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Understanding of Automation Anyhwere | Robotic Process Automation

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Motivation

Well, RPA is consist of a number of tools. Let’s start exploring it with Automation Anywhere.

Automation Anywhere

Well, this is not just an another RPA tool, in the competitive industry of RPA, automation anywhere made his mark by delivering intelligent automation technology that empowers people.

So how is it different?

With its enterprise-grade cognitive RPA platform, automation anywhere enables enterprises to create a digital workforce capable of automating complex business processes with unprecedented speed and ease.

The platform can be used to automate almost any application. Following are the four levels of integration that work with everything you have;

  1. User Interface (UI)
  2. Application Program Interface (API)
  3. Operating Systems (OS)
  4. Database (DB)

The platform is infrastructure-agnostic, developed and deployed in public or private cloud environments.

Automation anywhere platform facilitates centralized deployment and control ( plat server-based processing ) from desktop to data center without advanced programming skills.

Automation Anywhere Enterprise;

Automation Anywhere flagship product is known as automation anywhere enterprise, it is an enterprise-level product, loaded with features to automate most business processes which can help us automate most business processes.

The product can record and edit process quickly and accurately due to its smart automation technology.

Automation Anywhere enterprise post three types of recorders to automate;

  1. Object-based smart recorders
  2. Screen Recorder
  3. Dedicated Web Recorder

It also features 575+ drag and drops commands that be used to automate business processes.

The centralized control room comes with it allows us to manage, monitor and scale automation bots across multiple business functions and an army of developed and runtime clients.

Automation Anywhere helps to “automize” the time spent running on bots with its intuitive features. Within its automate features the user can automate any process whatever the complexity.

It enables the user to transform a complex process into a single mouse click or keystroke. Create automation bots in minutes. Record keystrokes mouse clicks and point and click wizards. It automates FTP/SFTP processes.

The “Management” feature hosts centralized control, distribution, and analysis. It enables a user to run scheduled bots anytime by using bot scheduling, even when the computer is locked.

Easily managed automated processes across a single machine or multiple machines, across the division or enterprise.

Maintain centralized systems for backup, security, and resources.

The “Define” feature allows a user to visually document any process without the click of a button. And with it you can automate scripts that exist in disparate formats. Capture and Reuse automated process in a central repository. Schedule and execute batch data processing with ease.

 

 

 

Automation Anywhere Architecture

So how it works?

The architecture is consist of three components

  • Control Room – Centralized management and control layer.
  • Bot Creators (Development Client) – Create, edit and execute Bots as part of the deployment process
  • Bot Runners – Runtime systems that sit on the desktop, data centers and cloud infrastructure called bot runners. Bot runners can execute bots.

* Both creators and bot runners are authorized, controlled and managed from the control room.

 

Control Room

Automation Anywhere Enterprise Control Room provides easy access and management from anywhere, anytime. New web-based control room allows enhanced monitoring and administration of multisite infrastructure. It also facilitates an environment to increase collaboration and optimized for productivity. Easily accommodating scaling for multiple clients machines.

The dashboard provides an overview of the state of the bot workforce. It enables monitoring of upcoming bots, bots schedules, details of bots in progress.

Repository manger is the central bot repository which enables the administrator to push hundreds of bots to bot runners with a simple mouse click.

It shows the number of active bots and bot runners in the repository with demarcation for the file type like doc, exe and iq bots, bots, meta bots, reports, scripts, tasks and workflow.

Operations room facilitate real-time monitoring of all scheduled and running bots on all bot runners. During high volume throughput times in enables control room admin to manually distribute the bot workloads on to multiple bot runners for faster execution and load balancing. Bot form shows all bots, the user of each bot. IP address and application path as well as schedule credentials.

User Management enables the creation and management of users and their privileges based on role-based access control.

To facilitate audit, all control room and bot activity are logged and time-stamped.

Task (bot) Schedules used to create schedules to enable the specific bot to a specific client or group of clients. It also allows to select a group and deploy multiple bots to a group of clients with a single click.

The license manager provides inventory control and Software license administration. It provides a central point of authorization for all bot creators and bot runners.

  • Bot Creator

The bot development client called the bot creator is licensed for each type of bot and includes a runtime system for execution and testing. It runs on Windows and must be registered and connected to an active control room in order to function.

It creates an edit spot that is packed with usual features such as the ability to edit the properties of the bots like scheduling and event triggers, these intuitive and intelligent features of the bot creator make the bot creation extremely easy.

  • Bot Runners

(Runtime clients) control room schedule and assigns bots to runtime clients for execution that works on Windows. Bot runners can only execute once they are registered, identified and authenticated by the control room. Once authenticated, the can execute bots independently and asynchronously.  They can be grouped and can be dynamically allocated, offering a convenient option for scaling up.

All bot telemetry is cached locally and transmitted to the control room.

 

Unique features of automation anywhere;

In real-world environment where applications and infrastructure can change quickly, “auto-calibration technology” enables bots sense and automatically adjust to application changes immediately. Their cognitive abilities enable them to study and enhance processes to maintain accuracy and reliability.

 

Sense AI Technology

It gives a truly adaptive automation experience like employes “smart pauses” and environment-related adjustments to perform tasks as a human wood in the real world.

Automation anywhere is the only enterprise-grade platform with cognitive capabilities and analysis. Its cognitive capable bots act on the structured and semi-structured data to automate end to end engage sentiments using unique natural language processing.

Machine Learning

The platform has incorporated machine learning techniques such as feature extractions and classification algorithms for data extractions making Bot more reliable and faster.

Embedded Analytics; captures business data to gain real-time business insights.

System logs and auto compliance features automatically comply with audit requirements.

For a better visibility, control room cam queue, launch, manage orchestrate and maintain automation bots across any desktop or cloud infrastructure.

Versioning Systems

of automation anywhere ensure that we can control automated bots through their lifecycles from development through production and decommission.

Licencing and execution are also centrally controlled and orchestrated via workflow automation with priority-based resource allocation and a broad array of scheduling algorithms.

Automation Anywhere features private key / public key infrastructure combined with AES encryption to secure the bots and credentials. Multiple layers of security during bot execution using stelf mode and keyboard disabled features ensure enterprise-grade control. Automation Anywhere has credential integration using SAML 2.0 and standard directory service protocol such as active directory and LDAP. The platform ensures the credentials are incorporated using AES and FIPS 140-2 compliant modules.

There are secure bot containers combined with obfuscation of process logic for heavy-duty automation IP protection.

 


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