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Automate Business Processes: Is It Really so Useful?

 

To automate business processes means to accomplish a specific function or workflow through technology-enabled mechanization of activities or services. These business processes include and are not limited to sales, management, supply chain, operations and information technology. Automated business processes offer a number of benefits to companies of all sizes. It improves business workflows. But, is it really useful?

When you automate business processes, you improve the overall workflow of your company in terms of adapting to dynamic business needs, clarifying job roles and responsibilities, reducing human error, and most of all achieving greater efficiency.

                    “For instance, organizing cheques to settle expenses requires the use of a typewriter and separate vouchers for bookkeeping. Today, this business process has been automated by software solutions. Vouchers are now automatically printed along with cheques and posted to ledger systems for the financial report.”

In which case, the automation reduces man hours in preparing cheques and vouchers and performing bookkeeping processes.

Automation software solutions are like digital employees. They do complicated and repetitive tasks so your staff are free to perform other important activities. They work through scripts diligently as you program them to do and they do it flawlessly, reducing if not eliminating errors. If you are concerned about installation times and the learning curve, put your fears to rest. The right solution can help you automate business processes and workflows.

What’s in it for you?
Aside from saving time and money, you also earn a competitive edge over other businesses when you automate business processes. You also gradually notice the following benefits:

  • You achieve great efficiency, which allows for maximum growth.
  • You reduce or potentially eliminate human errors.
  • You promote transparency over all your transactions and across your business.
  • Your staff have more time and energy for more productive activities.

To keep your business running smoothly, you need to pay attention how you manage its underlying processes. You need to automate not just the general processes, but the simple tasks as well to avoid delays and errors. By automating your business processes, you can redefine your overall workflow and achieve your desired outcome. So, is it really useful? Absolutely.     

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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