Workflow Automation software

Updated: June 22, 2022

2022. Bardeen raises $15.3M for browser-based workflow automation



Workflow automation startup Bardeen has raised $15.3M. Bardeen focuses on the following challenges to overcome: ease of use and discovery of automation. Besides it has a huge advantage, because the system operates inside the user’s browser. All the data processing and storage is done on the edge — i.e., inside the user’s browser. It also includes AI modules for things like text-to-speech and optical character recognition and Smart Suggestions, which recommends automations to users based on the current context, as another key differentiator. He says that the goal is to evolve Smart Suggestions over time so that it learns and suggests “any automation that can help save time


2022. Wrangle secures $2M to automate company workflows



Wrangle raised $2 million in an oversubscribed pre-seed funding to advance its technology that automates workflows, approvals and tickets so that a company can track work and provide call-to-action tasks within chat platforms like Slack. Wrangle is giving companies a new way to run operations directly in the tools where employees are already talking to each other, like Slack and Microsoft Teams. The company’s no-code software can automate any kind of process: employee onboarding, contract approvals, help tickets or any other recurring work. It also gathers requests with forms, assigns and notifies people to follow-up and tracks the progress for everyone to follow.


2021. n8n raises $12M for its ‘fair code’ approach to low-code workflow automation



Berlin-based n8n — which provides a framework for both technical and non-technical people to synchronize and integrate data and workflows — has raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding. Currently, n8n can help link up and integrate data and functions between more than 200 established applications, as well as any custom apps or services that you might be using in your specific organization. n8n want to give everyone technical superpowers, whether it’s the marketing team or the IT department.” That means for example building not just chatbots but more intelligent ones, or creating new ways of visualizing data in Slack or something else altogether. And n8n’s platform can also be used to build automation within products, for example to monitor performance and flag when something might need maintenance.


2021. Zoho launches new low code workflow automation product



Zoho, a company known for its suite of affordable business tools has launched a new low code workflow product called Qntrl (pronounced control). Zoho is aiming for the mid-market with a product that requires less technical expertise than traditional business process management tools. Qntrl could require some technical help to connect a workflow to more complex backend systems like CRM or ERP, it allows a less technical end user to drag and drop the components and then get help to finish the rest.


2021. Tines raises $26M for its no-code security automation platform



Tines, a no-code automation platform, has raised a $26 million Series B funding round. Tines is on a mission to allow frontline employees to focus on more business-critical tasks and improve their wellbeing by reducing the burden of ‘busy work’ by helping automate any manual workflow and making existing teams more efficient, effective, and engaged. The idea here is to free analysts from spending time on routine repetitive tasks and allow them to focus on those areas where they can have the most impact. The tools features pre-configured integrations with a variety of business and security tools, but for more sophisticated users, it also features the ability to hook into virtually any API.


2020. EasySend raises $16M for its no-code approach to automating B2C interfaces



EasySend, an Israeli startup which has built a no-code platform for insurance companies and other regulated businesses to build out forms and other interfaces to take in customer information and subsequently use AI systems to process it more efficiently, is announcing that it has raised $16 million. The company wants to expand into more verticals: such as telecoms carriers, banks and more. Another area EasySend might like to look at more in the future is robotic process automation (RPA). RPA, and companies that deal in it like UIPath, Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism, is today focused on the back office, and EasySend’s focus on the “front office” integrates with leaders in that area.


2019. Tray.io brings in $50M for its workflow automation tools



Tray.io, which has built a “general” workflow automation platform that uses a graphical interface to let anyone integrate APIs between two or more apps to create new ways of working with data across them, has raised $50 million in funding. Tray.io started out years ago with just a handful of integrations, mostly “email-centric” features, as Waldron describes them, allowing people, for example, to import data from Mailchimp into Slack to track email marketing campaigns. Now, the company provides integrations for some 400 apps, with customers ranging from small startups through to the likes of IBM, and it’s continuing to grow.


2019. Slack adds workflow automation feature


Slack released Workflow Builder - visual tool that allows any Slack user to automate routine functions by creating custom workflows. In just a few minutes, you can have a seamless way to standardize how you collect requests from your team, report any outage in real time, get new team members up to speed with welcome messages… and loads of additional applications. Before you jump in to build workflows from scratch for your team, the easiest way to get started is to download and import one of our pre-built workflow templates: welcome teammates to channels with automatic onboarding messages, request information with custom forms, collect incident reports in real time.


