- On October 22, 2019
Automation is not a new trend. It’s been a way of life for a large portion of the human existence. Inventions have always come about through the need to fix a problem or simplify a process. The difference is that we’re currently in the middle of a time of great technological growth. Processes are changing rapidly and automation is proving to be more necessity than luxury for businesses trying to maintain and thrive.
There’s a struggle between keeping up with competition and the investment needed to augment current technology. For most decision makers, the tipping point is often in the ROI. When you can see a concrete cost savings or profit directly related to the investment in automation, it’s a clear cut win.
The Five Automation Pillars
There’s no secret that digital business automation is needed to boost productivity. The question is often in how you launch new innovations and which processes you decide to automate first. You don’t want to make change just for the sake of changing something. It needs to help propel you toward known benchmarks and goals.
If you’re looking to automate process, the best way to plan your structure is by using the five pillars of automation.
- RPA Technology for Tasks
- BPM Technology for Processes
- ECM for Content
- Data Cap Technology for Capturing Images/Data
- Business Rules Management for Decision Making
RPA, or robotic process automation, allows you to use bots or an automated program to complete simple tasks. This type of automation improves operational speed and scalability and often has limited risk of posing a problem with integration. In essence, you would use RPA technology to free your employee’s time to concentrate on higher level workflows while the automation process seamlessly handles tasks that were previously performed manually. Bots improve efficiency and processes show far fewer errors.
To find out more about RPA, visit our Robotic Process Automation Solutions Page.
BPM, or business process management, helps your company organize the whole. Rather than the solutions to speed individual processes, such as those used by RPA, BPM streamlines the way the entire workflow functions, from department to department and start to finish. You might use BPM technology to upgrade to an entirely paperless office. These type of management tool also provides for better oversight in regulatory issues and improved, real time business insights.
If you’re looking for more information on upgrading your business process management solutions, the content on our BPM page can help.
ECM for Your Content
Data is everywhere, which makes it even more difficult to organize and use efficiently. An Enterprise Content Management system, or ECM, is designed specifically to help your organization deal with the massive amounts of content you need to produce, compile, and use. Some benefits to ECM include real time access to information for better collaboration ability among team members. A great ECM system also improves security with features that allows for better documentation of accessed information.
A content management strategy is necessary for any business to compete in the current landscape. If you’re looking for more information on ECM, visit our Enterprise Content Management page today.
One aspect of content management that can’t be overlooked is data capturing technology. There are simply too many pieces of data that will come into play that are outside of your digital processes. These might include faxes, email, texts, and even paper copies of documentation. Using an automation process that allows you to not only capture these pieces of information but integrate them into your ECM is crucial to productivity and reducing human errors.
If you’d like to learn more about capturing technology and how you can automate this process, visit our content capturing and imaging page.
Business Rules Technology
Regulatory and compliance issues can be tremendously important and difficult to maintain for companies in highly regulated fields. Business rules management systems offer a way to maintain consistency, improve responsiveness, and meet all the regulatory requirements for your industry. This technology also helps you document your work and improves decision-making processes with access to up to date, accurate information.