How Do You Try RPA for Free?

Problem scenario
You want to test out an RPA solution for free. How do you do this?

Possible solution #1
Use Sikulix.

Possible solution #2
Use UiPath.

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What and when Was The First Reference to Cloud Automation Operations?

Question
What and when was the first reference to cloud automation operations?

Answer
The cloud (e.g., the SaaS model or public cloud offerings) allow for new types of automation in computing.  Before electricity existed, pneumatic and hydraulic automations were among the oldest automations in history.  The only man-made clouds back then were smoke or steam clouds.

Homer’s Iliad refers to cloud automation.  This appears to the be earliest use of such an idea (a gate),

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How Do You Use UiPath Studio CE to Log into a Website?

Problem scenario
You want to test out UiPath’s abilities to see how RPA works.  You want UiPath to automatically log into a website that challenges the human for a username and password.

Solution
Prerequisite #1
This assumes that UiPath Studio has been installed.  If you do not know how, see this posting.

Prerequisite #2 (specific to this example only)
For this example we will set up an automation to open a web browser,

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How Do You Install UiPath for Free to Try out RPA?

Problem scenario
You want to install UiPath Studio CE to test out RPA on a Windows 2016 Server.   How do you get a free version of UiPath (e.g., Studio CE)?

Solution
Prerequisite #1
You will have to agree to this agreement on UiPath’s website if you want to use the product.

Prerequisite #2
For this test, we recommend at a minimum 1 CPU at 2.3 Ghz and 2.25 GB of RAM. 

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How Do You Automate a Sequence of GUI Operations to Use Sikulix as a Proof-of-Concept?

Problem scenario
You want to try Sikulix to test it.  What do you do to implement a prototype of GUI automation of a basic procedure?

Solution
Prerequisite #1

This assumes that Sikulix has been installed.  If you do not know how, see this posting.

Prerequisite #2 (specific to this example only)
For this example we will set up an automation to open a web browser,

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How Do You Install Sikulix on a Windows Server?

Problem scenario
You want to leverage the power of image recognition and automation without an expensive license for software that has no API exposed.  In other words you want a free version of Robotic Process Automation software on your Windows server.   What do you do?

Solution
Prerequisites
Install Java version 8.  If you do not know how, see this posting.  We tested these directions on a Windows 2016 Server with 2 vCPUs and 4 GB of RAM. 

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How Does the Dictionary Definition of Automation Relate to Software GUI Automation?

Question
How does the dictionary definition of automation relate to software GUI automation?

Answer
The most common definition (and first-listed) of the word automation on Dictionary.com’s website is “the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.”  Attended and unattended robotic process automation solutions can greatly enhance productivity and reduce the likelihood of errors. 

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What Process Should You Choose to Automate with Robotic Process Automation?

Question
How do you know when a process should be scripted with image recognition and automated via robotic process automation (RPA)?

Answer
Business managers want to know what characteristics a process should have to be a good candidate for robotic process automation.  There are different criteria for selecting a process to automate with RPA.  Here are 10 traits of a software business process that using robotic process automation would add value.

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When Did Automation Become an Important Concept to Businesses?

Question
When did automation become a division or a department in a business?  When did the term automation start to be used regularly?

Answer
A competitive market will push companies to be competitive.  With the conclusion of World War 2, America transitioned to a peace time economy.  Detroit stopped producing large numbers of tanks and started producing large numbers of cars.  1947 was the year Ford created its automation department (www.assemblymag.com). 

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What Is Robotic Process Automation (or RPA)?

Question
What is robotic process automation (or RPA)?

Answer
Robotic process automation, or RPA, is the term for automating user interface (UI) operations (mouse clicks and inserting text) with image recognition in a typical graphical user environment.  Some applications have no exposed API.  RPA enables the user to script a series of computer desktop activities to be performed in a scheduled and unattended manner.

RPA is not available for character-based (non-GUI) operating systems such as 

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