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Score 8.5 out of 100

BlackLine

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Automation Anywhere is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • BlackLine is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Online Training, Implementation Rating
  • Automation Anywhere and BlackLine are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Automation Anywhere

86%
47 Ratings
9.2

BlackLine

92%
153 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.7

Automation Anywhere

97%
2 Ratings
9.7

BlackLine

97%
10 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Automation Anywhere

80%
4 Ratings
8.8

BlackLine

88%
47 Ratings

Availability

8.0

Automation Anywhere

80%
2 Ratings

BlackLine

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Automation Anywhere

90%
2 Ratings

BlackLine

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.4

Automation Anywhere

94%
15 Ratings
8.5

BlackLine

85%
174 Ratings

Online Training

8.0

Automation Anywhere

80%
1 Rating
9.0

BlackLine

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.0

Automation Anywhere

80%
2 Ratings
9.5

BlackLine

95%
8 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Automation Anywhere

90%
1 Rating

BlackLine

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Automation Anywhere

Automation anywhere is well suited in most rule-based processes. It can manage high-volume transactions with accuracy and scale up quickly. It is very flexible in terms of integration and implementation. The bots can be scheduled, monitored and performance can be reported on a regular basis. It works well with most enterprise solutions.
K.V.R. Sailaesh | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine has been well suited for our organizational and integration needs. It ties very well with JDE and allows for the negation of manual data entry. We simply have to allow the systems to talk to each other and our recons are easily done. However, we do have manual audits performed monthly on certain processes as the importing system can be particular about commas.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Automation Anywhere

  • Now I easily generate the invoices and quotation generation is an easy task now. Previously it was very time consuming as we have to drag the data from the excel sheets.
  • I will praise its integration with other software that has facilitated us to make amendments in the data across those platforms.
  • Its interface is very easy and user friendly.
Brandon Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

  • One central place for our reconciliations - we're able to see all of our accounts that have balances so we know what reconciliations we need to perform.
  • Easy to navigate - each area is cleared labeled so there is less confusion on where you need to go for specific areas.
  • Works real time with our Netsuite ERP - balances can refresh in a matter of minutes so we are always working with live data.
Eric Wong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Automation Anywhere

  • Automation Anywhere doesn't come with easy installation, We need to install Java, IDEs and Databases in an orderly fashion which we are not able to do.
  • Automation Anywhere has no workflow design which is not making us to understand the process.
  • Automation Anywhere has no fit to size object cloning.
Premnath R | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

  • Former colleagues recurring comments on reconciliations are not able to be removed
  • If a preparer's name is changed on a reconciliation, they become the preparer named in all historical reconciliations, and we lose the historical data. Sometimes we may go back to the preparer of a particular month with questions, but we would lose the ability to do that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Automation Anywhere

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0

Automation Anywhere Editions & Modules

Edition
Cloud-Only Starter Pack$7501
Advanced Pack (Cloud or On-Premises)Contact for quote
  1. per month
  2. none
Additional Pricing Details

BlackLine

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

BlackLine Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.7
Based on 2 answers
To continue enjoying the benefits of our productivity improvements and efficiency focus.
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.7
Based on 10 answers
  • To continue to enjoy and leverage on the automation functionalities BlackLine offers for this process.
  • Make more gains on running this process efficiently and keep our Finance Teams on high-end value addition projects
  • With a foreseeable increase in transaction volumes when activities pick up, we need a tool we can really on to handle the volume
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.0
Based on 4 answers
On more complex use cases, Automation Anywhere requires technical background like knowledge on network protocols and database language on task creation, and even people with technical background might have some trouble in the beginning because of the product particularities on how variable manipulation works, or how to get the object cloning (a more resilient screen manipulation command) to work as intended.The scheduling of tasks on the Control Room and the autologin feature isn't intuitive as they should, so much of this works requires documentation analysis to get it done on the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.8
Based on 47 answers
There are some processes that we currently use that cannot be done in BlackLine. Our users don't want to change their processes or learn new processes even though it would make their jobs easier. We have very few users who have adopted BlackLine fully, and management has not made it a requirement to use the application.
Jennifer Nicholoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.4
Based on 15 answers
Automation Anywhere is a great tool for a low cost, fairly easily scalable, and quickly learned. The company is growing by leaps and bounds and continually pushing the automation boundaries. The problem with fast expansion is that sometimes you can grow more quickly than you can appropriately support your products. While Automation Anywhere has an excellent support structure in place, every company and situation is different, and they often struggle with why problems arise in the system and how to fix them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine 8.5
Based on 174 answers
My conversations with vendor representatives and our account managers have all been very positive. They provide solution suggestions that are tailored to our organization and requirements. Questions are answered quickly. The company seems genuinely interested in seeing our organization succeed, not only in the implementation and use of their product but also financially.
David Tilton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Perfect training from the online academy the software offers it for free
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Trainings are available for all topics on the BlackLine U portal. These were incredibly helpful when first starting with BlackLine to get the hang of it. Trainings are useful for any module. I have personally used this to teach myself how to use the tasks and variance modules, which are now fully utilized by my organization. The support team is also very helpful in training our team on anything additional we have needed.
Matt Gustus, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Nothing in particular
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

BlackLine 9.5
Based on 8 answers
You will have to meet up with your final users, approver, internal auditor and accounting policy holder. Everyone has to agree. When you have a well written process, workflow, policy, approval requirement, and control, your implementation process will be much easier
S.Michelle Chan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Automation Anywhere

In terms of costing, Uipath is more cost effective. Uipath doesn't support Unicode based websites but Automation Anywhere can help on this front. The user interface of Uipath is more user-friendly and attractive over Automation Anywhere. AA has a stronger network of resellers as compared to Uipath so you may be getting pushed for it and it's advisable to make decisions based on your own specific requirements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

I have not used any products similar to Blackline. However, Excel does offer many similar functionalities to Blackline in terms of reconciling accounts. Blackline offers many benefits over simply using Excel. The reconciliations are organized and easy to find, and they roll over each month on their own. They include the ability to auto-certify if they meet the criteria that your team selects. They also include an audit trail of documentation and approval for each step.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Highly reliable once you start experiencing the results. It helps you to have a clear cut results with better productivity numbers and financial savings
Chakravarthy SSNTK | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Automation Anywhere

  • Our overall business has saved numerous hours of work where individuals were freed up to perform higher level thinking tasks.
  • Following a necessary reduction in workforce that was not driven by RPA, we were able to automate processes that kept the remaining workload from overwhelming the remaining workforce.
  • The use of robotics process automation has inspired many workers to come up with different approaches to problems including both automation and analytics.
Brady Rothrock CPA, CFE, ACDA, MS-BIA | TrustRadius Reviewer

BlackLine

  • Improved time productivity that has really enabled us to spend more time on other tasks other than month-end reconciliation
  • Has provided a single platform that has streamlined the process across the whole departments
  • Provides helpful tools that make reconciliation easy to follow and understand for any reviewer
Desislava Abrasheva | TrustRadius Reviewer

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