Camunda Platform 8 Highlights from Camunda Community Summit

Camunda Platform 8 Highlights from #CamundaSummit

Camunda Platform 8 only just arrived, and there’s already a lot of excitement around this new release. We heard from early adopters of this cloud-native workflow engine and some of the Camunda team members behind the code at Camunda Community Summit 2022. They shared how Camunda 8 is already helping to:

  • Better manage business-critical processes
  • Increase developer productivity
  • Connect people, systems, devices, and apps
  • Improve collaboration

#CamundaSummit attendees also enjoyed a sneak peek at what Camunda engineers and developers are working on for upcoming releases.

Take a few minutes to catch up on everything Camunda 8 you might have missed with our round-up of all the highlights you need to see.

 Watch and Learn

Opening Keynote

Camunda CTO Daniel Meyer and VP of Product Management Mo Ladha set the stage for insightful discussions on how Camunda is reinventing process automation and empowering developers to orchestrate process flows across people, systems, and devices.

Meyer reached into the archives to discuss key limitations of the first Camunda workflow engine, which officially launched in 2013. Its relational database was powerful when handling bank account opens, cell phone orders, and online shopping returns. However, workflow engines based on relational databases tend to hit a ceiling for high-throughput use cases like processing financial transactions. This realization led to the birth of Zeebe, Camunda’s next-generation workflow engine, in 2016.

Camunda team members deciding to start investing a fraction of R&D into Zeebe, the next-generation workflow engine

The innovation didn’t stop there. As customer needs continue to evolve, so does the Camunda tech stack.

Watch to see the journey from 2013 to 2022 as well as how three new tools help software developers and business users:

  • Camunda Web Modeler improves collaboration and productivity by using open standards.
  • Out-of-the-box connectors reduces the time and resources needed to automate business processes that span different systems.
  • A new Integration Framework helps developers build their own custom connectors to accommodate legacy or homegrown systems and deploy to Modeler for easy reuse.

Camunda Platform 8 Release Presentation

In this deep dive, we see firsthand how Camunda 8 was designed from the ground up and the cloud down to meet real-life hurdles to achieving success with process automation and digital transformation.

Today’s processes span many different types of endpoints including microservices, RPA bots, human work, legacy apps, and homegrown systems. Mo Ladha returns to show how adding Connectors to process models can help orchestrate these distinct pieces.

Business and IT teams both have a stake in mission-critical processes. However, these teams often work in silos with limited collaboration and communication. Sebastian Menski, director of cloud engineering, highlights how Camunda Operate enables both developers and business users to monitor, troubleshoot, and fix process incidents while communicating in real time, on the same platform.

Even when hurdles like these are overcome and success is found, there’s still much more work to be done as digital transformation leads to an increased need for scalability, resilience, and improvement. This is where Camunda Optimize comes in. Eric Lundberg, senior product manager, hops in to further analyze and enhance the process Menski started in his demo, showcasing the transparent and integrated nature of these apps.

Watch to learn more about these challenges and see how Web Modeler, Camunda Operate, and Camunda Optimize support the entire process lifecycle, universal integration, and IT and business collaboration.

Building a Workflow Engine Based on Stream Processing

Zeebe, the cloud-native workflow engine that powers Camunda 8, was built on stream processing to address some of the latency performance issues present with traditional workflow engines. Learn the differences between the two approaches as Philipp Ossler, Zeebe engineer at Camunda, shows how to build a BPMN workflow in this next-generation process engine.

Enabling Technically Challenging Business Use Cases Using BPMN and Camunda Platform 8 at Scale

The Payments Platform is vital at Goldman Sachs since it facilitates cash settlements and enables internal teams to meet strict fiduciary and regulatory obligations. This platform processes $1+ trillion of cash across 50+ currencies and manages bank accounts across 250+ branches across 100+ cities in 60+ countries. Camunda 8 provides the required scalability, security, and flexibility to support the entire software development lifecycle and meet the needs of users of all coding proficiencies.

Goldman Sachs CTO Javier Sabino speaking at Camunda Community Summit 2022

Hear CTO Javier Sabino discuss this and three other exemplar use cases while sharing how Camunda Platform 8 helps ensure that business continues as usual with added geo-replication, low latency, and fault resistance to all processes across Goldman Sachs.

Camunda Platform 8 + Apache Camel + Serverless + LowCode/RPA = ❤️

Have you ever had a seemingly straightforward process transform into a many-headed beast involving multiple systems, integrations, legacy apps, people, and then some? That’s exactly what happened when Thorben Heins, software architect at Gruner + Jahr (part of RTL), started automating the process for how his colleagues reserved and used corporate parking spaces.

animatef gif of simple 3-step business process transforming into a complicated with multiple endpoints and services

Watch this on-demand session to learn how Camunda Platform 8 and BPMN made it easy to establish a common framework for these distributed services while helping Thorben and his team stay sane.

Taking Templates to the Limit: Create Bulletproof Camunda Element Templates with JSON Schema

When it comes to ordering pizza delivery, an easy ordering experience and speedy delivery are two ingredients that keep customers coming back. In this session, Niklas Kiefer, software engineer at Camunda, models an automated pizza delivery process with element templates to improve both. He’s sure to leave you eager to load reusable JSON files to Modeler and craving your favorite pizza.

Using Camunda Platform 8 in Unique Ways

Camunda team members live, breathe, and sweat process orchestration; and these Camundos have used and built upon Camunda Platform 8 to do more in their personal and professional lives.

  • Thomas Heinrichs doubles as a dedicated developer advocate and volunteer firefighter in his village. Isn’t that cool!? In case of a fire emergency, he has only 8 minutes to stop what he’s doing, take care of necessary items, and make it to the fire station. So he automated a process with BPMN and DMN to automatically alert his nearest and dearest while he’s answering the call to duty.
Sample text and email notifications about person being called to voluntary firefighter duty
  • There was a time when testing against  Zeebe was a pain. As a result, Christopher Zell, distributed systems engineer, and Philipp Ossler, senior software engineer, decided to create the Embedded Zeebe Engine. Now, there’s a simpler way to run tests against Zeebe at least 23 times faster than before.
  • Researching and tracking export compliance was a manual, time-consuming, and tedious process for our legal team since it required collecting data from various sources. IT Consultants Ingo Richtsmeier and Jonathan Lukas created an automated internal legal compliance process to automatically feed this information into our sales systems for easy access and reference.
  • Extracting data from multiple sources can get cumbersome and messy very quickly. Sebastian Stamm, principal engineer, automated the process of collecting and populating data from Optimize to a slide deck for all stakeholders to easily and quickly access and share.

Fireside Chat with Camunda Co-founder and Chief Technologist Bernd Ruecker

Watch as Bernd reflects on our journey to Camunda Platform 8 and how Camunda community members like you have inspired and helped us not only get here but also continue innovating.

On-demand Sessions for You

There’s more where that came from. Access all the #CamundaSummit Day 3 Expert Sessions on-demand here.