Due to its growing popularity and customer value potential, robotic process automation (RPA) vendors are merging and acquiring other players at a rapid pace. Interestingly, the trending vendors in this space (i.e. Blue Prism, UiPath, Automate Anywhere) are not one of the big players we typically see in other technology spaces (e.g. Micro Focus, IBM, Broadcom). Microsoft, on the other hand, took a leap to try to compete against these big RPA players with its recent acquisition of Softomotive, maker of WinAutomation.
This acquisition brings a lot of promise to enhance the experience and capabilities of Microsoft’s Power Automate solution with WinAutomation, such as low-code desktop automation capabilities and out-of-the-box UI automation drivers for commonly used applications and services. Power Automate customers can take advantage of this acquisition by using their existing license to fully access WinAutomation. At the moment, the integration between these solutions is limited to building automation processes and scripts in WinAutomation and executing the bot in Power Automate. Hopefully, Microsoft and Softomotive customers will see more benefits in the future.
While it is not uncommon to see RPA vendors being snatched up by others, the traditional big IT players have yet to make a real mark in the RPA space, which is dominated by smaller players who may still be gathering funding from venture capitalists. Microsoft’s acquisition of Softomotive demonstrates how RPA is becoming more than just a trend and how it wants to be recognized as a viable option alongside existing players. We have yet to see how this acquisition will bolster its position in the market and how its large portfolio of tools and solutions will operate with its RPA solutions as a valuable platform.
Robotic process automation (RPA) became a forefront initiative for many organizations looking to streamline and automate business operations. FPT akaBot emerged as a notable solution consideration among the traditional big players in the RPA space.
COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant post COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.
COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant after COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.
IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.
Is it true that everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Don’t bet on it to not.
Test data management tools offer you the ability to provision, mask, and govern the access and use of your test data, alleviating these manual, laborious and error-prone tasks from your testing, operations, and DBA teams.
When trying to implement Agile as a defined process, Scrum turned BAs or other roles into order takers with the title “product owner.” This undermines the entire value proposition of product management.
Agile systems delivery (implemented through Scrum) is quickly becoming an accepted norm in IT. But using Scrum successfully in an organization requires a deep understanding of how it works and why. For example, many of our members don’t understand the importance of selecting a Product Owner who has three ears.
Reeling from the pandemic response executed by governments all the over world, companies are accelerating their implementation of low-cost automation. That bodes well for UiPath – a leader in RPA aiming to go public this year.