22 May, 2020· read

How to create an automation strategy for your business

The perfect combination of people, processes, and systems is an ideal that many businesses strive for. A bespoke automation strategy that fosters business growth is a pragmatic way to achieve this synergy, and with some strategic planning and an understanding of the potential benefits automation holds – the possibilities are endless.

Companies of every shape and size can employ their own automated processes to transform their business into a more productive, efficient, and – above all – profitable enterprise. As many business leaders start to realise the potential of intelligent automation, they may soon start to look for practical ways to implement this technology.

Our automation specialists have shared their top four considerations for creating and designing a robust automation strategy.

Decide which aspects of your business to automate

Start by identifying a strong use case and narrow down the potential selection of viable processes into which you can implement automation. Ask yourself where your business experiences backlogs or delays, or analyse which tasks are backlogged due to staff time constraints.

If there are aspects of these processes that can be automated, consider looking into these as your first port of call for deployment.

Define your expected outcomes

What would you expect to see once you’ve implemented automation? What goals and objectives must be achieved in order for you to consider it a success?

Ask yourself these questions to determine your vision: What problems are you trying to solve through automation? What potential risks could you face if you choose not to automate?

If you’re experiencing issues with high waste levels or recurring production issues, for instance, how much of a financial setback could you be facing by failing to implement automation? Once your benchmark for success has been defined, it becomes easier to measure progress along the way. This will also allow you to continue to tailor your automation solution to remain agile with your changing needs in the future.

Include everyone

A great way to diversify risk is to assign a departmental ‘head’, or owner for each of your automation projects. Project owners will be responsible for the overall strategy in driving their department forward. While it shouldn’t be the sole responsibility of any one person to develop and maintain your infrastructure, it’s a good idea to have a clear leader with a knowledgeable support structure to facilitate these objectives.

Further, with people moving in and out of roles, choosing to have a larger number of staff with experience and understanding of your automation process, you’re safeguarding yourself from unnecessary setbacks caused by personal career moves.

Choose the right tools

Once you’ve collated the processes you plan to automate, built out a strategy, and defined your measurable outcomes, choosing the right tool to implement automation is key to delivering on your goals and expectations. With such a variety of automation tools available today, it can be overwhelming trying to find the best tools. Understanding your requirements, identifying the criteria, and knowing whether your project can be a success through open source, commercial or custom tools are the best ways to determine what type of automation tool to use.

Our team of experts are at hand to guide you through the automation process, provide industry insight with a proven track record, and enable you to meet and exceed your automation goals. Our custom software simplifies automation implementation and maintenance will help you to reach your full potential.

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