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winter 2021 product showcase
Connector Development Enhanced
Taking Connector Development to the Next Level
The breadth of Workato’s connectivity is made up of connectors developed and certified by our engineering team and a growing community of partners and customers. With growth of over 3X in the utilization of connectors developed by the community, enabling partners to build more powerful connectors, more easily, is a critical focus of Workato’s overall connectivity strategy. To facilitate the continued growth of this community, we have introduced the following enhancements:
Develop more robust connectors. New enhancements to our SDK that add support for file streaming when transferring large files, parallel thread execution to improve performance when working with APIs that don’t support bulk requests, and multi-step actions required to more effectively work with asynchronous APIs.
Build connectors on your terms. Introduction of the SDK Emulator enables community members to develop connectors outside of Workato’s cloud platform, using their favorite development environment. The SDK Emulator also improves developers’ ability to test/debug connectors at a more granular level, and utilize their favorite git tool for versioning and collaboration.
Manage the lifecycle of connector releases. New lifecycle management capabilities enable developers to follow their preferred software development lifecycle processes to ensure the quality of every community connector release. This includes support for their favorite version control system and automated unit tests that can be integrated into CI/CD processes.
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Our user community defined this latest set of enhancements to Workato’s connectivity. The engagement we’re seeing from customers and partners in building connectors to Workato has been phenomenal. With integration being the foundation of Workato’s enterprise automation platform, the momentum from this community dramatically expands the breadth of systems that can be incorporated into processes automated using Workato. In turn, the community is accelerating the ability of our platform to address the growing set of automation requirements our customers have.
Bringing a New Level of Connectivity to Partners & Customers
Connector Development Enhanced
Process Mining & RPA
One of the strengths of our platform is the ability to not only connect disparate systems as part of an automated process but also integrate different approaches to automation that may already exist within an organization as part of a broader process. Process mining and robotic process automation (RPA) are two of the most widely utilized technologies for process discovery and UI-based automations. Customers can now use Workato to connect to process mining products like Celonis and Apromore, and RPA products like UiPath to orchestrate processes end-to-end.
Integrate with RPA & Process Mining Workflows
Process Mining & RPA
Extend Your Automations Using Python
“By providing the ability for our team to utilize custom python code in defining automation recipes, Workato has expanded the impact of their platform to a new set of users and use cases. Python is one of the most popular languages amongst our developers. The opportunity to leverage that skillset will launch a new wave in the design and development of automations at Collibra.”
Mike Flynn, Enterprise Architect
Alkarim Lalani, Founder
“Our ability to leverage Workato in extending the connectivity of Playbook has made a tremendous impact in the breadth and depth of the challenges we solve for our customers. The release of Live Auth allows us to improve the flexibility and scale of integration capabilities we provide our users while also simplifying what’s required of our team to develop and manage these integrations.”
As automations are pushed live, users accessing them often need to authenticate to a third-party application to perform a specific task within an end-to-end process such as an approval. Effectively supporting this usage pattern requires a separation of access permissions so that the authentication builders use for apps during design time is decoupled from those users leverage for apps during run-time. Live Auth provides this separation by providing run-time authentication for apps users connect to as part of an automated process which in turn allows builders to use the same automation for a multitude of use cases and users.
This scenario is especially common to customers of Workato’s Embedded Platform which enables software providers to more efficiently expand the integration and automation capabilities of their platform by embedding Workato into their customer-facing applications. To meet growing demand from Workato customers to more flexibly support these connectivity requirements, we have introduced Live Auth. This feature allows builders to develop templated automation workflows that automatically customize connection and authentication for each user at run-time. For product owners, Live Auth enables them to build an automation once and deploy it across all of their customers.
Provide Dynamic, Real-time Authentication with Live Auth
In addition to improving how and what connectors Workato’s community can build, we have made significant investments in upgrading the resources available to companies developing Workato connectors. Customers and partners are now able to build connectors that can be certified and published by our team in Workato’s marketplace for access by anyone. To help partners through this process and ensure continued success of their connector development efforts, we have upgraded training, enablement and co-marketing available to the community.
Utilize Advanced Resources & Community Support in Development
Better Community, Better Resources
Michelle Torres, Director of Technology Alliances
“The value of Zendesk isn’t limited to what our customers can do within our product’s user experience. More and more, we see customers integrating the data and actions that can be performed within Zendesk into automated processes that impact the broader organization. We’re excited to see the advancements Workato has made for partners like us in enhancing the power of the connectors we develop for Zendesk and how they get publicized to their users. This will enhance the business impact we’re able to generate for customers by enabling them to leverage Zendesk within automations powered by Workato.”
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