Automation is one of the hottest topics in digital transformation and business process management right now — but automation is only valuable for your business as long as it leads to optimization of your processes. In some cases, what makes the most sense is not fully automating everything, but leaving some steps and processes to be completed manually. Semi-automated processes are those that benefit from automation during certain steps of the process while requiring other steps to be completed by human beings. So what are the situations best suited for semi-automated processes, and how can you decide whether such a solution is the right choice for you?
When you're running a business, things don't always go according to plan. People get fired, get sick, or go on maternity leave or vacation. On a more positive note, you might be experiencing rapid growth thanks to a new client asking for a big order. Any of these scenarios can leave you with a sudden, immediate need to temporarily cover a position or two.
Everyone who runs their own small or medium-sized business dreams of achieving real, sustainable growth.
Business process automation offers a wealth of benefits, from reduced errors to happier customers. In fact, you've already decided that automation is the right choice for some of your business processes — you just don't know what you need to get things going. As with any major initiative, business process automation requires a lot of forethought and planning if you want to pull it off successfully. If you feel like you're stuck at square one, the following article will give you a roadmap for how to begin implementing and executing your vision for automation.
That deadline you've been dreading is just around the corner, or you've just found a security flaw that needs to get fixed right away. Your employees are already up to their ears in work, but you just need that extra bit of manpower to tackle this surprise project. Once you've installed the patches, fixed the bugs or implemented the changes, you won't have any more need to keep someone around.
Google, Coca-Cola, McDonald's Happy Meals and The New York Times. Hmm, what could they all have in common? At first glance you might say a kid can get a Coke as part of their Happy Meal, but where does Google and The New York Times fit into the picture?
Another year is coming to an end. How did your business do in 2015? Do you have plans to take 2016 by the horns and make it great? With a new year approaching, many businesses take the time to assess their needs, envision growth, set goals and budgets. Where does tech advancement sit on your businesses list for 2016? If you are still procrastinating on using tech to streamline your business or take it to the next level, what are waiting for?