Camunda Optimize 3.8.0-alpha2 Released

Explore the new features we're introducing to expand on our existing functionality and make the interface more user-friendly.
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We’re excited to announce the release of Camunda Optimize 3.8.0-alpha2.

Camunda Optimize provides business activity monitoring for workflows, supporting continuous process improvement by providing transparency into your automated workflows and decisions. Business-friendly reports, dashboards, and alerts make it possible to identify process bottlenecks, improve end-to-end processes, and evaluate the success of your process automation initiative.

If you’d like to get started with Optimize 3.8.0-alpha2 right away, you can download the release with your Camunda Platform Enterprise Edition customer credentials.

And if you’re not a Camunda customer yet, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Camunda Cloud or Camunda Platform Enterprise Edition, both of which include Camunda Optimize.

What’s New?

We have a few features to introduce that expand on our existing functionality and make the interface more user-friendly:

Camunda Cloud SaaS: Public API usage

Are you using Camunda Cloud? Now you can use our API!

We’ve added the ability to apply the same client credentials that you use for Zeebe, Tasklist, and Operate to Optimize as well. Simply follow the setup instructions.

Once you’ve generated a JWT access token with the method described in the link above, you can access our Public Rest API by providing the token in the authorization request header with your requests:

Authorization: Bearer mySuperSecretJWTToken

When using Camunda Cloud, no further configuration is necessary, so you can immediately start using the API to get all that sweet Optimize goodness.

Camunda Cloud Self Managed + Camunda Platform: Improved Public API security

Are you using Camunda on-premises? Stop using plaintext secrets.

A lot of work has been done under the hood to provide a robust authentication that uses all the benefits of Spring Security, which is the de facto industry standard for Spring-based applications. Most of these changes aren’t noticeable and require no changes from a customer perspective, but you can rest assured that API access is even safer now than before.

Migrating existing credentials to the new method

To increase the security and protection of your data, this authentication method has also been implemented and can be used for Camunda Cloud Self-Managed as well as Platform. To use this feature, use your company’s authentication service (e.g.  auth0) that manages the creation and validation of access tokens. Provide the URI to the resource server, as described here. The good news is that this procedure is 100% compatible with the authentication method for the Tasklist Public API, so you can use the same technical infrastructure to authenticate with both, simply issuing the token for different audiences (Optimize, Tasklist, etc). Once configured, the experience is the same as described above.

The previous authentication method remains fully functional – with static shared secrets as a configuration for Platform and Cloud Self-Managed modes.  This way you don’t need to change the authentication mode if your security team accepts storing your secrets in plaintext config files or passing them as environment variables when starting up Optimize.

What’s Next?

We’ll release the full version of Camunda Optimize 3.8.0 in April 2022. Stay tuned!

Camunda Optimize 3.7.0 should update smoothly to Optimize 3.8.0. Along with the minor release, we’ll publish a dedicated update guide to go with it.

How to Get It

If you want to give Camunda Optimize a try, you can download the release here with your Enterprise customer credentials. Please sign up for a free 30-day trial of Camunda Cloud or Camunda Platform.

If you’re new to Optimize, we recommend that you watch our brief  Getting Started with Optimize video.

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