Streamlining Business Processes
All businesses have a certain set of procedures or processes established in order to accomplish everyday tasks in the most efficient way possible. These procedures or processes are often referred to as workflow. Workflow usually involves the movement of documents or information being passed from one individual or department to another in order to complete the next step in a series of predefined procedural rules. An example of this would be the way in which your organization handles the purchasing of items; from issuing a Purchase Order, receiving the items, processing an invoice and issuing a cheque or electronic payment for the items received. Think of all the individuals, departments and steps involved in order to make sure these items are sourced, received and paid for correctly.
The example above is only one of many workflow processes that proliferate within your company. In order to streamline these activities and to save both time and money, most businesses should be looking for ways to automate workflows by leveraging technology. Leveraging the latest print device technology can significantly impact the automation of workflow by shifting from printed pages to electronic documents, removing redundant steps and minimizing human error. Newer technologies inherent in multifunction printers (MFPs) can be introduced into workflow processes to improve or automate your current manual business practices.
Once you’ve made the initial investment in new print device technology, looking at workflow automation will increase the return on the investment of these print devices in terms of time and money, thereby improving the bottom-line of the business. The newest print technologies are fully capable of leveraging workflow automation with very little or no additional investment and, in the process, offering big returns.