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Forrester Total Economic Impact Study of DataRobot: 514% ROI and Payback within 3 Months

August 24, 2020
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With AI proving to be the most transformative technology of our time and companies today needing to pivot faster and drive near-term impact from their tech investments, many organizations are looking to drive higher ROI from AI as quickly as possible. From predicting customer churn to reducing fraud and avoiding supply chain disruptions, the possibilities are virtually limitless as to how AI can increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve profitability. But how can companies predict the expected value of an AI application or use case so they can justify new investments in the face of tight budgets and headcounts?

To help answer this question, DataRobot today announced the results of a new study: The Total Economic Impact (TEI) of DataRobot. Conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of DataRobot, the commissioned study reveals that organizations using the DataRobot AI platform achieve a net present value (NPV) of $4 million and a 514% return on investment (ROI) with payback often within as short as 3 months.

Total Economic Impact of DataRobot

Forrester interviewed four customers with experience using DataRobot in the retail, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors as the basis for the report to help them better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with using the platform. These customers were looking to overcome key challenges, such as forecasting demand and tackling fraud. 

Prior to using DataRobot, the customers relied on their data science teams to do the heavy lifting of data preparation, model development and training, and model deployment using traditional open-source technologies, such as the Python and R programming languages and their associated libraries and frameworks.

Some customers were also hindered by their use of legacy data analysis technologies that failed to keep pace with the advancements in AI and machine learning over the past decade. This created environments with lengthy AI project timelines and frequently missed deadlines where organizations often never deployed and operationalized the models they developed.

Forrester Consulting designed a composite organization based on the characteristics of the organizations interviewed. They then constructed a financial model representative of the interview finding, using the TEI methodology based on four fundamental elements: benefits, costs, flexibility, and risks. Forrester’s TEI methodology serves to provide a complete picture of the total economic impact of purchase decisions. 

The results were remarkable, with firms reporting significant value relative to cost.

  • Cost savings from reduced seasonal overhiring in retail: $500,000
  • Cost savings from reduced healthcare fraud: $10 million
  • Increased revenue from improved demand forecasting in manufacturing: $50 million – $200 million
  • Significant cost savings from avoidance of hiring a data science team 3x as large

Determining ROI of AI

Many of our customers ask for help in estimating the value of AI when it’s being used to augment an existing process where some predictive analytics are already in place. The methodology in this report, drawing on data from 4 real-world customer deployments of AI, should provide a useful framework for anyone looking to justify an AI investment.

Today’s business climate has never been so challenging, and organizations need agile trusted solutions that can steer intelligent decision-making in the face of market turbulence and continuously evolving customer needs. 

DataRobot AI platform addresses these demands. By preparing data, automating the training of machine learning models, operationalizing AI, and continuously monitoring AI assets, DataRobot enables organizations to enhance prediction accuracy, accelerate time to insight, reduce risk, and increase revenue – all without requiring heavy investment in data science teams. 

Read the study to learn more.

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Value-Driven AI

DataRobot is the leader in Value-Driven AI – a unique and collaborative approach to AI that combines our open AI platform, deep AI expertise and broad use-case implementation to improve how customers run, grow and optimize their business. The DataRobot AI Platform is the only complete AI lifecycle platform that interoperates with your existing investments in data, applications and business processes, and can be deployed on-prem or in any cloud environment. DataRobot and our partners have a decade of world-class AI expertise collaborating with AI teams (data scientists, business and IT), removing common blockers and developing best practices to successfully navigate projects that result in faster time to value, increased revenue and reduced costs. DataRobot customers include 40% of the Fortune 50, 8 of top 10 US banks, 7 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, 7 of the top 10 telcos, 5 of top 10 global manufacturers.

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