If names of RPA software have to be mentioned, Blue Prism is definitely among them, along with Automation Anywhere, Microsoft Power Automate and UiPath. Blue Prism is one of the pioneers and co-founded the concept of robotic process automation. For 2017, Blue Prism could perhaps even claim market leadership, thanks in part to its pioneering role and strong roots in the financial sector. Afterwards, Automation Anywhere and especially UiPath took over the leading position, mainly through a different market and product strategy. This was joined by Microsoft in the 1920s, with a unique strategy focused on the everyday desktop user coupled with integration with their Power Apps environment. Switching RPA providers is also far from easy – scripts are not, in practice, transferable between products – which means that the existing customer base built up during the pioneering years is hardly crumbling.
Once undisputed among the market leaders in RPA,Blue Prism has had to cede the lead position to major rivals Microsoft and UiPath. Both the choice of functionalities offered, a closed eco-system and a (now defunct) licensing policy, contributed to this. However, those looking for just an unattended solution, with an uncompromising vision of security and robustness, Blue Prism is still at the right place.