When it comes to managing a business in today’s world, technology has a huge impact on how things are done, as well as on a company’s profit margin. This is a time so unlike any other in history that it has even taken the younger generations some effort to keep up with all the advances in technology that have become the very core of business operations, from administration to production to sales and customer relations. In fact, it is safe to say that unless management learns to utilize technology in both front and back ends of business management, they will soon be left behind in a world that has gone tech-crazy.

Technology at the Heart of Simplifying Tasks

When in business, you are likely to hear the terms ‘best practices’ and ‘standardized procedures’ repeatedly used in every department and for every task, no matter how menial. Once best practices and standardized procedures are identified, it is relatively easy to make them company policy. Or, is it?

What many companies have begun doing is building models with BPM (Business Process Management) software, which can easily be downloaded from the award-winning site bizagi.com. These models all businesses to standardize procedures and practices so that they can be deployed throughout an organization, accessed as needed. With everything web based, mobility is never an issue.

Need to fill out a fuel voucher or a time-off request? A standardized form created can be accessed, completed, immediately sent to the appropriate person for approval, and responses generated and sent as needed.

Automation within Business Management

This leads to the role automation plays in business management today. No longer relegated to production lines in manufacturing concerns, automation can be useful in the front of the house as well. HR is one department that is positively impacted by automation because of the way in which forms can be generated, housed in a Cloud-based HR server, accessed by staff and applicants, and then automatically forwarded to the appropriate person within HR.

From timekeeping records to sales, production, and shipping, tasks are standardized on a business modeling platform, deployed in-house or to any server on the Web as needed. It’s all in creating forms and function, which can be accessed and automatically deployed once they have been saved within the platform. Many of today’s leading business process management platforms also import and export data to other locations and platforms automatically once a form has been completed and saved. It’s amazing just how time and cost effective automation can be in business management.

Building Models for Success

In the end, it’s all about building business process models, which can be tested and then deployed. Managing a business in today’s world demands that business owners and directors take a long look at the technology that can save their company time and money. It’s a whole new world out there and at its very center is technology. If you hope to compete, you need to get with the times.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].