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SAP Acquires Contextor to Augment RPA Capabilities
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SAP Acquires Contextor to Augment RPA Capabilities

SAP announced that it has acquired Contextor, one of the leading European companies in the design and integration of robotic process automation (RPA), to help SAP accelerate the development and expansion of its Leonardo Machine Learning portfolio.

Contextor, based in the Paris region, has existed since the year 2000. It specializes in the research and development of RPA software. Contextor aims to deliver clever, nimble and efficient application assistants, wizards and stand-alone bots.

Contextor’s Robotic Process Automation technology relieves business software users from performing repetitive tasks. Furthermore, it enables both attended and unattended RPA within and across applications. To date, Contextor’s customers have deployed more than 100,000 bots automating business processes.

RPA will help to simplify user interface interactions across SAP and non-SAP applications. Contextor’s Robotic Process Automation will be combined with 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 SAP solutions.

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“Contextor will accelerate our intelligent RPA offering. Consequently, businesses will be able to achieve the high automation level necessary to become intelligent enterprises,” said Markus Noga, head of machine learning at SAP. “The acquisition is a big step towards orchestrating process automation. Moreover, it will help SAP inject RPA capabilities into our applications. We are thinking first and foremost of SAP S/4 Hana.”

Customers can expect the integration of intelligent RPA into SAP S/4 Hana in the first half of 2019. Other SAP applications will follow soon thereafter.

With Contextor’s RPA technology, SAP plans to automate half of all the business processes supported by its SAP ERP software over the next three years.

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