Intelligent automation offers the potential to double the economy of Saudi Arabia to $1.6 Trillion, adding an additional $293 Billion by 2030, according to new research commissioned by Automation Anywhere.
Results of the research, from Ernst and Young, EY, also showed that the Saudi Arabia has an opportunity to drive technology-led productivity through intelligent automation deployments. Intelligent automation is a combination of RPA and artificial intelligence to accelerate digital transformation.
The EY modeler computed the impact of incremental automation adoption across all sectors of Saudi Arabia for three scenarios:
- Optimistic scenario: 50% incremental intelligent automation adoption by organisations across the region will add $293 Billion to the nominal gross domestic product, GDP
- Moderate scenario: 30% incremental adoption will add $184 Billion to the nominal GDP
- Conservative scenario: 15% incremental adoption will add $103 Billion to the nominal GDP
Saudi Arabia has laid strong foundations by actively promoting private and public partnerships for its Vision 2030, a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.
According to the new research, industries that include government services, public sector, banking, insurance, energy, and materials, offer the best opportunities to maximise intelligent automation while achieving the Vision 2030 goals.
The report identified three critical enablers to accelerate intelligent automation: speed up the digital transformation of government entities and private enterprises by increasing fast and secure services through the cloud; increase training and development in digital skills, and support a stronger ecosystem of start-ups, enterprises, government, and academia to drive innovation.
“The economic disruption of Covid-19 caused a temporary slowdown; however, our customers have used this opportunity to accelerate their digital transformation journey and made their business more resilient with our award-winning cloud RPA platform,” said Milan Sheth, Executive Vice President, IMEA, Automation Anywhere. “We agree with the projections of the report and strongly believe that intelligent automation is the first step in a digital-first mindset and has the potential to act as a key lever in realising the Saudi Vision 2030 goals to diversify the economy and build the skills of the future.”
“The recent pandemic has emphasized the need of building a strong business infrastructure on cloud that is scalable and efficient at the same time, allowing organizations to function under any adverse circumstances. Middle east as a region has a strong appetite towards technology adoption, as it is also a government driven agenda. We are witnessing a strong uptake of automation adoption in the region, especially amongst customers from the Government, Banking and insurance, tourism and energy & metals segment.” said Dinesh Chandra, Regional Vice president – Middle east and Turkey at Automation Anywhere.