• Drafting Your Camunda Cloud Architecture – Part...

    Have you started your first project using process automation as a service with Camunda Cloud? One of your first tasks would be to sketch the basic architecture of your solution, and this blog post will guide you through some important early questions such as how to connect the workflow engine with your application or with remote systems? Or what’s a job worker, what should it do, and how many do you need? This post is the first piece of a series of upcoming blog posts: Part 1: Connecting Camunda Cloud With Your World (this post) Part 2: Service Interaction Patterns with BPMN and Camunda Cloud (coming soon) Part 3: Writing Good Job Worker Code For Camunda Cloud (coming soon) Connecting...

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  • Publishing “Practical Process Automation”

    A Book about Orchestration and Integration in Microservices and Cloud-Native Architectures I am happy to share that my new book called “Practical Process Automation” is officially published by O’Reilly today. In this book, I distilled my practical experience implementing process automation solutions from the last two decades. What You Will Find In The Book A general introduction to process automation and the different forms of automation An explanation of how developer-friendly process automation can be applied in modern system architectures and software development practices A hands-on guide to lightweight workflow engines and BPMN as the core elements to make this happen Architecture guidelines and best practices to implement your own process solutions A discussion of typical misconceptions around process automation...

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  • Camunda Closes $100 Million Series B Funding...

    I am excited to share that we just completed a €82 million (approximately $100 million) funding round led by Insight Partners. The round also included our existing investor Highland Europe from the Series A. You can find the official press release here. In this blog post I want to comment on this funding round in my own words and briefly walk you through the story of Camunda. But first things first: Who is Camunda and what do we do? Who is Camunda and what do we do? Camunda provides process automation software that is used by our customers, such as Allianz, ING, Vodafone, or Atlassian, to automate processes they need tailor-made for their business. In essence, Camunda provides software to build software. For example...

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  • Communication Between Loosely Coupled Microservices

    In our recent webinar titled “Communication Between Loosely Coupled Microservices” we got a lot of great questions and because of the limited time some were left unanswered. As community questions are really important to me I want to follow my tradition to answer remaining questions in a blog post (as I have for example also done roughly a year ago in “Webinar FAQ for Monitoring & Orchestrating Your Microservices Landscape using Workflow Automation”). What Was The Webinar About? You can find the slides (here) and recording (here) online. The webinar covered different styles of communication. This was explained by looking at how ordering food works: Synchronous blocking: A call uses a synchronous protocol, like HTTP, and blocks for the result. This is you, calling a pizza...

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  • Publishing “Practical Process Automation”

    A Book about Orchestration and Integration in Microservices and Cloud-Native Architectures In today’s IT architectures, microservices and serverless functions play an increasingly important role. But how can you create meaningful, comprehensive, and connected business solutions if the individual components are decoupled and independent by design? How does this all affect business processes and process automation? I’ve been thinking about this question for a long time now, and I discussed it with many customers in real-life scenarios. This resulted in many blog posts, conference talks and articles. This again led to countless discussions, that showed one thing clearly: We need guidance. Today I am thrilled to announce that I’ve condensed my experience (and of course the whole Camunda team’s to some extent) in...

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  • From Project to Program: Building your Rockstar...

    How to create a rockstar project team by playing to individual strengths, and fostering internal collaboration

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  • From Project to Program: Establishing a Center...

    How can you move beyond your first Camunda project and automate hundreds of processes successfully using an agile step-by-step approach? For the last 10 years we’ve been helping businesses to automate workflow processes, migrating from monolithic systems into agile, scalable ways of working. And we’ve discovered that you don’t have to start with a big bang approach – in fact, starting small is the fastest and most effective route to digital transformation. You can catch up on the previous blogs in the series, if you’d like more background before diving straight into this blog, where we’ll look at how to establish and run a Center of Excellence, manage architectural decisions and manage perceptions around your projects. Scaling Camunda Adoption in...

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  • From Project to Program: Managing, Monitoring and...

    How can you move beyond your first project and automate hundreds of processes successfully using an agile step-by-step approach? For the last 10 years we’ve been helping businesses to automate workflow processes, migrating from monolithic systems into agile, scalable ways of working. And we’ve discovered that you don’t have to start with a big bang approach – in fact, starting small is the fastest and most effective route to digital transformation. You can catch up on the previous blogs in the series, if you’d like more background before diving straight into this blog, on managing decentralized workflow engines. Scaling Camunda Adoption in Your Company Phases of Adoption Managing Decentralized Workflow Engines Instead of central platforms I advocate for an approach that...

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