UiPath’s end-to-end high-scale automation platform is used by several enterprises that have the immense need to automate a large volume of recurring tasks. From Google to NASA, UiPath is used by big names that you, as a tech user, interact with daily.
Needless to say, every release that UiPath releases are eagerly looked forward to by the tech community. The latest 21.4 release is no exception to this hype. And the hype is well-deserved since the latest updates are directly aimed at helping enterprises improve their high-volume automation initiatives.
What’s new in UiPath 21.4 release?
The official Uipath announcement touches upon four major capabilities that will help enterprises to automate more of their daily operations:
- End-to-end automation governance
- AI-powered tools for identifying automatable tasks
- Enhanced UX for org-wide user roles
- Expanded Automation Cloud™ capabilities
Now let’s unpack each of these capabilities in detail:
End-to-end automation governance
One of the primary objectives of UiPath has been to enable enterprises to automate as many operations as possible. However, from the admin perspective, managing enterprise automation at scale could be a difficult task to handle. When there are large deployments in progress, installing and managing automation at scale needs some advanced governance capabilities.
The 21.4 release plans on solving that problem for admins. The release introduces Automation Ops which according to UiPath will “enable admins to quickly setup targeted policies for powerful governance of large deployments of the Studio products family and attended robots.”
AI-powered tools for identifying automatable tasks
Every organization is aware that it needs to introduce RPA and automation into its workflows to drive efficiencies. However, one challenge that most organizations grapple is with identifying the tasks where automation is possible at scale.
UiPath has been trying to help admins with this since its releases that date back to 2019. It is in this release that such a functionality is delivered completely. The UiPath Task Mining leverages AI to identify and aggregate employee workflows with repetitive tasks where there is high potential for automation. In short, Task Mining enables admins to use AI to find opportunities to deploy automation.
Image caption: Uipath Task Mining interface
Enhanced UX for org-wide user roles
UX plays a critical role in making automation possible. Simple and easy-to-consume UX democratizes automation across the organization. It enables users with little or no technical knowledge to leverage automation to augment their productivity. That said, the UiPath 21.4 release has some good news.
It introduces UX upgrades for all automation users across the organization. From the developer who writes the code to support the agent who offers customer service, the new release will make automation accessible for all.
Some highlights of the enhanced UX experiences include:
- Facelifted UiPath Assistant that is now more engaging to use
- Improvements to StudioX makes it easier to deploy automation for office suite programs like Microsoft Office and Google Suite
- UiPath Document Understanding enabled handwriting recognition, new models for Purchase Orders (POs), and utility bills
- Data Manager that allows developers to define custom Document Understanding machine learning (ML) models in the UiPath Platform
Some other updates that will make it easier for users to deploy automation include:
- Quick creation of keyboard shortcuts for running automation
- Organization of automation into folders
- Pin frequently used automation to the desktop
Expanded Automation Cloud™ capabilities
Automation CloudTM which has been around for at least two years now gets a big boost in automation capabilities with the 21.4 release. The release is “bringing robots to the cloud”, meaning enterprises can now run their robots on public cloud services such as AWS or Microsoft Azure. This will allow them to take advantage of elastic computing which was beyond reach until now.
Furthermore, the release also adds new services to Automation Cloud, which includes the before-mentioned Automation Ops. The new capabilities include Automation Hub, Azure ID integration, OAuth 2.0 for client apps, Log Storage, Orchestrator access for new regions, among many others.
Also, there is a new migration tool available that now allows users to move from on-premise servers to the cloud easily.
When can you start using UiPath 21.4 release?
UiPath 21.4 release is already live and most of the features are available for use. However, admins may have to contact the UiPath sales team to enable robots on the cloud. The on-premise to cloud migration is readily available and requires no waiting or UiPath intervention.
UiPath has also released updated academy courses to help make better use of the 21.4 release.