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Boston WorkStation 20

Boston Software Systems | BWS 20.00.00

Windows, Windows Server 2019 Base Windows Server 2019 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    Hospital & Health Care

Boston Workstation for Automation - is it worth?

  • October 31, 2019
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
This the the best tool for process automation if we talk about web automation mostly used in healthcare companies for claim processing. The interaction with HTML pages of this tool is very accurate and fast as conpared to other tools. Moreover due to hard code scripts debugging is so easy for developer which makes its easy for developer to use and code. VBA is primary language in this tool which makes easy to manipulate with HTML elements and can do complex tadk easily. Overall the experience with this tool is satisfactory
What do you dislike?
This tool is good for web development however when it comes to window automation and OCR automation , this tool is not as compititive as other tools. It doesnot have enough commands in its library to play with citrix and window elements. Moreover the coding is too hard for window elements which is complex for developers.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
i have used boston workstation in my company to automate healthcare process.
Below is the problem statement is was working on
Claims are processing manually which is time taking, poor quality and lot of human effort on daily basis. Business asked to automate this repetitive task to make it more accurate, fast, doesn’t require any human interventions.
High level Use Case:
Create bot for processing insurance claims to fetch the input from a excel file that contains PHI(Patient Info) and Login and Search claim on payor website to extract specific values basis on label (Claim Status, Claim Status Date, Claim Description, Reason Code) and again login and feed to XYZ application by searching the same account by Visit Number.

Key items to cover in solutioning
• Define Initial requirements to start development(technical/non-technical)
• Define Scalable Architecture
• Define Control Room, Bot Creator, Bot Runner
• Declare below requirement of setting
o Config
o Initialization
o Logging
o required Validations
o connector
o Custom Task management
o Output file
Recommendations to others considering the product:
If your company is majorly based on web automation than boston workstation is best for it but for windows and OCR automations this tool is compromised

    Arun G.

Good tool for Experienced VBA Developers

  • March 26, 2019
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
User Interface is very easy to understand. Web and Windows Application develop by Boston Work Station easily. Most of the Healthcare organizations like and use Boston Work Station (BWS), and all the core developers specially Visual Basic 6.0/VBA love it.

1. BWS is the powerful scripting platform where developer automate manual and consuming task.

2. BWS support verity of methodological coding including HTML, CSS and JavaScript (Like: InnerText, OuterText, Parent Element, Child Element, Index)

3. BWS Support Keystrokes like: Tab, Shift, Alt.

4. Excel Data and MS SQL Server Database handle easily with BWS.
What do you dislike?
BWS is not for beginners, because every things handled with the help of coding. It is more complex compassion to other Robotics Process Automation (RPA) tool like Automation Anywhere, UiPath.

BWS support only Visual basic 6.0 / VBA as a automation development language.

BWS follow Internet Explorer (IE) web browser by default, all the Web automation run on IE only. It is to complex because many times IE not supported the web portal properly, and automation script not capture the right information from web element.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Healthcare industry is very wast , and day by day we handle the information is more complex. Information used in various formats like Text, PDF, Network Drive. PDF and Ctrix Automation is more complex with BWS.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Enhance Technical as well as provide the better support for developers and end users. Like: Create online text, videos library for training sessions to know BWS in more effective way.

Example: Automation Anywhere provide the online training session free for all.

    Tuhin C.

Good too for healthcare website automation

  • March 26, 2019
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best?
Boston workstation uses vba programming language ,with some keywords of its own. This enables the developer to unleash the power of vba.
Since uses vba and you need to code ,so you can code for anything. Unlike latest automation tools where you choice is limited where one has to use from a selected list of components.
very good for healthcare website and excel automation.
Can include dll or api files.
Can also read and write text file
can be used to read and write mails
can connect to ms sql server
Uses java script code for web scrapping like getelementbyid , getelementbyclassname
What do you dislike?
As a legacy tool,it lacks a lot as compared to other tools in the market.
One has to code in boston workstation
Its hard to automate system based application,requires a very high skill level to do the same
lacks the concepts of image recognition,evn the concept of ocr is very different then other automation tool.In boston workstation ocr is used to find the position of a object,rather then reading the text .
Hard to perform citrix automation
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
we automate healthcare websites,excel automation,email and file folder automations
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Yes its a good tool , but there a better tool than boston

    Sanjana N.

Working with BWS

  • March 18, 2019
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Boston involves a developer completely. I love that it is coding based unlike Automation Anywhere which has drag and drop functionality. Boston has various functionality to connect to different file types and Applications.
What do you dislike?
Boston Workstation must provide way to integrate semi structured and non structured data in our automation like Pdf which is quite difficult otherwise. Boston Email Functionality sometimes do no work so we have to use VBA code to implement the same. Boston is not robust and gets hang sometimes . Also, It does not have Legacy technology unlike Automation anywhere.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Working with Boston Workstation is fun as it is pure coding based. We can apply different logics and come same way to automate our tasks. I have been working with Healthcare Company and automating repetitive tasks of Claims Processing, cash Posting and others. It is easy to work with Files in Folders using File system object through VBA code .
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Boston must enhance itself with time and be competitive to new emerging tools in the market like Boston, UI Path, Automation Anywhere. If the tool is promoted well , it might reach masses.

    Abhimanyu T.

A Simple Healthcare Automation Tool

  • March 15, 2019
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best?
The flexibility and freedom that the developers have in this tool is appreciable, using VB to code and automate is easy as you go.Although the system is very primitive in nature, it can perform a lot of automation related activities on the go, the experience has been good until now.The debugging and error handling experience has been the best of the tools i've used so far , it does offer a free flow coding structure like coding in a programming language IDE like python. It uses VBA so you'll need to work your way around a lot of scenarios as it simply isn't feasible in some cases.
What do you dislike?
Being primitive in nature, it does not bring a lot of features on the table that the modern RPA tools do, it lags behind in modern capabilities like object recognition and hassle free coding while it does provide free flow control and better debugging to the developers. i'd still shoose modern RPA tools like Automation Anywhere, Ui PAth over this.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
The tool was designed for Healthcare Automation which it does pretty good but when It needs to perform complex functions, it doesn't provide the functionality, hence completely depending your healthcare need on it doesn't suffice.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
The tool offers only primitive solutions for the price point and one should consider other RPA tools which can offer features over a larger spectrum.Although the ease of development in the tool makes it really good for developers.

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