The healthcare industry has some of the most stringent standards in terms of data-related regulatory compliance. HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) applies to 18 different aspects of individual health information that could potentially be used to identify someone. HIPAA privacy rules apply to both written and visual information. Privacy rules are only one aspect of HIPAA. While the entire act revolves around patient privacy, it’s not only organizations within the healthcare industry that need to be concerned about HIPAA compliance. Any covered entity or business associate that interacts with healthcare information also falls under the jurisdiction of HIPAA and must meet the requirements set forth by the HIPAA security compliance checklist. The good news for healthcare providers, dentists, and doctors is that document management providers are able to ensure they remain compliant with HIPAA.

The HIPAA Security Compliance Checklist

The HIPAA compliance checklist is just what it sounds like – a checklist of criteria that organizations must meet in order to comply with HIPAA regulations. The requirements of HIPAA are broad so they can be applied to all organizations that come into contact with Protected Health Information (PHI). There are five main technological safeguards that must be in place, according to the HIPAA compliance checklist. These HIPAA security rules include:

  • Implementation of a means of control
  • The inclusion of a verified authentication method for ePHI
  • Tools for encryption and decryption
  • Introduction of activity logs and audit controls
  • Facilitation of automatic log-off for network-connected devices

Failing to adhere to HIPAA compliance comes with a heavy cost. Fines for violations can be as high as $1 million when sensitive information is concerned. Needless to say, any organization within healthcare or related to healthcare cannot afford to neglect security measures that involve Patient Health Information.

HIPAA Compliance & Document Security Equipment

The primary challenge of medical software is dealing with document management. Because such software is essential to processing large numbers of documents, most healthcare providers utilize these systems. Some of the key features of quality medical document security software include ease of use, strictly defined structure, and data security. Security solutions at the software level mean little without the hardware necessary to implement those solutions. Document security equipment includes medical office multi-function printers, medical office scanners, and network security, which helps to deal with issues that all organizations must concern themselves with today.

Other than requiring an inventory of all hardware containing ePHI, the HIPAA compliance checklist does not define specific hardware requirements. However, the entire list, when taken as a whole, implies that the proper document security equipment has to be implemented. This includes everything necessary to prevent or detect breaches if and when they do happen. In order to provide an integrated-document security solution, multi-function printers (MFPs) can be outfitted with wireless access points with pre-installed security-conscious firmware. With medical office managed IT, this integration can be accomplished without the need for piecing together every detail on your own.

High Quality HIPAA Compliance

External Managed IT services can provide services that will further integrate the necessary components of HIPAA security compliance into an office’s overall infrastructure. This eliminates the worry concerning the chance of a data leak or a security breach happening in some unexpected corner of document security services.

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have enough to worry about. By placing document-security, for both paper documents and digital files, concerns in the hands of experienced professionals, healthcare offices are able to have a HIPAA-compliant infrastructure that is tailored to meet the needs of their team and patients. Medical offices also benefit from a more efficient workflow that not only keeps them in compliance with HIPAA, but adapts to their changing needs.

Want to learn more about the available IT security options that RJ Young offers to hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare organizations? Contact us today to learn more about the latest HIPAA compliant document security innovations.

Few people understand the importance of workflow efficiency better than employees in a medical office or hospital. Keeping documentation organized, ensuring sensitive data remains secure and making sure they stay HIPAA compliant are just a few of the tasks medical offices face daily. Fortunately, these practices can focus on other tasks thanks to medical office document management services.

What Are Document Management Services?

Initially, Document Management meant digitizing all of the documents in filing cabinets to make them easier to access and search through. For many organizations, the promise of automation for document capture, routing, and access remained unfulfilled with older systems. These systems were cumbersome or confusing, leaving employees to resort to old, manual processes. With recent developments in software and technology, however, document management can transform a work environment in several ways. This includes so much more than just scanning services – especially for healthcare.

Document Security & Regulation Compliance

Once documents are digitally stored, they instantly become more secure. Whereas physical copies can be picked up by anyone in the immediate vicinity, digital copies require multiple steps before they can be accessed.

Sometimes it is necessary for hard copies to be made. With the workflow solutions provided by modern document management software, medical practices can securely print hard copies of sensitive information with the use of badge swipes or codes. This provides an additional layer of security by only allowing authorized users access to health records and other patient information.

The best way to ensure HIPAA compliance is by controlling who has access to medical records. With medical office document management services, digital access for medical records can be solely provided to authorized individuals. By meeting HIPAA’s privacy regulations, compliance indeed becomes achievable.

