Human beings have limits. It’s hard for most of us to accept, especially when we’re being pushed to increase productivity and business impact while having less time available. Fortunately, data automation provides ways to save time, improve data quality, cost and overall improve business processes.
“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” – The Economist
Today’s businesses face pressure to adapt to changing digital environments and maintain a competitive edge. Data Automation not only helps your company to adapt to the changing environment, it also builds a competitive edge by automating your business systems and being innovative. Data automation takes care of everyday processes and allows staff to spend their time on tasks that are focussed on delivering value to the company and the customer.
The data collected across your organisation’s business units, applications, and external sources is growing exponentially. It’s pouring out everywhere: from digital customer transactions and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, to social interactions and support services. Reliable, timely data is crucial for faster, more informed decision making. It allows retailers to predict which clothing range will fly off the shelf next season. It means phone companies can examine millions of call logs to offer customers ‘in the moment’ offers. And it enables supply chain managers to spend less time on checking orders and tracking stock levels.
Businesses need to efficiently capture and store the data as it emerges in any volume, velocity or variety and distribute it to downstream applications—sometimes in real-time. Therefore, being certain that data flows are continuous and scalable, from the source to the analytics is a key requirement for data automation.
Here are some of the common, data automation-friendly tasks your business should consider first.
Tasks that involve a significant number of steps in a process which have to be done in a specific, repeatable order are excellent candidates for automation. Tedious, repetitious tasks are also those most likely to suffer from user error.
The more frequently a task occurs, the greater the potential gains for automation. Even if it’s a small task that only takes ten minutes time, if those ten minutes occur every day, automation can provide significant time savings over the course of a year. This can also eliminate tasks that users are likely to postpone, such as security updates.
Data crunching is a tedious, time-consuming task If ever there was one. And yet the information that can be gleaned from a performance report is exactly the high-quality insight that can help your business make smart decisions for the future. Automation can collect and collate the data you need so that you can more rapidly generate reports and see what’s happening with your system.
With increased productivity and reduced human errors, your average costs for the same work will be much less, which can exponentially increase your return. What business owner wouldn’t want that? Data automation is a key step toward improving the efficiency of your company.
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