Business leaders say that you should set your standards so high that even your mistakes are excellent. It’s good to know then that striving for business excellence has been made easier in recent years thanks to game-changing software that’s driven intelligent efficiency.

Automating tedious tasks with the right tools can save you time, energy, and money – it’s the smart way to tackle time-consuming activities.

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Today, 99 per cent of all business processes can be automated, and a PMG study of US corporate IT professionals conducted last year saw 98 per cent agree that it was vital to driving business benefits.

In fact, many respondents reported that automation was already helping them meet business objectives related to enhancing the customer experience (61 per cent), increasing productivity gains (59 per cent), sharing knowledge (52 per cent) and delivering new products (46 per cent).

Of course, the prime purpose of creating an automated task is to get rid of a manual task and, at the same time, make sure it’s being done exactly the way you want.

Automation software lets you put virtually any task or process on auto-pilot and claim back hours in your workday – and with the right automation engine to oversee the operation, the driving of intelligent efficiencies becomes even more marked.

Digital employee-of-the-month

It’s like a ‘digital employee-of-the-month’ for every month. It’s the helpful member of staff who takes routine tasks off your hands so you can focus on the more important things. It never gets sick or tired, never takes a day off, and works 24 hours a day. In other words, it’s the dream employee.

Automation software; it’s the dream employee

While many think that enhancing technology in a business means that staff are needed less, it can actually mean that there is more time spent on non-tech activities like face-to-face customer interaction, collaboration and innovation.

Essentially, the value of your time is maximised through the use of automated software, and your organisation is enabled to become proactive.

Thanks to a standardised approach, it’s also easy to personalise the set-up to your company. Ready-made templates allow quick transference of bespoke branding so that it becomes a natural extension of your organisation.

Integration benefits

Perhaps the most valuable aspect, however, is the software’s integration benefits. Information that should really be shared across an organisation is often stored in silos, meaning that data has to be tediously ported over when it’s required. That’s exactly the kind of inefficiency that technology should be driving out of business operations.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect, however, is the software’s integration benefits

Automated software instead makes sure that admin tasks are joined up, providing a more detailed organisational overview. Within every business, applications can be combined to avoid unnecessary overlap, and thanks to this type of software, these opportunities are now actively sought out and identified.

There are, in fact, numerous other benefits, from improved customer relationships and increased sales through better service, joined-up thinking, and the use of real time data, to better working environments through higher productivity, and more focused roles.

Ultimately though, it’s all about agility; the ability to allow organisations to recognise and respond to opportunities more quickly. In other words, the establishment of a significant competitive edge.

Setting your standards so high that even your mistakes are excellent is a worthy approach to business, but with the right automation software in place, now even the little mistakes need not happen.

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Steven Boyle, CEO and Founder, icsbusinessbox  An experienced businessman and entrepreneur, Steven has been involved in many technology companies throughout his career that has spanned over three decades. Having been CEO previously at Altran CIS, Steven understands what information business leaders need in order to make important decisions. He is the creator of icsbusinessbox, which has delivered core cloud-based services and software platforms to help the SME community de-risk their businesses, significantly reduce costs, and drive up productivity. He is also Programme Director with one of the world’s largest investment banks.