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

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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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Google tiptoes into enterprise customer interaction tech with Contact Center AI

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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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OpenText ‘servicises’ Release 16 to build its new OT2 platform

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OpenText has ‘containerised’ its Release 16 suite, and started to expose the suite’s capabilities in the new OT2 microservices platform, setting up the building blocks for a new parallel stream of OpenText SaaS apps, and third-party custom applications alike. I’ve spent much of this week at OpenText’s annual Enterprise World conference, in Toronto. And although […]

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

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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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Unwrapping PegaWorld and Pega Infinity

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At this year’s PegaWorld, Pegasystems launched – with significant fanfare – its latest major technology release, Pega Infinity. Here’s what’s inside the wrapping. In truth, Pega Infinity is largely a matter of packaging rather than a matter of significant new capability (although a number of new features are being released). Nevertheless it’s important, because it […]

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OutSystems bags $360m in funding to fuel expansion, innovation

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Low-code application platform specialist OutSystems has formally announced a colossal $360m funding round. What does it mean? In our recent in-depth profile of OutSystems, we highlighted: “OutSystems bridges two worlds very effectively indeed: first, the world of business process automation; and second, the world of rapid, low-code application development… this is an offering with a […]

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Box gets (more) serious about process with Progressly acquisition

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Box announced at the end of last week that it was acquiring workflow platform Progressly, bringing Progressly’s ‘operations cloud’ into the Box fold to enable much deeper and richer integrations between cloud content in Box and business operations across a range of systems from the likes of Oracle, JD Edwards, SAP, and IBM. Box’s first […]

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Appian: all in on Case Management, Intelligent Automation

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At Appian’s annual user conference last month the company showed how it’s embracing Case Management and the notion of Intelligent Automation; the two come together in a new product. Although the Appian Platform has offered many of the capabilities that a Case Management platform needs to exhibit for a couple of years now, the company […]

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bpmNEXT v6: a short review

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Last week was the sixth bpmNEXT conference, and my sixth time there and fourth time presenting. Every year bpmNEXT is one of the most essential things in my calendar – principally because it provides a super-concentrated opportunity to make sure I’m up to speed with what many of the BPM, Decision Management and process automation […]

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