UiPath swallows another monster funding round

COMMENTARY

Even judging it purely on its ability to raise venture finance, UiPath is a beast. UiPath’s latest funding round – $225m of capital – now values the company at $3bn. Is that crazy? The underlying momentum the company’s driving is pretty astounding. Per the news release announcing the venture round, here are some salient stats: […]

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Blockchain’s project diversity

COMMENTARY

We’ve recently undertaken a significant update to our blockchain project tracker – adding the details of nearly a hundred new instances of blockchain related projects and products in development, out in the wild. As before, we’re making this available as an interactive pivot table as we go along, but we’ve also taken the opportunity to […]

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TIBCO NOW: core vs edge

COMMENTARY

Last week saw TIBCO’s biannual global customer event, TIBCO NOW, back in Vegas. The theme of the conference: “Innovation at the edge”. After last year’s TIBCO NOW event in San Diego, I shared that TIBCO seemed to be getting its mojo back. My takeaway, though, was that its main challenge would be to bring its existing […]

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Pega Robotics: Driving a wider automation agenda

RESEARCH REPORT // FREE

The Pega Robotics (RPA) technology was originally developed by OpenSpan, an automation specialist founded in 2005. Pega Robotics takes a differentiated approach to application automation that makes it particularly suitable for attended-mode use, and also gives it efficiency advantages for unattended use. Top takeaways Deep hooks drive comprehensive, efficient integration The Pega Robotics platform, like […]

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Sold to Siemens: Is Mendix now out of the picture?

COMMENTARY

With its acquisition by global technology powerhouse Siemens for about $700m last week, Mendix has secured financial stability and backing… but at what cost? Somewhat predictably, Mendix’s competitors have wasted no time in spreading a bit of fear, uncertainty and doubt about Mendix’s future. Here’s Appian’s CEO Matt Calkins [reg required]. The acquisition press release highlights […]

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A conversation with TIBCO’s Shawn Rogers

PODCAST

Digital technologies are changing work and the workplace faster than ever before. In this 29’21” podcast episode, Craig Wentworth talks to Shawn Rogers, Senior Director of Analytic Strategy at TIBCO. Topics covered include: Data privacy, literacy, and trust – and how all this affects the nature of customer relationships built around data-driven services How brands […]

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Google tiptoes into enterprise customer interaction tech with Contact Center AI

COMMENTARY

At Google Cloud Next ’18 the company announced – among many other things – a new bundle of enterprise-focused technologies specifically aimed at organisations building (or revitalising) multi-channel contact centres. Work automation vendors Appian and UiPath are part of the story. The foundation of Google’s new Contact Center AI is the high-end Enterprise version of […]

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K2: Serious ambition and credentials for business process automation

RESEARCH REPORT // FREE

K2’s process application platform has undergone a few extensions and changes in its near 20-year history, but following its successful 2015 venture funding round its technology capability, applicability and business credibility have all developed quickly. Top takeaways “Automating every business process in every organisation” The K2 platform has been around for a long time: its […]

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Automation Anywhere’s $250m funding: another nosebleed valuation?

COMMENTARY

Yesterday RPA specialist vendor Automation Anywhere announced it’s raised $250m from a number of venture capital firms including NEA (also led investment in Appian pre-IPO and invested in Salesforce, Workday and others) and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. What’s going on? The funding round values Automation Anywhere at about $1.8bn – that’s somewhere between 50x and […]

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