How does the Microsoft Power Platform compare
to UiPath?

Automation in a post-covid world
Here at rapidMATION we are all about Intelligent Automation.
Being both a UiPath and Microsoft partner we often get asked the question: when should I consider one platform or the other?

Spoiler alert

If you are hoping for a silver bullet answer to the above question, unfortunately this series of blog posts will not give you that! In our experience it is definitely a case of “horses for courses”, and both platforms, when used correctly, can lead to amazing outcomes for their users.

 

Another approach that should not be discounted is that you do not have to choose one platform or the other. You can definitely use both platforms together, which will give you an amazing set of tools in your Intelligent Automation toolbox.

So what will this blog series give me

What we are hoping to do in this blog series is give people a great starting point for their research on what we believe are important considerations when choosing an Intelligent Automation platform.

Before we get started

  • This will always be a living, breathing blog series, as both the UiPath and Microsoft platforms are evolving at a rapid pace, sometimes daily.
  • Being able to build an automation, run an automation and then manage an automation is no longer a competitive advantage. Rather, this is just permission to play in the Intelligent Automation space.
  • There are many surrounding tools and technologies that become vital on any companies Intelligent Automation journey, and hence the full picture needs to be looked at when making a decision.

So where will we start

  • It is nearly impossible to perform a like for like comparison, however we will do our best to align the products in a way that allows you to see
    what is possible in each area of the platform.
  • Many of the people we talk to ask the question how does the Microsoft Power Platform compare to UiPath, so we have used the UiPath
    products and categories as the starting point and then tried to map the Microsoft Power Platform into these categories to give us a basis of
    comparison.
UiPath Product Microsoft Product
AutomationHub_Logo
What is it

Crowdsource and manage your automation pipeline. Turn great ideas from anywhere into great automations everywhere —with more control, faster implementation, and impact you can measure.

Why is it important

Capturing automation ideas and building an automation pipeline is a fundamental building block of any Intelligent Automation program. Being able to show to executives which processes can be automated across the business and which ideas will lead to the greatest Return on Investment (ROI) is essential to getting an Intelligent Automation initiative off the ground.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Ui-Task-Capture-Logo
What is it

Document a workflow with ease. Task Capture comes along as you move through a work process you’d like to automate, taking screenshots and gathering data for each step. Then it pulls everything together into a Process Definition Document (PDD) or XAML file—ready for dev teams to start automating.

Why is it important

Gathering requirements for automation ideas can take significant time and resource. If you can fast track the requirements gathering process by easily recording how a process is being run today, and then easily convert these into requirements documents, then this allows you to deliver automations at a significant cadence.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Ui-Task-Mining-Logo
What is it

AI-powered task analysis. UiPath Task Mining automatically identifies and aggregates process workflows, then applies AI to map tasks to automation opportunities. That’s how you build a high-value automation pipeline across the enterprise.

Why is it important

Being able to non-invasively monitor what different users across different departments do on a daily basis allows you to automatically find automation ideas by picking up patterns in their work.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Process-Mining-Logo
What is it

Reveal processes by analysing system logs. Use the data from your business applications (like ERP and CRM) to give you a detailed understanding of complex business processes. You’ll know what to automate and how to do it best—and be able to prove impact, too.

Why is it important

One of the expanding features in automation services is process mining technology so that organisations can better understand which tasks to automate. Ideally automation leads to greater savings of time and money, and that is achieved, through automating tasks providing the greatest return on investment (ROI). To this end, process mining enables users to visualise, identify bottlenecks, and gain insights into the various processes being created across your organisation.

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Microsoft Process Advisor

What is it

Understand and improve your processes. Simplify how you work by discovering workflow bottlenecks through process mining in Power Automate.

Why is it important

One of the expanding features in automation services is process mining technology so that organisations can better understand which tasks to automate. Ideally automation leads to greater savings of time and money, and that is achieved, through automating tasks providing the greatest return on investment (ROI). To this end, process mining enables users to visualise, identify bottlenecks, and gain insights into the various processes being created across your organisation.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Studio_Logo
What is it

Your automation design canvas. UiPath Studio is advanced automation software that gives everyone, from business users to advanced RPA developers, the right automation canvas to build great software robots—and organizations the right governance tools to manage them all.

