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Peter Bendor-Samuel

Peter Bendor-Samuel founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value. Over the past 20 years plus, he has led Everest Group to be on the frontier of the global services industry. To read more, please see Peter Bendor-Samuel’s bio.

RPA Study Reveals Difficulties in Achieving ROI | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Everest Group conducted a comprehensive study on enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) adoption. The study provided us with important insights into what allows companies to realize value from investing in RPA. For instance, at the outset, executives believe RPA is an easy way to automate tasks and thus increase productivity. But the study participants’ experiences reveal that, in theory, RPA is simple but, in practice, it’s difficult. Why? Because RPA is a digital transformation journey, and there are complications when trying to unleash digital transformation.

A company that wants to realize much value from implementing RPA must invest in the capability to drive automation. This involves more than configuring the robots. It requires process redesign, navigating the different stakeholders that have purview (security, IT, audit compliance, etc.) and navigating the business unit with the problem. Often the opportunities and problems span multiple business units, which requires coordinating and focus on multiple units and departments.

The technology itself is simple, but the problem of driving change is difficult. To overcome this, companies are establishing RPA Centers of Excellence (CoEs) – one of the best practices evident among 52 participants in our Enterprise RPA Pinnacle Model study. Getting IT involved early in the adoption effort is another best practice.

It’s very clear that companies that make the commitment and invest in resources to enable change to achieve a higher return on their investment. Pinnacle Enterprises™ – those that achieved superior outcomes as a result of their advanced capabilities – achieved 4X greater ROI than enterprises that didn’t take the RPA opportunity seriously by investing in such success factors as a COE, partners to do the configuration and coordinating the numerous stakeholders that need to be aligned to drive change. 4X is a huge difference in benefits!

A Surprising Outcome of the Study

In our detailed interview discussions with the companies participating in the study, we found significant frustration among the executives sponsoring RPA adoption. They discussed their struggles in trying to communicate with boards of directors and with the business units the need for adequate investment, support resources and the amount of change necessary to capture the value of RPA. The depth of the change and the extent of the investment is difficult for executives to convey to their organizations and their boards.

Interestingly, companies get a robust return from these investments in driving change. But because of the perception that the technology is simple, executives expect that value can be extracted without investment, without resources and without stakeholder alignment. This study clearly proves that is not the case.

One of our goals in the Pinnacle study was to investigate the participating companies across six dimensions of change required for RPA success so that they and other companies can learn from their experiences. A second goal was to develop an assessment tool. Any company can take the 30-minute questionnaire, followed by a four-hour workshop, and compare its RPA journey results against others’ experiences and against the Pinnacle companies, which are the most mature and achieving the most value from their investments.

We anticipated that people would compare their experiences against others, which would then give a practical road map where people can understand the investments and activities they needed to do to get a greater return from their RPA investment. In fact, this happened. Clearly, the people who take the assessment quickly identify the gaps they have against the best practices and build a road map to close the gaps.

The surprising outcome is that we didn’t anticipate how effective the assessment tool is for the executive sponsors of RPA to help communicate the level of effort and resources required. It’s a helpful communication vehicle for justifying the kind of investment and budget necessary to be a high-performing organization in extracting value from RPA and for getting the support for change and aligning stakeholder interests.

Assess Your Company’s Gaps

If your company is undertaking an RPA adoption journey, we believe you’ll get great value from going through this assessment process. Comparing your company’s results to other industries and leading companies will help you understand what you’re doing differently and help you build a road map to close the gaps. It will also provide a tool to help you discuss the business case for the appropriate amount of investment and the appropriate amount of resources necessary for top performance.

Each company progresses down the RPA adoption curve at its own pace. But there’s always something a company can learn from others. Even the best-performing companies – the Pinnacle Enterprises – benefited seeing what others had done and knowing where they should double down on investments and activities that capture value from RPA.

IT Modernization Journeys Require New Approach To Transformation | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Prior to digital transformation to achieve new value creation, many companies undertake IT modernization initiatives to ensure systems can support the digital transformation. IT and shared services groups need to modernize so they can respond more effectively and quickly to the business needs for innovation and competitive advantage. We often find that companies don’t realize that IT modernization in a digital world is very different from traditional transformations in the past. It’s a multi-year journey, and the changes cut across a company’s technology, people, process, talent and philosophy. So, it requires a different approach than traditional transformations. The experience of a leading global healthcare company serves as an example of a highly successful approach.

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Trends in Third-Party Service Providers Transitioning To Digital Services | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Third-party service providers are redefining how they compete in the new digital world. The pressure to gain market-leading positions intensifies as the new digital business model threatens to shift market share and upend existing market leaders. At the heart of this new business model is a shift away from labor arbitrage and its FTE pricing to a software-defined model and consumption-based pricing., It’s a new world, and I believe it’s important for companies seeking to buy services to be aware of how of service firms are investing to position themselves for the digital market.

