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  • AWS Adds New Intrinsic Functions for Step Functions

    AWS recently expanded support for manipulating input and output data by adding 14 new intrinsic functions for AWS Step Functions to simplify data processing, reduce calls to downstream services, and write less code.

  • AWS Enhances its Step Functions Experience with Workflow Collections

    AWS Step Functions is a serverless function orchestrator that makes it easy to sequence AWS Lambda functions and multiple AWS services into business-critical applications. AWS recently introduced a new experience to its Step Functions with Function Workflow Collections allowing users to create Step Functions workflows easier.

  • New Observability Features for AWS Step Functions

    Recently, AWS announced a new opt-in capability on the state-machine page for Step Functions. Developers can quickly analyze, debug, and optimize Standard Workflows by enabling the new execution page option.

  • AWS Step Functions Gains Integrations with over 200 Additional Services

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced that AWS Step Functions supports over 200 AWS services via an AWS SDK integration, thereby expanding the number of supported API actions from 46 to over 9,000. The new integration type can support most existing and future services and API actions going forward.

  • Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations: an Overview

    Artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) combines sophisticated methods from deep learning, data streaming processing, and domain knowledge to analyse infrastructure data from internal and external sources to automate operations and detect anomalies (unusual system behavior) before they impact the quality of service.

  • AWS Introduces a New Workflow Studio for AWS Step Functions

    Recently, AWS introduced a new Workflow Studio for its Step Functions offering. Through the AWS Management Console, developers can now access a visual builder to create Step Functions workflows.

  • AWS Step Functions Gains Synchronous Express Workflows

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced that AWS Step Functions supports synchronous Express workflows to "easily build web-based applications and orchestrate high-volume, short-duration microservices". Express workflows, a cost-effective, high-performance workflow type with a runtime of up to five minutes, can now be synchronously invoked from Amazon API Gateway or directly via the API.

  • CamundaCon Live 2020: Highlights

    Earlier this year, Camunda hosted CamundaCon, an online conference on process automation revolving around Camunda's open-source products. The conference featured multiple use-case sessions on process automation, virtual panels on automation and digital transformation, and technical sessions on microservices orchestration and integrating Camunda products with other technologies.

  • Microsoft Announces General Availability for UI Flows, Enabling Robotic Process Automation

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of UI Flows on April 2nd, for customers worldwide. UI Flows is an addition to Power Automate, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, that enables democratized access to automation and workflow. In this this latest release, Microsoft is enabling robotic process automation (RPA) capabilities in the Power Automate service.

  • Microsoft Introduces Power Virtual Agents, a No-Code Solution to Building AI Bots

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of Power Virtual Agents, a service designed to democratize building conversational chatbots using a no-code graphical user interface. The service is part of the Microsoft Power Platform, which includes Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate and democratizes access to building artificial intelligence-powered bots.

  • Microsoft Rebrands Flow Service to Power Automate, Adds Robotic Process Automation Capabilities

    At the recent Ignite conference, Microsoft announced changes to its cloud-based automation service, Microsoft Flow. The service has been re-branded to Power Automate, which better aligns to other Power Platform services. Microsoft has also expanded on the capabilities of the Microsoft Flow service by providing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities, in preview.

  • AWS Step Functions Gains Callback Patterns to Resume Paused Workflows

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced that AWS Step Functions supports callback patterns to "automate workflows for applications with human activities and custom integrations with third-party services". Workflow executions can now be paused until applications return a token via the Step Functions API, which obsoletes the previously required polling or other workarounds.

  • 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.

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