Top 30 Process Automation Tools for 2018

We are in an era of automation everywhere. The ever increasing work pace is urging for automation tools that are developed for making our work routines easy and efficient. For this purpose, we have concluded a list of the 30 highest rated process automation tools in the areas of automation software testing, web scraping, and robotic process automation, spend time on this 3 minutes easy read and save yourself much more time. 

 

Automation Software Testing

1. Selenium

License: Open-source

Selenium is one of the most popular open-source testing framework for various web applications and platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux. Being an automation framework of choice of web automation testers, especially those with advanced programming and scripting skills, its scripts can be written in different programming languages like Java, PHP, Python, C#, Groovy, Ruby, and Perl. With great flexibility and various levels of complexity for testers, Selenimu is undoubtedly the base for most of the other testing tools in general.

 

2. Watir

License: Open-source

Watir is an open-source Ruby library and C#-developed web application testing tool for web automation tests. Watir supports cross browser testing including Firefox, Opera, headless browser, and IE. It supports HTML and AJAX website testing, page and control model. Watir also supports data-driven testing and integrates with BBD tools like RSpec, Cucumber, and Test/Unit.

 

3. Protractor

License: Open-source

Protractor is an open source functional automation framework (also known as End to End testing framework) especially designed to verify the health of AngularJS web applications. It is a Node.js program that supports the Jasmine, Mocha, and Cucumber test frameworks. It uses Selenium WebDriver to drive browsers and simulate user’s interaction with an AngularJS application running in a browser. Protractor’s automatic waiting can automatically execute the next step in your test the moment the webpage finishes pending tasks.

 

4. Robot Framework

License: Open-source

Robot Framework is an open-source automation framework that implements the keyword-driven approach for acceptance testing and acceptance test-driven development (ATDD). Robot Framework is operating system and application independent. The core framework is implemented using Python and runs also on Jython (JVM) and IronPython (.NET). Its testing capabilities can be extended by test libraries implemented either with Python or Java, and users can create new higher-level keywords from existing ones using the same syntax that is used for creating test cases. 

 

5. Katalon Studio

License: Free

Katalon Studio is a powerful integrated test automation solution for web application, mobile, and web services. It could also support different browsers/devices like Chrome, Firefox, IE, Android, and iOS. Unlike Selenium, it supports different levels of testing skill set, even non-programmers can be easy to start an automation testing project. Katalon Studio can also be integrated into CI/CD professes and works well with other popular tools including qTest, Jira, Git and Jenkins. Its nice feature Katalon Analytics provides users with test execution reports including metrics, charts, and graphs.

 

6. Unified Functional Testing(UFT)

License: Commercial

Unified Functional Testing (UFT) is a popular commercial testing tool for functional and regression testing. It offers a comprehensive feature set for API, web services, and GUI testing of web, desktop, and mobile applications across platforms. It has advanced image-based object recognition feature, error handling mechanism, automated documentation, and reusable test components. Visual Basic Scripting Edition is used by UFT to register testing process and object control. It is integrated with Mercury Business Process Testing and Mercury Quality Center.

 

7. TestComplete

License: Commercial

TestComplete is a powerful commercial testing tool for web, mobile, and desktop testing. TestComplete supports multiple scripting languages including JavaScript, Python, VBScript, JScript, DelphiScript, C++Script and C#Script. Its automated UI testing uses the script-free record and replay feature to easily create automated UI tests. TestComplete can allow testers to perform keyword-driven and data-driven testing. It also integrates with Jenkins in a CI process.

 

8. Tricentis Tosca

License: Commercial

Tricentis Tosca is a model-based test automation tool that provides quite a broad feature set for continuous testing including dashboards, analytics, and integrations to support agile and DevOps methodologies. Like many other automation testing software, it supports a wide range of technologies and applications such as web, mobile, and API. Tricentis Tosca also provides out-of-the box integration with popular tools such as Jenkins, Jira, GitHub, Docker, Puppet, Visual Studio, etc. The other capabilities include risk coverage and integration management.

 

9. Ranorex

License: Commercial

Ranorex is a quite comprehensive commercial automation tool for web, mobile, and desktop testing. The tool features advanced capabilities for GUI recognition, reusable test scripts, bug detection and record/playback. Codeless test creation is also a very useful feature that allows new automation testers to learn and apply test automation to their projects. The tool supports Selenium integration for web application testing. Testers can distribute the execution of their tests across platforms and browsers using Selenium grid.

 

10. Telerik TestStudio

License: Commercial

Telerik TestStudio offers one solution to automate desktop, web, and mobile application testing including UI, load, and performance testing. It supports different programming languages including JavaScript, Silverlight, WPF, MVC, AJAX, HTML, and ASP.NET. Telerik TestStudio features advanced capabilities for cross-browser testing, manual testing, bug tracking tools and record/playback.

 

 

Web Scraping Tools

11. Scrapy

License: Open-source

Scrapy is a free and open source web crawling framework for extracting data from websites, written in Python. Originally designed for web scraping, it can also be used to extract data using APIs or as a general purpose web crawler. Scrapy also provides a web crawling shell which can be used by developers to test their assumptions on a site’s behaviour.

