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We performed a comparison between Appium and IBM Rational Test Workbench based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"We do not need to pay for the solution. It’s free.""We develop apps using the React Native framework, and Appium integrates well for testing those apps. The Appium automation framework also has good integration with GitHub Actions and plenty of other tools and frameworks, including BrowserStack.""We get a list that shows all devices that are connected to the system.""The latest versions of the solution are stable.""It has great documentation and excellent community support.""Obviously because of automation, it reduces manual testing efforts.""Appium's best feature is that it supports multiple frameworks.""The most valuable feature of Appium is it supports iOS and AOS and is open-source."

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"Reporting is pretty good. Its interface is also good. I'm overall pretty happy with the functionality and use of IBM Rational Test Workbench.""This solution provides for API testing, functional UI testing, performance testing, and service virtualization."

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"I rarely use Appium nowadays because I'm now at the managerial level, but the last time I used it, whenever I selected and clicked on an element, Appium was very slow. I tried to debug it, but I still couldn't find the problem, so this is an area for improvement in the solution. Another area for improvement lies with the connector and server. For example, the effort to get into the local machine sometimes causes the emulator to become slow, which then leads to failure in testing, and this is the usual issue I've encountered from Appium. An additional feature I'd like added to Appium in its next release is being able to do automation in iOS without using XPath and the name of the element. In Xcode, you can use previous UI tests for detecting elements, but in Appium, you have to use Xpath and the element name instead of being able to directly put the X-UiPath, which is what you can do in Xcode. In iOS as well, sometimes the element doesn't have a name or a path. Sometimes, there's also no element.""The challenging part with Appium is that installation can be a bit tricky. It can be challenging to set up in Android versus iOS environments.""If it had more facility for configuration it would be a spectacular solution.""Appium can improve when the case fails, there should be a feature where you can generate the report from Appium. Once you're on a test case, automatically the screenshot should be captured which would avoid manual intervention. These features would be beneficial to migrate to Appium.""There is always a concern about the amount of code that is required to enhance the automation process. The idea of having less code or no code is what we would like to see in future updates.""Image recognition could be improved. We have some images in our mobile applications. It should be able to run from the cloud, so we can automate the catcher.""The user interface needs improvement because there are issues when setting up environment variables.""We need some bug fixes for nested elements."

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"It should have more interfaces. In terms of interfaces or protocols, what you can do with Rational is far limited as compared to other products out there. What it does, it does great, but it only gives you limited types of protocols. It supports between 8 to 15 types of protocols, whereas other test tools give you 20 to 30 types of protocols with which you can do testing and convert to script. It records Javascript-based scripts, and you got to know a little bit of Java to basically be able to edit them, but the level of editing you got to do is very low. I like that, but the ability to edit the script is not as good as Parasoft or LoadRunner, which have C-Script.""There are a number of things that they can do to simplify the tools, but the most important thing that they need to do is simplify the installation."

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  • "The pricing of Appium is fine."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "Appium is free and open-source."
  • "As far as I know, Appium is a free solution. It's not for commercial use."
  • "We found out that we could explore features of the solution for 30 days trial. We can switch to a permanent license later if we want."
  • "I'm unsure if there's any cost associated with Appium. I got the free package which includes the server GUI application and the inspector application, and it was free to download, and that's all I need to get my work done. I'm not aware of any additional costs associated with the tool."
  • "Appium is open source; we can use it for free."
  • "It's completely 100% free, and there are no hidden fees."
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  • "The pricing is a little bit on the higher side, although it is really good."
  • "It doesn't really concern me. Licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    Top Answer:I do recommend Appium. It is an open-source solution and completely free of charge. We use Appium and Appium Studio as our base for any type of mobile automation for testing. It has a great interface… more »
    Top Answer:The automation part is extremely helpful in streamlining our processes.
    Top Answer:The price is good for people to be able to make a favorable decision for the value.
    Top Answer:This solution provides for API testing, functional UI testing, performance testing, and service virtualization.
    Top Answer:The pricing is a little bit on the higher side, although it is really good.
    Top Answer:There are a number of things that they can do to simplify the tools, but the most important thing that they need to do is simplify the installation. This includes the workbench as well as the other… more »
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    Rational Test Workbench, IBM Rational Performance Tester, IBM Functional Tester, IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server
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    Appium is an open-source mobile application development tool that is designed to give users complete control of their application development process. It enables them to optimize the development process when the need calls for it, and create the applications that they want in the most efficient manner they can.

