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RPA Replatforming:
Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your RPA replatforming questions

What is RPA replatforming?


RPA replatforming is the process of moving an organization’s digital workforce from one RPA tool to another. For example, moving all your automated processes from Automation Anywhere into Microsoft Power Automate.

It also refers to consolidating your portfolio of digital workers in one RPA tool. Many organizations are currently using multiple RPA platforms for development, deployment, and orchestration. For a variety of reasons – such as standardizing RPA practices or reducing total cost of ownership – they are interested in consolidating their automated processes from multiple platforms into one RPA tool.

Why do organizations want to replatform their digital workforce to another RPA tool?


There are many reasons why a company or RPA program would want to switch RPA providers. They can range from one or a combination of the following:

• Another provider has more features and more capabilities that suit an organization or RPA program’s needs better
• Another provider democratizes automation more by enabling business users to design and deploy bots because the target platform is easier to use
• Their current provider is too technically complex, forcing companies to rely too much on IT to develop bots, delaying automation delivery and preventing scale
• Their current RPA platform is delivering underwhelming ROI
• Their organization is using multiple RPA platforms, creating disparate automation practices and driving up costs, so they’re looking to consolidate all automations under one banner
• They’ve found a more cost-effective option with better licensing or consumption-based offerings
• Their current provider has released a new version of their platform, but the bots on the legacy version are not compatible with the new one, demanding too much manual effort to upgrade
• Another RPA provider has more extensibility with an organization’s current enterprise architecture. Microsoft Power Automate is an excellent example of this where it can seamlessly enable automation with Microsoft’s suite of products like Azure, Office, etc.

What are the challenges of RPA replatforming?


There are several challenges in replatforming bots from one RPA tools to another. The most critical challenge is that each RPA platform specifies automated processes differently, so a bot from one RPA vendor won’t necessarily work in another RPA tool. Historically this meant that automated processes had to be manually redesigned for the destination RPA tool, requiring a lot of time and effort, and meant it was prohibitively expensive.

From a technical perspective, these are the reasons bots had to be rebuilt from scratch to work in another RPA platform:

• Each RPA tool uses structurally different approaches to how bots are scripted
• Data types available in one RPA platform might not be available in another and vice-versa
• Each RPA tool approaches exception handling differently
• Selector handling between each RPA tool is different
• Automations often have scripts embedded for functionalities that are not provided by out-of-the-box activities
• Sometimes automated processes are fundamentally based on queues
• Some RPA platforms have an entire queuing infrastructure, whereas others have none
• Some RPA programs have implemented hyperautomation with the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In many cases, these automated processes need to be entirely redesigned in their destination platforms


For more information on the technical challenges of RPA replatforming and everything you need to consider before making a switch, download our Blueprint RPA Migration Assistant Technical Overview.

How do organizations typically replatform their RPA portfolio?


Historically, the only way organizations could replatform their RPA portfolios was to do it manually.

Automation developers would have to investigate every single automated process, understand what that process does, and then re-code it according to the specifications of the destination RPA platform.

How much does RPA replatforming cost when done manually?


The cost of manual RPA replatforming depends on several factors, including:

• The number of bots you want to replatform from your bot portfolio
• The current RPA platform you’re on and the destination RPA tool you want to move to
• The complexity of your automated processes

With that being said, a rough estimate of manual RPA replatforming is about $5,000 per bot and this amount doesn’t take into the account the ongoing costs (licensing fees, business value lost, etc.) while an automated process is out of production and being re-coded for the destination platform. If you’re replatforming 100-150 bots for example, it can cost hundreds of thousands, up to millions of dollars to replatform those automated processes manually.

However, we can take all the guesswork out of the equation and provide you with a free replatforming estimate, no strings attached.

Click here to get started on your free estimate.

How much does it cost to replatform RPA tools with Blueprint?


Replatforming your bot portfolio to another RPA tool is entirely dependent on:

• The size of your digital workforce (how many bots you have and want to replatform)
• Your current RPA platform and the RPA tool you want to replatform to
• The complexity of your automated processes

While a fixed cost is not available, Blueprint can provide you with a free estimate for RPA replatforming. Some major advantages of replatforming RPA tools that aren’t factored into this estimate, are that Blueprint’s replatforming solution minimizes downtime, so you don’t lose business value when switching RPA tools. You also get the opportunity to analyze your bot portfolio and retire any bots that no longer make sense (instead of spending all that effort and money to maintain them), or optimize automated processes where applicable for fewer outages in the long term.

