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  • Microsoft Releases PowerApps Portals Preview, a Low-Code Customer Portal Solution

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced PowerApps Portals in preview, a low-code solution for building responsive customer portals. PowerApps Portals is the successor of Dynamics 365 Portals, which generally required developers to use complex web templates. Using PowerApps Portals, people familiar with Microsoft PowerApps can transition those skills into building customer-facing portals.

  • High Scalability Workflow Engine Zeebe is Production Ready

    Zeebe is a workflow engine designed to meet the scalability requirements of high-performance applications running on cloud-native and event-driven architectures, and to support workflows that span multiple microservices in low latency, high-throughput scenarios. Zeebe 0.20.0 has just been released as a free community edition and is considered production ready.

  • Democratizing AI for Business Applications, Microsoft Release AI Builder Preview

    At the recent Business Applications Summit in Atlanta, Microsoft announced a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) service for the Power Platform called AI Builder. The new service brings AI capabilities to low code application and workflow services: Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow which run on top of the Common Data Service (CDS), an enterprise-grade datastore.

  • Event Streams and Workflow Engines – Kafka and Zeebe

    In a recent joint meeting in Amsterdam, Kai Waehner described features of Apache Kafka, a distributed streaming platform, and how it fits in an Event-Driven Architecture. Bernd Rücker described how workflow engines can handle complex business processes, and discussed how Zeebe, a new highly scalable workflow engine, can be used with Kafka.

  • Experiences Moving from Microservices to Workflows at Jet.com

    The Order Management System (OMS) at Jet was originally developed using a collection of microservices orchestrating tasks. As the company grew, the challenges with this architecture also grew until they decided to build a new workflow-based platform. In a blog post, James Novino at Jet describes the challenges with their old system and an overview of the new platform.

  • The Future of Work Is Female

    Jobs currently performed by the majority of women, where it’s more about adaptability, improvisation, emotional intelligence, and implicit knowledge, will predominate in the future, according to Agnieszka Walorska. Artificial intelligence and robotics will automate highly specialized jobs mostly performed by men.

  • Connecting Business Challenges and Emerging Technologies

    Caragh O'Carroll spoke about three emerging technologies at Women in Tech Dublin 2018: Blockchain, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. She explored how these technologies provide solutions to the challenges that businesses are facing.

  • Intelligent Automation on Pace for Explosive Growth, But Organizational Challenges Prevalent

    In a recent KPMG study, the professional services organization published a report on the growth of Intelligent Automation. The report suggests that overall spend will reach $232 billion by 2025, compared to $12.4 billion which is spent today. But, this expected growth comes with many challenges, including tool maturity, skilled labor and organizational change management.

  • Complex Event Flows in Distributed Systems: Bernd Rücker Discusses Workflow Engines at QCon NY

    At QCon New York, Bernd Rücker presented “Complex Event Flows in Distributed Systems”, and cautioned that although event-driven architectures can be extremely powerful, it can also be easy to create complex and highly-coupled peer-to-peer event chains. He proposed that lightweight, open source workflow engine solutions provide many advantages for the business, developers and ops.

  • How Blockchain is Reinventing Business Process Management

    In a recent Hyperledger post, Jesse Chenard discusses how blockchain is poised to reinvent traditional Business Process Management platforms. A challenge with existing BPM platforms is that data is usually stored in organizational silos and challenges exist in exchanging counterparty transactions. A blockchain solution can provide auditing across boundaries, without leaking sensitive information.

  • Business Processes, Long-Running Services and Microservices

    During recent years domain events are increasingly being discussed, but we should be discussing commands just as much, Martin Schimak explained at the recent DDD eXchange 2018 conference, where he covered events, command and long-running services in a microservices world, and how process managers and similar tooling can help in running core business logic.

  • Common Pitfalls in Microservice Integration: Bernd Rücker at QCon London

    In a microservices architecture, every microservice is a separate application, with its own data storage and communicating over a network. This creates an environment that is highly distributed, and with that come challenges, Bernd Rücker explained in his presentation at QCon London 2018, exploring common pitfalls in microservice integration and solutions that include workflow engines.

  • Blockchain and Smart Contracts in a Business Process

    Buying something through an internet portal, for example a car, normally involves two parties who don’t trust each other; a buyer and a seller. The portal is just a broker so either the buyer must transfer money before getting the ordered item, or the seller must send the item before getting the money. To overcome this lack of mutual trust, Bernd Rücker claims that a blockchain can be used.

  • RockScript: An Open Source Scripting Language and Engine for Microservice Orchestration

    Tom Baeyens has released a preview of RockScript, an open source scripting language and engine for integrating and orchestrating microservices. RockScript uses a language that looks much like JavaScript, which when executed by the accompanying engine allows the coordination of transactional activities within microservice systems in a similar fashion to Business Process Modelling (BPM).

  • Process Managers in Event-Based Systems

    Publishing events to notify about changes in a domain keeps different domains decoupled from each other, but if there really is a logical flow of events it becomes implicit and hard to follow. A better solution is to use a Process Manager to keep track of the overall process, Bernd Rücker stated in his presentation at this year’s DDD eXchange conference.

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