Automation unlocks opportunities for a more efficient, productive and flexible work model. By automating manual processes, you can drive better decision making and resource allocation, as well as boost employee productivity and customer satisfaction.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of automating a manual process:
- Increases employee morale
- Gives you time back
- Eliminates errors
- Helps you make accurate data-driven decisions
1. Increases employee morale
Mundane and repetitive tasks are the bane of every employee’s existence. By automating these processes, you can free up their time and let them focus on the creative and fulfilling tasks.
In doing so, they can learn more about different areas of your business and develop into more well-rounded workers. Automation can also create new, higher level jobs which require an advanced skillset. This will make your teams feel more inclined to embrace new things and master new skills.
2. Gives you time back
For example, while your human workers are sleeping, you can run tasks in the middle of the night so they’re ready for when staff arrive in the morning. By handling larger workloads, you can carry out tasks in advance rather than just-in-time.
Let’s say you’ve got an order that comes in on Monday and needs to be shipped by Wednesday. Automation can often help you by getting it sent by Tuesday, helping your business to perform above its previous limits.
3. Eliminates errors
If you’re using manual processes, the chances of errors happening are almost inevitable. Also, the higher number of humans involved in the process, the higher the chances mistakes will be made, especially with mundane tasks like data entry.
Automating your processes gives you consistency and the security that – as long as you’ve set up your systems correctly – you’ll always receive the desired results.
4. Helps you make accurate data-driven decisions
By combining automation with artificial intelligence (AI), you can gain access to information that wouldn’t normally be easily available. For example, data in the form of analytics and reports can provide greater insights into your processes, helping you make better and more informed decisions.
Plus, the higher degree of precision that comes with implementing AI means you’ll be making less errors, which helps improve the quality of your products and services.
Maximise your automation benefits by working with a digital consultancy
To truly get the most out of your automation-influenced benefits, you should consider partnering with a digital consultancy. The right consultancy will have years of expertise in managing automation-related projects, from implementing a piece of software and integrating it with your other business systems to providing aftercare support.
For example, at Columbus, we have over 30 years of experience in implementing, managing and maintaining technology solutions. We spend more than 1,700,000 hours consulting every year, so it’s safe to say we’re experts and thought leaders when it comes to maximising the potential of your business automation.
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Understand the importance of putting value first
Technology like automation is a powerful tool that can drive business transformation. But technology on its own isn’t enough. You need to adopt the right mindset and culture where your new digital tech will thrive.
And that involves effectively communicating the value of transformation to your team (in particular your key stakeholders), so they understand the reasons behind the change and what’s needed for it to go ahead.
At Columbus, we can guide and support you through your change and transformation initiatives. We do this through our value first approach, which helps you discover how digital technology can unlock your company’s opportunities to create new business value.
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Automation is one step towards a futureproofed business model
To truly futureproof your business, you need to consider digital innovation. Innovation is about redefining what you do so you’re providing customers with new (or more) value. New technology, like automation, can help by improving efficiency and productivity. So can a new business model, a tweak in processes or a change in the way you market a particular product or service.
Ultimately, it’s about keeping up with your customer demands and ensuring they’re always satisfied. This ensures you’re ahead of the competition. Our guide to digital innovation covers all of this. Click the button below to find out more.