New tools and frameworks have popped up around workflow automation, sometimes framed as microservice or function orchestration engines. Many of these got their start „organically“, where companies built a tool to solve their own problem. From Airbnb came Apache Airflow, from Netflix came Conductor, from Uber came Cadence, Amazon offers Step Functions, Google has Cloud Composer, and Camunda is working on Zeebe.
So workflow automation is far more than human task management or the „BPM dinosaur“. In this talk I discuss typical use cases of workflow automation, dive into philosophies and flow languages of relevant tools, and show concrete code examples and live demos. I will not only wear a developer’s hat but also look at operations, DevOps and the link to business stakeholders. Afterwards, you’ll better understand the role of workflow automation in your project and have some initial criteria for selecting a tool.
As co-founder of a workflow automation vendor, I am definitely opinionated – but as workflow automation addict with 15 years of real-world experience, the presentation will be rooted in the frontline customer engagements that have formed those opinions.