In my recent post on RPA, I used asynchronous REST calls to integrate UiPath with Camunda. This only works if your RPA solution provides an API that can be used by third-party applications. Since I promised you that there would be a follow-up post, I want to take the opportunity to show you another approach of integrating an RPA tool with Camunda. This time, I decided to try out WorkFusion’s RPA Express, which is available for free.
Having read Mike’s post on why it makes sense to combine RPA products with Camunda BPM, I got curious about prototyping an example with a specific RPA tool. I decided to work with UiPath since it’s been getting a lot of attention from the community. In this post, I want to share what I learned and what I built during my one-week journey into the world of RPA. Scenario The example can be applied to any scenario where you need to replace manual work (the User Task in BPMN) with an automated task and where an external system – often a legacy graphical user interface – does not provide an API that can be called directly from Camunda.
There’s no shortage of hype around RPA (Robotic Process Automation), and you don’t have to take our word for it: in a July 2017 report, Gartner declared RPA to be at the peak of the so-called Hype Cycle. Google Trends RPA’s underlying value proposition is indeed compelling. The automation of tedious, manual tasks trapped inside legacy software systems with no API provides enterprises with measurable benefits.