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SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced it is acquiring Recast.AI, a French start-up based in Paris that focuses on conversational user experience technology. The acquisition will allow SAP to accelerate development of its Leonardo machine learning (ML) capabilities that are part of its growing portfolio of intelligent software solutions.

Recast.AI provides a development environment – software, technology and applications – that uses natural language, for example, chatbots. Recast.AI’s technology matches the requirements of conversational chatbots and allows high performance natural language processing that supports more than 20 languages. The acquisition will help SAP enhance the natural language processing capabilities in SAP® applications to help customers enjoy an improved user experience.

SAP aims to simplify complex business interactions and processes by employing conversational user experience technology: the intention is to have applications speak to SAP software users in natural language. SAP created the SAP CoPilot digital assistant, a Web application and an in-house platform to build conversational applications. SAP intends to use this platform across a wide breadth of its portfolio.

Recast.AI was founded in 2015, emerging from French coding school “42”, and is currently located at the incubator “Station F”. The company has grown quickly and today serves international customers in France, including large banks and insurance and tech companies. Recast.AI provides a modern ML-based technical architecture and owns proprietary algorithms that understand natural language. Its team of highly talented data scientists and engineers will strengthen ML development at SAP.

SAP is acquiring Recast.AI through its direct French subsidiary SAP France Holding, a limited liability company. Both companies agreed not to disclose details of the transaction. The acquisition was possible with the assistance of Hekla Finance and Gramond & Associés.

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Media Contacts:

Daniel Reinhardt, SAP, +49 6227 7 40201,, CET

Justine Baron, Recast.AI, +33 6 77 68 43 26,, CET

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