Beyond a powerful UI automation sits plenty of data, and RPA is being widely used in organizations to handle data across multiple business applications and systems. So, finding a way to reuse that information for numerous processes was one of the pain points that the UiPath team has focused on in the past years. But this comes with its own set of challenges.
In our latest release, we introduced UiPath Data Services, a product that enables you to model, manage, and store business/transactional data in a centralized manner. You’re also able to access the data faster and more seamlessly across multiple automations.
Data Services offers support for multiple data types to best suit your business needs, as well as role-based access control to ensure that only employees with the right credentials can use and see certain types of data. The control comes with three distinct levels: entity, row, and field control level.
This will allow you to access and manage data from multiple systems with robust access control, as well as reduce the efforts of using data within your RPA ecosystem. With model schematized data and storage of business data in UiPath Apps it becomes quite simple to generate and consume transactional data from Apps.
Beyond development, the quest for resilient robots
Most software robots are automating activities that depend on underlying applications and run-time environments. While business processes are usually stable, applications are updated more frequently and many cloud applications change every day (sometimes every hour). Similarly, run-time environments are constantly updated with patches, upgrades, and network updates. So, how do we:
- Ensure that all the automations based on these applications are running smoothly and without glitches?
- Know which of our UI elements needs revision?
- Know which of our data needs updating?
Every application or environment update is a potential point of failure for a robot. And whenever a robot is disrupted in production, humans must revert to manual processes, the RPA team must drop everything to fix it, and scaling decelerates.
But if you implement testing alongside your automations as an integral part of the process, these interruptions tend to be less significant and further apart. By continuously executing tests throughout your robot deployments, you ensure that your automations are healthy in production and diminish the number of interruptions caused by changes to the automated environment.
UiPath Test Suite enables continuous testing of your robots and the applications they rely on to uncover any underlying problems, allowing developers to proactively address issues before they impact the business.
With four different phases where UiPath Test Suite can come in to the process, the robots deployed have never been better equipped to handle any changes that might come their way.
At the end of the day, an automation needs to interact with a forever changing enterprise environment. Those changes include applications on different release schedules, and internal or external factors that may not be under the control of the RPA development team. We know it can be a challenge, and we know it is not an easy one to solve. That is why we are constantly thinking of what can be done in the development area to ensure that sturdier, more reliable automations are deployed.
If you want to be among the first people to find out about such improvements, sign up for the Uipath Insider Program and help us shape better automations for the future.
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