Saving Green by Going Green

Recent reports have shown that medical practices produce over 1000 faxes per month. By opting for electronic documents and cutting out these faxes and subsequent copies, medical offices can reduce costs. These funds can then be allocated to more significant areas. These savings do not just come from cutting down on the cost of paper. Offices enjoy additional benefits due to a reduction in toner and ink cartridge replenishment, fewer equipment servicing requests, and smaller storage requirements for documents.

How Document Management Is Saving Today’s Medical Office

Studies have found that over 80 percent of doctors use EHRs(electronic healthcare record systems). Most doctors and physicians assume that their EHR software is the only piece of document management that they require. Though EHRs are a significant improvement from traditional paper practices, they can still be improved. Document Management software can integrate with EHRs that are already in place. This helps fortify security for patient information and lab results and ensures automation processes are operating at maximum efficiency.

Reducing Human Error

Even though an overwhelming majority of doctors are now utilizing electronic systems, most are still relying on paper-based documents for processes that could be automated such as patient intake forms. By holding onto these paper-based practices, sensitive documents are subject to one of the most severe threats to HIPAA compliance – human error.

The best way to reduce human error is to simplify processes and make systems more organized. Paper files allow for human error to occur more easily than digital ones. Misplacing confidential patient records is more prone to happen when files are physically stored. These hard copies can be placed in incorrect folders, which can lead to false information being relayed. By holding onto paper copies of patient data, there is also a much higher chance of being in violation of HIPAA due to the information being less secure.

Human error and HIPAA violations can be minimized when document management is implemented. By keeping all files digital, professionals can simply search the database of files to find the most accurate patient information through secure means. Additional security measures can be placed on electronic files to make sure that only approved users have access. This is a much better way to ensure HIPAA compliance than locking documents in a filing cabinet. Essentially, medical office document management maximizes efficiency by minimizing the chance of errors.

Improving Workflow Through Automation

One of the largest benefits of implementing document management can be seen in patient records. Prior to automation, medical facilities would pull patient records and fax them to provide patient information to other professionals. Due to human error and large reserves of files, the documents sent over might not be the most recent files. After an office incorporates automation into their daily practices, they are able to guarantee that the files they pull and send are the most up-to-date ones. With superior organization and search capabilities, electronic systems improve almost every single process that the healthcare industry uses.

It’s All About The Patient

Medical Office Document Management helps transform an office into a more patient-oriented organization because they spend less time worrying about documents and more time on the patients themselves.

Find Out More About Medical Office Document Management

To find out more about how RJ Young’s Document Management Services and our other Workflow Solutions can help transform your medical practice, fill out our contact form or call us at 800-347-1955

When it comes to implementing digital transformation solutions, accounts payable often takes a backseat to other business processes. This makes sense because of the increased rigor that financial documentation goes through during processing. However, optimizing customer-oriented workflows, or process automation, without optimizing your invoice and billing solutions is a half-measure that will generate production bottlenecks in time.

Instead of treating your accounts payable department like a burdensome cost, you can implement innovative managed services that will transform accounting processes into value-generating assets. Once you start quantifying value in terms of cost-savings and efficiencies, the opportunity to upgrade your accounts payable processes is one you will want to take as soon as you can.

There are three ways that managed services can help generate value in enterprise financial departments. From digitally processing invoices to implementing state-of-the-art data and network security solutions, you can provide your accounting department with the tools it needs to produce long-lasting value.

Three Workflow Solutions to Improve Accounts Payable Efficiency

Today’s finance officers have to cope with increasingly complex regulations while being able to offer useful advice to executive partners using modern data analysis to draw insight. This puts CFOs in a position to balance concerns of performance, efficiency, and risk using data that may not always be immediately available.

To be able to take advantage of the data that accounts payable processes generate, you need to collect, store, and communicate data effectively. A solid financial data infrastructure can remove up to 25 percent of your current staff’s workload, increasing your capabilities significantly.

Our workflow optimization specialists identify three valuable ways today’s organizations can reduce waste and inefficiency in the accounts payable department. These include customized workflow solutions, managed print services, and mobile compatibility.

1. Customized Process Automation and Workflows

Your organization operates according to a strict set of unique processes that determine what happens to incoming financial documentation. Those processes include solutions for invoices, procedures for billing, and retroactive corrections of mistakes (when possible).

