This is probably the most rewarding
facet of our work, a small piece of software can improve productivity
and accuracy while reducing cost.
We are not talking about writing a bespoke Order
processing, Invoicing, Stock Control and Accounts package. It is those
unique labour intensive data processing chores, which take people forever.
In the vast majority of cases, the office and financial
administration system will be addressed by off the shelf software, the
IT consultant will have assisted in the choice of the appropriate solution.
There are still many niche areas of data processing, people are expensive
and better employed in thinking.
Someone may be keying in orders received by email,
Stock control spreadsheets may be updated laboriously, Sales data may
be processed to show the Gross Margin by Product, Time sheets may be entered
to calculate payroll data.
These are a few simple examples of data processing
which become enshrined over time, but in fact cost a fortune because people
have to maintain them. We enjoy Blue Skies thinking, there is no need
to do things in a particular way just because they always have been.
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