In 2019, Automation Anywhere released a new version of its leading RPA platform. The new web-based and cloud-native Enterprise A2019 is a significant and exciting upgrade on their legacy, client-based Enterprise V11 setup that brings new functionality and increased benefits. The most crucial of which is that A2019 is a web- and cloud-based platform, reducing the cost of ownership and removing heavy maintenance. There are also significant UX enhancements, support for more operating systems, and more integrations to leverage so you can discover and automate more processes.
Unfortunately, users have encountered challenging migration issues that have discouraged them from moving over to the more modern and beneficial platform.
The Problems with Migrating from Automation Anywhere V11 to A2019
The issues many users have faced when migrating bots from Automation Anywhere V11 to A2019 include:
|Code Parity||There are many commands, variables, and activities from V11 that are incomplete, different, or simply not supported in A2019. The result is that bots time out during the bot migration process or simply fail where parity is non-existent between the two different versions.|
|Credentials||When bots move from one Automation Anywhere version to the other, the system credentials associated with that bot aren't passed on, creating a heavy user management effort to remedy this issue.|
|Versioning||Historical versions of bots aren't easily accessible when transferred to A2019, impacting compliance and impact analysis activities.|
|Audit Logs||Due to changes in how audit logs are stored, it's much harder to access audit log information when it's needed.|
|Output Compare||There is no effective and straightforward way to run output compares of bots migrated between the two Automation Anywhere versions, making it exceedingly difficult to test the completeness and quality of bots after migration.|
"Moving from one version to another version, it's very difficult because most of the features stop working. For example, there's a system variable known as the Excel Cell Row. It gives you the current row of the inner loop. When going from version v11 to A2019, this variable was suddenly not supported, and most of our bots were dependent on that. Everything went down, and we had to start from scratch."
- Deepinka Singh, Developer at an Enterprise Manufacturing Company on the Challenges of Migrating Between Automation Anywhere versions
How Blueprint Simplifies Migrating from Automation Anywhere V11 to A2019
The benefits of upgrading to Automation Anywhere A2019 are significant. Still, with all the inherent migration issues and challenges, customers have been discouraged from or unable to migrate their portfolio of bots to the newer platform.
The ideal solution would be to make the migration quick, easy, and pain-free. You would be able to ensure bot availability and RPA uptime is performing at its peak, ensuring you can get back to building out your best-in-class automation strategy.
That's exactly what Blueprint's Enterprise Automation Suite does.
Blueprint is a trusted Automation Anywhere technology partner and has developed a seamless, end-to-end migration process that can be executed with unparalleled ease while adding value to your bot architecture.
Blueprint's Enterprise Automation Suite can ingest bots from Automation Anywhere V11 and produce an upgraded automated process that is compatible with and can be automatically pushed into A2019. This upgraded process not only allows you to build a better bot architecture, but you also have the opportunity to optimize processes before you push your automation back into production, improving your overall bot ecosystem.
With each upgraded process comes a Digital Blueprint tethered to that process. Digital Blueprints not only identify errors, issues, and exceptions that are spotted during the migration process but in many cases, Blueprint will automatically also fix those issues.
In short, the Blueprint platform provides a solution to every single migration issue and problem that has prevented Automation Anywhere V11 users from upgrading to A2019. Here's how:
|Code Parity||Blueprint possesses a code library to manage and ensure that the unsupported commands, variables, and activities from V11 are compatible and executed correctly in A2019.|
|Credentials||Blueprint captures, encrypts, and stores users' credentials as metadata in Digital Blueprints so that they can be exported seamlessly from V11 to Automation Anywhere A2019.|
|Versioning||Digital Blueprints capture the versions and both date and time stamps from your V11 bots to facilitate comprehensive audit, compliance, and impact analysis purposes.|
|Audit Logs||Blueprint can extract the information needed for audit purposes and report on this information in different ways, addressing all audit and compliance requirements.|
|Output Compare||Blueprint delivers a seamless way to capture and compare bot production output between V11 and A2019, improving both testing and quality control in the process.|
For more information on how you can painlessly migrate your inventory of digital workers from Automation Anywhere V11 to A2019 while simultaneously improving your overall bot architecture to drive significant business value, download the whitepaper here. You can also get in touch with one of our experts today for more information.