Ernst & Young and Blue Prism announced a strategic alliance deepening their relationship in the robot process automation market. The deal was announced at last weeks Blue Prism World event.

The relationship is expected to extend to additional EY network member firms across EMEIA in the coming months.

Under the alliance, EY UK and Blue Prism will accelerate and expand their collaboration on the development of intelligent automation solutions and will leverage Blue Prism’s connected robotic process automation (RPA) software-as-a-service as part of the EY managed and hosted services running on Microsoft Azure.

In a statement, EY said its member firms and Blue Prism have also worked together to automate the supply chain planning for a global consumer goods company and have improved the insurance claims interactions with customers for a large insurance company by supporting automated claims processing on mobile devices.

According to Hanne Jesca Bax, EY EMEIA Markets and Accounts Leader, “Blue Prism is a key enabling technology collaborator in our mission to help clients succeed in becoming more competitive and responsive to customer demands. The alliance will enable us to further support clients in their digital transformation journeys, with enhanced collaboration and a ‘one-stop shop’ for innovative intelligent automation solutions. ”

EY is the first and only organization to receive the Blue Prism Platinum certification for delivery and Gold certification for capability.

Alastair Bathgate, CEO and Co-Founder of Blue Prism, said, “EY was one of the first organizations we worked with that shared and understood our vision for what a digital workforce can deliver. They’ve built a well-deserved reputation as a market leader in helping customers adopt and drive value from our technology on a global basis.”

Simon Constance, Leader, Blue Prism Alliance, Ernst & Young LLP (EY UK), said, “Automation is a key enabler across organizations, including EY, which has deployed hundreds of software bots across its member firms, in digital audit and digital tax to transform internal services. We look forward to the collaboration with Blue Prism, which is designed to better support organizations worldwide through their automation and digital transformation journeys.”

“Enterprises in various stages of their automation journeys are unified by the common theme of wanting to scale their automation programs and deliver results. This announcement brings together Blue Prism’s software, EY’s depth of RPA and broader intelligent automation services expertise and Microsoft Azure to help enable accelerated and consistent delivery of RPA — from implementation to management,” said Elena Christopher, Research VP, HFS Research.

“This speed and consistency offered by the orchestrated platform approach will facilitate scale as well as best practices in emerging disciplines such as control room management. HFS expects EY will additionally leverage the platform to enable broad inclusion of RPA across its services portfolio as a standard enabler.”

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