Continuous Process Optimization
Continuous Process Optimization
Process mining—which is the technique of using software to discover and map business processes in order to optimize and automate them—is an emerging market for service providers, growing at around 140-160% from 2018 to 2019 to reach US$230-US$250 million, according to Everest Group. The process mining vendor market witnessed a doubling in the client base from 2018-2019, indicating increasing adoption among enterprises.
Process mining blends the power of data-based analysis techniques, such as data mining and machine learning, to help organizations discover the as-is process along with its variants and identify opportunities for optimization and automation. Process mining technology can be categorized as follows:
Process mining can play a key role in the success of an organization’s process optimization and digital transformation journey. However, the associated technologies are not only relatively new to many potential buyers but also rapidly evolving in terms of product features, deployment options, training and support, partner ecosystem, and commercial models.
Currently over 85% of the revenue generated in the process mining market comes from software licenses, with most vendors offering cloud-based access. Continental Europe holds the lion’s share of the market (50%) while North America accounted for the highest growth rate in revenues in 2019 (nearly 200%). Manufacturing; banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI); and the telecom industries are among the leading adopters of process mining solutions.
Everest Group expects adoption of process mining to maintain high-growth momentum driven by the need to accelerate automation initiatives and as more enterprises become aware of the benefits of the technology, which include identifying process optimization and automation opportunities, improving process governance and compliance, and enhanced employee experience through better resource allocation.
These findings are discussed in more detail in Everest Group’s recently published report “Process Mining State of the Market Report 2020.” The report includes a detailed view of the current state of the market and analyzes it across various dimensions, including market size and adoption trends, buyer satisfaction, product capabilities and trends, solution characteristics, vendor landscape, challenges to process mining adoption, and the outlook for 2020-21.
“The process mining market has seen exponential growth over the last few years and is expected to continue the momentum in the future,” said Amardeep Modi, practice director of Everest Group. “The COVID-19 crisis is likely to temper the growth of the process mining market in the short term, especially in the manufacturing industry, but the market is expected to pick up toward the end of 2020 as the demand for automation and process optimization begins to surge.”
Overview of the Process Mining Vendor Landscape
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Businesses in the UK are facing a spate of challenges; there’s the specter of new Brexit-driven red tape on trade, a staffing shortage as some EU workers are returning to their home countries, and UK changes to the IR35 contract worker tax legislation, which is making it very difficult for companies to hire contractors. A Coronavirus pandemic could be the final straw that breaks businesses’ backs. Let’s face it – there is a perfect storm ahead.
With Brexit and the EU trade negotiations still going on, there is little certainty about the red tape that businesses will face in order to trade with each other across the English Channel. Yet, with the transition period set to end on 31 December 2020, there is little time for businesses to prepare for whatever the new trade requirements may ultimately be.
Because adherence to the as yet unclear regulations will increase businesses’ workloads, a natural response would be to hire more staff. But unemployment is at record low, and many skilled EU workers are leaving the UK and returning to their home countries. Furthermore, the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) reports that EU immigration to the UK is at an all-time low.
The HMRC’s new IR35 rules, which come into effect in April 2020, are exacerbating the problem. Many companies have had to adopt no-contractor hiring policies and cannot fill temporary vacancies. They are already feeling the impact of the regulation. If they can’t hire staff or contractors, where are companies going to find resources to handle the extra workload of trade red tape?
Additionally, widespread cases of the Coronavirus could lead to prolonged periods of sick leave, further reducing the number of staff who are available to help with the increased workload of trading with the EU. While cases are still far and few between in the UK, the impact of the spread of the disease in China has been great. Empty offices and factories in Chinese cities and manufacturing heartlands are already leading to a shortage of parts for cars and other products that are much in demand in the UK.
Clearly, UK businesses are facing a perfect storm.
Investing in digital and Intelligent Automation (IA) technologies can help them tackle some red tape issues, particularly if they use IA for what I call Red Tape Automation (RTA). This could be automation of compliance form-filling and reporting requirements, weights and measure conversions, or making changes to transaction or product-related data and synchronizing them across multiple systems such as those used for sales and revenue to record value added taxes and other duties. Companies that trade with both EU and non-EU countries could automate the red tape for all of those, using rules engines to fill in the right forms and apply the correct rates.
IA is not a perfect solution, as people will be needed to implement technology, and there is a growing talent shortage. Nonetheless, UK businesses will be well served by investing in learning the art of the possible with IA. While the final details of any trade deals with the EU, or new deals with the rest of the world, will not be known for a while, knowing how to implement the requirements quickly using IA can help them weather the impending storm.
For more information about IA, please check out Everest Group’s Service Optimization Technologies research.
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