 

12. WebScraper(Chrome)

License: Free

Web Scraper is an easy-to-use screen web scraper that can easily extract data from online table into clean data. Web Scraper could extract data from dynamic web pages. It uses sitemaps that will navigate the site and extract multiple types of data - text, tables, images, links and more. It could also extract data that is loaded or generated dynamically with JavaScript, including scrolling down the page, clicking on pagination buttons that loaded data via AJAX, and clicking on buttons to load more data. And you could easily export data in CSV format or store it in CouchDB.

 

13. Octoparse

License: Free

Octoparse is a free and easy-to-use yet powerful web scraper that can handle both static and dynamic websites with AJAX, JavaScript, cookies, Captcha and etc. without any coding. It provides users with some useful, easy-to-use built-in tools to extract data from tough or aggressive websites that are difficult to scrape. Its UI is very user-friendly and designed in a rather logical way. Users won't have too many troubles locating any functions. With many outstanding characteristics, it could extract all the information that is visible online and those hidden content that can be found in the source code. Like web scraper, you could also easily export data in CSV format or store it in databases (SqlServer, MySql, Oracle). What’s more, the cloud services enables you to balk extract huge amounts of data within a short time by many cloud servers and you can get the data via Octoparse API.

 

14. Visual Web Ripper

License: Commercial

Visual Web Ripper is an automated web scraping tool that supports a variety of features. It works well for certain tough, difficult-to-scrape websites with some advanced techniques, like running scripts which requires users with programming skills. It also provides user-friendly interactive interface to help users grasp the basic operational process fast. It allows to extract varied data formats, AJAX webpages, and export them into different formats like CSV, SqlServer and Oracle.

 

15. Outwit Hub

License: Free

Outwit hub is a Firefox extension that can be easily downloaded from the Firefox add-ons store. Once installed and activated, it gives web scraping capabilities to your browser. Out of the box, it has data points recognition features that can make your scraping job easier. Extracting data from sites using Outwit hub doesn’t demand programming skills. The set up is fairly easy to learn. You can refer to our guide on using Outwit hub to get started with web scraping using the tool. As it is free of cost, it makes for a great option if you need to scrape some data from the web quickly.

 

 

Robotic Process Automation Tools

16. UiPath

License: Free

UiPath is a free, fully-featured, and extensible Robotic Process Automation(RPA) tool for automating any web or desktop application. It enables global enterprises to design, deploy and control a full fledged robotic workforce that mimics employees in administering rules-based tasks and frees them from the daily routine of rote work. It provides change management, deployment management, access control, process modeling, remote execution and scheduling, execution monitoring, auditing and analytics in full compliance with enterprise security and governance best practices. It has very user-friendly drag-and-drop workflow which requires little knowledge of .Net for few scenarios.

 

17. Syntel

License: Commercial

Syntel employs the latest Agile and DevOps methodologies to help speed up customer’s application development process. It helps implement a factory-based development model and enable customers to leverage a variety of cloud platforms to develop and test their applications. It provides product engineering centre of excellence, agile powered by automated DevOps to accelerate delivery, implementation of industry-leading cloud solutions like Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Salesforce and Docker. It develops automation-powered model for every platform and integrates quality engineering.

 

18. Blue Prism

Blue Prism is built on the established and proven Microsoft .NET Framework, automates any application and supports any platform (mainframe, windows, WPF, java, web, etc.) presented in a variety of ways (terminal emulator, thick client, thin client, web browser, Citrix and web services). And it provides a single capability for automating all of the applications used within an organization. Designed for a multi-environment deployment model (Development, Test, Staging, and Production) with both physical and logical access controls, Blue Prism includes a centralized release management interface and process change distribution model providing high levels of visibility and control. Additional control is provided to the business via a central-ised model for process development and re-use.

 

19. Softomotive

License: Commercial

Softomotive is one of the popular providers of Robotic Process Automation products and services. It provides ProcessRobot solution, which empowers enterprises to dramatically reduce operational costs, increase efficiency, improve productivity and accelerate performance. It could organize structured workflows and enjoy better data quality eliminating human error and focus on higher priority, value-added initiatives. It works around the clock 24/7/365, nights and weekends, allowing for immediate turnaround for requests, above and beyond customer expectations.

 

20. WorkFusion

License: Commercial

WorkFusion is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) crowd computing platform that uses crowdsourced workers to teach algorithms to automate a wide variety of knowledge work, particularly in the financial services, eCommerce, and retail industries. WorkFusion automates the monitoring of data feed and sources, trains and manages crowd-sourced workers from global talent markets to structure and validate announcements. It uses statistical quality control (SQC) to ensure the accuracy of the work output. It is the complete automation solution for global operations, combining into one platform the core capabilities you need to digitize complex business processes: business process management (BPM), robotic process automation (RPA), workforce orchestration, and machine learning-powered cognitive automation.

