The use of machines, computers and other technologies for automating the processes, is a very common site everywhere. The need for automation is different for different domains though. Even in the same industry, the extent and type of automation vary on the basis of scale, the location of the business, type of services, etc.
Automation always sounds beneficial but how much automation does your business need, is a million-dollar question. Why?
Because too much or too less automation might mess up with the smooth flow of business’ functional activities. Also, the inappropriate amount of automation may exploit the business resources. So, how to decide which part of business needs automation and to which extent? You might find the following points useful in this respect.
Following the trend
Technologies which are trending in the market may attract everyone; an integrated ERP system sounds useful and a need of the time since every big brand is implementing it, but this may not be a case for your business specifics. Instead, a simple check stub creator is all you might need to automate the process of creating pay stub. Hence, before you decide to follow the trend, understand the audience which is being benefited from it and compare your business to understand if it fits in the same bracket.
A businessman gets an opportunity to travel various places, from where he/she can gather new ideas about automation. A business in a hilly region might feel it effective to have a device for mobile payments but the network services and legal regulations of the region may hamper the technical feasibility of the idea. This issue might put more pressure on the business in terms of finances and availability of resources. Therefore, any automation that has restricted feasibility, must be discouraged. Instead, look for easy alternatives. Go for technology that is widespread and going strong at your place of business.
Cost of implementation, execution, and training
The first-timers who have just started to automate their business must go slow. Those, which are expanding the reach of automatic processes in the business must also consider the cost of implementation and training the human resources. The rollbacks might cause the wastage of time that has been invested during implementing and educating people for its use. In some cases, the cost of execution of an automated process increases with time. For those instances, be vigilant on the ROI and be on a lookout for a sustainable alternative.
When your business lies under the medium or large-scale category, it is important to prioritize the departments or processes for automation. Since, there exists an inter-dependency within the organization, automating the most needed section will save a greater amount of time than the collective automation of non-significant work departments. The automation of the logistics department of a company is a priority as the efficiency in its processes will help in quicker actions in rest of the departments like marketing, sales, etc.
The multiple reasons and ways are adopted by businesses when they try to make a transition from being manual to automatic functions. The unnecessary automation is more dangerous than no automation at all. Hence, it is a matter of fine screening and elaborative discussion. This will help in your motive of enhancing the business with technology.