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Please use the following category to raise ideas for these offerings for all environments (traditional on premises, containers, on cloud):

  • Cloud Pak for Automation - incl Business Automation Studio, Business Automation Insights

  • Business Automation Workflow (BAW) - incl BAW, Business Process Manager, Workstream Services, Business Performance Center, Advanced Case Management

  • Content and Capture Services - incl Filenet, Automation Document Processing, Daeja, Navigator, Content Collector, Enterprise Records, Business Automation Content Analyzer, Datacap, Automation Mobile Capture, Content Manager OnDemand, IBM Content Manager

  • Automation Decision Services (ADS) - incl ADS, Operational Decision Manager

  • Robotic Process Automation

  • Robotic Process Automation with Automation Anywhere

  • IBM Blueworks Live

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Robotic Process Automation

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Use secure string variables in certain commands

Certain commands, like httpRequest or runWindowsScript that could require credentials for some actions, do not allow secure string variables in their declarations. A review of all commands that could benefit from secure strings is required. Try to...
about 1 year ago in Robotic Process Automation 1 Future consideration

RPA integration with Github and Devops

allow RPA bots development to interact with Github
over 1 year ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Planned for future release

Leave browser instance open when it hits an error or stopped in debug

Currently when a browser instance hits an error it closes itself. This causes significant pain in trying to develop fast and debug any issues.
10 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Future consideration

Enhance product licensing/setup experience

The product licensing/setup experience is an unintuitive process with frequent issues with activating/login/account creation.
10 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Planned for future release

Better support for Data Row variables

The Data Row variable type already exists, but there is no command to get a complete row from a table, for example. This would be useful when passing parameters from one script to another, like in a transactional process where the Data Row is the ...
about 1 month ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Future consideration

Get attributes of a web element

Currently, if someone wants to get the href from an anchor tag (<a>), it needs to get the raw html and use regex. It would benefit everyone to get a dictionary of all html attributes of a particular element, that way, anyone can easily inspe...
11 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Future consideration

Use local time-zone in email-search-fliter command

We have to manually calculate the timezone difference before input into the email search filter. Is it possible to give choose-timezone options or use-local-time zone option for this command? It is really inconvented to calculate timezone differen...
3 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 2 Future consideration

Allow using external data sources in the ibm rpa dashboard

Today, in order to create a dashboard that presents relevant information, we need to create a process in the orchestrator and add the values to be used in the dashboard as variables, however, in cases where the orchestrator is not used (e.g. sched...
about 2 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 0 Future consideration

An option to upload script files to control center

We cannot upload any files to control IBM control center directly. We can only publish bot script files(wal) from Studio. Allow to publish or import other script files (like .bat or .vbs or .js) to IBM control room so that we can directly do modif...
5 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 1 Future consideration

Read Excel dates as DateTime

Currently, when the robot reads a date that is in an Excel file it is interpreted as the raw number that Excel uses for dates (based on 1899 or something along those lines). This forces us to use a few commands just to convert it to DateTime and o...
about 2 months ago in Robotic Process Automation 2 Under review