 

21. Automation Anywhere

License: Commercial

Automation Anywhere is a way lot developer friendly tool with a decent sociability to handle huge volumes. It offers both front office and back office robots. It is more script based, while UI and BP have visual process designers. This means you need to have better programming skills to use AA. It has a really smart recorder option which is not present in Blue Prism. UI element identification works well in both, but seems more robust in Blue Prism as it considers multiple factors apart from xy coordinates. Automation anywhere robots can be deployed on both physical attended machines and cloud.

 

22. NICE

License: Commercial

NICE automates manual desktop tasks that are highly structured, routine and rules- schedule- or event-driven, requiring little (if any) analysis or subjective judgement. The average back office employee, for example, spends 80% of their day on such activities, like filling in forms, making repetitive calculations or processing orders. These tasks may be critical for supporting customers, but for your employees they are tedious motivation-killers. They are also notoriously error prone and time consuming. NICE Robotic Automation allows you to hand these processes off to a robotic workforce that is fast, perfectly accurate, tireless, and easily scalable. With NICE Robotic Automation, you can relieve employees of tasks that require no human intervention (“unattended”) and partially automate those that do (“attended”).

 

23. Jacada

License: Commercial

Jacada’s solutions work with each of three primary contact methods - a voice inquiry, online web session, and responding to some sort of outbound communication, to deliver a unique and successful digital self-service experience. Jacada Integration and Automation ("JIA") provides robust data integration and desktop automation capabilities on your existing Windows and Web applications. Desktop Automation provides process guidance, enhance your existing workflows, and eliminate redundant data entry while simplifying lengthy navigation sequences. Unlike many competing products, JIA steps beyond pure automation and provides integration capabilities allowing you to expose your existing closed application functionality as open standard web services for reuse in your SOA initiatives. Even more importantly, all this is accomplished without modification of the applications, without access to their source code and without needing an API.

 

24. Pega

License: Commercial

Pegasystems is the largest, best-known pure-play Robotic Process Automation tool vendor. Its software supports all usage scenarios analyzed in this Magic Quadrant. In the past two years, Pegasystems has ramped up its focus on digital business transformation and mobile application development. Pega unifies architecture based on a powerful business rule management system(BRMS) and predictive analytics decision management engine. The platform combines process flow definitions, rule processing, data handling, cross-platform UIs, a complete mobile application development platform, BAM, content management, case management, application integration and other functions in one model-based development and runtime architecture that supports structured and unstructured process styles. Pega Express, launched in June 2015,  provides a wizard-driven UI for citizen developers for organizations looking for a lighter-weight BPM platform.

 

25. Infosys

License: Commercial

Infosys is the second-largest Indian IT company. It provides software development, maintenance and independent validation services to companies in finance, insurance, manufacturing and other domains. Its key products and services are NIA (next generation integrated AI platform), Infosys consulting (a global management consulting service), Infosys Information Platform (analytics platform), EdgeVerve Systems which includes Finacle (a global banking platform), Panaya Cloud Suite, and Skava.

 

26. Redwood Software

License: Commercial

Redwood Software accelerates Digital Process Transformation and eliminates the costs of the remaining manual tasks anywhere in the organization. Redwood unique approach enables organizations to automate mission critical IT and business processes, such as those supporting the financial close, supply chain, and business intelligence (BI) to achieve greater reliability, consistency and accuracy. Customers can select from multiple deployment options including software, cloud or appliance. Redwood's Automated Process Packages (APPs) are preconfigured to streamline your end to end processes.

 

27. WorkFusion

License: Commercial

WorkFusion is the leading software-as-a-service crowd computing platform. WorkFusion transforms knowledge work by using machine learning to integrate and manage automation tools, crowdsourced workers, and employees (ACE) on web-based workflows. Over time, WorkFusion’s machine learning automates more repetitive tasks, freeing human workers to focus on higher value work. WorkFusion helps enterprise customers increase workforce scale, elasticity, productivity and efficiency and lowers the barrier to innovation.

 

28. Verint

License: Commercial

Verint Systems is a Melville, New York-based analytics company which sells software and hardware products for customer engagement management, security, surveillance, and business intelligence. Their products are designed to assist clients in data analysis, specifically large data sets. Verint's products include speech analysis software (used to analyze call center recordings) and IP surveillance cameras and "smart" video surveillance analysis software. 

 

29. Epiance

License: Commercial

Epiance is the leading provider of enterprise software that helps companies manage their IT driven business process transformations successfully. Its products deliver a combination of process automation, knowledge transfer, performance support and process improvement capabilities that reduce costs, increase productivity and improve business performance.

 

30. eKnowledge Infotech

License: Commercial

eKnowledge Infotech is leading provider of Robotic Process Automation training to Freshers and Experienced Professionals in Bangalore and Pune. It provides market leading Trainings in Pune including Selenium, Webdriver, ETL Testing, QlikView, Tableau, Spotfire, Salesforce, Liferay, Informatica, Splunk,UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and Blue Prism trainings.

 

As you can see, each of these automation tools has unique features to offer in addressing the growing challenges of software automation in the years ahead. There must be many other process automation tools available in the software industry. Which one do you use? Feel free to contact us.

 

Author: The Octoparse Team

 

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