UPDATED 10:00 EDT / MARCH 16 2021


Tonkean revamps its no-code business process orchestration platform

No-code business process automation startup Tokean Inc. today announced a major revamp of its platform that it says will enable a new enterprise model for rapid, cross-functional solution delivery while also providing a structure for enterprisewide governance.

Founded in 2015, Tonkean sells a robotic automation platform that’s often pitched as an operating system for business operations. Its standout feature is its no-code process orchestration capability that makes it possible for users to orchestrate processes, coordinate people and connect systems companywide.

Bypassing the need for developers is at the heart of Tonkean’s offering, but besides the focus on empowering operations teams, the service is also promoted as an alternative to buying or building systems while also avoiding a fallback to manual work.

The main feature in today’s new release is Enterprise Components, which enable users to define, monitor and manage reusable components that can orchestrate business processes across entire organizations. Among other things, Enterprise Components can be used to create connections to packaged or custom systems, define custom actions, manage coordination with people and train data models, the company said.

By using Enterprise Components, companies will be able to create a consistent standard for their business processes that aligns, extends and governs the way they should be orchestrated, the company said.

Tonkean co-founder and Chief Executive Sagi Eliyahu (pictured) spelled out why the enterprisewide governance capabilities are so important.

“No-code platforms promise to democratize, and thus accelerate technology delivery, but to date, they have come with the tradeoff of governance,” he said in a statement. “With this release, Tonkean is allowing organizations to create a truly composable enterprise.”

The Enterprise Components provide other benefits too. For example, they also help accelerate the delivery and maintenance of new business processes. In addition, they can serve as a kind of bridge between business and information technology teams that enables complex processes to be created and delivered faster, the company said.

To help create that “bridge” between end users and information technology teams, Tonkean has debuted a new Solutions Studio that effectively transforms its offering from a no-code to a low-code platform. The Solutions Studio provides a “business logic modeling layer” that enables the creation of more “robust solutions” for mission-critical business processes, Tonkean said.

Tonkean said one unnamed early adopter of the Solutions Studio orchestrated an entirely new, complex process that it needed to implement rapidly because of the COVID-19 pandemic within just nine business days. That compared with a six-month turnaround quoted by the company’s IT team, Tonkean said.

“Tonkean has been critical to helping operations teams build better processes, but within every enterprise we talk to, there has still been a burden on technology teams to maintain systems and build connections that orchestrate processes for the business,” said Tonkean co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Offir Talmor. “These latest updates will relieve that burden and cause a major reduction in the backlog of business technology teams while keeping control of the data and security in their hands.”

Constellation Research Inc. analyst Holger Mueller told SiliconANGLE that business orchestration is becoming more important than ever, and that companies that can enable this through a no-code interface will be the winners in the era of digital disruption.

“Today it is Tonkean’s turn to bring forward its low code orchestration platform that enables theses capabilities,” Mueller said. “Like with any new release, CxOs should err on the side of caution in regards of maturity, but definitely take a look and see what these tools can do for their enterprises.”

Tonkean said the new version of its platform is available now for all new and existing customers.

Photo: Tonkean

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