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Introducing Ayehu NG v1.6 – New Advanced Features

Author: Guy Nadivi

If you’re an existing user of Ayehu NG, or even if you’re just thinking about trying us on for size, you probably know that one of the core strengths of our solution is how easily and quickly you can plug Ayehu into various ITSM platforms, cyber security tools, operating systems, messaging and notification solutions, and increasingly chatbots and AI services.  Almost all of these integrations can be activated seamlessly without writing a single line of code. 

And the purpose of providing you with all these pre-built integrations and connectors that make up our ever-expanding ecosystem, is to simplify your ability to orchestrate automation across any platform in your environment.  All from a single pane of glass!

We add new integrations and their accompanying activities to Ayehu on an on-going basis, but sometimes, that hasn’t been quick enough for some of our customers and prospects. 

In our last release of NG, v1.5, we introduced you to its new Activity Designer.

This new functionality allowed you to build your own activities from scratch, in Python, C#, or .NET.  Many of our customers use the Activity Designer to create activities for actions against external systems that we don’t currently connect to. For example, you can use it to connect to Dropbox, Google, or any other third-party system that has accessible APIs.

SDK

In this new version 1.6 of NG, we’ve added a software development kit.  This new SDK means that now, in addition to being able to build custom activities, you can build entire custom integrations!  So if you’d like to integrate Ayehu with a platform we don’t currently have an integration with, you can do it yourself.  This might be especially helpful if you’ve got a homegrown application that’s the only one of its kind, and you want to automate certain tasks for it.  You can do that with the new SDK, and orchestrate the workflows from right inside Ayehu NG, just like you do for your other platforms.

NG-to-NG Migration Tool

In the past, migrating an NG workflow from a pre-production environment like DEV or TEST was a bit challenging.

In release 1.6 though it becomes a breeze with our new NG-to-NG Migration Tool.  This tool makes moving workflows from a DEV or TEST environment much simpler because it brings over almost all the entities associated with that workflow into your PRODUCTION environment.

BTW – this comprehensive migration can be done on a single workflow or an entire folder of workflows.

Slack Bot

Many of you have been taking advantage of Ayehu’s integration with Slack to build intelligent bots which provide your end users with powerful self-service remediation capabilities, that have eased the strain on your service desks.

In version 1.6, we’ve greatly simplified the process of configuring a Slack bot to just one click.  On top of that, we’ve also activated an “Add to Slack” button on our Slack Integration page so you can easily register your bot with Slack.

Configurable Password Policy

Ayehu NG v1.6 now has enhanced security for configuring default password policy. This means that passwords for all new accounts will be much stronger.  You can now set your own default password strength and parameters based on your organization’s security needs.

So if your password standard requires 12 characters, two special characters, and a number, you can now set this as default and it will be enforced across all local accounts in your environment. If you prefer synching accounts from your Active Directory, then NG will default instead to the password policies you’ve established in AD.

Updated Installer

Another improvement NG v1.6 introduces is an updated installer, which simplifies installation while also providing greater visibility into the process.

In the image seen here, you can review all the components to be installed on a component selection tree.  The most popular components are selected by default, but you can easily toggle the ones you don’t want. We’ve also added a pre-requisite screen check to ensure that the installation will complete successfully, and to let you know if any minimum installation requirements are lacking.

Refreshed Login Page

This new feature is more about aesthetics than anything else, but we’ve refreshed the login page with a bit more of a dynamic look and feel to it.

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BMC Helix Remedyforce Integration

Finally this newest release of NG includes an integration for BMC’s Helix Remedyforce.  It’s basically a duplicate of the existing BMC Remedyforce integration capabilities but on BMC’s Helix platform. This new integration allows you to Create, Update, and Get records from Helix Remedyforce, as well as execute SOQL queries.

If you’re interested in test driving NG v1.6 with all its cool new features, download your very own free 30-day trial version here.

To watch a replay of the live webinar and see these new features in action, click the image below.

Ayehu’s New Advanced Features in NG v1.5 [Webinar Recap]

Author: Guy Nadivi

In response to growing user requests to add more flexibility to the Ayehu NG automation platform, Ayehu has released NG v1.5. This release will significantly expand the scope of what you can automate in your environment, all from a single pane of glass, and we think that makes it a real game changer in the IT orchestration and automation market.

