UiPath expands its RPA platform with further automation functionality

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UiPath recently released a new version of its RPA platform. With the update, the RPA player adds functionality for automating various tasks.

Through version 2021.10, UiPath aims to make it easier to automate repetitive and manual tasks. For this purpose, the vendor introduces Integration Service. The tool makes it possible for developers to create RPA bots that can not only communicate with software programs via a user interface, but also via an API. Resultingly, the bots no longer need the UI to handle tasks automatically, and can be facilitated via APIs instead. Among other things, this prevents the RPA bots from having to be reprogrammed after a software update that changes the UI. API’s are much less susceptible to change, and therefore a valuable option.

Expanding tooling for AI integration

The update also provides developers with more functionality for packages, components and intelligent ‘helpers’ for improving automation quality and building AI capabilities into automated processes. For example, the new MLOps Solution enables the incorporation of UiPath partners’ own business data science and AI models directly into the AI center tool. Also, developers can now build automated processes in Linux. Additionally, more integrations for Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint will be introduced shortly. Lastly, the Object Repository now automatically stores source code in Studio X and creates a library of reusable components in the process.

Other functionality

A new integration between the new Assistant tool and the UiPath Marketplace should further automate the use of the UiPath Marketplace. It now features automation solutions that, upon purchase, are deployed and implemented to end users’ desktop environments in a fully automated way.

Additionally, the security of the RPA platform is being enhanced through a partnership with security specialist CrowdStrike. As a result, the platform’s RPA bots are assigned the same security policies that would typically apply to employees. Users of the platform can also better manage and scale their production capacity. For example, the new Robot auto-healing tool provides built-in IT automation functionality, checks the robots’ runtime environments and resolves problems without human intervention.

Further functionality includes improvements to the experience of using UiPath RPA for fully cloud-based environments — especially when it comes to delivering functionality through the UiPath Automation Cloud SaaS environment for on-premises, public cloud or hosting partners. According to UiPath, the packaging and offering of services through Kubernetes has been bettered.