UiPath Introduces New RPA Bot Development Features in Latest Platform Release
UiPath Inc. today introduced a new version of its robotic process automation platform that gives businesses more ways to automate repetitive business tasks.
Robotic process automation, or RPA, is an increasingly popular technology that helps organizations run more efficiently. RPA tools like the UiPath platform allow businesses to build software bots that can perform repetitive and historically manual tasks, such as copying files between databases. RPA bots allow a company’s employees to focus on more important tasks and in doing so reduce human errors.
New in the latest version of the UiPath platform is a tool called the UiPath Integration Service. It allows developers to create RPA bots that can interact with a program not only through its user interface, but also through the application programming interface.
Usually, RPA bots perform business tasks using the appropriate application interface. This method is often the most intuitive approach, but it has some drawbacks. Most importantly, if an app’s interface changes as a result of a software update, the RPA bots that use it often need to be changed as well, which can be labor intensive.
The alternative is to have robots perform tasks through the API of an application instead of the interface. The API doesn’t necessarily change every time the interface changes, which means RPA bots need to be changed less frequently.
With the new UiPath Integration Service, developers can build bots that use both an app’s interface and APIs to perform business tasks. One scenario in which a business can use the tool is when the task it seeks to automate involves a mix of modern applications that have APIs and legacy systems that don’t.
Today’s release also introduces a number of other enhancements aimed at developers. Software teams can now use the UiPath platform to build RPA automation workflows that run on Linux. While the task to be automated is so complicated that it requires specialized machine learning from an external source, developers can now import neural networks using a tool called ML Ops Solution. The tool allows you to import neural networks developed by UiPath partners or internal data science teams of a company.
“By bringing together new, adjacent features in one place and providing seamless integration between them, we can overcome the existing limits of RPA, significantly expanding the playing field for developers and multiplying and accelerating the overall impact of RPA. automation in the business, ”said UiPath Chief Product Officer Param Kahlon.
With the new version of the platform, UiPath aims to simplify not only the process of creating automation workflows, but also the task of running them in production. To this end, the company has added an ability called Robot Auto-healing which can detect and fix some technical issues affecting RPA robots without any human intervention. For cybersecurity teams, integration with CrowdStrike Inc.’s endpoint protection platform will allow analysis of data related to RPA workflows as part of breach investigations.
As companies broaden their adoption of RPA software, business users without coding skills often join automation projects. Some professional users become “citizen developers” and begin to actively contribute to the development of bots. For these users, UiPath is introducing a feature called Object Repository as part of the new version of the platform. It provides access to software building blocks that can be assembled into automation workflows with relative ease.
End users of automation workflows can access RPA bots created by their companies through a desktop application called UiPath Assistant. To improve the user experience, UiPath updates the app with an integration that will make it easier to access automations from UiPath Marketplace, its app store for prepackaged RPA components.