A new report by the Capgemini Research Institute shows that less than a fifth (16% ) of global businesses are adopting multiple automation use cases at scale, and reveals that organizations are focusing on operational gains versus strategic long-term growth. Over 40% of businesses have cited that the number one objective behind automation initiatives is to improve quality, and only 23% are looking to gain incremental revenue. The report also highlights that only 32% of surveyed organizations are focusing on use cases deemed “quick wins” – those that are not only easy to implement 1but also highly beneficial.
The report – “Reshaping the future: Unlocking automation’s untapped value” surveyed over 700 executives from companies who are experimenting with or implementing automation solutions and analyzed over 110 real-world use cases across 6 sectors. It showed that Automotive leads the way in wide-scale deployments. Of those organizations that are already implementing automation, 25% are using automation at scale in the Automotive sector, followed by Industrial Manufacturing and Retail, both at 15%. From a country perspective, the US (26% ), France (21% ) and Germany (17% ) are at the forefront of adopting automation technologies at scale.
Ashwin Yardi, Chief Industrialization and Automation Officer and India COO, said: “With only 16% of organizations, having implemented multiple automation use cases at scale, automation presents huge potential to drive both efficiency gains and business value. We should learn from those use cases in automation today and look to some of the ‘quick wins’ to drive uptake and return on investment.”
Of the few organizations that have started using advanced technologies, such as automation and AI, as a formidable sales tool the report cites some companies that are ‘leading the way’. Examples include, Harley-Davidson who last year used artificial intelligence combined with automation to increase New York sales leads by 2,930% ; and L’Oréal the beauty giant, who has used technologies such as voice recognition software and chatbots to enable automation in the front office as well as in customer service: it has entered the Facebook messenger chatbot space with an AI-driven gifting service in Canada. The messenger bot asks users questions about their friends and then suggests the right beauty gifts.