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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:

What is Automation Anywhere?

Automation Anywhere Logo - Automation Anywhere Control Room - Edureka

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.

Automation Anywhere Architecture

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

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

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

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.

Automation Anywhere Control Room - Automation Anywhere Control Room - Edureka

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.

Automation Anywhere Control Room Login - Automation Anywhere Control Room - Edureka

Once you have logged in, you will be redirected to the dashboard of Control Room. Refer below.

Control Room Dashboard - Automation Anywhere Control Room - Edureka

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.

Control Room Components

The components of the Control Room are as follows:

Control Room Dashboard Components - Automation Anywhere Control Room - Edureka

Dashboards:

The Dashboard feature of Control Room basically provides stats of various parameters. It has the following 5 options under it:

  • Home – The Home dashboard shows the users the bot run status, total queues, total bot schedules, total users, bot velocity and the capacity of bots vs bot runners.
  • Bots –  The bots dashboard show the users the bot heartbeat, MVP bots, bot status, failure reasons, and the upcoming schedule of bots.
  • Devices –  The devices dashboard focus on hardware utilization such as CPU utilization, Memory Utilization, HDD Utilization, Upcoming Device Utilization, and Failure Analysis.
  • Workload – The Workload Dashboard has two tabs: Executive Dashboard and Operation Manager’s Dashboard. The Executive Dashboard provides visualizations for queue status, queue with avg time, device pools by backlog and queues by time to complete. Similarly, the Operation Manager’s Dashboard provides visualization for device pools by FTE, pools by decreasing error rate, queues with avg time, device pools by backlogs.
  • Insight – The Bot Insight focuses on providing real-time business insights and the digital workforce.

Activity:

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:

  • In progress: The In Progress Activity tab is used to check the status of the activity which is currently executing. It gives all the details related to the activity such as the username, bot name, item name, progress, etc.
  • Scheduled: The Scheduled activity tab is used to check the details of the activity which is scheduled to execute sometime later. It gives all the details related to the activity such as the username, bot name, item name, progress, etc.
  • Historical: The historical activity tab is used to check the details of the activity which might have completed, finished, stopped or timed out.  It gives details related to the device name, automation name, bot name, user, started on, etc.

Bots:

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:

  • My Bots: The bots tab lists the tasks and its details such as the name, client name, last modified date.
  • Credentials: The credentials tab displays the credentials, lockers, and credentials requests. 

Devices:

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.

Workloads:

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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