The Path towards the Self-Driving Enterprise

How to Automate your Corporate Supporting Functions
Marc Ziegler | Dr. Roman Hipp | Sven Rossmann | Andreas Steer
Dez. 2018 | Strategy Paper | Englisch

The Path towards the Self-Driving Enterprise

How to Automate your Corporate Supporting Functions

Digital transformation, and with it the automation of tasks and entire business processes, is one of the crucial levers to become a high performance organization. Organizations are increasingly able to reallocate resources from standard, often routine tasks to those with high human value-add and higher strategic relevance. Repetitive tasks can be successfully automated to a large degree across all supporting functions of an enterprise, from IT operations and procurement to finance, human resources and legal. The results are impressive with efficiency gains ranging from 20 up to 60 percent. From a technological point of view, the time to embark on this journey is now. 

The Porsche Consulting report explores the value that can be achieved through technology-enabled automation in major corporate supporting functions, highlights top use cases and best practice examples, and suggests how companies should start their transformation journey towards a self-driving enterprise to overcome typical roadblocks.


efficiency gains can be achieved via automation of corporate supporting functions.


years does it take to fully monetize artificial intelligence-based systems.


top use cases for the self-driving enterprise are provided.

Management Summary
  • Automation of corporate supporting functions can yield efficiency gains of up to 60 percent
  • The necessary technology is available, so the time to act is now
  • Already commercially available tools like RPA provide quick wins
  • Artificial intelligence-based systems will be fully monetized in 3-5 years
  • Enterprises need to think big but act pragmatically
  • The corporate immune system is the biggest roadblock – a clear strategy and lighthouse projects help overcome resistance

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