We have become so good at remembering tasks across pen and paper, Wunderlist and flagged emails. And remembering which version of the document was final. Was it v5 or v5.1?
Is this the best use of our brain cycles? What if something could do this automatically?
Automate your mundane tasks so you can focus on real work. Human beings are great systems integrators today. We constantly move information around, from our phones to our PCs, to our ‘data systems’ that range from a new SaaS tool, to pen and paper. We receive input or a notification on one of our devices, and we cascade it into another routine action.
Some real-life examples:
- Your team is constantly meeting people at events and following up over email. You want to ensure that you do not miss any of these leads, but re-typing information from emails into your CRM system is tedious.
- You work with agencies who create content and upload large files to OneDrive or Dropbox accounts. Your team wants to know when the latest files will arrive, without having to check every 30 minutes, and then you want to transfer a backup to a save cloud storage as soon as it comes through to ensure you don’t lose any valuable work.
- You get hundreds of emails every day, and your notification options are all-or-nothing. It’s hard to keep up with all that traffic when you are travelling. You would like to get an SMS when specific people like your boss or a key customer prospect reaches out directly to you.
However, humans are not efficient system integrators. What if we could automate these processes?
Most of these systems are seen as “not designed to work with each other” and integration projects between these systems will quickly become complex IT projects that take a long time to execute and require deep integration expertise. What if we could automate routine tasks to be more efficient as a business user? What if we could enable new uses and accomplish things, we can’t currently do today by relying on powerful process automation that does not require length IT projects?