Microsoft has acquired U.K.-based Softomotive, a robotic process automation (RPA) vendor, for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced on May 19. Microsoft plans to incorporate Softomotive's products, including WinAutomation, into its Microsoft Power Automate (Flow) tool. In a May 19 blog post, Microsoft officials said Softomotive has more than 9,000 global customers already automating business processes across legacy and modern desktop apps. Microsoft is planning to use WinAutomation in combination with Power Automate to provide additional options for RPA desktop authoring. That way, officials said, "anyone can build a bot and automate Windows-based tasks."
Power Automate is Microsoft's platform for streamlining repetitive workflows -- you may remember it under its original name: Microsoft Flow. The market for these robotic process automation (RPA) tools is hot right now, so it's no surprise that Microsoft, too, is doubling down on its platform. Only a few months ago, the team launched Power Automate Desktop, based on its acquisition of Softomotive, which helps users automate workflows in legacy desktop-based applications, for example. After a short time in preview, Power Automate Desktop is now generally available. The real news today, though, is that the team is also launching a new tool, the Process Advisor, which is now in preview as part of the Power Automate platform.
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Microsoft announced a new strategic alliance with Epic Systems that will bring providers using Epic an integrated Teams experience within their electronic health record (EHR) clinical workflows. In a Forrester-HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) April-May survey of health system IT workers, respondents said that poor integration between virtual visit solutions and EHR workflows was the most pressing technology issue they were facing during the pandemic. This partnership aims to resolve that issue for many Epic customers. The cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin. Here's a look at how the cloud leaders stack up, the hybrid market, and the SaaS players that run your company as well as their latest strategic moves.
Microsoft has purchased Affirmed Networks Inc., a Acton, Mass.-based vendor of cloud-based mobile network solutions for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft is positioning the acquisition as part of its strategy to work with telecommunications vendors who are increasingly managing their network workloads, especially 5G wireless ones, in the cloud. Microsoft announced its deal to buy Affirmed Networks on March 26. "We look forward to building on the great work by Affirmed Networks with its leadership in virtualized mobile networks. Bringing this technology and team of experts into Microsoft allows us to extend our cloud offering to operators everywhere as they increasingly look to run their networks in a hybrid environment. We're excited about our future together where carriers will be able to better leverage Microsoft's cloud to improve overall profitability and create new revenue streams," said Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President of Azure Networking, in a blog post about the arrangement.