What is Blueprint’s RPA replatforming solution and how does it work?

 

Blueprint has developed an end-to-end RPA replatforming solution that accelerates switching RPA vendors by 3x and reduces costs by 75% when compared to manual redeployments.

Our replatforming solution ingests bots from various RPA tools and deconstructs those automations in Blueprint, enabling conversion and export into other RPA tools with minimal human intervention or development.

Bots are first imported into Blueprint using an import utility. Our Common Object Model (COM) which is Blueprint's mapping engine, deconstructs the source RPA language/script by understanding the different RPA activities and mapping them into a generic Common Object Model.

The ingested Bots are represented within Blueprint as Digital Blueprints, which contain visual process diagrams with interdependencies and associations maintained within the Blueprint platform. Each Bot step is represented as a process step.

You can then export an entire set of processes constituting one or multiple automations. Users can select or deselect individual elements for export to get what they want and choose a template of the target RPA tool into which the automation will be placed. Blueprint identifies the different sets of interconnected processes and presents them, automatically factoring for reused elements.

Upon export, specific actions and parameters are mapped directly into your automation development environment through Blueprint’s integrations with the major RPA tools. For each RPA platform, COM has independent mappings for import and export.

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The deconstruction and conversion of automated processes is made possible with Blueprint’s Common Object Model (COM), our proprietary mapping engine.

What is Blueprint’s Common Object Model (COM)?


Blueprint’s Common Object Model (COM) is a mapping engine that ingests data from different RPA platforms and deconstructs the automation elements from these major RPA platforms into generic representations, enabling conversion into other RPA formats.

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Which RPA tools can Blueprint help me replatform my portfolio of bots to?


Blueprint supports replatforming between all the leading RPA tools, which tend to make up the vast majority of RPA redeployments.

Typically, most of our customers are interested in moving from Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism into either Microsoft Power Automate or UiPath, which we have ample experience and support for.

What benefits/cost savings do I get by using Blueprint’s RPA replatforming solution?


When you import bots into Blueprint as part of your RPA redeployment, those automated processes are converted into Digital Blueprints. Digital Blueprints can be used by your RPA Center of Excellence (CoE), Business Analysts, Developers, and Citizen Designers to optimize those processes, or include additional process functionality and overlooked dependencies.

In the replatforming process, you centralize all automations in one visible repository that enables better RPA governance and proactive change management through instant impact analysis to maximize RPA uptime.

Blueprint also comes with rich analytics and dashboards for your ingested processes like the number of comments, images, size, complexity, and quality of each process, so you get invaluable transparency into your set of automations. You can use this to prioritize the work to be done.

Are there any case studies or real-world examples where Blueprint has helped a customer replatform their bots to another RPA tool?


Yes. We’ve recently published a case study featuring a major global telecom provider, who replatformed over 15,000 task bots from Automation Anywhere onto Microsoft Power Automate.

70% of the process flow actions redeployed into the Microsoft Power Automate platform required no human touchpoints, saving the customer 75% in terms of time and costs when compared to the investment they would have had to make if they had attempted a manual redeployment.

For more information, you can read the full case study here.

Where can I watch a demo of Blueprint's RPA replatforming technology?


You can find all of our RPA replatforming demos on our Product Demo Videos page.

If you're interested in seeing how Blueprint's RPA replatforming solution accelerates redeployments between specific RPA tools, click one of the links below:

Digitally replatforming RPA tools with Blueprint is significantly better than manual redeployments

Switch RPA platforms 3x Faster

Switch RPA platforms 3x Faster

Blueprint radically accelerates replatforming by ingesting and converting bots into a common model, where they can be synced directly with your target RPA tool.

Reduce Replatforming Costs by 75%

Reduce Replatforming Costs by 75%

Blueprint is the only solution that enables the redeployment of entire digital workforces without having to rebuild any bots from scratch, saving you up to 75% in replatforming costs.

Improve the Entire Lifecycle of Your Bots

Improve the Entire Lifecycle of Your Bots

Improve your entire bot ecosystem and RPA uptime during replatforming by connecting existing automations to overlooked dependencies.

Centralize RPA Governance

Centralize RPA Governance

Gain unlimited users in one centralized repository with total, enterprise-wide visibility for increased alignment and RPA standardization that drives scale.

Manage Change Proactively

Manage Change Proactively

Gain instant impact analysis to precisely predict the impact of change and manage change with speed and agility to limit outages and maximize RPA uptime.

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