IA-Connect

The Answer To Your
Biggest RPA Challenges

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About Ultima Labs

As the software innovation arm of Ultima, Ultima Labs has been formed to primarily focus on imagining and creating innovative software solutions which enable customers of any size to adopt automation more easily. IA-Connect has been developed by Ultima Labs to solve some deep-rooted challenges associated with the implementation and scaling of Robotic Process Automation.


The Challenges You're Facing

Surface
Automation

RPA automation over Citrix or Microsoft RDS using Surface Automation and Computer Vision results in increased complexity during development and automations which are much less robust.

- Image-based automation
- Up to 3 x development time
- Processes are prone to error

Infrastructure
Security

Security can be a big concern when using Cloud-based RPA solutions as these typically require VPN access to systems which are located within your perimeter and changes to security configurations.

- VPN to internal sensitive systems
- Access from non-corporate, unmanaged endpoints
- Infosec concerns around data

RPA in
the Cloud

Cloud-based RPA introduces integration complexities when accessing on-premises systems. Connectivity can be complex with VPNs, firewall changes and non-standard policies, taking weeks or months to get up and running.

- Cloud-based Virtual Workers
- Extensive list of onboarding steps
- Requires buy-in from several IT teams

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How IA-Connect Works

IA-Connect integrates directly with platforms such as BluePrism and UiPath to initiate and manage remote session tunnels through Citrix or Microsoft RDS, removing the reliance on image-based technologies and enabling processes to be developed in practically the same way as developing natively.

This enables us not only to eliminate Surface Automation, but also to remove the need for complex infrastructure VPNs by enabling simple and robust automation through standard user Citrix or RDS sessions.

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Automating an Application in 4 Simple Steps

To demonstrate how simple it is to integrate IA-Connect into your automations, we've created a flow which enters information into an internal Door
Entry System
application over Citrix:

Applications can be launched directly from within IA-Connect Inspector by pasting in the path and selecting Run Program

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Note: The screen on the left is a remote Citrix desktop session. IA- Connect also works with Citrix published applications and Microsoft Remote Desktop

Use IA-Connect Inspector to identify the Username and Password fields, and the OK button. Clicking Show within the Inspector highlights the corresponding fields and buttons

 

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Once you've found the fields, call the relevant IA-Connect action from your Blue Prism process and use the unique field information extracted by IA-Connect Inspector

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Note: For example, to input text into the Username field, call the IA- Connect action "Input text into element". To click the OK button, call the IA-Connect action "Press element".

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Following the same IA-Connect inspection process for the Add New User screen, create the process as usual in Blue Prism using the information from IA-Connect for the target fields and call the relevant IA-Connect actions as explained in Step 3

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As you can see, the automation of the Door Entry System now runs end-to-end through the remote Citrix session and using the standard Blue Prism console


Hear What The Experts Had To Say

"By leveraging Citrix virtual channels, IA-Connect completely eliminates the need for Surface Automation, enabling developers to automate Citrix and RDS based applications in practically the same way they would if the applications were local."   

Josh Noble
Practice Director, Blue Prism

"Ultima being recognised as the top partner in EMEA was measured by their sales, growth, and overall commitment to Citrix. The competition was very tough this year and Ultima stood out from the rest."   

Craig Stilwell
VP, Worldwide Partner Sales at Citrix

 

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