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Automate Workflows With The
Open-source Cloud-native Tool
Boomerang Flow
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Accelerate your journey to Kubernetes
with the Konveyor Community
A community of people passionate about
helping others ...
Watch The Presentation
https://youtu.be/-lOninwMoz4
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Who we are
Tyson Lawrie
Maintainer
IBM
github.com/tlawrie
Marcus Roy
Maintainer
IBM
github.com/marcusdroy
Benjamin Ruby
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What we’ll
discuss
today...
▸ What is Boomerang Flow
▸ Main Features
▸ Benefits
▸ Architecture
▸ Timeline
▸ The Experien...
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Boomerang Flow is __ a cloud native workflow orchestration tool
a new modern approach to automation
scalable and extensi...
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Event driven
cloud-native
workflow
automation
▸ User Experience Focus
▸ Triggers
▸ Eventing
▸ Parameters
▸ Task Manageme...
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The Benefits
Consistency
Reduce Cost
Simplicity
and Experience
Agility and
Transformation
Increased
Productivity
Complia...
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How to use
Boomerang Flow
Operations
Implement runbook
automation and issue
remediation
Incident
Management
Resolve issu...
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Use case:
A benefits use
case for a global
industrial
packaging
company
Process spreadsheets to produce rule based
metr...
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The Architecture
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Open Source
▸ NATS
▸ CloudEvents
▸ Tekton
▸ oAuthProxy
▸ Loki
▸ Jaeger
▸ Fabric8
▸ Carbon
▸ Project Storm Diagrams
▸ … ...
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Timeline
Q4 2018
Birth of Boomerang Flow
as internal IBM
experimental project.
Q2 2021
Adopted Tekton TaskRuns
Adopted ...
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A no/low-code experience for non-
technical users
Modernization of BPM / RPA
Translate technical complexities into
frie...
Join the Konveyor Community
www.konveyor.io
Chat with us on Slack
Thank you!
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Tyson Lawrie
Maintainer
github.com/tlawrie
Marcus Roy
Maintainer
github.com/marcusdroy
Benjamin Ruby
Maintai...
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Automate Workflows With The Open-source Cloud-native Tool Boomerang Flow

In the cloud-native workflow automation world, there are many great open-source projects such as Argo, Airflow, and Brigade.

These tools require technical expertise to be used by business users, or they are aligned with a specific use case such as CI/CD. Boomerang Flow is an alternative tool that is usable by a business user but also provides an extensible framework developers can use for new use cases.

It aims to replace Robotic Process Automation flows, which don’t necessarily need to be full-blown bots.

And it doesn’t try to tackle use cases such as screen-scraping legacy green text applications. Instead, it tries to solve the problem where enterprises are using bots to perform tasks such as receiving a service now ticket and automatically moving it to a special status or workflow queue. These types of scenarios can be automated using Boomerang Flow. And the cost of running these workflows in Kubernetes is fractions of the cost of running an RPA bot for licensing.

Presenters: Tyson W Lawrie, head of engineering - IBM, Marcus D Roy, Senior Lead Software engineer - IBM, and Benjamin Ruby, Analytics Consultant - IBM

Recording link: https://youtu.be/-lOninwMoz4

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Automate Workflows With The Open-source Cloud-native Tool Boomerang Flow

  1. 1. useboomerang.io Automate Workflows With The Open-source Cloud-native Tool Boomerang Flow 1
  2. 2. 2 Accelerate your journey to Kubernetes with the Konveyor Community A community of people passionate about helping others modernize and migrate their applications to the hybrid cloud by building tools and best practices on how to break down monoliths, adopt containers, and embrace Kubernetes. www.konveyor.io
  3. 3. Watch The Presentation https://youtu.be/-lOninwMoz4
  4. 4. 4 Who we are Tyson Lawrie Maintainer IBM github.com/tlawrie Marcus Roy Maintainer IBM github.com/marcusdroy Benjamin Ruby Maintainer IBM github.com/BenjaminRuby
  5. 5. 5 What we’ll discuss today... ▸ What is Boomerang Flow ▸ Main Features ▸ Benefits ▸ Architecture ▸ Timeline ▸ The Experience ▸ Demo
  6. 6. 6 Boomerang Flow is __ a cloud native workflow orchestration tool a new modern approach to automation scalable and extensible focused on the end user experience lower cost automation with increased productivity
  7. 7. 7 Event driven cloud-native workflow automation ▸ User Experience Focus ▸ Triggers ▸ Eventing ▸ Parameters ▸ Task Management ▸ User and Team Management ▸ Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) based workflows ▸ Decisioning and branching ▸ … and many more powerful features
  8. 8. 8 The Benefits Consistency Reduce Cost Simplicity and Experience Agility and Transformation Increased Productivity Compliance and Risk
  9. 9. 9 How to use Boomerang Flow Operations Implement runbook automation and issue remediation Incident Management Resolve issues with automatic routing and acknowledgement Report Generation Integrate and collate data from multiple sources into a cohesive scorecard Syncing Send data between systems as events happen to ensure tools and access stay in sync Git Bot Manage issue and PR responses and categorizations Employee Onboarding Send, track, and automatically action access requests for new employees
  10. 10. 10 Use case: A benefits use case for a global industrial packaging company Process spreadsheets to produce rule based metrics into a value report scorecard
  11. 11. 11 The Architecture
  12. 12. 12 Open Source ▸ NATS ▸ CloudEvents ▸ Tekton ▸ oAuthProxy ▸ Loki ▸ Jaeger ▸ Fabric8 ▸ Carbon ▸ Project Storm Diagrams ▸ … and many more projects
  13. 13. 13 Timeline Q4 2018 Birth of Boomerang Flow as internal IBM experimental project. Q2 2021 Adopted Tekton TaskRuns Adopted Fabric8 SDK Submitted for CNCF Sandbox Advanced features Team Tasks System Workflows Advanced YAML editor Tekton Parameters Extended project internally to CICD Q1 2021 2020 Open sourced Architecture evolution Adopted Cloud Events, NATS, and Loki User requested features Proof of Concept as RPA replacement Vision to Implementation 2019
  14. 14. 14 A no/low-code experience for non- technical users Modernization of BPM / RPA Translate technical complexities into friendly easy to navigate interface Aims: Simplification Visualization Abstract technical complexity Principles: The Experience
  15. 15. Join the Konveyor Community www.konveyor.io Chat with us on Slack
  16. 16. Thank you! 16 Tyson Lawrie Maintainer github.com/tlawrie Marcus Roy Maintainer github.com/marcusdroy Benjamin Ruby Maintainer github.com/BenjaminRuby

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