Why is it important

Being able to drop into code when you hit a roadblock in a graphical designer gives you the ultimate level of extensibility and allows you to solve even the most complex of problems. The best part? You can wrap up any components you create into an activity and add it back into the platform so that you can reuse it at any time.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
UiPath_StudioX_Logo
What is it

Where Citizen Developers can develop automations. With StudioX, business users get a no-code platform to automate their tasks. Companies have the governance they need. Everyone benefits from more robots doing the repetitive, boring parts of work.

Why is it important

A citizen developer is a non-technical user who would like to create simple automations for themselves or their department. This is often referred to as the “bottom up” approach to automation and is a key component to supplement the “top down” approach which is where developers create automations for their organisation.

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microsoft_flow_icon
What is it

Boost business productivity to get more done by giving everyone the ability to automate organisational processes.

Why is it important

A citizen developer is a non-technical user who would like to create simple automations for themselves or their department. This is often referred to as the “bottom up” approach to automation and is a key component to supplement the “top down” approach which is where developers create automations for their organisation.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product

UiPath Activities

What is it

UiPath Activities are the building blocks of automation projects. They enable you to perform all sort of actions ranging from reading PDF, Excel, or Word documents and working with databases or terminals, to sending HTTP requests and monitoring user events. There are literally thousands of different activities available for the UiPath platform.

Why is it important

Having access to prebuilt activities allows you to quickly and easily build automations using configuration rather than coding.

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Microsoft Connectors

What is it

A Microsoft connector is a proxy or a wrapper around an API that allows the underlying service to talk to Microsoft Power Automate, Microsoft Power Apps, and Azure Logic Apps. It provides a way for users to connect their accounts and leverage a set of pre-built actions and triggers to build their apps and workflows. There are literally hundreds of different activities available for the UiPath platform.

Why is it important

Having access to prebuilt activities allows you to quickly and easily build automations using configuration rather than coding.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
DocumentUnderstanding_logo
What is it

Extract information from documents, images, etc. Wouldn’t it be great if software robots could understand documents? To extract, interpret, and process data for you, even from PDFs, images, handwriting, and scans? Document Understanding helps your robots do just that. Delegate more of your digital paperwork, with a boost from AI.

Why is it important

This allows you to unlock key data from documents with artificial intelligence. Using the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, you can accurately extract and interpret complex information from any document, giving you the structured data you need to power your business.

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Microsoft AI Builder

What is it

AI Builder is a Microsoft Power Platform capability you can use to bring the power of Microsoft AI to your organisation, without the need for coding or data science skills.

Why is it important

This allows you to unlock key data from documents with artificial intelligence. Using the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, you can accurately extract and interpret complex information from any document, giving you the structured data you need to power your business.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product

UiPath Marketplace

What is it

Pre-built automation components and templates.

Why is it important

Having access to a range out pre built activities or connectors, solutions, templates or machine learning models are all vital building blocks that allow you to deliver automations quickly.

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Microsoft AppSource

What is it

Get the right app for your business needs.

Why is it important

Having access to a range out pre built activities or connectors, solutions, templates or machine learning models are all vital building blocks that allow you to deliver automations quickly.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Orchestrator_Logo
What is it

Manage your digital robots. Orchestrator is the heart of your automation management. It gives you the power to provision, deploy, trigger, monitor, measure, track, and ensure the security of every robot in your organization. So now you can manage everything from your browser—or your mobile device.

Why is it important

Having a centralised robot management dashboard where you can easily deploy, secure, and manage your robots at scale. This is vital to help you deliver a high-performance enterprise-wide digital workforce from anywhere.

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Microsoft Power Automate Monitor

What is it

As you scale the automations in your business, you may need an easy way to ensure all your desktop flows are running as expected. Monitor all your desktop flow runs in just one location to keep your automations running smoothly.

Why is it important

Having a centralised robot management dashboard where you can easily deploy, secure, and manage your robots at scale. This is vital to help you deliver a high-performance enterprise-wide digital workforce from anywhere.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Uipath-AI-center
What is it

Enhance automations with Machine Learning. Struggling to apply AI? AI Center helps you orchestrate all moving pieces of AI: deploy, consume, manage, and improve machine learning models. Insert AI into your business processes with drag-and-drop ease. No data science background required.