Paper-based workflows are simply too slow and too inefficient to generate value in today’s workplace. But you cannot reasonably expect to bulldoze your own existing processes and replace them ad-hoc with brand new digital ones.

You need customized digital workflows that mirror your paper-based processes while improving the speed and efficiency with which accounts payable employees process individual documents. This allows you to set hard-and-fast rules that enforce regulatory compliances and speed up the capture of incoming financial documentation.

Additionally, customized digital workflows allow you to route new documents using automated tools that prevent the possibility of sensitive data getting into the wrong hands. Customized workflows allow you to keep a closer eye on data transfer and printing so that your company enjoys greater data security.

2. Managed Print Services

Printing can account for up to 15 percent of unreported annual business spending. That alarming figure is easy to understand when you factor in the cost of ink and toner cartridges, paper, printer maintenance, and employee downtime caused by printer-related issues.

Managed print services transform your print fleet into a value-generating asset that is scalable, efficient, and easy to manage. These services turn an ad-hoc expense into a fixed fee while incentivizing your service provider to keep your print fleet in perfect working condition.

Powerful analytics allow you to look at print consumption at the individual user level to determine which employees are abusing print resources – and why. This also gives you the power to change your print fleet layout to accommodate employee workflows so that the departments that print the most have the ideal resources available to do so.

3. Mobile Office Solutions

Enterprises are increasingly moving towards the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend. For an increasing number of employees, work no longer refers strictly to what happens at your desk. The ability to process and communicate data from the palm of your hand is an important and valuable asset.

While there are legitimate security concerns to letting employees use their own mobile devices, the fact is that employees will choose the most convenient way to get things done. If that means using a mobile device to send sensitive customer financial documentation, it is up to you to make sure that the transfer is a secure one.

Developing and deploying robust mobile office solutions help to standardize processes and procedures for using mobile devices. This allows employees to print, scan, and transfer sensitive data from their mobile devices securely while enjoying full access to company resources.

Are you ready to incorporate state-of-the-art process automation and workflow solutions into your accounts payable processes? Contact an RJ Young specialist today! 

2018 is here, and RJ Young is ready to help you meet all of your business resolutions this new year. Follow along over the next few months as we help you identify ten ways to simplify your business, from outsourced IT services to having a one-stop shop for your office technology needs. Make 2018 the year you simplify your printing and technology needs.

Resolution 3: Bring Everything You Need Everywhere You Go with a Mobile Office

As a business owner or team leader, you need to have access to your business everywhere you go. With Mobile Office Solutions from RJ Young, you’ll have everything you need on your phone or tablet in easy-to-use formats that mirror your desktop workspace. Your network, your workflow, your device—mobile office solutions may seem like the future, but they can be the present.

4 Benefits of Mobile Office Solutions

What are some of the biggest benefits of mobile office solutions for businesses?

1. Print from your mobile device
On the go? In a meeting and need to print a file quickly? RJ Young Mobile Solutions can set up your mobile device—phone or tablet—to print whatever you need, wherever you are.

2. Capture & Share Data
Scan, upload, organize and share data and documents from any device. No need to wait until you get back to the office.

3. Cloud-based document storage
Say you’re in the aforementioned meeting and need to print a document—finding it on your mobile device could be tricky if you aren’t using cloud-based document storage as part of your mobile office! Cloud-based document storage (paired with scanned files and other efficiencies from partnering with RJ Young) allows you to access any file, anytime, anywhere.

4. Electronic Forms Streamline Approvals
No more chasing stakeholders around with a pen and printed documents—with electronic forms, you can instantly email all the key stakeholders to digitally sign anything that needs approval. Fast, efficient, safe—electronic forms will change the way you approve (and get approvals for) all of your contracts and other documents.

A Mobile Office Gives You All the Flexibility You Need

This is the year your office starts to work for you, no matter where you are or what you need. With mobile office solutions from RJ Young, your documents, contracts, printers, files, and electronic forms are always within your reach. You can take your office where you need it to go—which means you can be wherever you need to be. It’s flexibility without compromise.

Learn more about how RJ Young’s Mobile Office Solutions can start helping you today!

There are only so many hours in the day and dollars in your budget. Therefore, most managers set out on the journey to an efficient workflow each day. The course can often be long and managers encounter many roadblocks and detours along the way. Here are three routes to help reduce operating costs while increasing your productivity and efficiency.

