These days new products and software help and support us in our everyday lives. As with many new ideas it's just about those lightbulb moments … ‘what if we automated this process?’.
It’s only within the last two centuries that automation really took hold. The first automated wool spinning mill started the industrial revolution and aircraft first flew by autopilot, a 100-year-old idea that has been reinvented into my smartphone telling me where I am, where I should go and how I should get there (I’ve not looked for a wool spinning app yet).
Automatic is described as “(of a device or process) working by itself with little or no direct human control.”, and that, to me at least, is what lots of the newer business buzzwords like Artificial and Business Intelligence are describing; automation, process streamlining and time-saving tech.
Automation really is at the heart of today’s connected world. It continues to develop at an exponential rate and is touching all of our lives both in work and at play. It supports us by saving time, improving how efficient we are and can make us safer.
DataLab was one of our lightbulb moments. We were focussed on a particular business problem to improve accuracy and save time. By standing back and developing a single, simple-to-use piece of automation software, we have created a one-stop-shop that reduces time, increases accuracy and takes the strain out of manual data collection.
Of course, some processes may not benefit from automation. There are potential downsides that a new solution gets over-engineered or the process over-complicated by trying to stitch together different types of software, all of which don’t quite do the job.
By approaching new software development from the view of solving a time-consuming repetitive task or one which is prone to, for example, manual error, automation supports an organisation to improve resource - whether people, time or money – and gives those in it more flexibility to explore, innovate and develop.
It’s just about encouraging those lightbulb moments.