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6 Signs Your Business is Ripe for Process Automation

Selena Ricks-Good
Posted by: Selena Ricks-Good on Jun 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM
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Find out if it’s time for process improvements at your organization, before it’s too late

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If there’s one constant in business today, it’s change. Leading organizations expect it. C-level executives must be open to disrupting the status quo to become more efficient and remain competitive. If your organization is spending too much time putting out fires, it’s probably high time to think about bringing in technology to automate a number of your business processes.

At Mission Data, we’ve helped many companies transform their back-office processes to simplify workflow, cut operational costs, and improve consistency. Automating rote tasks frees up the workforce to solve more intelligent and complex problems, enhance collaboration, and deliver better customer service.

For many companies, it’s hard to know where to start on the road to real business change. For truly meaningful transformation, organizations must take a holistic view of existing weaknesses and measure those speed bumps against long-term goals and prioritization of needs. Here are six red flags that your business process is in need of a reboot:

Work is piling up

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Have you noticed that the larger your company grows, the harder it is to keep track of all of the ongoing initiatives? Are requests piling up in email, projects getting stuck in spreadsheets, and paper documents going missing? Consider an automated workflow application or a custom enterprise solution to enable teams to streamline tasks and collaborate effectively. Use digital tools to manage projects in real-time and visual dashboards to keep the lines of communication open and ensure everyone is on task.

Lots of mistakes and missed deadlines 

Is everyone at your company walking on proverbial eggshells? When problems erupt, are there multiple explanations and finger-pointing? Errors can be costly and leave organizations vulnerable. Applying automation to workflows brings transparency and allows managers to enforce accountability. Bringing clarity to individual workloads also provides insight on which tasks take the longest and where bottlenecks tend to occur.

Legacy systems operate in silos

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Do departments at your organization work in isolation, causing significant disconnect? Perhaps they’ve even invested in their own legacy applications and work on different operating systems, which may be useful individually, but don’t integrate with each other. IT process automation can link all systems together and create a standardized infrastructure that allows for visibility, agility, and cohesiveness.

Regulatory pressure

Are compliance concerns keeping you up at night? Take back control with well-architected workflow systems that automatically create audit trails of relevant actions. Automation technologies can monitor thresholds, dispatch alerts, and prompt remedial action when necessary. Enterprise-class security features can ensure that sensitive information is only accessible to those authorized to handle it.

High amount of manual labor

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Manual processes that require multiple steps can be a massive drain on time and productivity. Tasks managed through email, or worse, paper, are probably in need of workflow automation. Let automation handle simple, repetitive tasks and reduce the risk of human error. Even if you feel your organization is being managed with the appropriate amount of employees, allowing them to better use their skillsets will lead to increased productivity.

Lengthy onboarding of new employees

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Is your organization giving new team members the tools they need to be productive on day one? While new employees have different job titles and duties, the onboarding process is generally the same, making it a prime candidate for automation. Administrators can quickly dispense new hire paperwork, manage employees’ access to apps and tools from a central directory, and determine authorization and access requirements. Automated onboarding also makes it easier for new hires to transition into their new role and get started on the right foot. 

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