Why is it important

Being able to easily integrate your own, pre-built, or a partners, machine learning (ML) models into your automations is key. This allows you to easily consume and use data scientists hard work in your automations.

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Microsoft AI Builder

What is it

AI Builder is a Microsoft Power Platform capability you can use to bring the power of Microsoft AI to your organisation, without the need for coding or data science skills.

Why is it important

Being able to easily integrate your own, pre-built, or a partners, machine learning (ML) models into your automations is key. This allows you to easily consume and use data scientists hard work in your automations.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Uipath-test-suite
What is it

Test robots and applications. Automate and centralize testing to ensure the quality of every automation and application before they go live. Now you’ll be able to launch resilient robots and highquality software—without testing your patience.

Why is it important

Test automation and automated regression testing is a critical puzzle piece. With a rapid regression testing process, automation teams can receive more informative feedback and respond instantly and ensure that they reach their continuous automation goal: Build More. Test Better. Fix (Almost) Never.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product

UiPath Data Service

What is it

No-code data modelling. Ditch the data silos, the security concerns, and one-off data schemas. And give developers simple, easy, productive access to the data, variables, and tools they need across the entire UiPath Platform.

Why is it important

Data is the new oil and every organisation has data that is the lifeblood of the organisation. Being able to easily access this data in your automations is key to any Intelligent Automation program.

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Microsoft AI Builder

What is it

AI Builder is a Microsoft Power Platform capability you can use to bring the power of Microsoft AI to your organisation, without the need for coding or data science skills.

Why is it important

This allows you to unlock key data from documents with artificial intelligence. Using the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, you can accurately extract and interpret complex information from any document, giving you the structured data you need to power your business.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
UiPath-insights-logo
What is it

Automation analytics. UiPath Insights is an RPA analytics solution that tracks, measures, and forecasts the performance of your entire automation program—so you can propel your automation journey to the next level.

Why is it important

Having full visibility into your automation program in terms of where a process is, how long has it been there for, what happened in the process and most importantly what benefits you are getting out of the automations is a vital part of the Intelligent Automation journey.

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UiPath-insights-logo
What is it

Make informed, confident business decisions by putting data-driven insights into everyone’s hands.

Why is it important

Having full visibility into your automation program in terms of where a process is, how long has it been there for, what happened in the process and most importantly what benefits you are getting out of the automations is a vital part of the Intelligent Automation journey.

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product
Robots_Logo
What is it

Your digital workers – attended, unattended, and hybrid. UiPath software robots are intelligent, reliable, flexible, and eager to take on a huge range of tedious tasks. They’re also easy to build and manage, so you can launch an entire robot workforce to quickly deliver efficiencies, higher performance, and high ROI.

Why is it important

A digital worker or software bot is an automated team member trained to carry out a business process just like any employee, only faster and without mistakes.

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Orchestrator_Logo
What is it

Streamline repetitive tasks and paperless processes with Microsoft Power Automate – so you can focus your attention where it’s needed most.

Why is it important

A digital worker or software bot is an automated team member trained to carry out a business process just like any employee, only faster and without mistakes

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UiPath Product Microsoft Product

UiPath Apps

What is it

Your low-code automation app builder. UiPath Apps is a cloudbased low-code application development platform that enables you to build and share enterprise-grade custom applications that deliver engaging user experiences. Using UiPath Apps, you can quickly build custom business applications that connect to data in any underlying cloud or on-premises system using the power of automation.

Why is it important

Being able to easily integrate your own, pre-built, or a partners, machine learning (ML) models into your automations is key. This allows you to easily consume and use data scientists hard work in your automations.

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Uipath-AI-center
What is it

Turn ideas into organisational solutions by enabling everyone to build custom apps that solve business challenges.

Why is it important

Work isn’t a place you go anymore, it’s a thing you do. People want to work Anywhere. Anytime. Any place. Unleash the full potential of your automations by giving them an intuitive user-friendly interface. Connect with all your apps and systems, using a low-code builder.

