Do these three organizational bottlenecks look familiar?

  • Paperwork overload
  • A variety of systems that are not compatible with one another
  • Processes that worked fine at an earlier stage but that can’t keep up or scale

If so, your company is far from alone when it comes to workflow inefficiencies that can drain resources and put the brakes on growth. Fortunately, each of these areas can see significant improvement when approached with the right tools and technologies. Read on to learn how your company can make steps toward increasing productivity while mitigating growing pains.

I.  Paperwork overload

Many businesses continue to rely on reams of documents for day-to-day activities. This approach tends to keep administrative costs high while opening the door for mistakes. We at Spiralogics have seen excellent results from helping clients go digital, consolidating and automating workflow management.

A web or software application not only saves time and money, it also helps your company ensure higher quality and fewer errors. A customized application can provide a central database that handles multiple functions – from case management and deployment to billing and a host of administrative tasks – leaving less room for human error and inconsistencies.

II.  A variety of systems that are not compatible with one another

If your business consists of a network of participating locations, you may have experienced the frustration of managing different software systems that may not be compatible with one another. School systems, franchises, and branch organizations are just a few examples where location-specific customizations can lead to clunky communication and inconsistent record-keeping.

Workflow management applications can ease the burden of managing multiple locations by allowing for smooth integration. A custom software development firm will work with you to design and implement an application that takes into account your network’s needs as a whole and individually.

III.  Processes that worked fine at an earlier stage but that can’t keep up or scale

A “shoot from the hip” approach may have been the best policy when your business was in its early stages, but it can soon prove insufficient as the company grows. The complexities that come with scaling often require businesses to automate processes that were once handled manually. An application that is tailored to the demands of your business is the surest way to know that your software infrastructure has the capacity to grow as quickly as your company does.

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