From Paper to e-Forms, What’s Next?

From Paper to e-FormsWhen the PC and Internet era began, the first thing we did is recreate a physical desktop – folders, trash bins, inboxes, outboxes – we even called it a ‘desktop’. Then we looked at what we used to do on our desks. We used to push paper, so we got rid of the paper! We turned to email, spreadsheets and other ‘e-forms’ to dramatically speed work tasks that were previously handled by traditional paper forms. Tragically, we changed the forms but kept the process. Today’s speed of business has overtaken those 20th century asynchronous tools and requires yet another jump in efficiency to handle the explosion of enterprise services.

Organizations need a new approach to keep up with global business demands and to simplify the creation and consumption of corporate services.  Too many business teams struggle with an onslaught of service requests, audits and reporting. Plus there is an increasing shift to focus on end-to-end services requiring corporate service providers to integrate their functional methods into an outcome-focused service model.

A new report issued today by KPMG LLP and ServiceNow surveyed 275 attendees at the Knowledge14 conference in San Francisco to gain insight into what IT professionals can do to impact their business services. Many of these IT experts are on the front lines of driving a services transformation across their organizations.

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Nine out of 10 respondents agree that multiple business processes, such as online forms and spreadsheets conducted over email, could be better run by service automation. In fact, about 75 percent of the survey respondents said more than half of their company’s business processes still rely on email instead of service automation.

Often, organizations use email to manage cross-functional services. Savvy IT leaders view this as an opportunity to help their business peers replace inefficient email-based service request and fulfillment processes with a proven IT service model.

The survey showed near unanimous agreement (98%) that IT can leverage the familiar service model they work in to help improve the quality and efficiency of internal service providers like HR, facilities, finance and others across the enterprise through automating their service delivery process.

These findings indicate a substantial opportunity to automate enterprise functions. Applying a service model to an organization’s many work tasks and providing an automated way to manage service delivery across functions can vastly improve enterprise efficiencies. The IT department will evangelize the shift to a services model to become the backbone of the modern enterprise.

So how can you modernize your service delivery?  And why do you still use email to get work done!

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Dave Wright
Dave Wright joined in December 2011 and currently serves as ServiceNow’s Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Wright spent over six years with VMware, Inc. as Vice President of Technical Services for EMEA. From 2003 to 2005 Wright headed up the technical division for Northern and Southern Europe at Mercury Interactive. Prior to that he spent six years at Peregrine Systems, Inc., where he held a variety of senior technical and marketing positions. Wright has also worked for Boole & Babbage, Inc. and Candle Services (later acquired by IBM).

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