SAP Acquires WalkMe for US$1.5bn to Boost User Productivity

SAP to acquire WalkMe for US$1.5bn, enhancing user productivity and streamlining tech deployments. Integration promises growth and value

SAP, the enterprise software giant, has announced its plan to acquire WalkMe, a leading digital adoption platform provider, for US$1.5bn.

This move highlights SAP's commitment to maximising customer value from technology investments by boosting user adoption and productivity.

WalkMe’s solutions enhance existing applications with context-aware guidance, automation, and AI-driven suggestions to streamline workflows. This seamless approach increases software usage and accelerates transformation initiatives.

The acquisition, revealed at SAP’s 2024 Sapphire event in Orlando, Florida, will incorporate WalkMe’s digital adoption tools into SAP’s Business Transformation Management portfolio.

This will complement SAP Signavio for process mining and SAP LeanIX for enterprise architecture management. The integration with SAP Enable Now aims to create a unified platform for user enablement and change management.

WalkMeX and Joule: A powerful combination

A significant aspect of this acquisition is WalkMe’s upcoming WalkMeX copilot product. This tool uses contextual awareness and AI to suggest next-best actions and recommendations as employees navigate various applications, including those from SAP and other vendors.

SAP plans to integrate WalkMeX with its Joule conversational AI assistant, enhancing productivity for customers.

"Applications, processes, data, and people are the four key elements of a successful business transformation," said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE.

Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE (Credit: SAP)

"By acquiring WalkMe, we are doubling down on the support we provide our end users, helping them to quickly adopt new solutions and features to get the maximum value out of their IT investments."

Unlocking growth and delivering value

The transaction, valued at US$1.5bn or US$14 per share – a 45% premium over WalkMe's June 4 closing price – is expected to close in Q3 2024, pending approvals. SAP anticipates an immaterial impact on 2024 non-IFRS earnings from the deal.

 Dan Adika, CEO of WalkMe added: "We are thrilled to join forces with SAP. This acquisition marks a significant milestone in our journey, providing us with the resources and customer base necessary to enhance our product offerings and expand our market reach.

Dan Adika, CEO of WalkMe

"By leveraging SAP's extensive ecosystem, we are poised to unlock substantial growth opportunities and deliver even greater value to our customers. Together, we look forward to a future filled with innovation and exceptional service."

With this acquisition, SAP aims to drive user productivity, streamline technology deployments, and support customers in achieving their business transformation goals.

By integrating WalkMe’s digital adoption capabilities, SAP is positioning itself to offer even more robust solutions that enhance the overall user experience and ensure that customers can fully leverage their technology investments.

This strategic move demonstrates SAP’s ongoing dedication to providing comprehensive tools that address the evolving needs of modern enterprises, reinforcing its leadership in the enterprise software market. As businesses continue to navigate digital transformation, the combined strengths of SAP and WalkMe are set to deliver unparalleled value and innovation to customers worldwide.

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