Searching for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software can be a daunting (and expensive) process, one that requires long hours of research and deep pockets. The most popular RPA tools often provide more than what’s necessary for non-enterprise organizations, with advanced functionality relevant to only the most technically savvy users. Thankfully, there are a number of free and open source RPA tools out there. Some of these solutions are offered by vendors looking to eventually sell you on their enterprise product, and others are maintained and operated by a community of developers looking to democratize robotic process automation.
In this article, we will examine free and open source RPA tools, first by providing a brief overview of what to expect and also with short blurbs of the options currently available in the space. This is the most complete and up-to-date directory on the web.
Free RPA tools defined
Free RPA platforms refer to products that are offered commercially free by the solution provider. These offerings are usually trimmed-down versions of the expert or enterprise editions, offering basic functionality that enables users to back up their data. Commercially free RPA tools typically offer less functionality on the whole than their open source counterparts, but are often a great way to gain more than a free trial if it’s a product you were already considering.
What is open source RPA?
Open source RPA software is software with a source code that anyone can inspect, modify, or enhance. These tools are designed to be publicly accessible and are commonly managed and maintained by organizations with a specific mission in mind. The open source RPA tools included in this list are surprisingly full-featured, offering an expansive list of capabilities for a variety of users.
It’s important to remember that some of the open source offers included in this list require some development skills, and that may make them less than ideal fits for your use case. We recommend that you read each tool’s FAQ to see just how much coding is required to take advantage of the software. The open source tools usually do a good job of explaining the requirements for use on the download pages.
Another Monday offers automatic process analysis through its tool, AM Muse. This analysis can be exported to the AM Composer with its intuitive drag-and-drop implementation interface. Another Monday also offers split and pull architecture for efficiency and scalability. Additionally, users have access to centralized administration through AM Console. The tool offers automatic documentation, quick scaling, and drag-and-drop workflow configuration.
Automai RPA streamlines business processes, reduces time, as well as errors. The Robotic Automation Platform allows users to utilize the same automation scenarios for the lifecycle of all the applications used for their business processes. The tool is completely code-less, offering an intuitive scenario builder by using recorder and user actions. With Automai, users have access to a single platform to serve the automation needs of their organization, development, and operations teams.
Automation Anywhere is an RPA tool that combines conventional RPA with intelligent elements, such as language understanding and reading unstructured data. The platform also offers intelligent automation for business and IT operations, uses SMART automation technology, automates complex and complicated tasks, distributes tasks to multiple computers, and offers scriptless automation. The primary platform used by Automation Anywhere is called the Intelligent Digital Workforce.
Blue Prism RPA platforms assist business operations with becoming more agile and cost-effective through automation and rule-based back repetitive office processes. The solution also provides a flow chart with drag-and-drop features in order to automate a range of business processes. Blue Prism can be implemented within four to six weeks and does not require programming skills during the deployment process.
HelpSystems‘ tool, Automate, is a comprehensive RPA platform developed to automate repetitive and manual processes across an organization. Automate has a strong ease of use, robust functionality, and the ability to scale automation strategies. HelpSystems offers a graphical workflow design to bring IT and business teams together, the ability to integrate with an extensive list of applications, centralized visibility, management, reporting, and analytics within distributed networks.
Kofax RPA offers an approach to acquiring, enhancing, and delivering information from any application or data source. This includes a website, desktop applications, portals, and enterprise systems without any knowledge of coding. Kofax helps users to remove errors by automating data gathering and input, increasing operational efficiency with intelligent software robots, and monitoring and optimizing processes with robotic process intelligence.
Linx is a no-code RPA platform that allows for the rapid development and deployment of automated processes and tasks. The platform also offers a no-code IDE designer that speeds up development, as well as a hosted server for fast deployment. Additionally, Linx provides users with the ability to easily integrate with Software as a Service (SaaS) tools, legacy systems, and any ODBC, OLE DB or NoSQL databases.
Pegasystems‘ RPA tool supports a wide range of usage scenarios. The platform unifies architecture based on a business rule management system and a predictive analytics decision management mechanism. Pega also offers open APIs that connect to existing services, actionable intelligence that automatically finds processes to optimize, and adaptive intelligence that learns over time. The platform also captures insights at the desktop and gets complete details of how work is executed.
Redwood RPA provides unattended robotic processes that are simple to create, scalable, and quick to deploy. The tool delivers a number of plug-and-play robots that provide instant connections to most standard applications. Redwood RPA can automate both simple and complex tasks, offers a network of services that can quickly robotize processes, and enables users to run, clone, and edit bots. Additionally, there is a three-tier landscape with automated promotion and audit trail.
UiPath offers desktop automation, web automation, GUI automation, screen scraping, mainframe automation, SAP automation, and macro recorder. The tool allows for easy automation through the desktop or web browser while ensuring accuracy. The processes included in the platform are accounts payable automation, claims processing automation, contact center automation, human resources automation, and healthcare payer automation.
Curated for Windows-based computers, VisualCron is an automation, integration, and task scheduling tool. The software requires no programming skills in order to learn and build tasks, and also features an easy-to-use user interface. VisualCron has over 300 custom tasks, developed with distinct technologies based on customer requirements and feedback. Additionally, users can control the flow of actions, based on the type of error and output.
WinAutomation, provided by Softomotive, is the longest standing desktop automation tool, bringing robotic process automation to desktops. The platform offers an automation development environment that provides a user interface with drag-and-drop functionality and macro or web recorders for quickly building new automations. WinAutomation also provides web automation supporting web testing, and data extraction across three major browsers. Desktop RPA is also directly installed on employee workstations.
Workfusion is a comprehensive automation ecosystem, which can be integrated and personalized to fit user needs. The platform is available in three versions: Express, Business RPA, and Enterprise. Express is designed for individuals building a desktop RPA, Business RPA is ideal for growing organizations, and Enterprise is the best option for large organizations. Workfusition offers no-code RPA, drag-and-drop builder, desktop and web automation, and a recorder that captures user actions.
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