2 minute read 5 Nov 2019
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How AI is reshaping the document review and processing landscape

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EY Americas

Multidisciplinary professional services organization

2 minute read 5 Nov 2019
Related topics Alliances AI Advisory

Fast-growing AI-powered document intelligence solutions are helping companies overcome a number of challenges.

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ccording to IDC, worldwide spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive systems will reach US $57.6 billion by 2021, an illustration of just how quickly AI technologies are finding homes in mainstream use cases. 

One such use case is document review and processing, which increasingly is being handled by emerging document intelligence solutions, such as the one EY and Microsoft have built on AI-based Microsoft technologies including Azure Search, Azure Machine Learning and Power BI. These solutions are transforming how forward-thinking companies review, process and ultimately glean valuable insights from a wide range of business documents.

The challenge that all companies face

All large companies deal with mountains of documents on a regular basis – everything from contracts, invoices, purchase orders, and policies and procedures, to reports, activity logs, and emails. But processing these documents today is a manual, human-intensive effort that’s costly, time consuming, error prone and inconsistent.

Worse, it prevents organisations from using the content in these documents to make better decisions and identify ways to improve business performance. EY believes that document intelligence solutions can help companies overcome these shortcomings by automating document review and processing with AI and related technologies.

EY has found that document intelligence solutions, on average, can help companies reduce document review and processing time by 90%, decrease costs by 80%, and cut risk by 20%. At the same time, they can increase processing accuracy by 25% and consistency by 50%.

Document Intelligence Solutions

90%

average reduction in review and processing time.

How EY helped a company implement a Microsoft-based document intelligence solution

A media and entertainment company has experienced first-hand the impact such a solution can have. The company wanted to automate how it assesses the safety of its products because its current processes couldn’t scale to meet its ever-growing product portfolio and the number of lab reports needing to be assessed.

EY worked with the company to implement and tune a Microsoft-based document intelligence solution to replicate engineers’ decision-making process. The time to review and dispose of lab reports was nearly 200% faster, and assessments were 10% more accurate than when humans were involved.

As this company’s experience shows, document intelligence solutions have tremendous potential to transform how companies read, interpret and act on the valuable insights hidden in their vast array of business documents. They’re also just one example of how EY believes AI is poised to completely reshape the way companies do business in the not-too-distant future.

Summary

Document review and processing is increasingly being handled by emerging document intelligence solutions, such as the one EY and Microsoft have built on AI-based Microsoft technologies including Azure Search, Azure Machine Learning and Power BI. These solutions are transforming how forward-thinking companies review, process and ultimately glean valuable insights from a wide range of business documents.

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EY Americas

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