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SAP Acquires RPA Specialist Contextor to Boost Intelligent Automation Offer

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Business software firm SAP announced Monday that it had acquired French automation specialist Contextor SAS. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. Contextor, founded in 2000, builds software for desktop automation and robotic process automation, compatible with Microsoft and open-source Xen Project workstations. Contextor’s manufactures solutions to simplify the process of deploying software across a company and “relieves business software users from performing repetitive tasks,” according to an SAP press release. The company also stated that Contextor’s RPA platform will be combined with the SAP Cloud Platform and conversational AI technology and document processing capabilities, provided by SAP Leonardo Machine Learning to “deliver intelligent RPA, which SAP plans to include in key solutions.” “With intelligent RPA accelerated by Contextor, businesses will be able to achieve the high automation level necessary to become intelligent enterprises,” said Markus Noga, head of machine learning at SAP, in a statement. “The acquisition is a big step towards orchestrating process automation.” SAP plans to automate half of all the business processes supported by its SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software over the next three years.