Introduction to Step Functions
Think of Step Functions as a tool to streamline complex operations in a serverless environment by connecting and coordinating different tasks. These tasks can range from AWS Lambda functions to AWS Batch jobs to AWS Glue jobs. With Step Functions, you no longer have to manually perform each step of a workflow; instead, you just define the flow of your operations in a state machine and let Step Functions do the heavy lifting for you.
One of the key advantages of using step functions is the ability to keep track and provide a visual representation of the workflow. This makes it easier to understand what’s happening, since you can see exactly what’s going on and where things went wrong, making debugging and troubleshooting easier.