Strategic consulting alliance matches RGP with robotics experts Wonderbotz

29 May 2018

Leading business consultancy RGP has announced a new strategic alliance in Robotic Process Automation with Wonderbotz LLP, a consulting firm dedicated to helping clients adopt and monetize robotics.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a type of customized software that can mimic repetitive human actions in the workplace, therefore freeing people up to perform more complex tasks. Firms that adopt RPA save time on essential but simple activities – such as processing customer orders – while minimizing mistakes. These RPA automations are known as “bots”, or digital workers. In the first year alone, companies which bring in RPA effectively can expect a ROI of 30-200%, according to McKinsey analysis.

As a global consultancy that provides services in the fields of finance & accounting, risk & compliance, and supply chain management, RGP has many clients with a keen interest in harnessing RPA to optimize their processes. Formerly known as Resources Global Professionals, the Irvine, California-based firm is present in 70 countries and has serviced half of the global Fortune 500.

So a strategic alliance with a preeminent RPA-focussed consultancy makes perfect sense for the firm, which is eager to add deep robotics expertise to its broad consulting offering.

Wonderbotz – a Las Vegas-based firm – is a relative newcomer founded in 2017 but the partners have Big Four pedigree and have quickly turned Wonderbotz into an industry leader in what is still an emerging field. Wonderbotz was recently named among the 20 Most Promising Robotics Solution Providers for 2018.

Strategic consulting alliance matches RGP with robotics wizards at Wonderbotz

The alliance combines RGP’s functional experience with WonderBotz’s digital transformation expertise. Clients who secure consulting partnerships under the alliance will have access not only to the best RPA resources available, but also to the strategic vision of a global consulting powerhouse.

“We are just scratching the surface of the power of automation through RPA, and the impact to our clients could be massive”, said RGP EVP of Integrated Solutions Tracey Figurelli. “RGP leads with its business process and functional expertise to help clients get in front of this disruption, while the combination of RGP and WonderBotz provides our clients with an end-to-end digital transformation offering that leverages strong functional and technical expertise.”

“This is a great pairing of like-minded firms passionate about client value,” said WonderBotz Co-Founder and Managing Partner Steve LaValle. “WonderBotz brings a strong vision on how to monetize digital worker opportunities and is focused on helping organizations unleash the power of digital workers with strategy, development and production services.”

The alliance has already borne fruit. RGP and Wonderbotz successfully helped a Fortune 500 Silicon Valley tech company transform its financial processes using the RPA platform of Blue Prism – a software giant that pioneered RPA technology. Together the consultancies optimized the ledger entry system for more than 15,000 accounts, saving the client a great deal of time and manpower.


OneDigital buys Northwestern Benefit in company's largest acquisition yet

11 April 2019

Human resources and benefits consultancy OneDigital Health and Benefits has acquired Northwestern Benefit, the largest privately held benefits broker in Georgia.

Atlanta-based OneDigital has carried out an aggressive acquisition strategy in past years, completing 28 deals in 2018, as well as five in 2019 thus far. Its recent acquisitions have included consulting firms Paradigm Group, Cherry Creek Benefits, and Veritas Risk Services. OneDigital’s rapid expansion last year boosted annual revenue by $100 million in 2018, reaching $400 million.

OneDigital’s core offerings include strategic benefit advisory services, analytics, compliance support, human resources management technology, and insurance broking. The firm has more than 80 offices in the United States.

The consulting firm has continued its accelerated growth strategy with the purchase of benefits and HR consultancy Northwestern Benefit, which is also based in Atlanta. “This represents an exciting milestone for OneDigital, where our largest acquisition to date is also located right here in our home state of Georgia,” Adam Bruckman, CEO of OneDigital, said. “Northwestern lets us compete in the Atlanta benefits marketplace in an entirely new way.”OneDigital buys Northwestern Benefit in company's largest acquisition yetThe acquired firm was founded in 1996, and provides benefits, HR, compliance, wellness, education, and workforce planning advisory services to clients in George and across the US. Northwestern Benefit’s 150 employees will join OneDigital, bringing the firm’s headcount to over 1,600 employees, and its employer client count to approximately 50,000.

OneDigital’s chief growth officer, Mike Sullivan, highlighted Northwestern’s excellent sales culture and client service models as factors in the deal, while noting that the deal will significantly expand the firm’s middle market scale and capabilities. Sullivan expects more deals on the horizon, as OneDigital seeks to scale up further. “We expect north of 25 acquisitions again this year to bring us over the $500 million revenue threshold,” he said.

David Asbury, CEO of Northwestern Benefit, will join OneDigital as a senior managing principal. “As the benefits space continued to consolidate and we considered acquirers, it was incredibly important to me to find the right partner,” he said. “With OneDigital’s scale, reach and long-term vision, we knew our organizations would fit together and be stronger together right off the bat.”

As employment levels remain at record highs, employers are increasingly turning to effective and comprehensive benefits packages in order to attract and retain a dwindling pool of talent. HR and benefits firms help employers strategize the ideal benefits and compensation packages to get the talent they need, while doing so in the most cost-effective manner. “In a rapidly changing economy, an employer’s ability to attract and retain talent is often directly tied to the benefits they can provide, and OneDigital ensures we’re supplying our clients with the most robust health, wealth, and HR advisory services,” Bruckman said.