Appium vs. National Instruments SystemLink

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Appium
Score 8.4 out of 10
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N/AN/A
SystemLink
Score 4.0 out of 10
N/A
National Instruments headquartered in Austin offers SystemLink, a software platform for managing system configurationt tasks, device management, software deployment, to improve system uptime and performance.N/A
Pricing
AppiumNational Instruments SystemLink
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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AppiumSystemLink
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
AppiumNational Instruments SystemLink
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(9 ratings)
4.0
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User Testimonials
AppiumNational Instruments SystemLink
Likelihood to Recommend
JS Foundation
1. It's open source which supports range of languages, operating systems and languages. Well suited for Android and IOS mobile automation. Supports all kinds of apps, which makes it flexible and robust mobile testing tool 2. It is less appropriate where we need intercept network call to verify the API calls. Extensive coding experience is required to work Appium
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NI (National Instruments)
There are definitely scenarios where NI SystemLink will be useful but just didn't work out well for us. I needed to be able to replace an EXE file on a computer with a new EXE to do the upgrades but I was not able to do that through SystemLink. You had to work with packages in order to perform this and I didn't want to revamp my distribution plan. We also didn't need to do any asset management or calibration documentation through SystemLink. I was excited about being able to view data from the test stations through a browser but our engineers need historical data available and everything resets to a live view when you click back to the UI.
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Pros
JS Foundation
  • It uses WebDriver API so it makes it easy to use for former web test automation engineers.
  • It can be managed via the command line via an extensive set of parameters.
  • It handles implicit waits at the server side that is especially valuable in distributed infrastructure.
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NI (National Instruments)
  • Setup
  • User Interface
  • LabVIEW Integration
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Cons
JS Foundation
  • Element browser sometimes is unreliable and has sporadic fails.
  • Appium running is a bit slow, compared to tests written with Appium and with Espresso or XCTest.
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NI (National Instruments)
  • Licensing
  • Not able to see data from all test stations on one UI
  • Lack of data history
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Alternatives Considered
JS Foundation
If you're an Apple developer, you use Xcode. It's practically a forced necessity. For system testing though, it doesn't have to be. You can have your development team focus on unit and integration tests in their platform and another team automate acceptance tests with a language they are more familiar with.
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NI (National Instruments)
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Return on Investment
JS Foundation
  • Appium is open source, so it's free. That's budget friendly right there.
  • The ability to write mobile automation tests has saved considerable time for our manual test team, but that is true with most automation tests.
  • We use Sauce Labs with our other automation, but Appium works great with Sauce Labs, as well, if I needed to run on emulators and simulators.
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NI (National Instruments)
  • Availability to monitor multiple test stations remotely
  • Was quick to integrate into existing LabVIEW codebase
  • Ultimately did not justify the licensing cost for the benefit
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