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  • IPsoft Looks to Reduce Time to Value While Increasing Return on AI

    May 20, 2019, by John Willmott

      NelsonHall recently attended the IPsoft Digital Workforce Summit in New York and its analyst events in NY and London. For organizations unfamiliar with IPsoft, the company has around 2,300 employees, approximately 70% of these based in the U.S. and 20% in Europe. Europe is responsible for aproximately 30% of the IPsoft client base with clients relatively evenly distributed over the s[...]

  • Blue Prism Offers A Lever for Culture Change to Mature Enterprises

    Apr 18, 2019, by John Willmott

    Blue Prism adopted the theme “Connected RPA – Powering the Connected Entrepreneur Enterprise” at its recent Blue Prism World conferences, the key components of connected-RPA being the Blue Prism connected-RPA platform, Blue Prism Digital Exchange, Blue Prism Skills, and Blue Prism Communities:   Components of Blue Prism's connected-RPA   Blue Prism i[...]

  • Automation Anywhere Monetizes Bot Store to Provide ‘Value as a 2-Way Street’

    Apr 16, 2019, by John Willmott

    Automation Anywhere’s current Bot Store contains ~500 bots and has received ~40K downloads. In January 2019, these bots were complemented by Digital Workers, with bots being task-centric and Digital Workers being persona- and skill-centric.     So far, downloads from the Bot Store have been free-of-charge, but Automation Anywhere perceives that this approach potentiall[...]

  • Automation Anywhere Looking to 'Deliver the Digital Workforce for Everyone'

    Apr 15, 2019, by John Willmott

    Automation Anywhere, as with the RPA market in general, continues to grow rapidly. The company estimates that it now has 1,600 enterprise clients, encompassing 3,800 unique business entities across 90 countries with ~10,000 processes deployed. At end 2018, the company had 1,400 employees, and it expects to have 3,000 employees by end 2019. The company was initially slow to go-to-market in Europ[...]

  • D-GEM: Capgemini’s Answer to the Problem of Scaling Automation

    Mar 05, 2019, by John Willmott

    Finance & accounting is at the forefront of the application of RPA, with organizations attracted by its high volumes of transactional activity. Consequently, activities such as the movement and matching of data within purchase-to-pay have been a frequent start-point for organizational automation initiatives. Organizations starting on RPA are initially faced with the challenges of understand[...]

  • AntWorks Positioning BOT Productivity and Verticalization as Key to Intelligent Automation 2.0

    Mar 04, 2019, by John Willmott

    Last week, AntWorks provided analysts with a first preview of its new product ANTstein SQUARE, to be officially launched on May 3. AntWorks’strategy is based on developing full stack intelligent automation, built for modular consumption, and the company’s focus in 2019 is on: BOT productivity, defined as data harvesting plus intelligent RPA Verticalization. In particula[...]

  • The Move to B2B Platforms: Q&A with Manuel Sevilla, Capgemini CDO

    Jan 15, 2019, by John Willmott

      Platforms have been increasingly important in B2C digital transformation in recent years and have been used to disintermediate and create a whole raft of well-known consumer business opportunities. B2B platforms have been less evident during this period outside the obvious ecosystems built up in the IT arena by the major cloud and software companies. However, with blockchain now emer[...]

  • Atos to Leverage New Aegon Contract to Challenge for U.K. Life & Pensions Closed Books

    Nov 30, 2018, by John Willmott

      In 2016, Atos was awarded a 13-year life & pensions BPO contract by Aegon, taking over from the incumbent Serco and involving the transfer of ~300 people in a center in Lytham St Annes. The services provided by Atos within this contract include managing end-to-end operations, from initial underwriting through to claims processing, for Aegon's individual protection offering[...]

  • Application of RPA & AI to Unstructured Data Processing: The Next Big Milestone for Shared Services

    Apr 12, 2018, by John Willmott

      Shared Services Centers (SSCs) have made progress in the initial application of RPA, gained some experience in its application, and are typically now looking to scale their use of RPA widely across their operations. However, although organizations have often undertaken some level of standardization and simplification of their processes to facilitate RPA adoption, one stumbling block [...]

  • HCL's 3-Lever Approach to Business Process Automation: Risk & Control Analysis; Lean & Six Sigma; Cognitive Automation

    Oct 13, 2017, by John Willmott

    HCL has undertaken ~200 use cases spanning finance & accounting, contact, product support and cross-industry customer onboarding, and claims processing, using products including Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, UiPath, WorkFusion, and HCL’s proprietary AI tool Exacto. This blog summarizes NelsonHall’s analysis of HCL's approach to Business Process Automation coveri[...]

