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"The simplicity of the tool is a plus point, as it does not require one to be from coding background to work on it.""Business analytics provides real-time data that's something other competing companies lack. It uses statistics and graphs to show the performance of the bots which processes are lagging behind and if you need to give priority to certain tasks.""WLM & Device Pool, where multiple devices perform the same thing parallel and complete the tasks at the same time. The credential manager for security is one of the most valuable features for storing credentials and providing security between the developer usage and future maintenance where passwords expire every 90 days.""It is easy to automate SAP by using Cloning and Metabot.""The robust and flexible nature of the product gives it the capability to automate almost all rule-based processes in each and every ERP application that is currently available in the market.""Object cloning with an option to enter wildcard selection was very useful when working in a web application that generated dynamic HTML content.""The code, once developed, is pretty stable.""The features I most appreciate are the built-in version control system, historical log, audit trail features, and the breadth of RPA action commands included out of the box."

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"I like the feature where you can define a model that represents your website and then reuse the components from the model. It makes creating more test cases easy.""The most valuable feature is that the browser and the API testing is available in a single tool, and I don't have to look at other options.""It is good for API testing. It is also good for continuous integration testing. You can connect it to Jenkins.""It is easy for a non-technical person to use and adopt.""The most important feature is the Jenkins integration; it is pretty straight forward and allows us to run nightly builds.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward and easy enough to complete.""The scalability of the product is good.""One of the features that I like is Object Recognition. It worked very well, and it allowed me to create a dynamic expert based on my requirements."

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"I feel the tool has to provide deeper insights for debugging issues, considering both internal and external factors.""My experience has been that if the person who codes the bot is not very well-trained, then they might create unstable bots. So, it's not the platform. It is just how somebody has coded the bots which can bring lot of instability to them. I recommend that when you are using a coder that the person well-trained and have a good amount of experience already working on bots. They shouldn't be newbie or beginner who comes in to code because that will impact the quality of the code itself.""Vertical connecting lines would be appropriate within the code, and a collapse/expand feature for code blocks would be ideal.""Additional features should involve the Cognitive Section where we need more Advance solutions involving ML & AI.""It would be better if they could extend the support for AA version 11 for a few more years, as most of the companies have tasks completed in AA version 11, and A2019 is much slower compared to AA 11.""The UI can be improved a little bit to make it easier for beginners to understand.""The Recorder action in the A2019 Community edition is not supported.""As a solution, it could have been easier to use than in the current state."

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"I've seen that our clients are not truly aware of the power behind Katalon.""One improvement would be if it could support more programming languages such as JavaScript or Python. Right now, it is only on Groovy, which I think is not a too popular language.""It is difficult to identify elements on websites that use Angular or ReactJS because they don't have an option to view source code.""It seems to lack a few requirements that a typical customer would want. Compared to other solutions, this product is lacking.""The price of the solution is a bit high. It's one of the reasons we decided not to continue using the product.""The free version of the solution is not user friendly at all.""There is not much support offered for the free version, which is something that could be improved.""It would be helpful if they can integrate a feature for performance testing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Costs savings have been seen by employing bots for multiple shifts instead of people."
  • "My only suggestion in terms of pricing is very generic and that is to consider that as much as RPA saves cost and does automation, please get a realistic estimation done on whether you are really achieving any ROI over your investment with RPA."
  • "It is one of the most affordable RPA solutions, and as for licensing, they offer a community edition that greatly helps anyone who aspires to learn about the product before buying the enterprise solution."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "I don't deal have cost specifics but I can say it is a tool that provides value for the money."
  • "Pricing is affordable and I would recommend beginning with the Starter Package."
  • "The pricing and licensing are definitely moderate to costly but easily recoverable by achieving ROI quickly."
  • "Automation Anywhere is flexible in terms of costing and licensing."
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  • "We were using the free version of this tool."
  • "Katalon Studio is a free tool."
  • "We are using the free version of Katalon Studio at this point."
  • "The price is not high it's good."
  • "We are using the free version. We plan on getting a paid version because there is a limitation in terms of the number of users. We want to maximize it."
  • "I am using the free version."
  • "Its pricing is quite reasonable. If you require their help in getting started, then there is a professional services fee on top of the product license cost."
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    Questions from the Community
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    It depends on your use case. Is it simply to automate a couple of processes? Is it to augment a human team? AA is very good in certain situations but lacks in others. For me, it's more the team that… more »
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    From my experience using AA tool, it depends on the applications that you want to automate, because there some applications that AA has limitations for, such as the Oracle. For web-based applications… more »
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    It is a highly preferred RPA tool. You can check my Automation Anywhere Review to know more.
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    Our clients have requested by all types of testing, including mobile, desktop, and API testing and all of those are covered by Katalon. I find that very valuable, very complete.
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    I haven't precisely checked the business model behind Katalon, and I would like to understand that as well, because most of our clients ask for licenses and prices, and we don't know. From my… more »
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    I've seen that our clients are not truly aware of the power behind Katalon. Many of the clients are now ready for the traditional Selenium, perhaps a more friendly layer like Cucumber or SpecFlow. But… more »
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    Also Known As
    Automation Anywhere, Testing Anywhere, Automation Anywhere Enterprise
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    Overview

    Automation Anywhere is a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), empowering customers to automate end-to-end business processes with intelligent software bots – AI-powered digital workers that perform repetitive and manual tasks, resulting in dramatic productivity gains, optimized customer experience and more engaged employees. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native and web-based automation platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, yielding significantly lower TCO, higher security, and faster scalability than legacy monolithic platforms. Its Bot Store is the world's first and largest marketplace with more than 1,200 pre-built, intelligent automation solutions. Automation Anywhere has deployed over 2.8 million bots to support some of the world’s largest enterprises across all industries in more than 90 countries. 

    For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.


    Katalon Studio is a simple and powerful automation solution built by KMS Technology for testers everywhere. The tool provides features comparable to popular commercial solutions while eliminating the hassle of building an automation framework from open sources. Best of all, we are committed to keeping Katalon Studio free.

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    Google, Linkedin, Cisco, Juniper Networks, DellEMC, Comcast, Mastercard, Quest Diagnostics
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    Automation Anywhere (AA) is ranked 2nd in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 145 reviews while Katalon Studio is ranked 7th in API Testing Tools with 12 reviews. Automation Anywhere (AA) is rated 9.0, while Katalon Studio is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Automation Anywhere (AA) writes "While the platform is feature-rich and easy to use, it is the skill of the coder that determines how well the platform is leveraged". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Katalon Studio writes "Great record and playback functionality but isn't user-friendly and needs better technical support ". Automation Anywhere (AA) is most compared with UiPath, Microsoft Power Automate, Blue Prism, Kryon RPA and IBM Robotic Process Automation (RPA), whereas Katalon Studio is most compared with TestProject, Tricentis Tosca, SmartBear TestComplete, Ranorex Studio and SoapUI Pro.

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