Despite being around for 15 years, Automation Anywhere had by and large been flying under the radar. That changed last year when it stunned the world of robotic process automation (RPA) by raising a whopping $550 million in one of the largest-ever Series A rounds.
The US-headquartered company, which has Indian-origin founders in Rushabh Parmani, Ankur Kothari, Mihir Shukla and Neeti Mehta, is now valued at more than $2.6 billion and counts SoftBank Vision Fund, Goldman Sachs and General Atlantic among its investors.
With the USP of automating any process in a company’s workflow including complex tasks, Automation Anywhere has been channelling the fresh capital to grow globally and reach every possible enterprise of all sizes.
In fact, Automation Anywhere recently announced that by deploying three million bots by 2020, it would emerge as one of the world’s largest digital employers.
Apart from a sales division, Automation Anywhere has three engineering centres in India at Bengaluru, Vadodara and Pune. It is looking to increase its India headcount to 1,200 from around 700 at present, with the country accounting for 55% of the company's global workforce.
In an interview with TechCircle, Milan Sheth, Automation Anywhere’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, spoke about the company’s rapid expansion and why the Indian market is unique. He also discussed the company’s vision around building a digital ‘downloadable’ employee.