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Since the time Automation has come into existence, various tools have been emerging in the market. Automation Anywhere is one such popular RPA tool used by today’s market to automate various kinds of tasks. Now, this obviously makes us realize the need to enhance our RPA skills and understand the architecture of this tool. In this article on Automation Anywhere Control Room, I am going to discuss the following topics:
Automation Anywhere is an RPA Tool which aims to provide the users with a digital workforce composed of software bots. These bots are responsible to complete an end-to-end process by simultaneously providing scalability and security.
This tool has recently launched a community edition which will help you to first explore the tool and automate tasks. Once you are proficient enough with this tool it also offers an Enterprise Edition with a 30-day free trial.
Now, that you know what is Automation Anywhere, let us next look into the architecture of Automation Anywhere.
The architecture of Automation Anywhere is a Distributed Architecture. This architecture has mainly 3 components which work together to help the user achieve his tasks. Those are the Bot Creators, Control Room, and Bot Runners. The Bot Creators and the Bot Runners are connected to the Control Room, and the Control Room is the brain of Automation Anywhere.
Now, let us understand each of these components one by one.
Bot Creators are simply used to create bots. These are desktop based applications whose sole role is to upload or download bots and connect them to the control room. Also, multiple users can create bots which are created and configured for the Control Room.
Bot Runners are responsible to run or execute the scheduled bots. Multiple bots can be executed in parallel, but the Bot Runners cannot update or create automation. This component of the Automation Anywhere is also connected to the Control Room and have the ability to report back the execution log status to the control room.
Control Room is the most important component of the architecture. It is a web server that basically controls the bots created by the Bot Creators and also handles the automation executed by the Bot Runners. The Control Room ensure centralized management by offering features such as centralized user management, automation deployment, source control and so on. You can refer to the below image for a summary of Control Room.
Now, once you have downloaded your Community Edition or the Enterprise Edition, you have to log in to the Control Room using the credentials, which you might have got in an email. Refer below.
Once you have logged in, you will be redirected to the dashboard of Control Room. Refer below.
As you can see from the above image, there are few components of Dashboard which you need to understand to use the Control Room dashboard. So, next in this article, let us look into components of Control Room.
The components of the Control Room are as follows:
The Dashboard feature of Control Room basically provides stats of various parameters. It has the following 5 options under it:
The activity feature of the Control Room dashboard is mainly used to check the history and the progress of the scheduled activities. It has the following 3 options under it:
The Bots feature of Control Room dashboard to see the details of tasks created. It gives details such as the task name, credentials, client name, etc. It has the following 3 options under it:
The Devices feature displays whether a user is logged into the client UI on the device or not. Also, if the username is disabled then the device is shown ‘Offline’ and if the username is deleted then the device name will no longer appear.
The workload feature of the Control Room Dashboard displays the load of the queues by displaying details such as queue name, automation name, automation status, bot name, and device pool.
So folks! That’s an end to this article on Automation Anywhere Control Room. I hope you understood what is the Control room and what are the different components of the dashboard of the Control Room. Now, If you wish to give a jump start, to your career as an RPA Developer, then starting learning RPA and it’s various Tools.
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