Finance abounds with the repetitive processes that lend themselves to optimization through automation, including accounts payable, treasury, order-to-cash, record-to-cash, and financial control. “Masters” are taking an iterative approach to automation, starting with the processes that should be easiest to automate, and that lead to high-volume, positive returns.

But how does this approach deliver risk-free opportunities to pilot newly-acquired automation technologies that can lead to more ambitious stages of automation?