Workato has released an update for its enterprise automation platform. The company’s Aurora release combines AI, low-code / no-code integration, and more to enable faster app releases and deeper collaboration.
Workato has released an update for its enterprise automation platform. With the company’s Aurora release, companies should be able to integrate and automate workflows faster and work together better.
The Workato platform combines AI, low-code / no-code integration and workflow automation. The result is a unified platform that offers simplicity and usability to automate common business processes – without compromising security and governance, according to Workato managers.
“Our goal is to redefine what can be done with enterprise automation tools, how fast you can create automations, and who can create them,” said Gautham Viswanathan, co-founder and product director of Workato, in a statement.
“Our customers are increasingly relying on automation to improve cost efficiency and get business results faster. With the Aurora release, IT and businesses can create more powerful and faster new automations,” added Viswanathan.
Tactically, Workatos Aurora Release seeks to extend traditional iPaaS capabilities with tools that support end-to-end projects for HR, finance, sales and marketing, customer success, and other departments and applications.
The latest version of Workato comes when Viswanathan discovered that more and more companies are trying to automate end-to-end business processes. Examples include: improving customer interaction, onboarding employees, optimizing sales funnels, and even orchestrating actions to better support security.
These and similar projects often require complex tasks such as application integration, process orchestration and creation of data pipelines for analysis. Workato Aurora aims to provide smarter ways to automate many of these tasks – even for less technical workers.
The Enterprise workforce is changing, leading to a wider spectrum of people who need smarter, faster ways to automate. Teamwork is also shifting beyond the individual, noted Viswanathan. With teams often made up of tech-savvy IT members, data analysts, and business users, the demand for smarter automations is also growing, he added.
The new workforce needs an automation platform that is both powerful and easy to learn. Learning automations shouldn’t require hours or days of training and constant holding of hands, Viswanathan said.
With this in mind, the main focus of Workato Aurora Release is automation – in three dimensions:
Workato Aurora adds features that enable faster time to value and leverage their integration and automation capabilities, as well as a redesigned user interface to eliminate the “extra clicks” and “extra decisions” that often come with designing and building automations . The improvements include in particular:
New UX for speed: The new UX aims to reduce the effort involved in creating automations – from a larger visual canvas to an intelligent data tree, to zoom in / out functions and grouping tools for faster access.
Test while building: This ability to test as you build accelerates how quickly users can build automations and improve the quality of their automations.
More connectors = faster automation: Workato has launched a new connector community that allows developers and partners to create and publish connectors for enterprise applications, databases, ERPs, and any API-based service. Add this to the 400+ connectors Workato has built and users now have access to the largest connector marketplace for enterprise applications.
Workato Aurora also believes that organizations need tools that can do more in today’s remote working era – especially to support process mining and faster data transfers. To achieve this, with the Workato Aurora version, users can:
Integration into common process mining tools: With the connectors to Workato’s Celonis Process Mining tool, users can now go one step further and take corrective action automatically. With the newly released Celonis Connector, companies can analyze their business processes and identify bottlenecks.
Perform on-prem shunts: This offers an easy way to transfer large amounts of data from local apps to other local systems or cloud applications at high speed. It also offers the ability to store any data transmitted behind secure corporate firewalls for compliance with guidelines.
The need for self-service tools to support automated methods for providing specific long-tail tasks is growing and varied. The Workato community has grown the number of users who create and deploy solutions to over 70,000 members. The Aurora version continues to encourage users across the skill set.
Welcome guide for first-time users: A new step-by-step guide tracks progress and makes learning complex concepts easy so that first-time users can use Workato productively without training or documentation.
Trigger templates: This provides a number of “starting points” for common use cases. The aim is to reduce the effort required to get started by presenting what is necessary. Example trigger templates at this point include event-driven automation, reusable recipe functions, webhooks, API endpoints, bot apps for Slack, and running integrations on a schedule.
Collaborative editing: Collaborative editing makes it easy for multiple users to make changes to the same recipe without accidentally overwriting changes made by others, enabling better teamwork.
With the Aurora version of Workato, companies can automate workflows uniformly across the company, ultimately increasing efficiency and getting better results faster.