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Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 30 May 2018, 08:01

I received this email today from UIPath.

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Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Repoman » 13 Feb 2018, 14:27

Hi Guys,

tank wrote:this really just shows a lack of skill using AHK

Most probably very true :) The biggest struggle i had with AHK (and with VBA too) was to check if webpage element is ready and visible on a webpage. That's why much slower than it should be. With Python - easier to find reliable solution for the problem.

Regarding file picker for csv files - Selenium driver enables script to send keys directly to upload form on a webpage and then handles file picker "on its own" - that's the reason of being faster than others. btw. UiPath does something similar but it is much, much slower.

@Joe - Like the idea! That could be very interesting.

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 13 Feb 2018, 07:52

I agree however I'm wondering if the same can be argued for the code that was used for the other 3 options. This, to me, would be a good type of "hackathon". Get people from other communities to solve the same goal- then compare / contrast between them. Kind of like Rosetta Code but having people evaluate / rate the differences.

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Blackholyman » 13 Feb 2018, 07:20

yeah i said kind of the same thing in "What's on your mind?"

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by tank » 12 Feb 2018, 21:22

I could have matched the python performance. this really just shows a lack of skill using AHK

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 12 Feb 2018, 17:21

Review of UiPath, VBA, Python/Selenium & AutoHotkey). I'm curious if they'd hidden IE how much faster it would have run.

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 15 Dec 2017, 15:15

Here's a recording to a webinar on RPA. While much wasn't relevant for me, there were some interesting datapoints on the first few slides the discussed.


They also followed-up with an answer to my question.
Q. How do we educate business people (CMO, Managers, etc) on what is/is not a good candidate for RPA?

A. Educating key stakeholders on the importance of taking a holistic view when considering their overall digital transformation goals is a good place to start. From there helping them understand that many factors should be considered in order to best determine which processes make good candidates for RPA including:

    How complex is the process?
    How many transactions run through the process in question?
    How much of the process you have the ability to automate (are there multiple process partners end-to-end)?
    How much effort is currently being invested by associates in the process in question?
    Are there ancillary benefits such as enhanced compliance/risk mitigation or improved customer or associate experience?

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 11 Dec 2017, 17:58

A friend just showed me this webinar tomorrow. People interested in RPA might be interested in signing up.
http://info.symphonyhq.com/rpa-bible-webinar

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 23 Nov 2017, 09:11

I was talking with Blackholyman the other day and he mentioned this video on "The Future of Work". It is a very interesting perspective of how work as people typically do it will, eventually, go away and that we need to focus more on things that humans do best (Creative, learning, etc.)

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 23 Nov 2017, 06:32

This might interest some of you
Executive Brief- Marine Robotics - An Automation Autobiography by John Slagboom

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 15 Nov 2017, 09:36

Here's a link to the forum post.

The Clipping itself is amazing but having it automatically write emails and attach it, push to IMUGR, and save locally are awesome too!

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by tank » 15 Nov 2017, 09:31

I don't know about it. that's why

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 15 Nov 2017, 08:51

@burque505- Glad to hear it! It's one of my favorite's too! I'm amazed more people don't use some kind of tool similar to it. (especially when working from a laptop)

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by burque505 » 12 Nov 2017, 14:55

Thank you, Joe!
By the way, I use your ScreenClip2Win on a daily basis, thanks again for that too.
Regards,
burque505

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 12 Nov 2017, 14:51

@burque505 Thanks for your input and thoughts!

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by burque505 » 12 Nov 2017, 14:47

E_Miranda, this is just my two cents' worth, of course: you don't have to give up AHK at all if you use UiPath. One distinct advantage is it doesn't cost a thing to install it and experiment. I did, got my certification, and the price was certainly right.

I don't have that much experience either with AHK or UiPath, but I have been able to easily integrate AutoHotkey scripts into my UiPath workflows using any of four methods:
1) "Run Auto Hot Key Script" [sic] from an add-on package "UiPath.Script.Activities", which is at least a partial implementation of https://github.com/amazing-andrew/AutoHotkey.Interop. It requires scripts with functions if you're going to pass arguments in, and at least in its present incarnation you can only get a String return value.
2) Use the "Invoke Code" activity to write some VB.Net, add a reference to AutoHotkey.Interop, and use the methods from the link in your code. You can pass variables in and out, UiPath -> VB.Net code -> AHK -> VB.Net -> UiPath without too much trouble.
3) Use Florent Salendres's 'AHKActivities' package at https://discourse-cdn-sjc1.com/business2/uploads/uipath/original/2X/8/8bab0d840fd61fe785f00bd062d392505d071988.nupkg, which uses an IDictionary<of String, String> for arguments in and out to scripts.
4) Include an AHK executable (I generally use AutoHotkeyU32.exe) with your workflow and use "Start Process." Arguments in and out work well with this method.

I also use AHK to build GUIs for my UiPath workflows, one area where it's a little on the light side.

Some things are easier for me with UiPath, some are easier for me with AHK, some are easier for me with a combination. The tools are there, they're free, so I use them.

I've also given WorkFusion's free RPAExpress a very quick run, and uninstalled it almost immediately. Although it appears quite powerful, it is a Javasaurus. Just the mysql daemon it loads eats up a gig of RAM even when it's idle. Three jars run simultaneously and eat up another gig and a half of RAM - idle. For my old machine, quad-core Intel from around 2008, 8 gigs of DDR2 RAM, it's just too much. If you have an i7 machine with 16 to 32 gigs of DDR3, I would expect you'll be fine trying out RPAExpress. I didn't get far enough into to it to see if AHK will play nice with it.

Regards,
burque505

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Joe Glines » 09 Nov 2017, 06:17

@Jdriele- thanks for mentioning the certification. I was looking at it and saw this 30-minute video on UIPath. Overall, pretty impressive. :) I signed up for the community edition and am going to try some of the training in UIPath Acadamy

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by Jdriele » 09 Nov 2017, 02:13

Hello,
I have done the basic UIPath certification and I am an experienced user of Autohotkey mainly for lean IT project. For mature RPA project I am collecting Tools and Library like Drakon or FindImages.

UIPath is pretty impressive especially for:
    - Screen scrapping :shock: . I have no clue how to do that so easely with AHK despite your nice tuto Joe ;)
    - Image driven robot. It’s simple, your record, adjust a bit and it’s done.
    - UI selector. Is there a way to use them in the same manners in AHK?

But, I don’t like the “full” task automation aspect. I like to propose new interfaces/GUI to do the task. UIPath didn’t propose a GUI to interact with you robot as AHK can propose.

Regarding MS office application and mailing Tools... AHK already has many nice libraries’ or examples not harder to learn.

I would say that UIPath is mainly dedicated to handled many robots with a team mainly focus on Lean IT & Process instead of development.

PS: For Autohotkey novice, I strongly recommend to do the UIPath certification because many concepts are similar.

Re: UiPath - Robotics Automation / Desktop Automation

Post by madisonquinn » 01 Nov 2017, 02:39

Hello,

As of now all the leading RPA Tools were rocking the IT market. But I found Automation AnyWhere is good among them. Because it creates mechanical process robotization programming to enlarge and scale learning work at the world’s biggest organizations. If anyone wants to move their career into RPA I suggest to go for AA.

Thanks!

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