In my previous blog, I covered some of the challenges and limitations with hyperautomation solutions in typical enterprise implementations. In this blog, I propose a new way to overcome these limitations by unifying both automation and integration into a single platform.
Automation and Integration platforms are used mostly independently of each other today, and we believe that’s a major weakness of each of them. The core philosophy behind the AppBus platform is that the power of automation is increased by orders of magnitude when such automations can become fully integrated into other systems and automated workflows.
By uniting automation and integration into one comprehensive platform, we aim to address the limits and challenges with both. The mundane, repetitive, error-prone tasks are not just automated, but also become the building blocks for new large-scale integrations with existing and future systems. Automations become yet another component of the enterprise and not just the stand-alone, siloed point-solutions that they are today. Integration platforms can then extend their reach well beyond the easy-to-integrate apps to all others, from deep legacy to the proprietary, custom software in which the business operates on a daily basis.
With the AppBus Hyperautomation Platform, the interaction of a human worker with the legacy, unintegrated apps and systems is first fully modeled as a software robot and then is deployed at scale and made available using RESTful APIs. This enables a complete, seamless integration with modern systems and platforms. The result is a stable, scalable, secure execution of robotic processes freeing up human workers to do more creative and productive work.
Unlike RPA bots, AppBus workers are designed to run at scale and to work natively in both cloud and on-premises deployments. With fully automatic scaling and the ability to distribute workloads in a heterogeneous cloud and on-premises environment, AppBus workers provide the ultimate flexibility in turning human work-flows into true, reusable services and microservices. Each worker and function it performs is automatically exposed as a RESTful API using OpenAPI specification, enabling quick and easy integration with other systems, busses, and API platforms.
The AppBus platform delivers the following features:
- Available “As a Service” or for private cloud or on-prem deployments
- API management with OpenAPI v3, timeouts, custom scaling parameters
- Long-lasting, scheduled and triggered asynchronous API job execution
- Execution of Windows and Linux workers
- Windows Automation that works with all Windows applications
- Browser Automation that automates access to all browser-based applications
- Flow Automation that enables the creation of complete workflows, connecting multiple automation workers, external systems, databases, and other back-ends
- Low-Code/No-Code development environment that enables the development, debugging and testing of all the worker types on a development workstation:
- Visual editing with little or no code required
- Full debugging capabilities with tracing, break-points, variable examination, etc.
- One-button click to publish a new worker to a remote environment, cloud or on-prem
- Secrets management for securely storing passwords and other secure/private information required for worker execution