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What Processes Should Never Go Fully Digital?

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There is an interesting discussion initiated by Peter Schooff @bpm.com

What Processes Should Never Go Fully Digital?

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 My Thoughts:
If we literally consider “Digital” – paper form to digital data. Yes, every process should ideally go digital to increase the outreach and improve maintainability reducing Operational Expenditure.

But, if we limit “Digital to the Disruptive Technologies and the market buzz in recent times”, the following scenarios can be considered (referring to broadcasting data over Digital Channels)

  • Regulatory & Compliance related Processes
  • Healthcare specific processes dealing with Patient Health Data (breaching the privacy of an individual)
  • PII (Personal Identity Information) processes
  • Processes dealing with biometric and Customer specific Data (Typically KYC processes in On-Boarding scenarios)
  • Most of the proprietary processes in a financial institution (eg: KYC, Customer Due Diligence, Fraud Check, Blacklist Info etc.)
  • Strategy & Legal Processes in an enterprise
  • Defence and Military Processes

In a nutshell, the Processes that should Go/NeverGo Digital also depends on the Digital boundaries set by the enterprise. It is usually tailored and customized based on business operation / geo / region /regulatory /compliance / law etc.

Mostly, it boils down to dependency on “Data Privacy
Another scenario, we also have some Processes like Pensions in Insurance Companies still leveraging Paper Forms and OCR. Its, not that, they do not want to enhance and adopt Digital Technologies to Enhance Customer Experience. But the audience, in this case, is usually of the age group 60-65+, and mostly prefer visiting branch filling a form, standing in a queue and getting a postal mail. It’s more of a regular routine followed, and can’t be changed overnight with everyone adopting new ways of working as expected.
So, it also depends on your “targeted audience” – that defines the process should be Digital/Not Digital.

What Processes Should Never Go Fully Digital? What’s your take?

Happy Learning!! 🙂

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