  • Discussion with Carole Murphy of Capgemini: Application of Intelligent Automation to the Finance Function

    Sep 11, 2017, by John Willmott

    Capgemini's Carole Murphy   Capgemini has recently redefined its framework for Intelligent Automation, taking an approach based on ‘five senses’. I caught up with Carole Murphy, Capgemini’s Head of BPO Business Transformation Services, to identify how their new approach to Intelligent Automation is being applied to the finance & accounting function. &nbs[...]

  • Amelia Enhances its Emotional, Contextual, and Process Intelligence to Outwit Chatbots

    Jul 05, 2017, by John Willmott

    IPSoft's Amelia   NelsonHall recently attended the IPSoft analyst event in New York, with a view to understanding the extent to which the company’s shift into customer service has succeeded. It immediately became clear that the company is accelerating its major shift in focus of recent years from autonomics to cognitive agents. While IPSoft began in autonomics in support o[...]

  • WNS: Thriving in a Climate of Industry Disruption

    Jun 30, 2017, by John Willmott

      NelsonHall recently attended WNS analyst/adviser events in New York and the U.K., where the theme was “NEXT”, with the sub-text of assisting organizations in “thriving in a state of constant disruption”. While the trend to digitalization of business processes using technologies such as robotics and cloud, artificial intelligence, and big data is causing con[...]

  • Genpact Cora: A Unifying Framework to Accelerate Industrialization of New Digital Process Models

    Jun 30, 2017, by John Willmott

      Many of the pureplay BPS vendors have been moving beyond individual, often client-specific implementations of RPA and AI and building new digital process models to present their next generation visions within their areas of domain expertise. So, for example, models of this type are emerging strongly in the BFSI space and in horizontals such as source-to-pay. A key feature of these[...]

  • Wipro & Automation Anywhere: Extending Beyond Rule-Based RPA into New Digital Business Process Models

    Mar 13, 2017, by John Willmott

      Wipro began partnering with Automation Anywhere in 2014. Here I examine the partnership, looking at examples of RPA deployments across joint clients, at how the momentum behind the partnership has continued to strengthen, and at how the partners are now going beyond rule-based RPA to build new digital business process models. Partnership Already has 44 Joint Clients Wipro initi[...]

  • RPA Operating Model Guidelines, Part 3: From Pilot to Production & Beyond – The Keys to Successful RPA Deployment

    Nov 09, 2016, by John Willmott

    As well as conducting extensive research into RPA and AI, NelsonHall is also chairing international conferences on the subject. In July, we chaired SSON’s second RPA in Shared Services Summit in Chicago, and we will also be chairing SSON’s third RPA in Shared Services Summit in Braselton, Georgia on 1st to 2nd December. In the build-up to the December event we thought we would shar[...]

  • HCL: Applying RPA to Reduce Customer Touch Points in Closed Book Life Insurance

    Nov 08, 2016, by John Willmott

    This is the third in a series of blogs looking at how business process outsourcing vendors are applying RPA in the insurance sector. HCL provides closed book life insurance outsourcing services, and is currently engaged in RPA initiatives with three insurance clients. In order to capture customer data in a smarter, more concise way, HCL is using ‘enhancers’ at the front end, prov[...]

  • RPA Operating Model Guidelines, Part 2: How to Identify High-Impact RPA Opportunities

    Nov 03, 2016, by John Willmott

      As well as conducting extensive research into RPA and AI, NelsonHall is also chairing international conferences on the subject. In July, we chaired SSON’s second RPA in Shared Services Summit in Chicago, and we will also be chairing SSON’s third RPA in Shared Services Summit in Braselton, Georgia on 1st to 2nd December. In the build-up to the December event we thought we [...]

  • RPA Operating Model Guidelines, Part 1: Laying the Foundations for Successful RPA

    Oct 28, 2016, by John Willmott

      As well as conducting extensive research into RPA and AI, NelsonHall is also chairing international conferences on the subject. In July, we chaired SSON’s second RPA in Shared Services Summit in Chicago, and we will also be chairing SSON’s third RPA in Shared Services Summit in Braselton, Georgia on 1st to 2nd December. In the build-up to the December event we thought we [...]

  • Genpact Assists Client in Targeting 10x Process Improvement, Applying Design Thinking to Order Management

    Jul 12, 2016, by John Willmott

    Within its Lean Digital approach, Genpact is using digital and design thinking (DT) to assist organizations in identifying and addressing what is possible rather than just aiming to match current best-in-class, a concept now made passé by new market entrants. At a recent event hosted at Genpact’s new center in Palo Alto, one client speaker described Genpact’s approach to [...]

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