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Simplifying Intelligent Automation Adoption for Businesses of All Sizes

Intelligent automation presents significant potential, but its adoption journey is laden with challenges. Here are ways to mitigate these challenges.

ITPro Today

April 23, 2024

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Intelligent automation holds immense potential to transform businesses of all sizes, but its adoption journey may be fraught with challenges. With the global intelligent process automation market set to skyrocket from $13.2 billion in 2022 to a projected $51.35 billion by 2032, the stakes have never been higher.

Selecting the right processes for automation is crucial for project success, as it will help drive efficiency, optimize resources, and boost productivity. Companies can see up to a 500% increase in user base, save $900K over 1.5 years, and achieve a 60% productivity improvement because of a successful process. Careful assessment of tasks to automate streamlines operations, reduces manual effort, and yields significant time and cost savings. Automation frees up employees for strategic tasks, enhancing output and performance. However, risk mitigation for errors and compliance is vital to prevent operational disruptions and negative impacts on the business.

Understanding the Business Landscape

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, the integration of intelligent automation has become a crucial imperative for organizations of all sizes. However, despite its transformative potential, businesses encounter a myriad of challenges that impede the seamless adoption of automation solutions. 

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Determining the initial resistance to change: Larger organizations may face resistance due to the scale of operations requiring comprehensive training programs. Smaller businesses may struggle with resource constraints or disruptions. Tailored training addressing specific concerns can alleviate these issues.

Defining the vision and objectives: Aligning key decision-makers with the vision and securing necessary resources are crucial. Competition for control over the automation roadmap within organizations can delay progress. Open communication and clearly defined goals are key to overcoming these hurdles.

Measuring return on investment (ROI): Defining and measuring ROI are essential for successful implementation. Without a clear understanding of anticipated benefits and key performance indicators, success becomes difficult to gauge.

Integrating with legacy systems: Larger organizations grapple with complex legacy systems, necessitating seamless migration plans. Smaller businesses may lack the IT infrastructure to handle integration complexities.

Facing implementation complexity: Larger enterprises with intricate workflows require scalable solutions and may face resource constraints. User-friendly interfaces in automation solutions can address their specific needs.

Understanding the transformative impact: Hierarchical structures in large enterprises can hinder the understanding of the impact of automation. Workshops tailored to specific departments can bridge this gap. Limited exposure to advanced technologies presents a similar challenge in smaller businesses.

Highlighting tangible benefits: Emphasizing scalability and long-term gains and showcasing real-world examples of successful implementations are crucial for larger enterprises. Smaller businesses prioritize immediate and tangible benefits, such as efficiency gains and cost reductions tailored to their context.

Considering the budget: Both large and small businesses need to carefully consider budget allocation. While larger organizations may require a top-down approach, smaller ones can benefit from strategic planning for optimal resource use.

Using multiple toolsets: With so many automation tools available in the market, determining which tools are best suited for specific tasks and how they can be integrated into existing systems can be challenging.

Defining the Center of Excellence (CoE): An ambiguous CoE charter can also prove to be a significant challenge. If the responsibilities and objectives of the intelligent automation CoE in each organization are not well-defined, it can be difficult to coordinate efforts and achieve success.

Organizations must also be aware of the post-implementation phase of the hyperautomation journey, which includes performance evaluation, optimization, ensuring ongoing support, and improvements. By paying close attention to these aspects, organizations can maximize the value of their automation initiatives and drive sustainable growth and innovation.

Mitigating the Adoption Challenges 

Navigating these challenges effectively requires understanding the unique dynamics at play in businesses of different sizes, ensuring that intelligent automation aligns with their specific goals and constraints. Smaller businesses with limited resources need to simplify the intelligent automation journey.

Process discovery session: Identify critical business problems, document the current state, and determine necessary resolution steps. Including cross-functional teams ensures a holistic understanding of the impact of the problem.

Leveraging the greenhouse process: This approach emphasizes the business procedure, user personas, and business flow to accurately map the customer journey. It aids in developing solution wireframes and understanding system development needs.

Using relevant frameworks and templates: Identify key processes suitable for automation and gauge the effort and time needed utilizing evaluation templates. This step aids in pinpointing procedures that cannot be automated for subsequent analysis.

Transforming CoE from excellence to enablement: Over time, the CoE must evolve from technical specialists to business enablers, empowering employees to implement automation effectively. Understanding internal customer challenges is crucial for gaining their confidence in the proposed solution.

To maximize success, it's essential to prioritize high-impact processes and streamline repetitive tasks for instant efficiency boosts. When selecting processes for automation, assess their digitization level, stability, and exceptions to gauge implementation feasibility. It's also a must to collaborate with automation service providers to tailor solutions and ensure seamless integration. There must be transparency in the communication of automation goals and benefits across the organization, addressing concerns and fostering open dialogue for unified commitment and understanding.

While the potential of intelligent automation is undeniable, the journey toward its successful implementation is a collaborative effort. By understanding the unique challenges faced by businesses of various sizes and actively addressing them, we can unlock the immense potential of this technology. Aligning automation initiatives with strategic goals ensures that efforts contribute directly to the organization's success and growth. Engaging stakeholders early in the process and demonstrating the potential benefits of selected processes can lead to greater acceptance and collaboration. Ultimately, focusing on processes that offer the most value and align with strategic objectives increases the likelihood of project success, driving efficiency, productivity, and overall success through automation initiatives.

Preetpal Singh is Senior Vice President – Intelligent Automation at Persistent Systems.

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