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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Microsoft Adds Team and LUIS Support for Flow

    Microsoft has recently announced changes to its cloud workflow service, Flow, to enable teams to contribute and manage flows centrally. This new sharing capability is also available to SaaS and custom API Connectors. In addition to these collaboration features, Microsoft has also announced support for Gmail connectivity and integration with additional Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.

  • Microsoft Flow Reaches General Availability

    Microsoft recently announced the General Availability of Microsoft Flow, a cloud-based automation platform that provides workflow and connectivity capabilities across many popular online and on-premises services. Since the preview, in April 2016, 117,000 people from 61,000 organizations have used the service to automate their business processes.

  • Microsoft Introduces Flow for Citizen Cloud Workflow

    On April 27, 2016 Microsoft announced a new personal workflow tool called Flow. The platform is an “IFTTT like” tool that focuses on the automation of personal tasks by orchestrating work across popular SaaS based services.

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