4 ways software can disrupt & deliver change in 2018

Legacy Systems
We’ve all had a full week back and like many businesses, at this time of year, it’s not uncommon to be reflecting on progress to date and planning for the future. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at some of the software development projects and ways our clients have used technology to take a slightly more disruptive and a less traditional approach to business growth in 2017.
Integrating systems so that they share common data is a great enabler. It allows you to free up people’s time and focus their energies on more productive activities.  Whether it’s saving time by not having to duplicate data, allowing one person to complete a number of tasks or just by presenting people with accurate data at a faster rate. Productivity 101 ‘Do more with the same or less resource’.
Automating daily tasks can free up a huge amount of time and reduces the number of mundane admin tasks people get involved in.  A good example of this is automating expense claims or holiday requests or maybe even building custom SharePoint sites based on predetermined rules. It all saves time and creates consistency, allowing your team(s) to focus on customer facing activity.
We all work for the same company with the same goals, so sharing data across that company surely makes sense (usual security caveats apply).  Many of our projects this year have been about making data and files available to colleagues across the business, regardless of location.  Using tools such as CRM, SharePoint and Teams companies have reduced their data storage, ensured consistency and version control and reduced email traffic.  They have also reduced the time people spend looking for information as it’s all securely stored in one central location with easy access (again usual security caveats apply).
Mobile Apps
App development has been big business in 2017 and we’re expecting more from 2018. Apps make your business look more professional and are a great sell to clients. Simple forms collating data  is not rocket science, but the savings, impact they have and the comparable intelligence that is immediately available makes these types of App a requirement for any growing business. You won’t get that from your paper based forms or Excel. More companies are now using apps to help their field based staff do their jobs and maintain real-time communication with Head Office.  Data can be pushed from field to HO immediately and actioned accordingly. It feels great to eradicate a few more triplicate forms, remove duplicate data re-entry and speed up the invoicing process. (A firm favourite).