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Ultima Labs
Eliminate your surface automation challenges

Remove the reliance on image-based RPA technologies and combat the need for complex infrastructure VPNs by enabling simple and robust automation through standard user Citrix or RDS sessions.

The Challenges You're Facing
Eliminate 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 to get up and running.

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

How IA-Connect Works
What Does IA-Connect Do?

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 allows 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.

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:

1. Launch application

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

2. Login to the app

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

3. Inspect the screen

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

4. Add a new user

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

"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
IA-Connect Case Study

Ultima were engaged to undertake a Proof of Concept of IA-Connect for a leading healthcare provider in the United States to complement their existing implementation of Blue Prism. 

IA-Connect for
Managed Service Providers

For Managed Service Providers (MSPs) or any organisation needing to host an RPA platform for external clients, IA-Connect presents a unique opportunity to optimise their workloads.

Because hosted Digital Workers typically require applications to be installed to perform automations and to be domain joined with a VPN connection, each Digital Worker is usually tied to an organisation and domain. MSPs traditionally have to make a choice of dedicating Digital Workers to specific clients, which results in underused capacity, or leverage Surface Automation enabling Digital Workers to use applications which are hosted internally over Citrix or RDS. Both of these options result in a less than optimal solution and unnecessary cost to the business.

By pooling Digital Workers and then enabling fully interactive automation of applications over a standard Citrix or RDS session, IA-Connect can help to consolidate the number of Digital Workers needed and therefore reduce costs, whilst ensuring remote automations are as robust as native automations.

"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
IA-Connect Free Trial

The IA-Connect 30 day Free Trial is available for the evaluation of IA-Connect with your Blue Prism or Blue Prism Cloud platform. For other RPA platforms, please contact us for more information. To get started, click the link below.

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