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

The limitations of Attended Automation in long-term, scalable automation

Attended Automation providers, with offerings similar to Automation Anywhere are able to automate processes but only to a point and only one at a time, per desktop machine and per set of shared log-in credentials with real human staff.

That sentence alone is a recipe for a compliance nightmare, and that’s exactly why Attended Automation solutions, similar to Automation Anywhere, are usually the result of rogue IT.

While Assisted Automation Solutions are usually up and running fairly quickly, they literally 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
  • Easy to start and build, impossible to truly scale
  • Kills the robot when a basic Web UI changes
  • Lacks security and compliance allowing Users to change logs
  • Designed for desktop use
  • Everything is bolted on

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?

Key Differentiators for Blue Prism’s connected-RPA

• Built for the Business User – Blue Prism’s code-optional environment means business users can now access the automation and AI capabilities necessary to achieve digital transformation and deliver strategic outcomes. The “Enterprise-grade” RPA versions sold by developers like UiPath and Automation Anywhere require significant coding experience and IT resources to build, execute and especially maintain intelligent process automations.

• Ease of Control - Blue Prism allows users to dynamically develop on the fly, making it easier to debug, fix, and change processes, as well as the Blue Prism’s Control Room is user-intuitive and makes scaling your Digital Workforce up or down as easy as clicking a few buttons. Blue Prism allows users to dynamically automate processes, with easy debug, fix, and changes that permeate throughout (not sure about that last bit, just an idea). Blue Prism’s Control Room’s intuitive user-interface makes scaling your Digital Workforce as easy as clicking a few buttons. This ease-of-use frees up IT resources and hands back control to business users.

• Top-of-Class built-in Security – As the only major RPA vendor, Blue Prism has Veracode Level Continuous verification.

• Changes Permeate Environment - Blue Prism does not rely on static recordings, with changes permeating the inventory, so anyone using that piece of inventory now has the change .

• Quality Deployment: Robotic Operating Model (ROM®) - Blue Prism focuses on quality of deployment. The 7-pillar Robotic Operating Model (ROM) plans and documents each phase to maximize ROI, meet IT standards, adhere to governance, and ensure sustainability.

• Natural Language Programming - Blue Prism customers build and customize all processes within the UI using natural-language programming increasing scalability and ability to increase overall complexity of tasks.

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 market demands at the pace of business

Blue Prism’s connected-RPA is the only solution that puts AI at the fingertips of business leaders and the ability to reuse process objects over and over and update all on demand with no 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 is about establishing a Connected, Entrepreneur Enterprise by putting powerful AI and automation technologies into the hands of business leaders to impact the outcomes they desire.

Our point of view is simple: Intelligent Automation enabled by easy access to leading-edge cloud, AI & cognitive capabilities builds a Connected, Entrepreneur Enterprise that’s agile and competitive. This is connected-RPA, and we think this could be a gamechanger for our customers.


  • 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.