Automating processes endows us with much needed time, space and energy in business. In most cases, there is existing software available to automate manual processes. Perhaps you have gone through a business transformation and automated a number of your manual processes, but there are a few remaining tasks that are still dependent on human resources. Perhaps you have thought a particular process could be automated easily, but the wide world of the internet has nothing to offer. The option to develop software which functions to suit your business’ needs may have seemed like an idea for someone only with adequate qualifications and experience. The purpose of this article is to show you that this option is accessible to anybody who has an idea of a solution which fills a gap in the market.
Software development is a valuable outlet from which we can all profit.
Take automation a step further and relieve your business pain points as well as hindrances that may be shared by organisations in the same industry. Investments, both time and money, are worth the potential return, especially if the software can be licensed.. Software development may relieve burdens brought about by manual processes, eliminate human error and increase productivity for, not only your organisation, but others in the market.
Information can be gathered through a variety of platforms. Information regarding the company’s needs will dictate the nature of the research that will be conducted. Perhaps existing software does not quite hit the mark for your business. It is important to research how functionality can be improved to meet your business needs and extend that to the needs of other organisations in the industry.
Software development and automation is about asking yourself how can we change the way we do things? It is about streamlining processes and making workflow simpler and more convenient. With automation comes change, so think about what change your software will make on both small and large scales. Think about the past, present and most importantly the future – how have practices and methods evolved and how will this function in future industry climates.
Information should be gathered and managed systematically to create a story map of your needs and outline the scope of work. The entire system can then be defined, and forwarded to a developer to translate the design into a blueprint, and divide the workload into manageable parts.
Design, Test and Code
While the developer is more or less in charge of the events that take place during this phase, collaboration is important. The test environment will give you a chance to observe and monitor progress, functionality and operations on sample data. Plan a logical method of analysing and assessing the test outcomes to improve further tests that may be required.
Employees may leave the meeting understanding what tasks they have to do, but task-driven roles are problematic. How can you play a team game if your only interest is completing your given task? How can you complete the task effectively if you do not know its purpose?
Implementing software should be considered from a workplace cultural perspective. Consider how the software processes interconnect with other processes and/or systems in play. Implementation should be inclusive and aligned with the organisation’s strategic direction. To reap all the benefits of developing and implementing software, the project has to be dealt with delicately. Change management principles are significantly necessary to protect the organisational culture and project deliverables.
Automation is not just accessible in terms of the introduction of technology; but the development of technology as well. Software development can fills the gaps of your procedures and systems that may be more hindering than beneficial. On top of this, whilst introducing digital solutions internally, you have the opportunity to create a new revenue stream and market the solution commercially.