Like many, your organization is probably evolving its IT Infrastructure towards virtual and cloud-based solutions to realize the associated agility and economic benefits these platforms provide. At the same time, you want to continue to deliver reliable services, maintain consistency, and lower operational costs.
Process automation is essential to meeting these objectives.
Two Sides of the Same Coin
Microsoft has responded to this challenge with two key technologies: Windows PowerShell, and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). However, both of these technologies are not without their strengths and weaknesses. PowerShell has wide-spread industry support; however the vast majority of IT Administrators have been reluctant to become scripters. Whereas, workflow provides a high-level of abstraction user’s desire, it lacks the versatility found in traditional programming models.
At Devfarm Software, we view Workflow and PowerShell as two-sides of the same Automation Coin. Workflow provides for high-level Process and Task Orchestration. PowerShell provides granular control, vast knowledge base, and 1000’s of PowerShell Community scripts to draw upon.
PowerWF seamlessly combines both technologies into a single easy-to-use Task Automation and PowerShell Orchestration platform. PowerWF allows you to build automated solutions using a simple drag-and-drop graphical user interface. No coding is required to quickly create powerful workflows that automate your daily tasks. This reduces costs and hassles associated with developing and maintaining code, scripts, and batch files.
Desktop to Data Center
How is PowerWF different from the Enterprise Orchestration products like Microsoft Opalis, Microsoft Orchestrator, VMware’s vOrchestrator, BMC BladeLogic just to name a few? In short, the enterprise players focus on the needs of the DataCenter, thus tend to be complex platforms to meet demanding needs of the largest customers.
PowerWF persona is that the IT Administrator. PowerWF focuses ease-of use, and providing a highly productive authoring experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Administrator in an SMB or a Fortune 500, people tend to reach for the easiest solution. PowerWF is designed to be just that automation tool. If that task happens grows up one day, PowerWF deployment options make it easy to get it where you need it.
Drag & Drop Script Development
Using a simple drag-and-drop interface IT administrators can quickly automate their daily tasks without having to become scripters themselves.
Professional PowerShell Editor
PowerWF comes bundled with PowerSE, a full featured PowerShell Script Editor and debugger. Learn More...
Whether you are comfortable with simple drag-and-drop operations or an experienced PowerShell Scripter, PowerWF allows you edit your workflow either way. Integrated search lets you find samples from PoshCode and Technet and turn them into PowerWF workflows. Only PowerWF gives you the ability to orchestrate PowerShell scripts.
Every PowerShell Snap-In & Module automatically becomes a Windows Workflow Activity in PowerWF, allowing you to create workflows that encompass virtual any environment.
PowerWF supports a wide range of deployment options to quickly and easily integrate with a variety of 3rd party applications and RBA solutions.
Context Sensitive Help
Detailed help for each PowerShell command is available, including examples that can be directly imported.