Delivery Hero is the world’s leading local delivery platform, operating in over 70 countries with over 53,000 global employees. Having an employee base of this size comes with challenges, one of them being people getting locked out of their accounts.
When locked out, an employee would need to contact IT, who would verify their identity and then restore their access in Okta and Google Workspace. The company saw around 800 such requests per month and on average it took 35 minutes to complete the recovery process. This led to a large number of employees spending time locked out of their accounts and unable to work.
Under the leadership of Dennis Zahrt, the IT service delivery team, which includes Slimani Ghaith (Software Engineer) and Dorina Ababii (Data Analyst), resolved to eliminate IT as the obstruction in the process. They had the employee's direct manager approve account recovery, instead of it being managed by the IT team. They also set up automated API calls to Okta, Jira and Google systems to trigger the actual account recovery as soon as the manager authorized it. All of this was implemented through a single n8n workflow.
With account recovery requests being handled automatically by n8n and managers doing the approval, the average time locked out dropped from 35 to 20 mins. This meant that employees were locked out for a total of 200 hours per month less.
Seeing such large time savings from a single workflow inspired Delivery Hero to identify and automate other manual processes using n8n, e.g. account offboarding and software license assignments.