Camunda Alpha Release March 2024

We're excited to announce the March 2024 alpha release of Camunda. Check out what's new.
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We’re excited to share that the latest alpha release of Camunda is now live and available for download. For our SaaS customers who are up to date, you may have already noticed some of these features as we make them available for you automatically.

Below you’ll find a quick summary of everything new in the Camunda Platform for this month.

Web Modeler

The alpha includes the following new features for Web Modeler.

Login without an email address for Self-Managed

Many customers maintain their own development LDAP directories, such as Active Directory, with a subset of users in their corporate LDAPs.In these cases, it is not uncommon to see users listed without associated email addresses. With this alpha release, users of Web Modeler Self-Managed, email addresses are not required to access Web Modeler.

Enable stakeholders to validate processes

As noted in our alpha release for February, stakeholders can validate processes with Commenter rights. This empowers auditors, product owners, and testers to validate business logic without risking unintended changes.

With this release, users with “Commenter” rights have read-only access to not only the properties of the BPMN, DMN, but now Form files as well as access to the Play feature.

Simplified BPMN modeling on the canvas

Our new simplified modeling canvas focuses on enhancing user experience and efficiency within the Web Modeler. It addresses the needs of both new and experienced users by providing familiar UX patterns, guiding common actions, and facilitating quick access to modeling actions such as appending elements, connecting them, and modifying their properties through a new experimental context pad.

Simplified-bpmn-modeling-canvas

See Start Modeling Faster with the new Simplified Modeling Canvas for more information about this feature.

Publishing Connectors to organization for Administrators

Permissions have been modified so that Administrators can also publish Connectors at the organizational level. Previously, only organization owners could publish Connectors at the organizational level.

We hope you enjoy everything in the latest Web Modeler 8.5.0-alpha2 release!

Desktop Modeler

There have been several updates to Desktop Modeler with this release including:

Improved history time to live configuration

For Camunda 7 diagrams, the History time to live (HTTL) is no longer set automatically. This prevents accidental overrides of the globally configured HTTL settings. You can learn more about the HTTL options in our documentation.

Support for upcoming Camunda 8.5 features

With this release of Desktop Modeler, we are introducing OAuth scope for Camunda 8 Self-Managed Authentication. This enables support for all OAuth providers.  We are also introducing the ability to configure Zeebe User Tasks.

As always, this release incorporates bug fixes and additional minor improvements. Check out the full release notes for this month’s Desktop Modeler 5.21.0 release right here.

Connectors

SOAP Connector for Self-Managed and Hybrid configurations

Some businesses need to integrate SOAP-based services into their process orchestration in Camunda, but this proved difficult because of the lack of a dedicated, supportive Software Development Kit (SDK).

With this alpha, Camunda has provided a SOAP Connector to assist with these integrations. Here is an example using this new Connector if you want to send the following SOAP request:

URL: https://myservice:8888/webservice.wso 

Body:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
  <soap:Body>
    <Object01>
      <Object02>12345</Object02>
    </Object01>
  </soap:Body>
</soap:Envelope>

To accomplish this you need to set the field Service URL in your BPMN diagram as:
https://myservice:8888/webservice.wso

And the SOAP body as:

{
  "Object01": {
    "Object02": 12345
  }
}

Postman Collection to Connector Template Converter

The Postman Collection Converter enables the direct conversion of existing Postman collections (used for endpoint testing) into Camunda Connectors. This eliminates the need for any rewriting and streamlining of the integration process as well as the dual burden of developing and maintaining both Camunda Connectors and Postman collections separately.

The Postman Collections parser for congen, accepts the path or URL of the Postman Collections specification followed by an optional list of operation paths to include in the generated template.

Check out the full release notes for this month’s Connectors 8.5.0-alpha2 release right here.

Operate

With this release, Operate now offers support for CANCELED, COMPLETED, and UPDATED events for Zeebe User Tasks. In addition, support for migrating element instances with incidents is also supported.

As always, this release incorporates bug fixes and additional minor improvements. We hope you enjoy everything in the latest Operate 8.5.0-alpha2 release!

Zeebe

Several things are included with this alpha release of Zeebe including the following:

Extended process instance migration support

With this alpha, Zeebe has extended process instance migration support for migrating tasks with incidents. This allows developers to migrate instances that may be in an incident state (for example, from an issue with a service task) to the same type of activity in the source and target process.

The first increment of API for User Tasks

We have provided our first increment of User Tasks with Zeebe which includes the following items.

Zeebe REST API modifications

The Zeebe REST API now includes the endpoints for User Tasks. Please see an OpenAPI description for more details.

With the Zeebe client, you can now connect to both the gRPC and the REST API.

The Zeebe Client User Task API now provides calls for:

  • Completion of a Task
  • Assignment of a Task
  • Cancel Assignment of a Task (unassignment)
  • Update a Task

Documentation of the Zeebe User Tasks and the related migration guides will be available with the final release.

Rolling updates

We have enhanced the robustness of the rolling update for Zeebe by providing new checks. We have also added verification to confirm that all supported upgrade paths are supported for a rolling update.

Check out the full release notes for this month’s Zeebe 8.5.0-alpha2 release right here.

Console Self-Managed alpha

We are excited to announce with this alpha release of the Camunda Console Self-Managed, the new console has been developed to enhance the management and monitoring of Camunda 8 installations within an enterprise installation.

It facilitates a clear and concise overview of the Camunda platform as deployed within Kubernetes environments, making operational tasks more streamlined and efficient.

To get started, visit our documentation.

Your feedback is important to us, and we welcome your contributions to our Product Board Portal.

Optimize

Human Task Analytics

The first iteration of the Human Task Analytics feature brings back features from Camunda 7 to Camunda 8. It is now possible to aggregate the duration of Human Tasks in the states of:

  • “Total”
  • “Assigned” and “Unassigned” for an “Assignee” / “Candidate group”
Camunda-optimize-human-task-analytics

This allows the user to build heatmaps with defined “Target values” to track targets. It is also possible to filter tasks by “Assignee” / “Candidate group”.

We hope you enjoy everything in the latest Optimize 8.5.0-alpha2 release!

Tasklist

REST API updates

We have provided updates to the REST API V1 for Tasklist in this alpha release.

The following new filters were added to the search API:

  • Search using multiple candidate users
  • Search using multiple candidate groups
  • Search using multiple assignees

It is now possible to retrieve Zeebe User Tasks using the REST Tasklist API.

We have added User Group Management for SaaS which allows users to just view Tasks that are assigned to:

  • the current user
  • a group to which the user is a member
  • a task where the user is a candidate user

On the Tasklist Process view, you can now filter processes based on specific attributes including:

  • All processes
  • Require Form input to start the process or filtering on processes that have a linked or embedded form) on the start event
  • Does not require Form input to start form on the start event

We hope you enjoy everything in the latest Tasklist 8.5.0-alpha2 release right here!

Camunda Platform 7

You can find the latest release notes for Camunda Platform 7.21.0-alpha4 on our forums. Check them out right here.

Thank you

We hope you enjoy the latest updates! For more, be sure to review the latest release notes as well. If you have any feedback or thoughts, please feel free to contact us or let us know on our forum.

If you don’t have an account, you can try out the latest version today with a free trial.

Start the discussion at forum.camunda.io

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