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The Benefits of Web Scraping Software For Your Business

The Benefits of Web Scraping Software For Business

As business owners enter 2018, most are looking for new ways to turn a profit and keep their marketing strategies relevant. One way to do this is through web data extraction, commonly known as web scraping. Web scraping can be done manually (i.e. copying and pasting) or with automation software […]

November 16th, 2017|data mining, web scraping|

The 3 Biggest Problems with VBA Scripts

The 3 Biggest Problems with VBA Scripts

We all have something we want to automate at work. This could be a mind-numbing Excel task, a manual process involving moving content from one place to another, or something else entirely. If you’re a programmer, that might be where VBA scripts and macros come in. Unfortunately, we’re not all programmers. Unless you are a VBA programmer – and a good one at that – chances are you struggle to make good use of VBA scripts and other macros to automate routine tasks. Below we’ve listed three reasons why VBA isn’t the best solution for most of us, and one great alternative.


September 5th, 2017|Tips & tricks|

Three Perceived Obstacles to Back Office Automation in Banks

Back Office Automation is Easier Than You Think

A few years ago, McKinsey & Company published an article on why banks try (and sometimes fail) to automate their back office operations. Let’s look at the most common obstacles to bank back office automation, and why we think financial institutions of all sizes should still consider automating their back office.


August 25th, 2017|Tips & tricks|


For the past three years, we have been beating the drum to prepare for the implementation of ICD-10, the tenth edition of the International Classification of Diseases. Since 2012, however, the deadline for implementation of ICD-10 has been pushed back three times, because of the complexity necessary to re-code.

In 2015, however, the deadline is firmly locked in place. That means healthcare providers—and the databases […]

April 6th, 2015|Health Insurance, ICD-10|


Automate Compliance Processes

Five years and 398 new regulations, into Dodd-Frank and banks are still battling onerous compliance processes that waste valuable time and money. According to the American Action Forum, U.S. financial institutions have lost a collective 61 million “paperwork” hours – the time needed to complete paperwork and filing required by law – since Dodd Frank’s implementation. That’s the equivalent of 30,370 employees […]

March 20th, 2015|business process automation, Compliance|

Three Ways Foxtrot Helps at Tax Time

Automate Tax Workflows

Now that the holidays have long since ended and the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to tax season. As the bane of both individual tax payer and small business alike, the tax reporting process is one full of manual work, research, and data entry. Basically, all of the things that Foxtrot does best. We’ve put […]

January 28th, 2015|Taxes, Tips & tricks|

Four New Business Trends for 2015 That You Need to Know

With the start of a new year comes a host of new regulations, opportunities, and transformative technologies that will change the way business owners operate in 2015. Among them, nearly 2,500 proposed new rules to govern U.S. businesses in the New Year and a fundamental shift in the way your customers view sales people today promise to create threats to – and opportunities for […]

January 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Christmas card lists illustrate how data constantly changes

When you put together your Christmas card list this year, did you notice how many changes you had to make on your list?

The average American family sends out around 40 Christmas cards each year, according to various greeting card associations.

That means when people sat down to address their cards this year, they encountered changes. How many friends or relatives moved to a […]

December 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

Dealing with Change is Easier with Foxtrot

Healthcare administrators work in a dizzying world of never-ending change. And, with ICD-10 re-coding of billing classifications (October 1, 2015) headlining changes for 2015, the administrators are only going to see changes increase in volume and complexity.

Veteran healthcare data management professionals are accustomed to changes. But savvy healthcare data management pros rely on our Foxtrot technology to help them deal with change.

Our customers […]

December 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Three Ways Your Organization is Putting Its Data Integrity Strategy in Jeopardy

Three Ways Your Organization is Putting Its Data Integrity Strategy in Jeopardy

Lack of data integrity – the assurance, accuracy, and consistency of data – can harm your data-intensive, customer-oriented applications, transactions, and processes. When data becomes unreliable, everyone from customers to C-level managers question the credibility of the business-level activities that use it as justification. If a health insurer cannot trust the […]

December 10th, 2014|Data integrity, Tips & tricks|