 

  1. Document Management

Automated workflows move information throughout your organization in a secure, efficient manner. Translate paper-based data into documents, facilitate sharing and allow accessibility from desktops and mobile devices. View, share and store digitized documents and data in a centralized system. Print business documents from your mobile device anytime, anywhere. Access your documents via Smart Devices (iOS, Android). Secure your important business information and protect it from unauthorized users. Boost productivity with digitized data, automated workflows and instant access to information.

  1. Managed Print Services

Keep your office up and running while driving printing costs down. Up to 90% of companies do not track how much they spend on producing and maintaining documents. The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year, and printing costs can eat away up to 15% of your annual revenue. Managed print services solutions typically consist of a flat monthly fee that covers the equipment lease, a set number of prints, toner supplies, service calls and parts for service repairs—all managed by an expert print management consultant. This allows your business to plan for short-term and long-term printing expenses and track the cost associated with each document produced.

  1. Managed Network Services

Managed IT services is a cost-effective way to help maintain vital, daily operations with limited interruptions to workflow. As computers become easier to use, the networks that connect them become more complex. A single change to a network can have a cascade of negative effects. As a result, businesses can be crippled by the loss of employee productivity. Control costs with managed IT services helps to find the source of network issues and configure your network for maximum efficiency.  Your network is monitored to identify and remedy potential problems before they impact operations. Regular reporting on the overall health of your network, monitor your nightly backups and provide automatic updates and virus sweeps to ensure your network is well maintained.

 

Don’t get off-course looking for shortcuts to hit your budget. These three steps will provide direction, navigating you directly to your business goals.

 

 

Josh Burgoa, Software Sales Specialist

Since January 2014, Josh helps provide customers with electronic document management, document output, workflow automation and print management solutions. He also helps with ways to streamline their business processes through technology. In turn, cutting customer costs and increasing productivity. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. Josh is a Software Sales Specialist from our Chattanooga, TN office.

 

 

Every day large volumes of paper documents can become difficult to manage, often leading to data entry errors, loss of information and inconvenient work delays. This inefficient use of time, office technology, office equipment, and human resources can result in significant financial losses for any sized business. Workflow Automation and Business Process Automation help businesses boost their productivity and efficiency.

Workflow Automation software is comprised of a set of tools aimed at maximizing all the benefits of performing automated business processes while reducing costs. It allows individuals to automate repetitive business processes and easily follow up on uncompleted tasks. Users gain knowledge into workflow performance with in-depth visibility into what needs to be done, who is involved in the process and what will happen after an action is taken.

In order to build effective automated processes, organizations should implement workflow software that will deliver the following five essential features:

  • 1. Accessibility

Today, the most efficient workflow software systems are mobile accessible, providing users the ability to view document information, give approvals and access data and reports from any location at any time. It’s not enough to rely on one platform, as workflow software should be compatible from Mac to PC, tablet to smartphone and laptop. With mobile accessibility, security is a requirement. Advance workflow software should offer role-based access control so that workflows containing sensitive information can be kept hidden from certain users. Administrators can easily customize what each individual user can see and do, ensuring accessibility without sacrificing document and information security.

  • 2. Visibility

High-level decision making depends heavily on the documentation at hand, corresponding data, and effective communication, which can be tough to monitor. Decision makers want to know quickly which processes are on track and which ones are in need of attention. Advanced workflow software provides a structured, centralized system allowing users to effectively track business processes and documents as they are completed. Of course, building automated business processes within workflow software may result in an inefficient process design. Robust, built-in workflow reporting improves visibility, allowing users to see what’s being held up and where to focus attention. This allows key people to instantly check the status of a process, analyze critical workflow steps and make effective decisions.

  • 3. Notification

Within a busy environment, people tend to abandon documents if they are not reminded of them. An effective workflow software system will send notifications to remind users of action items such as upcoming approvals, data entry and indexing. With automatic notifications, users no longer have to wait for someone to hand off a document onto their desks. Workflow software makes business-critical documentation available on demand, immediately accessible and ready for action. Event triggers add flexible intervals between workflow actions based on the timing of a process. A process can be set to notify a user once a week, once a day, or once an hour. Ensuring best practices, by eliminating paper chasing and reducing processing delays, workflow software confirms that all steps have been completed correctly and checkpoints met before moving forward.

  • 4. Non-Sequential Routes

It’s no doubt that certain processes need multiple manager approvals and review. Instead of building several different workflows for each department, advanced workflow software allows users to create one complete workflow on a singular design canvas that follows a different track depending on which department will do the approving. All steps can now run simultaneously as opposed to sequentially so that more can be done in less time, making the process more efficient.