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UiPath Assistant

What is it

Meet your robot co-pilot. UiPath Assistant is a desktop launchpad for automations. It gives everyday individuals easy access to selected automations that help them with their day-to-day tasks.

Why is it important

Imagine the business impact if every employee could rely on a software robot to help with daily work. So people could work faster and more collaboratively. With unrivalled accuracy. And fully focus on innovative tasks that make them happier and maximise the impact on your business.

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microsoft_flow_icon
What is it

Easily automate anything from your desktop

Why is it important

This is a user-friendly, low-code application that empowers coders and non-coders alike to optimise their workflows by automating repetitive and time-consuming manual tasks in Windows 10.

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UiPath Action Center

What is it

Where robots check in with you for direction

Why is it important

Automation is all about people and how we help people do more, with less. When an automation includes decisions that a human should make – like approvals, escalations, and exceptions – being able to assign a task to a human makes it easy and efficient to hand off the process from software bot to human. And back again.

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Microsoft Approval Flows

What is it

Approval flows can help you automate sign-off requests and combine human decision-making with background automation to help business users focus on their core tasks.

Why is it important

Automation is all about people and how we help people do more, with less. When an automation includes decisions that a human should make – like approvals, escalations, and exceptions – being able to assign a task to a human makes it easy and efficient to hand off the process from software bot to human. And back again.

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UiPath Chatbots

What is it

Converse with your robots.

Why is it important

Chatbots allow you to respond rapidly to your customer and employee needs – at scale.

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Microsoft Power Virtual Agents

What is it

Easily build chatbots to engage conversationally with your customers and employees—no coding required.

Why is it important

Chatbots allow you to respond rapidly to your customer and employee needs – at scale.

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Ui Path Academy
What is it

Learn RPA skills with free online training.

Why is it important

Knowledge is power and having access to free learning enables companies to accelerate adoption of technology by upskilling their professionals.

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Microsoft Learn

What is it

Master core concepts at your speed and on your schedule

Why is it important

Knowledge is power and having access to free learning enables companies to accelerate adoption of technology by upskilling their professionals.

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UiPath Certification

What is it

Demonstrate your RPA expertise.

Why is it important

Many people say that they can do things but certifications prove someone’s expertise has met a global standard.

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Microsoft Certification

What is it

Microsoft has certification paths for many technical job roles.

Why is it important

Many people say that they can do things but certifications prove someone’s expertise has met a global standard.

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UiPath Video Tutorials

What is it

Watch video content for developers.

Why is it important

Tutorial videos are the go-to instructional method for teaching a process or providing step-by-step instructions on how to do something.

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Microsoft Video Tutorial

What is it

Watch video content for developers.

Why is it important

Tutorial videos are the go-to instructional method for teaching a process or providing step-by-step instructions on how to do something.

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UiPath Meetups

What is it

Join community events worldwide.

Why is it important

Continuous interactions to learn and connect helps fuel new ideas. It encourages open conversations, shared practices, and new collaborations which allows you to keep up-to-date to trends, best practices, and product offerings.

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Microsoft Meetups

What is it

Join community events worldwide.

Why is it important

Continuous interactions to learn and connect helps fuel new ideas. It encourages open conversations, shared practices, and new collaborations which allows you to keep up-to-date to trends, best practices, and product offerings.

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UiPath Forum

What is it

Ask questions, find solutions, and share knowledge.

Why is it important

Having access to a community where you can find solutions, ask questions, help others and stay up to date is a key part of your Intelligent Automation journey.

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Power Users Community

What is it

Ask questions, find solutions, and share knowledge.

Why is it important

Having access to a community where you can find solutions, ask questions, help others and stay up to date is a key part of your Intelligent Automation journey.

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UiPath Community Blog

What is it

Read the latest news and tutorials.

Why is it important

Having easy access to the latest news and tutorials is vital to your success on your Intelligent Automation journey.

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Power Platform Blog

What is it

Read the latest news and tutorials.

Why is it important

Having easy access to the latest news and tutorials is vital to your success on your Intelligent Automation journey.

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UiPath Documentation

What is it

Browse developer docs, install instructions, and release notes

Why is it important

Documentation is the home for learning for developers and technology professionals.

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Microsoft Documentation

What is it

Microsoft Power Platform documentation.

