Workplace mistakes are more likely to emanate from people than computers. Computers are often blamed, but the problem almost always begins with the quality of information entered. The computer is only a tool, and to maximise the efficacy of any tool it must be used in ways which play to its strengths.
Computers are great at data handling and processing, but less good at distinguishing the quality of data being fed to them. The automation of processes can minimise the chance of bad data entering the system. This is especially so where computers are able to talk directly to other computers without the encumbrance of a human operator.
Automation of manual processes brings with it improvements in speed, accuracy and (by extension) cost savings. This ideal has seen a drive to automate since the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. Processes in the 21st Century are more likely to refer to digital workflows than looms but there are many similarities. Poor processes can take up a large amount of the working day, they can be fragile, and allow a greater risk of errors.
These days companies try to solve such problems with all manner of spreadsheets and off the shelf software packages. None of which were designed to solve the specific problem in hand. This is where bespoke software comes into its own. By building a solution to precisely model the workflow it was designed to fit, it is better able to evolve in line with the company’s future development. Wasted time, energy, and materials can be stripped away, leaving behind a leaner, more flexible company fit for any future challenge.
Remove the Human
Taking the human out of the loop has been the basis of fictional works for many years. At Desktop Enterprises, we believe this is the way to achieve greatness in your business.