  • 5. Integration

The best workflow software systems will integrate seamlessly with an organization’s existing business applications such as QuickBooks and SalesForce. Users can also integrate their document management workflows with office equipment, including printers and scanning devices, which acts as the catalyst for workflow automation. Additionally, form designing platforms incorporate workflow software to allow data to be accessed and worked the moment it is captured, for more efficient and faster completion.

Workflow software makes any organization become more efficient by helping to save time, avoiding unnecessary manual work and making better use of resources.

Stop wasting time and money. Ensure your solution delivers these five features when it’s time to implement a workflow system in your organization and become the office hero -or rockstar. Learn more about Business Process Automation and Workflow Solutions today by contacting us today! 

 
 
 

Delivering paperwork from desk to desk, requesting written approval, manually searching for correspondence—all of these tasks are inefficient and time-consuming. Processing documents could take hours, even days and sometimes even longer to find them. Manual data entry is labor intensive and can lead to errors and confusion. Managing the accuracy and timeliness of projects is tricky, especially when multiple people are involved. In order to stay on task, you’re constantly checking in and waiting on your employees. Automated Processes help data, tasks, and documents get automatically delivered or stored to the right people at the right time.

Business Challenges

One of the biggest challenges with digital businesses today is managing content and data between multiple business programs and applications. Not all of a company’s departments use the same programs, making it hard to collaborate enterprise-wide. Manually editing documents across different programs will ultimately lead to additional (and unnecessary) rounds of revision. Having to email documents back and forth not only takes time, but it can lead to errors, costing you more than you think.

What are Automated Processes and Workflow Solutions?

Business Process Automation and Workflow Solutions blends people and their work together into one streamlined performance, creating a strategic foundation for daily operations to take place, boosting productivity, simplifying collaboration and improving the quality of output. Beyond conventional record-keeping activities, automation has the inherent strength to handle the most complex business functions, enabling organizations to better manage daily activities. Implementing a process automation solution can transform an existing routine from ineffective to exceptional. By automating your business processes, your business can instantly improve the following communication, productivity, and efficiency.

3 Ways Automated Processes Can Help You Win

1. Capture

With capture automation you can scan your documents into a device, automatically extracting and indexing data from each page. That data is then stored into your electronic document management system where it is analyzed, sent to the appropriate people or third party programs, and properly archived for easy retrieval. The next time someone goes to enter customer information into the system, it is already captured and repopulated into the designated fields, eliminating repetitive entry. 

2. Workflow

Workflow automation ensures business processes are on track, reducing errors in communication. Workflows can be set up send automatic notifications to anyone involved in a project, ensuring business tasks are completed on time The built-in oversight abilities also help to better manage employees. With this feature, you can check in and see who has completed a task, and what still needs to be done. That way, you can talk to the necessary people without having to pull others away from their work. 

3. Integration

Automation allows the data you designate to be automatically shared with business programs employees use most, through powerful integration capabilities. This type of integration ensures employees, partners and customers have access to their documents, no matter what platform they are using. 

It’s time to ditch old-fashioned manual processing to become better organized and more efficient. Having the ability to map out automated business processes greatly improves communication between employees as well as productivity. Implementing these process automation solutions can also improve the credibility and profitability of any organization.

Increase Productivity with RJ Young

RJ Young provides custom document management and Business Process Automation technology solutions to businesses. These solutions help businesses amplify their productivity by transforming business processes into lean, results-driven operations.

Get started with developing a custom Business Process Automation strategy that unlocks your company’s potential. Contact a Process Automation specialist to start a conversation about your unique needs, goals, and processes.

Businesses invest hundreds, thousands and even millions of dollars securing networks, servers, individual computers and even mobile devices in an effort to protect their business critical data. Yet, in both security technology and policies, many businesses often ignore a blatant risk right under their noses each day, the output on multifunctional printers (MFPs) and copiers. The good news is there are a couple of steps you can easily take to solve this challenge.

  1. Acknowledge the Risk
    Make your employees aware of the information security risk that exists at the MFP level and give guidance by incorporating printing environment best practices into your corporate information security policy. As end-user behavior is key to implementing most policies, ensuring they are aware it’s their responsibility to protect hard copies of sensitive information, such as client information and human resource records, when they are printed on MFPs and that abandoned prints left at MFPs are a breach of policy.
  2. Use Available Tools
    Most MFPs are capable of incorporating software to secure output on devices. Such software requires end-users to provide credentials, such as a card swipe or password, to print, copy or scan at the device at the release of the print job. This also provides an audit trail of print usage, what was printed and when it was printed, to help track down data breaches should they occur as well as coach employees on compliance of the information security policy as needed.