Why is it important

Documentation is the home for learning for developers and technology professionals.

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Find a UiPath Partner

What is it

Browse our RPA business partner listings.

Why is it important

Partners are vital in assisting customers to ensure that they are successful on a technology platform. Having access to the skills and knowledge needed is a key part of the Intelligent Automation journey.

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Find a Microsoft Partner

What is it

Find a Microsoft certified solution provider. Get help identifying and implementing Microsoft solutions. Search for experienced certified partners near you.

Why is it important

Partners are vital in assisting customers to ensure that they are successful on a technology platform. Having access to the skills and knowledge needed is a key part of the Intelligent Automation journey.

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Gartner Logo
What is it

Gartner Magic Quadrants offer visual snapshots, in-depth analyses and actionable advice that provide insight into a market’s direction, maturity and participants. Magic Quadrants compare vendors based on Gartner’s standard criteria and methodology. Each report comes with a Magic Quadrant graphic that depicts a market using a two-dimensional matrix that evaluates vendors based on their Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

Why is it important

Analyst reviews provide you a culmination of research in a specific market, giving you a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.

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What is it

The Forrester Wave is a guide for buyers considering their purchasing options in a technology marketplace. To offer an equitable process for all participants, Forrester follows a publicly available methodology, which they apply consistently across all participating vendors.

Why is it important

Analyst reviews provide you a culmination of research in a specific market, giving you a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.

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4.5 / 5 (250 reviews)

What is it

Gartner Magic Quadrants offer visual snapshots, in-depth analyses and actionable advice that provide insight into a market’s direction, maturity and participants. Magic Quadrants compare vendors based on Gartner’s standard criteria and methodology. Each report comes with a Magic Quadrant graphic that depicts a market using a two-dimensional matrix that evaluates vendors based on their Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

Why is it important

Analyst reviews provide you a culmination of research in a specific market, giving you a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.

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3.7 / 5 (31 reviews)

What is it

Gartner Magic Quadrants offer visual snapshots, in-depth analyses and actionable advice that provide insight into a market’s direction, maturity and participants. Magic Quadrants compare vendors based on Gartner’s standard criteria and methodology. Each report comes with a Magic Quadrant graphic that depicts a market using a two-dimensional matrix that evaluates vendors based on their Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

Why is it important

Analyst reviews provide you a culmination of research in a specific market, giving you a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.

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8.8 / 10

What is it

TrustRadius is the site for professionals to share real world insights through in-depth reviews on business technology products.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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8.0 / 10

What is it

TrustRadius is the site for professionals to share real world insights through in-depth reviews on business technology products.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.6 / 5 (4,934 reviews)

What is it

G2 is a peer-to-peer review site with a focus on aggregating user reviews for business software.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.6 / 5 (28 reviews)

What is it

G2 is a peer-to-peer review site with a focus on aggregating user reviews for business software.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.6 / 5 (561 reviews)

What is it

Capterra is a free online marketplace vendor serving as an intermediary between buyers and technology vendors within the software industry. The company assists consumers with selecting software for their needs with user reviews and research.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.6 / 5 (8 reviews)

What is it

Capterra is a free online marketplace vendor serving as an intermediary between buyers and technology vendors within the software industry. The company assists consumers with selecting software for their needs with user reviews and research.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.6 / 5 (358 reviews)

What is it

Gartner Peer Insights is a platform for ratings and reviews of enterprise technology solutions by end-user professionals for end-user professionals.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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4.4 / 5 (50 reviews)

What is it

Gartner Peer Insights is a platform for ratings and reviews of enterprise technology solutions by end-user professionals for end-user professionals.

Why is it important

User reviews allow you to compare and choose the right software with confidence.

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In summary

From the above you can see that both platforms have some really great features and functionalities but it is definitely a case of “horses for courses”.

If I had to summarise the main differences in 4 words they would be:

  • Extensibility
  • Maturity
  • Breadth
  • Complexity

So where to next

As always there is a huge difference between theory vs. practice. Theory assumes an outcome, while practice allows you to test the theory and see if it is accurate.

With the above in mind in the next few blog posts we are going to pick a scenario and build them out using these two great platforms and share our
learnings with you.

Until next time.

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