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m&a

M&A Roundup – Fall 2021

The most exciting deal of the quarter is not a deal at all yet, more just an expression of interest. SS&C, the financial services software firm (that bought Intralinks in 2018), has made a $1.6B bid to take over RPA vendor Blue Prism

process mining report

Why the sudden interest in Process & Task Mining?

Driven largely by the rise in popularity and similarly huge valuations of RPA (Robotic Process Automation), there is the impression that PTM and RPA technologies are tied at the hip. Indeed, RPA projects are likely to be far more successful if the business analysts involved in those projects make use of PTM tools. But that is only part of a much more complex story.

boxworks21

Unpacking – BoxWorks 21

That is a tough pill to swallow for many enterprise software companies, but Box appears to be committed to it. From a buyer’s standpoint, it makes the platform attractive and predictable in terms of cost. From Box’s perspective, it means a short-term hit but much stickier and longer-term relationships with its subscription base.

dreamforce 2021

Salesforce and the Revolution….

Salesforce has a vision; much of its work is customer-driven and reflects their needs, rather than the silicon valley norm of inventing things and finding a use for them. But it’s also a huge company, with many moving parts. Though it tells an admirable story, the reality is that so many technology parts and new acquisitions are not easy to balance, integrate, maintain, and manage.