How to use Robolytix with WinAutomation

Robolytix is the key online analytic and monitoring tool for Robotic Process Automation using Sonar technology to evaluate, audit, monitor and improve performance of robots operating on any application or RPA platform. This tutorial will guide you to analyze you processes in WinAutomation.

WinAutomation is a windows based desktop automation software, with expanded capabilities for application control, improved automation workload efficiency and increased security.

WinAutomation can automate simple administrative tasks, involving simple data transfer between systems, to complex business processes and workflows. It interacts with any Desktop or Web Applications. You can develop from scratch with the drag-and-drop user interface, or use the Macro Recorder and Web Recorder to automate workflows

Prerequisites 

To use Robolytix with WinAutomation, it is necessary to have a Robolytix account. If you do not have one, you can create the account at Robolytix.com and make basic settings using the onboarding wizard. 

Use Robolytix functions

We have prepared functions containing Robolytix Sonar logic. This Robolytix Sonar function calls Robolytix API and you can use it in each your bot in WinAutomation.

You must download this process to directory with other workflows. Then you can use it in all other processes.

  1. Open WinAutomation and from the left menu select workflows.
  2. From tom menu select Actions → Locate on Disk and open selected directory.
  3. Download Robolytix Sonar function.
  4. Move downloaded file to this directory.

Connect WinAutomation to the Robolytix

To connect your Robolytix account to WinAutomation, you must provide access to processes in your account. In Automation Anywhere, the best way to do it is by using variables with values identifying your account and process. Create following three variables in Variable Manager in your task:

  • RobolytixAPI - Stores key for validating API requests
  • RobolytixProcess - Identification of selected process in Robolytix
  • RobolytixRunId - Identification of one process execution
Add variables in WinAutomation
Add variables in WinAutomation

You must obtain API key for setting up the connection. To get your key, log in to your Robolytix account and generate it in settings menu. See detailed walkthrough Obtain API key.

  1. From the left navigation menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, select API keys in the menu and then click on New API key button. 
  2. Copy the unique key and set value of RobolytixAPI to this key. 
Creating API Key In Robolytix

Now create process in Robolytix and set value of RobolytixProcess to the process GUID. It is located in Settings ->Process -> General tab. You can create new process in Robolytix by following detailed guide Setting up processes in Robolytix.

Keep default value of RobolytixRunId empty. The first Sonar in process will set its value.

Use Sonars in WinAutomation

Process monitoring is performing by using Sonar checkpoints. The Sonars are at the beginning of the process, at all ends of the process, and at main branches in the process.  Each Sonar embedded in the process contains the following settings:

  • Name 
    The name of the Sonar should reflect the state of the process and clearly describe surrounding step in the process. 
  • Process 
    Select a process from the list. The list contains all processes from your Robolytix account. If you don’t see your process in the list, make sure the process you want is already existing in your Robolytix account. 
  • Type 
    The type of Sonar determines its location within the process and must be one of the following values:
    | Start | is the first checkpoint in the process. 
    | Continuous | are checkpoints anywhere in the process. Of course, more continuous Sonars means more advanced statistics. 
    | End | is the last checkpoint in the process. The process can have one or more “end” Sonars in different branches of the process. 
    | Error | is special type designed to receive error information about process exceptions.
  • Run identification
    For advanced reporting, we recommend identifying each separate run process by a unique identifier. The unique identifier can be a variable generated by “start” Sonar and passed to all other Sonars in the process.
Process with implemented Sonars in WinAutomation
Process with implemented Sonars in WinAutomation

Add Sonar action to your processes

Now you can add Sonars to your processes. Each Sonar is defined by its name and type. At each step you want to analyze, add Robolytix Sonar MetaBot and set all variables.

First step is to add Sonar with type start to the beginning of the task. Set input variable Name to clear description of step. Then set Type variable to start. Then set variables Process, RunId and APIKey to its corresponding local variables. Use F2 keyboard shortcut for bring up Insert Variable dialog window.

Then set output parameter RunId to RobolytixRunId local variable from your process.

Sonar in WinAutomation
Sonar in WinAutomation

Second step is to mark end of the process. Add or copy Sonar with Type parameter set to value end and set Name parameter value.

Now you can add as many Sonars as you want. Good practice is to add Sonar to each important branch and each big loop in you process. Use type common for all further Sonars, or type error for handling errors.

Show your data in Robolytix

Robolytix messages list
Robolytix messages list

After proper process execution go to Robolytix platform and check process statistics. It is possible to show all recent messages sent to specified process. Go to Settings -> Processes menu and select list of process messages.

When you have any problems with implementation look at the Robolytix Demo process. There is also Robolytix Support Forum for following questions.

Robolytix is the key online analytis tool for Robotic Process Automation using independent Sonar technology to monitor and audit robots operating in any RPA platforms.

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