Robotic process automation (RPA) vendor Automation Anywhere and Microsoft have formed a strategic collaboration focused on improving business processes through automation.

Customers will now be able to access Automation Anywhere bots from Microsoft Azure to help manage large, unstructured datasets, decrease time-to-market and lower operating costs.

The expanded relationship is anchored in a strategic product collaboration leveraging Automation Anywhere’s RPA platform and Azure that will enable joint product integration, co-selling and joint marketing between the two companies to benefit mutual customers, the companies said.

Automation Anywhere has also selected Azure as its preferred cloud provider enabling mutual customers to have access to automation technology from anywhere, at any time and for any user.

Organisations can host Automation Anywhere’s RPA platform on Azure, on-premises, in a public or private cloud to help drive productivity, increase innovation and boost ROI.

“Organisations are seeing the multiple benefits of RPA – allowing companies to become more efficient, reducing costs through automation and freeing up employees to focus on what they do best – to be creative and innovate. Our expanded relationship with Microsoft will help more businesses achieve these advantages much faster,” said Mihir Shukla, CEO and co-founder, Automation Anywhere.

John Cottongim, Director of Automation, Mars said, “Leveraging Automation Anywhere in combination with Microsoft Azure’s Infrastructure-as-a-service and cognitive capabilities allows Mars to move with speed to deliver greater business value and improved customer experience across our organisation.”

Alysa Taylor, Corporate VP, Cloud and Business Microsoft Business Applications and Industry said, “Digital transformation has revolutionised the modern office. Microsoft is one of the leaders of this revolution, and we’re excited to partner with Automation Anywhere as they take digital office technology to the next level. Automation Anywhere’s vision aligns with ours, which is to infuse data and intelligence into all of its products, applications, services and experiences.”

Microsoft will feature Automation Anywhere’s automation products in its Executive Briefing Centres (EBCs), around the globe. This will allow customers to see hands-on demonstrations of Microsoft products as they are enabled by Automation Anywhere technology.

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