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Private Equity May Acquire RPA Software Company Blue Prism

Private equity firms TPG Capital and Vista Equity Partners are in discussions to potentially acquire Blue Prism Group, the robotic process automation (RPA) software company disclosed in a regulatory filing. Still, there's no guarantee that a Blue Prism buyout will occur, the RPA provider added.

Blue Prism's valuation was roughly $1.11 billion before word of the M&A discussions emerged. More than 2,000 businesses leverage Blue Prism's software for workforce automation capabilities.

TPG Capital's investment portfolio includes such IT management and business automation software providers as Boomi and Kaseya. Vista Equity's portfolio includes Datto, Gainsight, LogicMonitor and Pipedrive.

RPA Software Capabilities, Market Growth Forecast

RPA software allows businesses to write code and bots that rapidly automate manual tasks across multiple departments — from IT service desks to HR, finance, customer support and more.

The global RPA software market is expected to reach $13.74 billion by 2028, up from $1.57 billion in 2020. The market's compound annual growth rate from 2021 to 2028 is expected to be 32.8%, Grand View Research predicts.

Much of the RPA software industry focuses on enterprise customers. Still, RPA may even eventually catch on in the SMB market as MSPs seek to further automate internal and customer operations.

RPA Software Mergers and Acquisitions

RPA software providers such as Automation AnywhereBlue PrismUiPath and Microsoft Power Automate frequently dominate headlines. But M&A activity is also influencing the market. Key buyers in the RPA software market have included IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

Here's a detailed list of RPA software mergers and acquisitions.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.