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3 Signs You Need To Automate

Keeping a business relevant in today’s economy can be quite the battle. From keeping up with emerging technologies and new product offerings, to building the personality behind a brand, many business owners are quickly learning how tough it is to manage their budgets and improve results.

Whether you manage or own a company that has been in business for five days or five years, automation should always be considered.  By examining the use of internal control systems and information technology to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services, you will ensure your finances are being efficiently allocated and that your business will be able to live up to its full potential.

How do you determine if your business is ready for automation? Consider the following circumstances:

You Have Structured Processing Activities

Let’s face it – there are some aspects to business that will just never change. For example, employees always have to be paid, customers will always have questions and there should always be a certain level of expectation that you hold for your brand.  So, when it comes to consistent and structured processes, automation offers a realistic solution for keeping the simple things simple. Reduce the chances for human error and automate error prone paper intensive processes. Typically, if there is a cause and effect relationship, there is no need for human facilitation in the first place!

Growth Is Expected

As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’re planning to scale your business venture, automation should definitely be a priority. Instead of wasting valuable human resources, simplify and structure your business processes from the start. This will leave less room for internal errors & confusion. Your efforts will remain focused on meeting both internal and external demands.

There’s a Need To Improve The P & L Statement

When isn’t a business owner looking for a way to cut cost and maximize department effectiveness? Business Process Automation is arguably one of the most effective ways of eliminating cost. Deploy automation to reduce excessive steps, processing errors, loss of paperwork or files and unnecessary on or offsite storage. When taking full control of automation, your most valuable asset, your employees, will prove to be more creative and productive.

Think you’re ready to automate? Here’s one final thing to keep in mind: don’t overdo it. Automation isn’t the always the best solution for every business process. To guarantee the success of automation, focus on the fundamentals.  Determine which processes should be automated and get the full buy in from senior management and your team.

Written By

Jeff Frankel is Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at docSTAR, a B2B software firm specializing in cloud content management and business process automation. He has more than two decades experience in corporate business development, working with industry-leading firms including Authentidate Holding Corp, Med-Flash, Health Focus of NY, and Ernst & Young. Jeff offers innovative perspectives on streamlining business for improved efficiency and productivity. You can follow Jeff and the docSTAR team on Twitter, @docSTARsoftware.



  1. Laura

    March 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hi, Jeff! I have a question: if we automate tasks, doesn’t it mean that we’ll have more employees than we need? I’ve downloaded an ebook recently that said automation and machines led to rising unemployment

  2. myles

    March 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    yes automating is realy a cool choice , nice post BTW.

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