Information Services

Intelligent automation enables greater stakeholder satisfaction

Industry Challenges

Developing people and practices remains a key topic of professional services firms. As the technological landscape continues to evolve, these firms must start to re-think how they attract and serve clients, with automation and the client experience being a key area of focus.

Better efficiency
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Competitive landscape
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Providing better value
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Current Trends

Back-end services automation is becoming increasingly important for companies to eliminate paper-driven processes. Professional service companies such as accounting and legal services are automating back-end processes to match front-end services. Companies are shifting to electronic check records from old processes of scanning and filing paper checks.

All this attention to efficient back-end operation has a positive effect on the end customer as well, as their service request can be fulfilled in less time, providing for an improved experience.

Millennials maintain a different perspective than preceding generations with regard to job loyalty. They find flexibility of lifestyle and learning much more appealing, and actively seek out new and different opportunities in their work life.

Connectivity is key and firms need to establish how they can best capitalize on their new recruits. What platforms can be used effectively? What tools, what apps? Most important of all – how do you capitalize on all that latent talent and capture the creative ideas available? Success is no longer about ‘time served’ but focused on results. Firms that can capture great ideas will move ahead more quickly.

Traditionally, professional services firms charge clients on an hourly basis. But more and more, firms are shifting to value-based pricing as they try to become advisers rather than just being service providers paid by the hour.

This challenge is compounded by the advent of AI enabled services where you may be able to draft that contract in a fraction of the time you did previously. But, does the contract have some value? What does the client want to pay for - your time or the value of the advice/service received?

The greatest challenge with AI is that it has so much to offer, it's hard to know how best to invest your money. A niche firm can do well by investing early and developing something that will enable it to provide value to clients and reduce its own costs, creating a USP or advantage in its niche. However, a full service firm, like lawyers or accountants, will be at a disadvantage because the breadth of opportunity is so vast – you can develop anything but not everything.

Professional firms lack the equivalent of a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and until they decide to bite the bullet and bring someone in, or promote this person to board level influence, they will continue to make the mistake of assuming “Someone in IT will pick that up…” Technology is now something for every board to engage with before the firm is overtaken by more agile competition.

Case Study

Identity Verification

The client is a background investigation company. Gavant developed a web-based tool to facilitate background and age verification on individuals. This online service enabled paying customers to issue identity checks as needed for employment purposes and delivered electronic certificates of identification.

Case Study

Facility Cleaning Strategy

The client is a cleaning and maintenance service company. Gavant built a specialized software platform to model the workflow of a cleaning strategy they use to service large facilities. The software enables customers to map their facility, define specs and build job cards that route service personnel through the facility during various shifts.

Case Study

E-Discovery & Document Retention

The client is an e-discovery software company. Gavant built a sophisticated software platform to facilitate comprehensive Information Governance, which encompasses all aspects of information management, including information accessibility, reliability, security, privacy, retention, destruction, preservation and collection.

Case Study

Order Entry

The client is a swimming pool manufacturer with an engineer-to-order (ETO) and make-to-order (MTO) manufacturing division. Gavant built a custom order entry interface for ETO/MTO product lines with business logic that recognized the interdependencies of materials and application, including a design management tool that facilitated exponential growth in custom orders. The result was improved quoting accuracy, billing accuracy, throughput speed and customer satisfaction.

Case Study

Weather Mapping

The client is a weather forecasting provider. Gavant modernized and rewrote a software system that enables fast access/viewing of weather and marine data with optimum route calculation. Built for both Windows and Mac platforms, this product runs directly on a ship’s computer to provide tools required for safe and efficient transit.

Identity Verification
Facility Cleaning Strategy
E-Discovery & Document Retention
Order Entry
Weather Mapping
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