    Appium Benefits

    Some of the benefits that come from using Appium include:

    • Ease of deployment. Appium is fairly simple for users to set up for the first time. Developers can download Appium and launch it with only a couple of clicks.
    • Easily track the results of application tests. Appium automatically creates reports when developers run application tests. These reports can give users insights into every aspect of the tests that they just ran. They can include detailed test results, screenshots of the test as it took place, and videos showing the test while it was in progress. Developers can also recall these reports with ease so that the information that was gathered is always at their disposal.
    • Gain deep insights into your application. Users can easily gain insight into the way that their application is running and how it might be improved. The reports that the system produces can provide developers with all of the data and insight that they need to improve their applications and make informed decisions.

    Appium Features

    When users choose to employ Appium’s mobile development solution, they gain access to many different capabilities. These features include:

    • Remote testing capability. Teams that are spread across the globe can collaborate and run tests from wherever they happen to be at the time. They can connect to Appium’s cloud testing feature and always have access to the latest iteration of the project they are working on.
    • Customizable test reporting capability. Appium enables users to customize the way that information from their tests is reported. They can create the kinds of reports that best reflect their objectives and needs. When specific information is needed, the reports can be formatted to show that particular aspect when the solution generates it.
    • Parallel testing capabilities. Developers who use Appium can run multiple application tests at the same time. This enables them to save time and resources while still accounting for every scenario that their applications might experience. Users can run all of the tests necessary to ensure that their applications are successful while spending the minimum amount of time doing so.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Appium is a solution that has a great deal to offer its users. It is a very complete mobile development solution that gives users the capabilities that they need to design their mobile applications with the greatest level of ease possible. Users can scale their application scripts to meet their needs. Additionally, developers can automate testing protocols, which reduces the amount of time and other resources that need to be devoted to the testing process. These two features make Appium a leader in the field of mobile application development.

    Jayanta K., automation and nft manager at a computer software company, writes, “The interface for mobile automation is helpful for scripting and execution. It's scalable and there are many testers who would like to automate. In terms of scripting, scalability is very good.

    The head of solutions delivery (systems) at a wellness & fitness company writes, “Obviously, because of automation, it reduces manual testing efforts.

    IBM Rational Test Workbench provides a comprehensive test automation solution for mobile applications, regression testing, integration technologies and performance and scalability testing. It helps you build intelligent and interconnected enterprise applications that can be deployed on traditional and cloud infrastructures. With Rational Test Workbench, you can significantly reduce test cycle times, moving integration testing earlier in the development lifecycle.
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    Sample Customers
    Nuvizz, Coupa Software, Eventbrite, Evernote
    Financial Insurance Management Corp.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm45%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Wellness & Fitness Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Appium is ranked 5th in Mobile Development Platforms with 17 reviews while IBM Rational Test Workbench is ranked 16th in Performance Testing Tools with 2 reviews. Appium is rated 8.0, while IBM Rational Test Workbench is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Appium writes "Open source, with no performance issues, but setting it up wasn't as straightforward, and its documentation and Touch Actions need improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Test Workbench writes "Good reporting and interface, but supports limited types of protocols and requires low-level script editing". Appium is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, SmartBear TestComplete, Xamarin Platform, Perfecto and Eggplant Performance, whereas IBM Rational Test Workbench is most compared with IBM Rational Performance Tester, HCL OneTest, Tricentis Tosca, Selenium HQ and Postman.

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