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Crucial CIO Skills for Digital Transformation Success | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

What do CIOs making the most progress with digital transformation have in common? They know how to nurture cross-functional collaboration.

All companies are vulnerable to the threat of a competitor’s ability to create new value for customers. That’s why most companies today are considering the opportunities for creating new competitive advantage through digital transformation and virtually all CIOs view digital transformation as a top priority. However, Everest Group’s Pinnacle Model research of more than 200 leading companies finds that only 10 percent of CIOs and their IT organizations are in a state of readiness for digital transformation initiatives.

Through our investigation into these companies’ digital journeys, we identified Pinnacle Enterprises – those that were best prepared for digital change and achieved superior business outcomes because of their advanced capabilities. The outcomes are compelling. Consider these examples:

  • In 86 percent of the Pinnacle Enterprises, the IT organization enabled the enterprise to serve a new market or new customer segment, versus 43 percent of the “unready” enterprises.
  • In 95 percent of the Pinnacle Enterprises, employee productivity increased between 10-30 percent, versus 54 percent of the other enterprises we studied.
  • Of the enterprises implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the Pinnacle Enterprises achieved 4X more ROI (100 percent) than the other enterprises (40 percent) and achieved implementation 3X faster.

Our research also identified the enablers and capabilities of Pinnacle Enterprises to achieve desired outcomes and accelerate timeframes. A notable enabler: We found 95 percent of Pinnacle Enterprises (vs. 58 percent of the other enterprises we studied) built a culture that is effective in collaborating across functions in an organization.

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Two Key Enablers for ROI in Robotic Process Automation | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

I spoke with Peter Quinn, who orchestrated the highly successful Robotic Process Automation (RPA) implementation at a large wealth management firm, about some of his insights and lessons learned. In that discussion, two of his methodologies stood out to me. That’s because they’re great examples of key enablers for achieving superior business outcomes through RPA. His methodologies for funding the implementation and for change management led to capturing greater ROI from RPA.

In our Pinnacle Model™ research at Everest Group, we investigated more than 200 leading companies undertaking RPA adoption. While the cost savings from RPA were similar across all the enterprises we studied, we found that Pinnacle Enterprises™ – those that achieved superior business outcomes – achieved a significantly higher (4X) return on investment.

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Strengthen Your Leadership Skills In Implementing Robotic Process Automation | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

After five years of buzz, there is now a lot of momentum in companies adopting Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology. At Everest Group, our Pinnacle Model™ research assessed the impact of more than 200 leading companies on digital journeys implementing RPA. Our assessment identified companies achieving superior business outcomes (Pinnacle Enterprises™), including 4X the ROI as other enterprises. We found these enterprises invested in key enablers for speed to impact in digital transformation and took a more holistic, participatory approach to implementation rather than a top-down approach. My conversation with Peter Quinn, who led RPA implementation at a large wealth management firm, reveals several characteristics about the successful approach enabling RPA success and higher ROI.

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Augmented Reality Technology Unleashes Enormous Company Change | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Augmented reality is an exciting digital transformation technology that is surprisingly powerful, and it has a wide variety of applications across industries. But, to me, what is most striking – and more important – about AI is the enormous amount of organizational change it drives across core operations. If your company is considering implementing AI technology, keep in mind that it’s not something you buy for a few million dollars and achieve tremendous benefit from it. It will fundamentally change how your company does business.

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Consequences For Customers From Current Services Industry Disruption | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

The services industry is in disruption, pivoting from highly profitable but mature labor arbitrage factories to a rapidly growing, immature new market based on automation and software-defined market with digital platforms generating value. Most large companies have outsourced numerous IT and business process functions and now depend on the supply chain of services. However, I’m forecasting a services industry consolidation and substantial change in the supply base. Enterprises should seriously consider the impact and risks this market consolidation means for their business.

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Robotic process automation is reworking supply chains | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

By | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a powerful set of digital tools that is poised to have a dramatic effect on the services industry, particularly the business process industry. RPA tools automate well-understood processes currently being done by hand and that have been outsourced. But from our findings in my employer Everest Group’s Pinnacle Model research on enterprises that undertake digital journeys, we believe companies will inevitably apply RPA to work that is not currently outsourced. This will radically change the supply chain of services over the next five years.

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Robotic Process Automation Necessitates Deep Change to Achieve Promised ROI | Sherpas in Blue Shirts

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Like most businesses today, your company is probably looking at the possible cost and productivity improvements achievable through digital technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and analytics. If so, it’s important to understand that digital transformation is a journey of very deep and broad, company-wide change. Through our Pinnacle Model™ research on digital journeys, we at Everest Group assessed the impact on enterprises implementing RPA. Our study finds that, compared to other enterprises, Pinnacle Enterprises™ (companies that achieve superior business outcomes in digital journeys) achieve 4X the ROI compared to other enterprises implementing RPA, higher improvement in operational metrics and higher impact in strategic areas. What makes the difference in RPA outcomes for Pinnacle Enterprises?

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