Why Kapow is the Best RPA Platform

Over half of all organisations are implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and with spending forecasted to grow 1200% by 2021, most organisations will implement RPA in the next five years1,2,3. With such high interest it is important to select the right technology for your RPA project.

We constantly monitor the RPA market and install and evaluate new versions of many platforms internally to ensure our clients only receive the best advice. Our findings are that many RPA platforms are either developer focused, have limited process rules handling, multiple design tools, poor web interface integration, lack enterprise class functionality and/or rely on desktop macro recorders that run on desktop infrastructure.

Infrastructure

Unlike all RPA competitors, Kapow centralises the deployment, execution, and management of robots on the server. Competitors like Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, OpenSpan, and others all package and run their robots on the desktop or virtualised machines. This makes it complex and expensive to deploy and maintain robots across desktops and virtualised environments.

Multiple Kapow robots can be executed from a single server or assigned to a specific server in a clustered environment providing greater scalability and performance than deploying robots to desktops. For example, multiple robots accessing the same web portal can be run concurrently without the need for multiple servers or virtual desktops.

As such, Kapow has the smallest infrastructure footprint of all RPA vendors.

Licensing

Kapow has no limitations on the number of robots developed and deployed. This means that robots can be developed based on what’s best for your business and not built around inflexible per-robot licensing.

“Per robot” models from competitors like Blue Prism limits the number of robots you can design and run, forcing customers to continuously buy more “robot” licenses. This model typically slows RPA adoption beyond any initial project across an enterprise. Alternatively, to work around the licensing, deployed robots become large and complex, leading to poor maintainability.

Robot Development

Kapow is the only RPA vendor that has built a robot design environment that integrates a browser engine. This makes building robots for web-based systems significantly faster and easier than all competitors.

The Kapow Design Studio is unlike like macro recording tools like Automation Anywhere that limit designers on what they can do, and is also not a complex developer oriented environment like OpenSpan. It is simple enough for business analysts to build bi-directional robotic automation flows, transform and enrich data, and apply business logic all without writing a single line of code.

The single design tool is also powerful enough for developers. As an example, all robots developed automatically have a RESTful API published so that other applications can interact with them.

 

References

  1. Wright, D., Witherick, D. & Gordeeva, M. (2017) The robots are ready. Are you? https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/de/Documents/Innovation/Global_Robotics_Survey_2017.pdf
  2. Kroen, K., Centrelli, C. & Lee, M. (2017) What PwC’s 2017 survey tells us about
    RPA in financial services today https://www.pwc.com/us/en/financial-services/publications/assets/pwc-fsi-whitepaper-2017-rpa-survey.pdf
  3. Le Clair, C., Cullen, A. & King, M. (2017) The RPA Market Will Reach $2.9 Billion By 2021 https://www.forrester.com/report/The+RPA+Market+Will+Reach+29+Billion+By+2021/-/E-RES137229