Soniya Singhal what source control management and continuous integration (CI) stack do you have? What you can do is to leverage the Workato platform APIs (https://docs.workato.com/workato-api) specifically the folders and recipe lifecycle management APIs to automate the CI/CD pipeline.
You can kickoff the CI process from Workato using a scheduler or start the process manually in your CI script. As part of the CI script you can use the recipe lifecycle management APIs to export and then download the package. If your source control management supports APIs for committing then you can use the CI script to commit the downloaded Workato package, unpack it and commit both the .zip file and the unpacked recipe .json files to the source control. Next, is change review and approval of the change. This can happen in source control like GitHub where you can create the pull request (PR) for review. Upon PR approval, you can kick off the deployment of the Workato package to the next environment using the import API.
Gary Wilkinson the new deployment flow will not require creating a manifest. But we will continue to support the manifest and export/import lifecycle steps for foreseeable future.