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Appian Is Now in the RPA Game With Its Latest Acquisition

Robotic process automation (RPA) entered the industry by storm and has caught the attention of many organizations who are looking for ways to optimize manual business processes and ease the pressure on constrained IT teams. See our Automate Work Faster and More Easily With Robotic Process Automation blueprint for more information on RPA.

Appian, a prominent player in the low-code development space, announced the acquisition of Novayre Solutions SL, developer of the Jidoka RPA platform, early in 2020. This acquisition bolsters its image as a viable vendor to empower the business with development capabilities. Appian is hoping to use this acquisition to overcome the many challenges impeding the scaling of RPA adoption and to offer customers solutions:

  • A one-stop shop for automation by unifying its low-code development platform with RPA.
  • The ability to centrally manage and govern the implementation and operations of RPA bots.
  • Delivery of enterprise-grade RPA bots that can extend RPA use cases and management, allow more sophisticated bot development, support AI, and have SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certification compliance built in.

Our Take

The recent Appian acquisition demonstrates the value RPA can bring to the industry, despite the technology and its implementation still being new. Much like any other acquisition, Appian customers will have to wait to see how the new pieces of technology will be integrated within the Appian portfolio and how Appian’s licensing model will reflect the unique licensing model that is commonly in place among RPA vendors. Only time will tell.

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