If you’re an existing user of Ayehu NG, or even if you’re just thinking about trying us on for size, you probably know that one of the core strengths of our solution is how easy and quickly you can plug Ayehu into various ITSM platforms, cyber security tools, operating systems, messaging and notification tools, and increasingly chatbots and AI services. Almost all of these integrations can be activated seamlessly without writing a single line of code.

And the purpose of providing you with all these pre-built integrations and connectors that make up our ever-expanding ecosystem, is to simplify your ability to orchestrate automation across any platform in your environment. All from a single pane of glass!

So, here’s what’s really exciting about this new version of NG. We’ve added a “Do It Yourself” capability to allow you to build your own platform-specific activities without the need for Ayehu to do it for you.

From the feedback we’ve received, that’s really going to appeal to those of you who aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves, do a little coding, and craft your own specific intelligent IT automation activities.

In fact, when you see how easy we’ve made it to build your own activities, we think some of you non-coders might even be tempted to take a crack at it yourself and perhaps fulfill some aspirations on your personal automation wish list.

Without further ado then, let’s dive into what’s new in our latest release of NG, v1.5:

  • Activity Designer – This is the big one. It’s a new feature designed to give users the option to build their own activities, which marks the first time they’re not relying on us to build an activity. You already know we provide an Out-Of-The-Box library of more than 500 no-code, pre-built activities. With the Activity Designer though, customers can now independently develop or modify existing activities in Python, C# or .Net to extract further value through customization that meets specific needs.
  • GitHub Community Repository – Ayehu now has a new community on GitHub that contains more than 100 of Ayehu’s workflow templates, as well as source code for built-in activities. Customers can use this in conjunction with the Activity Designer to create custom activities based on existing pre-built workflows. The GitHub Community Repository also provides free access to other peer-developed workflow templates and activities which have already been created and contributed to the community. 
  • Ayehu Academy Advanced Courses – We now have two new Ayehu Automation Academy courses – Activity Designer Essentials and Advanced Activity Designer. Together, these courses help train and certify developers in creating new activities using the Activity Designer. The Academy has already certified nearly 1,000 IT automation engineers since its inception earlier this year.

Let’s talk a bit more about the Activity Designer.

Typically, when building a workflow you simply drag and drop activities onto a canvas, and position them in the order you want them to execute. There’s no coding, scripting, or programming of any kind required. All you have to do is configure any particular activity by entering some parameters into a popup window, as shown in the image below:

With the new Activity Designer, you can build your own activities from scratch, in Python, C#, or .NET. We believe this will typically be for a system we haven’t integrated yet, perhaps some home-grown in-house application. But it can also be used to create new custom activities for an existing integration, like ServiceNow or SolarWinds. This is a big deal because now organizations will be able to take previously unintegrated systems and incorporate them into enterprise-wide orchestration and automation via Ayehu’s single pane of glass. The Activity Designer interface is shown in the image below:

Ayehu’s GitHub Community Repository marks an expansion of our presence on GitHub’s open-source community, and can be seen at this link: – https://github.com/Ayehu

At the repository, you’ll find:

  • 100+ Ayehu workflow templates
  • Source code for built-in activities

There are many benefits to our users from this new repository, including:

  • Shorter time to value through reuse of existing, pre-built workflows
  • Shorter time to value thru customization of open source activities
  • Free access to peer-developed workflow templates and activities

Here’s an example. If we want to see what kinds of workflow templates are already available for Cisco devices, we can just click on the Cisco category, and drill down to all the workflow templates you can access that are Cisco-specific, as seen in the image below:

These new features are also accompanied by new advanced courses created for the Ayehu Academy, which can be found on our website ayehu.com under the Customers menu.

The two new Ayehu Automation Academy courses are:

  • Activity Designer Essentials
  • Advanced Activity Designer

Together, these courses help train and certify developers in creating new activities using the Activity Designer. 

Ayehu recommends getting certified because your new knowledge will enhance 2 areas of interest:

  • Your organization’s automation capabilities
  • Your own personal professional standing.

Furthermore, as this market continues to grow, we anticipate new income opportunities will be created for Certified Activity Designers. The Academy has already certified about 1,000 IT automation engineers despite only opening earlier this year. That’s a reflection of the growing interest in automation, and if you’re one of those IT automation engineers, you’ve positioned yourself very nicely for the growth curve ahead.

