SAP Acquires Contextor to Enhance RPA Capabilities

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With intelligent RPA accelerated by Contextor, businesses will be able to achieve the high automation level necessary to become intelligent enterprises

SAP SE, the Germany-based business-software giant, said on Monday that it had acquired robotic process automation vendor Contextor SAS, to help create its planned portfolio of SAP Leonardo Machine Learning. However, the company didn’t reveal the amount of acquisition.

Established in 2000, Contextor develops software for robotic process automation (RPA) and desktop automation that are compatible with Microsoft as well as open source Xen Project remote workstations. The company’s products are used for simplifying the process for deployment of software across an organisation.

To deliver intelligent RPA

“RPA platform of Contextor will be combined with SAP Cloud Platform and conversational artificial intelligence (AI) technology and document processing capabilities offered by SAP Leonardo Machine Learning to deliver intelligent RPA, which SAP plans to include in key SAP solutions,” SAP said in a statement.

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Contextor relieves the users of business software to perform repetitive activities and enables unattended as well as attended RPA within and across applications.

Commenting on the development, Markus Noga, Head – Machine Learning at SAP, said, “With intelligent RPA accelerated by Contextor, businesses will be able to achieve the high automation level necessary to become intelligent enterprises. The acquisition is a big step towards orchestrating process automation and will help SAP inject RPA capabilities into our applications, first and foremost into SAP S/4HANA.”

Plan to automate business processes

In coming three years, SAP is planning to bring automation in 50 per cent of all its business processes, backed by SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

Last week, the software giant has announced its plans to buy software company Qualtrics International Inc., which builds corporate employee and customer analytics, for US$ 8 billion. This was the biggest acquisition by SAP till date as the software major is pushing for acquiring new business applications.

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