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August 12, 2020

Deloitte adopts the Now Platform

Deloitte had a problem to solve. It’s the world’s largest professional services company, with 300,000 employees in 150 countries and territories around the world. The firm’s leadership recognized that as demands on its workforce increased, inconsistent approaches to service management were impeding Deloitte’s ability to consolidate and scale worldwide.

Deloitte addressed this and other growth issues by adopting the Now Platform as a foundation of its digital transformation. As a result, the 175-year-old firm, which counts four of five Fortune Global 500 companies as clients, has seen a 20% to 50% productivity rise in several business units. Workflow efficiency has increased four- to five-fold across the organization.

“We saw an opportunity to automate and digitize workflows more broadly and accelerate the onboarding of member firms worldwide,” said Stephen Mansfield, Americas CIO at Deloitte. “We continue to align business requirements with platform capabilities, transforming enterprise service management at Deloitte. We now think of ServiceNow as a global ERP system for technology and the connective tissue across our enterprise.”

Central to Deloitte’s strategy was using the Now Platform to support its global IT infrastructure. Deloitte now uses the full range of ServiceNow solutions to streamline IT service management, compliance, security to talent management, finance, and customer service. The Now Platform App Engine helps the company build custom workflows and prevent ad hoc apps, tools, and platforms from emerging across the enterprise, helping avoid the next generation of technical debt.

For end users, that translates to easier, faster support for routine requests, whether they need a new laptop or help using an application.

The experience behind the scenes has improved as well, as the organization standardizes and simplifies IT processes with its global rollout of ServiceNow’s IT Service Management, IT Business Management, and IT Operations Management.

“No matter where I am in the world, if I need help with technology, I want it to work the same way,” Mansfield said.

Deloitte extends ServiceNow beyond IT to streamline processes, deploying digital workflows for its highly mobile workforce of billable professionals, whose everyday productivity is essential to serving Deloitte’s clients.

The organization now has more than 200 non-IT workflows, a collection that continues to grow. The talent organization, for instance, enabled digital self-service for compensation inquiries, tax form updates, contract extensions, new hire benefit enrollment, and other functions, resulting in productivity gains of 25% to 40%.

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As Deloitte digitizes more workflows, that number is expected to increase.

Cybersecurity is also a top priority. Deloitte uses ServiceNow Security Operations for an integrated view of global operating activities, helping the organization identify and manage potential cybersecurity risks more effectively.

The ServiceNow rollout also includes business operations, facilities, finance, and accounting. In one case, Deloitte automated interactions between its large billing organization and a distributed team of professionals that sends invoices to clients. The resulting improvement in handling of billing requests led to more efficient notification and collection.

“The billing velocity we’ve achieved with ServiceNow has reduced our Days Sales Outstanding by 10 to 20 percent, adding to our bottom line,” Mansfield said.

A new ServiceNow Center of Excellence
To get the most value from the Now Platform, Deloitte established a ServiceNow Center of Excellence, providing resources and leading practices to help continually improve the productivity and service experiences of its professionals.

In addition to driving adoption internally, the Center of Excellence works with Deloitte’s market-facing ServiceNow teams to create industry leading methods for the Imagine, Deliver, and Run phases of client engagements.

It seeks opportunities to collaborate on digital workflow and automation solutions for clients. The Center of Excellence has also worked to transform shared service functions into a self-service model so teams can make platform enhancements without waiting for a central IT organization to fulfill requests.

ServiceNow will enable further gains
As a ServiceNow Global Elite partner, Deloitte has realized a four- to five-fold return on investment. According to Mansfield, the firm is eager to maximize the value of the Now Platform.

“ServiceNow continues to help us improve our user experiences while aligning technology and accelerating innovation,” Mansfield said. “Decision makers now expect to see further process efficiency and improvement in areas where we deploy ServiceNow.”

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