Today’s operations executives, especially in the high-demand, big-data industries of banking and healthcare, usually find that whichever way they turn there’s either a rock or a hard place. Operations managers are responsible for a number of challenges such as growing revenue while containing costs; and dealing with limited IT resources yet growing competition. Bigger, better, faster is the standard, and it’s all happening at a pace that too often exceeds the ability of IT departments or technology vendors to develop workable solutions.  In our white paper, Breaking the Efficiency Barrier: Understanding Data Automation, we further discuss the challenges operations executives face and how Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can successfully break the barrier to efficiency.

Despite the big balancing act, the ability of your operations staff to enter, maintain and find data effectively and efficiently is a primary factor in modern business success. And that’s just the routine stuff. Operations executives know they must deal with mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, massive data breaches and their effect. If your team can’t input, maintain, integrate and mine business data with speed, efficiency and accuracy — and do so at a moment’s notice — the business cannot compete.

Operations executives face a serious challenge: in a climate of increased economic pressures and limited IT resources, how can you achieve business objectives efficiently and affordably?

Manual processes take up a lot of time and bring human error into play. Relying on temps and part-time workers, as well as ad hoc data-management tools, is in no way commensurate with the critical demands, including security, of the Information Age. What if your vital business logic is trapped in a “spreadsheet jungle” of labor-intensive and nonintegrated workflows that cannot be audited? And what if mission-critical data is stored in a place only one person can access and he or she leaves the company?

Data automation technology has come a long way, and the good news for operations executives is that there really is an “easy button” out there for them. RPA is an affordable and accessible tool that mechanizes the movement of data between disparate platforms and applications, while easing many other business concerns of the operations staff.

Foxtrot RPA software can seamlessly enter, maintain, migrate, integrate, mine and test data from spreadsheets, PC-based software packages, and mainframe or Internet-based core business applications. Also, the tool accesses data through the presentation layer of the company’s existing systems and applications so that data security and integrity are preserved by the organization’s preexisting safeguards, business rules and access filters.

The RPA software’s easy-to-understand, drag-and-drop user interface means that operations specialists can easily create fully automated, step-by-step “scripts” that describe exactly how data should be collected and moved, regardless of whether the data resides on Windows, web or legacy systems.

There’s literally no stopping this “automated employee” — no lunch breaks, 5 o’clock whistles or weekends needed. A robot like Foxtrot can work around the clock, saving time, money and operations headaches. More than 500 businesses worldwide have found that out, using Foxtrot technology to efficiently and effectively automate data entry, maintenance, integration, mining, migration and testing projects while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless man-hours.

For more information on data automation, download our white paper, Breaking the Efficiency Barrier: Understanding Data Automation.

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