownership.
RPA solutions that rely on record buttons and coding experience to setup, launch and maintain are more expensive than connected-RPA over time. When soft costs like process downtime and missed opportunity are factored in, these versions of RPA end up cost even more.
Blue Prism’s Connected-RPA is the most easily scalable automation platform because it separates the Digital Worker from the process, leading automation agility and easy growth.
In other RPA solutions, especially RDA-style offerings from providers like UiPath and Automation Anywhere, the process and software robot are one, and do not have the same flexibility or scalability.
Blue Prism is more secure than other RPA solutions because Digital Workers have their own system credentials and work autonomously of humans within systems.
Software robots and humans typically share login credentials in less secure RPA solutions, eliminating confidence and accuracy in audit trails and opening system data to outside threats.
Blue Prism offers iron-clad audit trails with non-repudiation. The platform automatically logs and securely stores every detail of every action taken within the system - from username to IP address, of both humans and Digital Workers - and these records are court-room ready in the event of a breach or non-compliance issue.
Because other RPA providers require humans and software robots to share credentials, audit trails are unreliable. And they often build their security offerings around select highly regulated industries, leaving knowledge and risk gaps for many global enterprises.

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