One automation platform, delivered where you need it most

The IBM Automation Platform for Digital Business is an integrated platform of automation capabilities that helps you drive virtually all types of automation projects – large and small – at speed and at scale.

You can choose to deploy and run the automation platform in the environment that meets your needs best – your cloud, the IBM Cloud™ or on premises. Or you can use any combination of the three. Expect flexible automation deployment options that feature common automation tools and capabilities across all hosting environments.

What deployment environment is best for you?


Your cloud

IBM Cloud

On premises

Best for

Organizations that operate their own private cloud or that use a third-party IaaS provider. Organizations that want to focus on core business instead of focusing on IT.

Organizations that are still on their cloud journey or that are not able to deploy outside their own infrastructure.


  • Meet compliance or security requirements 
  • Control and flexibility in choice of infrastructure
  • Fastest time to value
  • Easy to get started and scale
  • Maximum control over the environment and security

Management of platform

Your team IBM Your team


Your team or third party

IBM Your team

Type of license

Perpetual license or monthly subscription

Monthly subscription Perpetual license

What’s new

Go deeper on cloud-based deployment options

IBM Cloud Pak for Automation

With IBM Cloud Pak™ for Automation, you can easily build and run intelligent automation applications on your choice of clouds.

Software-as-a-service with IBM Digital Business Automation on Cloud

This IBM software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering is ideal for business leaders who want to get started quickly. Reduce the time and expense associated with managing your own hosting environment. The IBM monthly subscription-based pricing scales with your specific growth so you can see how quickly automation software can deliver value.

NHSBT delivers the first-ever heart transplant enabled by cloud

UK-based National Health Services Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) needed to allocate life-saving donor organs more quickly, so they used the automation platform on the IBM Cloud to automate the cumbersome 96-step process. NHSBT leaders were able to design and deploy a new allocation process in less than six months – more than four times faster than before.

Automation Learning Hub

Get the latest product information, guides, demos and more to help you automate all types of work at scale.

Contact an expert

IBM offers a scalable platform for rapidly prototyping solutions that automate and augment critical business processes. With an established ecosystem and industry expertise, you can start quickly and scale to enterprise-wide deployment — without the fragmentation of platform and skills that is common to other providers.