DigiBlu

ABOUT US

In DigiBlu, we live and breath RPA and Intelligent Automation and are wholly specialist in creating and operating Digital Workforces

We sell automation software, provide implementation and operations services, and Automations-as-a-Service

Combining local footprint with global networks, we are headquartered in South Africa – with practices in Johannesburg and Cape Town – and serve clients across Africa the UK and beyond, leveraging our thought-leadership, best practices, low cost but highly skilled resource and world-leading technology platforms

 

DigiBlu combines long experience in delivering digital-enabled business transformations with deep operations, process and dev skills.  Our people are awesome.  And so are our partners, who include Blue Prism and Thoughtonomy who provide market-leading RPA and Intelligent Automation platforms, and Robiquity, Blue Prism’s first Authorised Training Partner

 

Our clients come from all industries and include FNB, Nedbank, Investec, Investec Asset Management, Discovery, Citadel, Old Mutual, Old Mutual Insure, Old Mutual Namibia, Telkom, BCX and Bytes

DigiBlu’s own journey to Robotic Process Automation began back in 2005, when Southpaw Solutions was established by Werner Horn as a consulting firm specialising in Business Process Management.  Acquired by PwC then spun off to create DigiBlu, our projects included the design and implementation of lean-based approaches, the development of a Banking Reference Model in ARIS, the design of core banking processes for a start-up digital bank and the design and implementation of a Process CoE.  Steve Burke the co-founder, with Werner, of DigiBlu, had especially deep experience in shaping and leading digital-enabled transformation programmes, stretching all the way back to being business development manager for Digitisation at Marconi Electronic Systems in the 1990’s. He joined the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney in time to catch the dotcom boom and then developed strategies and led business transformations for blue chip clients in the UK and SA. With this convergence of business transformation and process skills in DigiBlu, RPA proved to be the big one, a serendipitous game changer, where our experiences came together to help us define automation strategies, design CoEs, deploy automations and operate Digital Workforces

  • DigiBlu offers counsel to executives on making automation a strategic priority. Our counsel derives from deep experience in helping organisations transform. Our market-leading experience in Intelligent Automation creates opportunities to transform business & operating models, to reimagine business processes and do things more effectively … and we can help you all the way
  • With deep expertise in Business Process Management, we are expert in improving and automating As-Is processes, but more, in redesigning them too – across ecosystems and along value-chains; leveraging low-code platforms, easy-to-integrate orchestration, the power of automation and Agile approaches
  • Our Automation Developers are formally Accredited and highly specialist in configuring Intelligent Automation technologies
  • As specialists, organised by Competencies, we capture and share lessons learned and build world-leading best practices – such as our Framework for Virtual Operations and our innovative Build, Prove & Evolve method for rapid development, test and continuous improvement
  • Our approach is customer focused. We help our clients become quickly self-sufficient in implementing Intelligent Automation and operating their Digital Workforce. Using Robiquity methods, we fast-track the training and Accreditation of client staff and can provide resource augmentation too, if required, to top-up the client’s core team
  • Our international partner network provides an ecosystem of Blue Prism related technologies and capabilities:
    • Blue Prism – the pioneer and global market leader for enterprise-scale RPA software
    • TrustPortal – digital front-end for Blue Prism, enabling Human-to-Robot interactions
    • Thoughtonomy – leading Intelligent Automation platform that combines Blue Prism RPA with Cloud Computing and Cognitive Artificial Intelligence to deliver a flexible and scalable Digital Workforce
    • Robiquity – Blue Prism’s first Authorised Training Partner

LEADERSHIP TEAM

DigiBlu’s leadership team draws on deep strategy, business transformation, IT & operations experience to guide our clients towards low cost, high-performance Digital Workforces

SteveSteve Burke

Chief Executive Officer

Steve has many years experience of innovating business and operating models, mostly in Financial Services. His CV includes business development manager for Digitization at Marconi, strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney and PwC and General Manager: Group Business Change at Absa bank. Consulting experiences – such as leading operations transformation at Abbey National, IT transformation at Sanlam and core banking transformation at Standard Bank – served as dress rehearsals for RPA

Steve holds a Masters degree in the Design of Information Systems (Cranfield) and an Honours degree in International Politics (UCW Aberystwyth) and, as a former British paratrooper, was trained in leadership and strategy at Sandhurst and the Army Staff College

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WernerWerner Horn

Chief Finance Officer

Werner has led developments in process automation from building a Banking Reference Model in ARIS to creating a Process Value Centre for a leading South African bank and now, Robotic Process Automation. He has twenty years experience in improving the operational performance of Financial Services businesses in Europe, Africa and India. Werner was the founder and owner of Southpaw Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that specialised in Business Process Management and operations improvement. After it was acquired by PwC, he was appointed lead partner for Financial Services Advisory for Africa. Werner also handles our prestigious Old Mutual account where we first scaled at speed

Werner is a Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours degree in Accounting

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paulPaul St Quintin

Chief Operating Officer

Paul has deep operational experience in the Financial Services industry, across Africa. His focus has been partnering with key clients to design and implement strategic initiatives aimed at activating and sustaining operational efficiencies. He joined DigiBlu from Deloitte Consulting and Nedbank. He has more than 10 years’ experience in Operating Model design with specific focus on Business Models, Channel Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Lean Process Implementation, Operational Excellence and Cost Reduction. In addition to being our COO, Paul also runs DigiBlu’s Johannesburg Practice and handles many of our key accounts

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt accredited

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GavinGavin Beckett

Solutions Architect

Gavin has deep experience in Business Process Management and Enterprise Content Management, particularly in the financial services industry. An accredited Robotic Operating Model Architect, he is DigiBlu’s point man; in first to identify initial candidate processes, conduct opportunity assessments and design process solutions that leverage the power of Intelligent Automation

Gavin holds an Honours degree in Civil Engineering (Wits)

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WillWill Els

Technical Architect

Previously a systems owner, process manager and project manager, Will has deep experience of the space where business process meets technology. One of DigiBlu’s most experienced automation developers, he is our technical guru and go-to-guy when client’s are setting up their IT environments

Will holds a BComm in Accounting (RAU) and qualifications in programme management (University of Stellenbosch Business School)

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JohannJohann Lotter

Practice Head – Cape Town

Johann joined DigiBlu from State Street, where he was Vice President, EMEA Business Architecture Group. His experience is in end-to-end business analysis, with primary focus on Data Management, Recordkeeping, Data Integration and Information Delivery. Johann leads DigiBlu’s Cape Town practice, which includes the OM, Investec and Citadel accounts

Johann holds a B.Com. Honours degree (UCT), CFP postgrad diploma in Financial Planning (Univ. Orange Free State) and a B.Com Financial Analysis (Stellenbosch)

 

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DIGIBLU ARE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LEADERS IN INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION

WE’VE GOT WORLD-LEADING TECHNOLOGIES, BEST PRACTICE METHODS … AND THE TALENT!

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