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Ayehu Announces Free 30-day Trial Availability of its Newly Enhanced Next Generation Intelligent IT Automation and Orchestration Platform

The Free Trial Version Featuring an Enhanced Workflow Designer and AI-Powered Automation Engine is Now Available for Download from the Ayehu Website

San Jose, CA –- October 16, 2018 Ayehu has enhanced its Next Generation Automation and Orchestration Platform powered by AI. This latest release is designed to deliver IT and security operations teams even greater productivity and ease of use. To give enterprise users the chance to experience the platform firsthand, Ayehu is offering a free 30-day trial.

Today’s enterprises are overwhelmed by a massive amount of system alerts, incidents, and user requests. This is further complicated by the IT and security skills shortage. The need for streamlined processes and fast, quantifiable results has never been greater.

Ayehu’s Next Generation Intelligent Automation Platform incorporates artificial intelligence to augment human ingenuity, in order to enable the creation of the next generation of intelligent applications. The platform delivers no-code, automated workflows that help enterprises save significant time on manual and repetitive tasks, accelerate mean time to resolution, and maintain greater control over IT infrastructure.

The new version includes the following enhancements:

  • Productivity – For greater efficiency and results, the platform now features a full web-based GUI, includes power search capabilities, a library of over 500 pre-built activities and a codeless workflow designer. Out-of-the-box integration packs are also available, with advanced Rest API for rapid integrations with 3rd party applications
  • Scalability – Scaling to support a high volume of incidents and safe guard against a single-point-of-failure, the latest release features built-in automated load share, and the ability to run more workflows simultaneously
  • SaaS Ready – Ideal for hybrid deployments, the new version can run multiple instances on the same virtual machine, run different environments on the same station, and manage all environments from one place
  • Chat Bot Integration – Ayehu BOT platform is integrated with Slack, Microsoft Teams, IBM Watson, Microsoft Luis and other applications for the easy creation of a self-service interface

“Since we launched our intelligent automation platform, customers have realized that artificial intelligence combined with IT automation is a game changer,” said Brian Boeggeman, Chief Revenue Officer, Ayehu. “As we continue to make our solution even easier and more valuable, we are offering a free trial so that everyone can simply start automating today. IT professionals that experience it will immediately see a huge leap in productivity and efficiency.”

To experience Ayehu’s Next Generation IT Automation powered by AI, claim your free trial here. To learn more about the Ayehu Next Generation Automation and Orchestration Platform powered by AI, click here.

About Ayehu

Ayehu’s AI-powered automation and orchestration platform is a force multiplier for IT and security operations, helping enterprises save time on manual and repetitive tasks, accelerate mean time to resolution, and maintain greater control over IT infrastructure. Trusted by hundreds of major enterprises and leading technology solution and service partners, Ayehu supports thousands of automated processes across the globe. For more information, please visit www.ayehu.com and the company blog.  Follow Ayehu on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Ayehu Wins 2018 TiE Award

Ayehu Wins 2018 TiE Award

Intelligent Automation Leader Earns Prestigious Innovative Technology Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. –- May 18, 2018Ayehu, provider of the leading AI-powered IT and Security automation and orchestration platform, today announced that it has been selected as a 2018 TiE50 winner. The prestigious TiE50 Awards Program recognizes the world’s most innovative technology startups and is part of the TiE Inflect 2018, the world’s largest conference for tech entrepreneurs.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a 2018 TiE winner as it further validates the force lying within our AI-powered automation technology, on top of the consistent positive feedback we receive from our amazing customers,” said Gabby Nizri, co-founder and CEO, Ayehu. “Ayehu’s recipe for success is to recognize what our customers really need, and apply a blend of the most passionate experts in Automation, AI and IT, to deliver exactly that.”

Ayehu helps enterprises combat the growing shortage of skilled IT and Security technology professionals, by allowing them to fully automate time- and resource-consuming operational tasks, and as such help them to accelerate growth.  Ayehu’s multi-purpose, AI-powered automation platform fully mimics repetitive manual work processes of humans without any coding or scripting involved. With this, enterprises have the ability to achieve significant results such as completely automating end-to-end ticketing resolution, speeding up incident resolution, interacting dynamically with intelligent chatbots and getting AI-powered recommendations through Machine Learning driven decision support algorithms.

