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Why Even Small Businesses Need Business Process Improvement

Posted by Mike Paperalt on May 15, 2019 8:12:00 AM

Why Even Small Businesses Need Business Process Improvement | 2 Minute Read

Is your small business missing out on opportunities to improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs and improve overall efficiency?  Since there are  more sole proprietors and pass-through companies than there are corporations in the United States, this is an important question. 

Small business owners wear a lot of hats -- they're constantly busy and nearly always mindful of expenses.  These may be  important reasons why they often postpone implementing new technologies that could help them serve more customers better at lower costs.  At the end of the day, it takes a lot of time and energy to implement solutions when old methods still work.

In a recent survey, a little more than 37 percent said they're not adopting any new technology because they don't need anything else, and more than 22 percent said it's simply easier to do things the way they're currently done than to invest in new technology. Additionally, nearly 19 percent said that, when it comes to adding more tech into daily business, "the hassle of buying and implementing it isn't worth it."

It's generally thought that price and lack of tech support are the two primary barriers to tech adoption among the small business set. Yet, according to IDC, 62% of businesses believe slow, manual processes are limiting their revenue.  So, while small businesses are particularly prone to retaining old systems in the mistaken belief that it's too costly to upgrade and improve, this very prudence may be preventing their companies from growing. 

We've found that Business Process Management (BPM), which was once considered a luxury that only large organizations could afford, is now considered a critical part of business operations -- regardless of business size.  In fact, BPM may be even more important for small to medium size organizations if they want to stay competitive. 

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Topics: Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

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 Improvement, Business Process Services, Business Process Automation

Is It Time to Hire an Information Management Service?

Posted by Diane Mitol on Jun 4, 2018 4:30:00 PM

Is it Time to Hire an Information Management Service?

(Update of a post formerly published as " Is It Time to Hire a Document Scanning Service?")

When we first wrote this article four years ago, the answer was a resounding yes, and AIIM's (Association for Information and Image Management) position on scanning was generally positive.  But, today, our advice is different:  Based on the needs of our customers, and backed by the numerous articles that AIIM has posted on their website, companies need far more than a mere scanning service today.  

And smart businesses are taking action!   

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Topics: Document Scanning, Information Management, Business Process Services, Information Management Services

Improving the Way Organizations Do Business

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Apr 30, 2018 1:34:17 PM

Improving the Way Organizations Do Business

Visitors to our website over the past couple of months have noticed a brand-new website.  But, it’s not just the website that’s new…it’s great new solutions and expanded offerings to bring our clients even more efficiency and cost savings.  Take a minute now to check out our website.

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Topics: Business Process Services

3 Business Resolutions for 2018 that'll Pay Off for Years

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Jan 8, 2018 4:08:55 PM

3 Business Resolutions for 2018 that’ll Pay Off for Years

The stock market is up; corporate taxes are down; and the economy is good.  Businesses of all kinds are looking toward growth for 2018.  The only potential downside is Too Many Jobs and Not Enough Workers, according to the Washington Post. While Fox News reports that  six-figure construction jobs are going unfilled.   Monster.com looks at how a tight labor supply, and uncertainty about how government policy will affect business.

With these and many other sources, economists and business leaders looking at potential labor shortages, Paper Alternative’s focus for 2018 is to help businesses expand productivity even when they can’t expand their labor force.  No business wants to lose out on this bull market due to labor shortages!

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Topics: Document Scanning, Office Automation, Business Process Services

Are Your Business Processes Stuck?  Infographic Offers Solution

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Nov 2, 2017 5:41:52 PM
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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Outsource (BPO), Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

Business Process Solutions and Services

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 30, 2017 5:46:33 PM

 

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Topics: Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

Making Sense of Business Process Solutions

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 28, 2017 2:55:33 PM

Making Sense of Business Process Solutions

Business Processes appears to be the latest buzzword for a whole host of industries and markets.  While it's today's "hot topic," the concept has been around for quite a while, according to Wikipedia:

An important early (1776) description of processes was that of economist Adam Smith in his famous example of a pin factory. Smith described the production of a pin in the following way:

One man draws out the wire, another straights it, a third cuts it, a fourth points it, a fifth grinds it at the top for receiving the head: to make the head requires two or three distinct operations: to put it on is a particular business, to whiten the pins is another ... and the important business of making a pin is, in this manner, divided into about eighteen distinct operations, which in some manufacturies are all performed by distinct hands, though in others the same man will sometime perform two or three of them.

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Topics: Business Processes, Business Process Outsource (BPO), Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

Advance Your Organization with Business Process Services

Posted by Mike Paperalt on Sep 26, 2017 5:09:26 PM

Advance Your Organization with Business Process Services

Whether you work for a company that's looking for growth, a government agency that needs to modernize, or a healthcare organization the needs to take paperless records to the next level, you face significant challenges in addressing these needs.  Management, shareholders and stakeholders demand improved service for the people they serve, whether consumers, customers, patients, employees or citizens.  Yet, budget constraints, lack of technologic know-how and a market-place that's flooded with a plethora of the "latest, greatest solutions" keeps organizations stuck where they are.  How do you get unstuck?

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Topics: Business Process Outsource (BPO), Business Process Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Process Services

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