Technological Innovation in Relocation: Deloitte

In a category that was, as always, hotly contested, high-profile Big Four professional services firm Deloitte took the technology award for its Global Employer Services (GES) Data Analytics for Mobility system.

In a category that was, as always, hotly contested, high-profile Big Four professional services firm Deloitte took the technology award for its Global Employer Services (GES) Data Analytics for Mobility system.The technology is underpinned by a 14-strong team that supports the firm’s GES Tax Practice of 700 employees in the UK. Explaining the thinking behind the development of Data Analytics, partner Scott McCormick points out that mobility leaders typically have poor access to reliable, insightful information related to their mobility programmes. Decisions are based on inaccurate data, and departments spend considerable amounts of time creating limited, but time-intensive, management information for business units.“Our analytics and reporting tools enable on-demand reporting based on far higher levels of integrated, accurate assignment data, often using data which has been captured by Deloitte for other purposes – for example, in the provision of payroll or tax services,” continues Mr McCormick.“This allows leaders to access, understand and interpret their programmes, ultimately enabling them to improve return on investment in internationally mobile employees. We save clients significant management time wasted on generating individual Excel-based reporting.”Describing Data Analytics as “very powerful in aiding a business to question its key planning issues on ROI”, the awards judges highlighted the system’s role in enabling HR to have a more strategic and financial discussion with the business.They added, “This is a valuable tool in running the expat programme in the business entity context. Finance directors require this information for all aspects of their business planning and assessment, and this tool will now apply the same criteria to the mobility programme.”The uses of Data Analytics are numerous, Scott McCormick points out. They include everything from informing the design of a strategic change programme, through enabling different parts of the business to take ownership of their role in the mobility cycle, to optimising processes. The assignee lifecycle can be followed on everything from a general to an individual level, allowing intervention in cases where failure is likely, and offering potential to improve the assignee experience.Data security is built in. Says Mr McCormick, “On-demand reporting and analytics create efficiency in production of management reporting by distributing access to data based on a security model which grants permissions based on role.”The launch of its analytics practice nearly three years ago has benefited Deloitte as well as its clients, by enabling it to create a new career path for creative and technology-focused employees in more than 14 markets globally, as well as the UK. This aids recruitment in a crowded graduate and GES talent market.Scott McCormick says, “We are delighted to be recognised by Re:locate as innovators in technology. The award is fantastic recognition of a strategic move by Deloitte into the creation of market-leading analytics tools for mobility and reward professionals around the globe, and provides us with significant value in reaching out to new clients and new opportunities.”www.deloitte.com Highly Commended: Consider It Done LondonShortlisted: Brookfield relocation ServicesCartusCornerstone Relocation GroupPeregrine Immigration Management 

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