“TiE50 has become a global brand that attracts thousands of tech startups worldwide,” said Kamal Anand, TiE50 Program Chair. “This year, we screened more than 7400 companies from 28 countries selected the best-of-breed as our ‘2018 TiE50 Winners.’ Our program has gained notoriety over the past decade as a competition run with the highest level of integrity and vigorous screening and judging by domain experts.”

About TiE:

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a not-for-profit founded in 1992 in the Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals. TiE is the world’s largest network of tech entrepreneurs. We are a cohesive global network with a footprint of half million entrepreneurs, enterprise executives, investment professionals, and other accomplished individuals. We operate from 60 cities in 15 countries. http://www.tieeco.org.

About Ayehu

Named by Gartner as a Cool Vendor, Ayehu’s IT automation and orchestration platform powered by AI is a force multiplier for IT and security operations, helping enterprises save time on manual and repetitive tasks, accelerate mean time to resolution, and maintain greater control over IT infrastructure. Trusted by hundreds of major enterprises and leading technology solution and service partners, Ayehu supports thousands of automated processes across the globe. For more information, please visit www.ayehu.com and the company blog.  Follow Ayehu on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact:

Christy Kemp

Dahlia Public Relations

303-898-3390

ckemp@dahliapr.com

Ayehu VP of Alliances and Partnerships Brian Boeggeman to Present at International Cloud Expo 2017

Ayehu to Present at Cloud ExpoSanta Clara, CA –- Oct. 25, 2017Ayehu, provider of the IT automation and orchestration platform built for the Digital Era, today announced that VP of Alliances and Partnerships, Brian Boeggeman will present at SYS-CON’s 21st  International Cloud Expo® 2017 on November 1, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Boeggeman’s session will be part of the Enterprise Cloud and Digital Transformation track and is titled: “Intelligent Automation in the Digital Transformation Era.”

The presentation will address today’s key business imperatives for CIOs and CISOs and the journey to digital transformation. Mapping out the phases of intelligent automation, attendees will learn the impact of today’s challenges and opportunities. The session will explain the concept of the self-driving enterprise, and how when companies embody the key pillars of automation, they will accelerate business value and ensure future success in the digital landscape.

Produced by SYS-CON Events, Cloud Expo is a show where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss cloud computing and all that it entails. The three-day event (October 31, 2017 – November 2, 2017) offers a wide range of keynotes, technical sessions, and power panels on topics including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and analytics, digital transformation and much more.

Boeggeman’s Cloud Expo session will be held on November 1, 2017 from 3:40 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. PST. Additionally, at the event, Ayehu will demonstrate its intelligent automation and orchestration platform in its booth #316.

Free Webinar: Automate Your Service Desk with ServiceNow in Less than an Hour

Webinar - ServiceNow - AyehuAccording to Gartner, ServiceNow appears on client shortlists “…at more than double the frequency of any other vendor”. It is, without question, one of the undisputed leaders of the ITSM market, and an icon of cloud computing, allowing users to consolidate their on-premise IT tools into one modern, easy-to-use service management solution.

Yet, despite its widespread use, organizations still struggle with optimizing ServiceNow and getting the most out of their instance. This leads to frustrated staff, resentful users, and a drag on earning a positive ROI.

Integrated with Ayehu’s automation and orchestration platform, however, IT departments and service desk personnel can easily automate many of their manual, laborious ServiceNow tasks.  Additionally, users can leverage automation technology to push out ticket creation and even incident resolution to end users in a self-service paradigm.

Please join the Ayehu team on Tuesday October 17th at 12pm ET / 9am PT for a live, virtual demonstration of how your ServiceNow instance can be quickly and easily turbocharged in less than an hour using next generation automation.

The demonstration will be presented in real-time by Ayehu’s Sr. Director of Customer Success, Guy Nadivi, and our Director of Professional Services, Peter Lee.

If you use ServiceNow, this is a demo you don’t want to miss, but we encourage you to register as soon as possible, as attendance is limited and we are expecting a full (virtual) house.

To reserve your spot, please fill out the registration form here. And mark your calendar for a session that is sure to be a game changer for your organization!