The Path to Positive ROI from an RFID Initiative, According to a New Aberdeen Group Report

Firms that share design and implementation between business line management and IT enjoy a 26% shorter average time to positive ROI

Even though RFID has reached a tipping point, only 10% of companies surveyed have had an RFID initiative for more than five years, according to a new Aberdeen report. Among early adopters, over half are larger than US$5B in annual revenue and have invested an average of US$1.5M in RFID technology, about 3x the average. 85% achieved positive ROI in the first five years. However, all of them, when asked, considered the bulk of the benefit still in the future.

In "Finding the ROI in RFID," Aberdeen reveals that measuring the ROI is still a challenge deterring many organizations from adopting the technology. The ROI depends greatly on the business problem, the approach, commitment to leveraging the technology, and ability to turn RFID data into business intelligence. Aberdeen research shows the average time an organization needs to recover an RFID investment is 30 months, with the low being 18 months and high of four years.

"Short-term ROI is important since it is easier to measure and allows further development. The most popular place to look is improving process efficiency," says Russ Klein, Research Director for Aberdeen Group's Enabling Technology practice. "The report finds firms that consider RFID to be a part of an overall strategy and involve partners in design and implementation realize better long-term ROI."

The research, underwritten by ADT Security Services, TrenStar, Inc., and Intelleflex Corporation, shows readers the advantages of RFID and ways to measure the ROI. The report also finds companies discovering additional ways to justify and reduce the cost of an RFID initiative, for example:

    - Combining multiple measurable sources of ROI
    - Controlling the scope of the deployment
    - Focusing on clear-win business cases
    - Exploring SOA and other low-cost-of-entry deployment methods

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