2019. Work management platform Asana launches new automation tools



Work management platform Asana today announced the launch of a new feature that will take the work out of some of the most mundane and repetitive tasks on its platform. Asana Automation, as the new feature is called, allows users to create their own “if this then that” rules. The rule builder comes with more than 70 pre-built and preset rules at launch, but users can obviously build their own rules as well. Asana customers can use the service to automatically route tasks to a specific team member, for example. Also the new version features a new voice transcription service, as well as an OCR tool and new smart templates that integrate some of the service’s machine learning smarts.


2019. Google Drive added workflow integrations with DocuSign, K2 and Nintex



Google announced a few new workflow integrations for its Drive file storage service that’ll bring to the service support for some features from DocuSign and process automation platforms K2 and Nintex. For DocuSign, the new integration lets you prepare, sign and store your documents right in Google Drive, as well as trigger actions like billing, account activation and payments after an agreement has been signed. The K2 integration is a bit different and focuses on that company’s machine learning tools. It’ll allow users to train models on a workflow (using Google machine learning tools) and then, for example, determine whether a loan should be automatically approved or denied, with all of the information about those requests and the approval process stored in a Google Sheet. The integration also supports more pedestrian use cases, though, including the ability to make lots of documents in Drive more easily discoverable.


2019. Okta acquired workflow automation startup Azuqua



Okta is to acquire workflow automation startup Azuqua for $52.5 million. In a modern enterprise, people and work are constantly shifting and moving between applications and services and combining automation software with identity and access management could offer a seamless way to move between them. The combining of the two companies is intended to move smoothly between applications in a complex workflow without having to constantly present your credentials. S0 product teams will be able to embed this technology in their own applications alongside Okta’s core authentication and user management technology to build integrated customer experiences.


2019. Google Docs gets an API for task automation



Google opened a new API for Google Docs that will allow developers to automate many of the tasks that users typically do manually in the company’s online office suite. The REST API was designed to help developers build workflow automation services for their users, build content management services and create documents in bulk. Using the API, developers can also set up processes that manipulate documents after the fact to update them, and the API also features the ability to insert, delete, move, merge and format text, insert inline images and work with lists, among other things.


2018. Box acquired workflow automation startup Progressly



Box purchased Progressly, a startup that focuses on workflow. In 2016 Box launched own workflow tool called Box Relay along with a partnership with IBM to sell it inside large enterprises. It's useful for well defined processes inside a company like contract management or employee on-boarding, but Box wanted to expand on that initial vision to build additional types of workflows. The Progressly team will help them do that. It should allow Box to build workflows that not only run within Box, but ones that can integrate and intersect with external workflow engines like Pega and Nintex to build more complex automation in conjunction with the Box set of tools and services. This could involve both internal employees and external organizations and moving content through a much more sophisticated workflow than Box Relay provides.


2015. Project management service Workfront raised $33 million



Project management solution Workfront (previously known as AtTask) today announced that it has raised a $33 million Series E funding. Workfront currently mostly markets its services at marketing, IT and services teams, but the solution isn’t limited to those kind of teams. It offers these teams everything from basic project and task management services to more elaborate workflow automation, approval, document management and proofing tools. Workfront’s customers include Cisco, Comcast, Trek and Cars.com. Workfront seems to offer more robust enterprise tools than some of its competitors, but it’s obviously operating in a very competitive market with well-funded upstarts like Asana and companies like Atlassian, which is now seeing a lot of traction for its project management tools outside of its traditional developer-centric market.


2009. CenterStage launched Sharepoint alternative for Documentum users



CenterStage - is a collaboration solution that EMC released last year with the new version of Documentum. True, last year only the light version CenterStage Essentials, that provides basic collaboration tools,  was unveiled. Today the full-functional version CenterStage Pro is already available. It provides personal workspaces, powerful search engine, wiki, blogs and other Web 2.0 tools that make it close to Microsoft Sharepoint. Moreover, unlike Sharepoint, CenterStage allows to control version history not only for documents but also for records: blog posts, wiki-pages, discussions. Disadvantage (compared to Sharepoint) is the lack of workflow automation and metadata support. Of course, CenterStage can not be regarded as a full-fledged Sharepoint rival, because it's not a self-sufficient tool and only works in conjunction with Documentum ECM. But for those companies that already use Documentum and haven't implemented Sharepoint yet - it's a quite attractive solution.