UiPath announced the latest features in the 2021.10 Platform Release. The new release offers, among other things, cloud native architecture through the new UiPath Automation Suite, whether customers choose to take delivery of the UiPath Platform via on-premises, public cloud, or third-party hosted services.
“In the enterprise of the not-to-distant future, automation serves as the connective force for the entire enterprise, providing digital joins across applications, systems, and software. Companies have fully embraced an ‘automation first, automation foundational’ approach to conceiving, designing, and executing processes,” said Param Kahlon, Chief Product Officer at UiPath. “By bringing adjacent new capabilities together into a single place and providing seamless integration between them, we can blast through existing RPA boundaries, dramatically expanding the playing field for developers, and multiplying and accelerating automation’s overall impact across the enterprise.”
New features include:
- UiPath Integration Service: UiPath customers now have access to powerful API and UI integration along with the flexibility to use UI and API in any combination within a single automation. Developers can now use APIs just like they employ UI—simply and easily from within UiPath Studio. They can quickly build automations requiring APIs as well as automations that traverse both API and non-API apps and systems—like those involving both modern and legacy technologies. Integration Service also enables centralized governance of API access.
- Powering the Mission-Critical Role of Automation in the Enterprise: With the Endpoint Protection Integration with CrowdStrike, UiPath is the first in the industry to offer endpoint security for RPA. Joint UiPath and CrowdStrike customers now can enjoy the same level of endpoint protection for robots as they already have for people. With real-time correlation of events with the originating RPA processes and the ability to quarantine hosts without disrupting business processes, this integration significantly improves and accelerates threat hunting, investigation, and remediation while ensuring business continuity. The release also includes new capabilities to scale and govern automation programs. Customers can automatically monitor and maintain critical Platform elements. For example, Robot Auto-healing, powered by UiPath built-in IT automation capabilities, assesses robots’ runtime environments to detect and remediate issues without requiring human intervention.
- Accelerating Development and Use of Automation: For developers, the release includes packages, components, and intelligent “assists” that accelerate building while standardizing and improving automation quality and makes it easier to incorporate AI into their automations. Developers can bring in their enterprises’ data science, as well as models from UiPath partners, directly into AI Center with the new ML Ops Solution. Developers can now build automations for Linux. For citizen developers, it offers integrations for OneDrive and SharePoint, and the Object Repository now in StudioX automatically captures and codifies source codes and creates a library of reusable components. For end users, a new integration between Assistant and UiPath Marketplace now makes it simpler to take advantage of the rapidly growing array of ready-to-go, simple-to-use Marketplace automations. This new “choose and use” capability brings UiPath partners’ innovations to end users’ desktops so end users can easily find solutions for their everyday needs.
- Leading with Cloud Native Automation: Automation Suite takes the best of UiPath Automation Cloud SaaS experience and optimizes it for delivery on-premises, in public cloud, or from hosting partners. The first-to-market single-install containerized package delivers everything—all UiPath server products containerized with Kubernetes, integrated, and delivered with platform management tools already built in. Also built in are high availability and scale management, as well as end-to-end support from UiPath for everything in the package, including the platform components and product integrations.
“We were waiting for an on-prem option to use some of these products, especially Automation Hub and Task Mining. Getting deeper into Linux and Kubernetes was already on our strategic roadmap; Automation Suite pushed us to evaluate these technologies earlier which will benefit the organization overall,” said Nathan Spencer, Citizen Development Program Lead at WPS Health Insurance. “Having all the UiPath products already packaged end-to-end into one installable, containerized solution with infrastructure made installation faster – which means that we can put more time into ramping up the automation discovery processes themselves and delivering benefit to the business sooner.”