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Get Started on these Business Practices & Technology for 2019

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jan 2, 2019 5:02:26 PM

Get Started on these Business Practices & Technology for 2019

It’s that time of the year again, when we take stock of what’s going on in office technology and business process improvement.  Here’s what our customers are telling us they’re looking at for the coming year:

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Topics: Business Process Automation, Information Management Services, Paperless Solutions, Artificial Intellingence

How to Maximize Your Business Efficiency (and Improve Your Profits)

Posted by Diane Mitol on Dec 27, 2018 3:30:00 PM

How to Maximize Your Business Efficiency (and Improve Your Profits)

If you’re like most business owners, your focus is probably on bringing in revenue.  After all, revenue is the life-blood of your company.  The more revenue coming in – the more profits your company will show, and that’s a good thing.  

But it takes more than an eye to revenue to succeed.  Even if you bring in very high revenues, if the revenues come with high expenditures attached, you’ll find that your business is not sustainable over the long haul.  Remember that PROFIT = REVENUE – EXPENSES.  This means that there are two ways to enhance profits:  (1) increase revenue in cost effective ways; and, (2) decrease expenses.

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Topics: ECM, Business Process Automation, Paperless Solutions, Business Process Improvement

Go Beyond Document Management to Business Process Management

Posted by Diane Mitol on Nov 6, 2018 11:05:00 AM

Go Beyond Document Management to Business Processes Management

Many paper-based processes, while at their core essential to a business’s operation, can be improved when transformed into digital processes.  That’s why it’s important to go beyond your old document management system (or outdated paper system), and look at your business processes to see how they can be better managed using today's AI and automation technologies.  The benefits are amazing!

Document management, whether digital or paper-based, refers to the organization and storage of documents,  in a predetermined system that enables users to find, share and edit documents. Electronic document management systems commonly provide storage, versioning, metadata, security, indexing and retrieval capabilities.  Paper document management systems commonly provide...file cabinets.  

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Topics: Document Management, Business Process Automation, Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement

How to Improve Business Processes

Posted by Michael Coppola on Oct 11, 2018 4:11:00 PM

How to Improve Business Processes

If you're a business owner who has decided that it's time for your business to "become more productive," then we have news for you.  It's going to take a lot more than wishful thinking to turn your business into a productivity machine.  

Let's look at what increase productivity really means.  Increased productivity is a broad term meaning that your employees and your departments are putting out more "products" more quickly (and hopefully at lower costs, so the bottom line improves). It doesn't matter whether the "products" are widgets produced on a manufacturing line or financial reports from your accounting department.  Every employee, every department has a mandate to produce.

A desire to increase productivity and reduce costs is a great place to start, but without an end goal and a concrete plan, that's all it is -- just a desire.  It's rather like saying "I'm going to lose weight -- or exercise more.  Without a specific goal and a workable plan to get there it's not going to happen. 

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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Automation, Business Process Services, Business Process Improvement

Digital Process Automation - What Is It & How To Use It

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

 Digital Process Automation - What Is It & How To Use It

Digital Process Automation (DPA) refers to the use of robotic software automation and artificial intelligence to streamline complex business processes by reducing the number manual processes and the amount of human involvement required to complete a task.  DPA deals with event-driven core processes that can be broken into repeatable steps.  It is the next logical step in Business Process Management (BPM), driven by organizations’ needs for digital transformation in order to stay competitive.

Forrester Research states: “As organizations undertake digital transformation efforts, an important realization emerges: process matters. Investments in beautifully designed web and mobile experiences won’t move the needle unless application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals ensure that the processes on the back-end align to support a true end-to-end customer experience.”

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Topics: Business Process Automation

Labor Automation 2.0 - Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Labor Automation 2.0 – Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

It used to be that when we talked about labor automation, it meant automation of traditional “blue collar” jobs in manufacturing facilities and factories.  Today’s labor automation is a whole new breed – what we call Labor Automation 2.0 – and it’s taking place in “white collar” offices, businesses and organizations around the world. 

Labor Automation 2.0 means that any work process that is definable, repeatable, and rules-based can be mapped out and assigned a software robot or “Bot” to manage the manage the execution of that process, just as a human would. It is also called Robotic Process Automation (RPA).  

RPA is separate and distinct form an organization’s IT structure.  It is not another business application.  Rather it is a substitute for a human worker to operate business applications.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, Business Process Automation, RPA, BPA

Robotic Process Automation for Business

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Aug 15, 2018 4:53:42 PM

Robotic Process Automation for Business

Sometime over the past couple of years, what used to be called Business Process Automation (BPA has morphed into Robotic Process Automation (RPA).  So, just what's the difference between the two?

BPA includes technologies such as imaging (scanning applications that help convert paper documents into digital files) and workflow (automatically routing documents from one step to another in a business process).  Sometimes BPA includes integration of tasks between applications, requiring the assistance of a programmer.  

The global market for RPA technologies will reach $8.75 billion by 2024.

~Grand View Research

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Topics: Business Process Automation, Robotic Process Automation, workflow automation

BPA:  Automating Manual Processes

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jul 18, 2018 3:03:56 PM

“As companies seek to do more with fewer resources, technology investments can be a valuable way to make existing staff more productive.”

– Rebecca Wetteman, Vice President, Nucleus Research

BPA: Automating Manual Processes

Just how much would your business grow if you could help customers with process automation? Business Process Automation (BPA) is the umbrella term for software applications that help organizations streamline business processes. BPA leverages imaging and workflow applications, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA) to automate manual tasks. RPA utilizes software robots to do standard routine tasks and IA leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to handle more complex tasks. Curious what these terms mean and how they apply to the technology you sell? Read on as we dive into detail.

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Topics: Business Process Automation, Business Processes, Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement

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