With privacy and regulations to help protect consumer information on the rise, such as the widely recognized Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), businesses must ensure consumer information is safeguarded at every point in their manual and electronic management systems. Updating information security policies and implementing secure printing technology are two steps that are reasonable for most businesses to take to help secure customer information.

Mark Turner, Software Sales Specialist

Mark Turner brings a wealth of experience in document software systems to his position as Software Sales Specialist for RJ Young. Mark helps clients be more successful in their businesses through document management, workflow automation and software systems to streamline the transfer of document information.

All companies face challenges when dealing with paperwork, slowing down the flow of business information and productivity. The solution? An electronic document management system can organize and store your documents, eliminating paper-based file systems. However, in order to get the most out of a document management software investment, you need to understand that it’s much more than just digital file storage.

 

An electronic document management system incorporates solutions that enable your business to sustain the competitive advantage you’re looking for. Leveraging the full scope of document management can be concentrated around four solutions that will allow a business of any size to be more efficient, saving time, money and contributing to the overall growth and success of your business.

 

  1. Enterprise Content Management

To fully implement electronic document management, it is important to assess all of your essential strategic business goals. Enterprise Content Management or ECM, provides you with the solution to properly manage your content. Different strategies and tools can be implemented, giving businesses new ways of capturing, archiving, and routing document data. Customizable to meet your company needs and business problems, ECM is the primary component to eliminate inefficient paper processes.

  1. Document Process Mobility

In a business world that is rapidly changing and adapting to new electronic advancements, it is important to make yourself readily available. Electronic document management provides users anytime, anywhere access to your documents through smartphone or tablet devices. Files can be easily located and optimized through any web browser platform. You can also execute workflow commands, continuing the flow of business information, even when you’re not in the office.

  1. Business Process Automation

Replacing paper files with PDFs and digital documents can lead to more than just clearing up the clutter in the office. Business Process Automation is a solution that can make your daily processes cost-efficient, accessible and error free. Automated document workflows enable organizations to manage project tasks more efficiently by attaching business logic to documentation. Document workflows allow for process consistency, productivity level improvements and change in the dynamic of how people work with critical business information.

  1. Capture Workflow

Storing your documents digitally will surely keep everything organized and in one place. But storing them effectively and knowing how to find the necessary data is the key to document management. With an electronic document management system, you can not only name and categorize your documents, but also set up templates with character recognition, extracting critical information from your stored files or searching within them by keyword and phrase. Every business has important emails, faxes, scanned images and other digital records. By integrating existing office equipment—such as printers and scanning devices—you are able to capture and distribute documents and effectively control the flow of information.

While electronic document management is a solution for organizing and storing documents, it is also equipped with powerful and unique tools that streamline process performance. These value-driven solutions enable organizations of all sizes to save time, reduce cost, increase productivity and make collaboration more effective across all business applications. When evaluating document management software and the impact it can have on your organization, consider the full spectrum on how it can take your business to the next level.

 

 

What is every corporation’s fondest wish for their team members?  It has to be for each of them to be as productive and efficient as possible to create an atmosphere of success.  This is challenging, but I believe this is something corporate America must consciously strive for each day.

To help make this dream a reality we are finding that the well-defined workflow and automation within a company contributes greatly to the outcome and measurement of efficiency and productivity.  There are four contributors to workflow and automation that are technology based and have proven to advance each of these goals.

 

1. Enterprise Mobility

We see the team members using smartphones, tablets, and applications at an increased rate, and BYOD (bring your own device) has now become standard, to facilitate access to information from anywhere, at anytime. The degree of mobility that we have reached has hit a plateau of adoption, but also created a need for companies to develop a mobility strategy as well as a document and information management strategy.

 

2. Internet of Things

The internet of things has allowed workers to not only be connected but also look beyond their corporate software to find applications that have increased their ability to perform their duties.  Although at first glance this appears to be a positive impact on performance, it can also present a threat to security, requiring that companies adopt an information security strategy. For example, team members choosing to use an electronic document software application that falls outside the company’s network could put the organization at risk.

 

3. Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing permits more information to be stored and retrieved by team members from anywhere at anytime. The initial impact has increased the ability for team members to obtain vital information as well as collaborate on projects. These two factors alone have greatly improved the workflow process and helps bring projects to closure much faster.  The concern here is that with increased access to information that data must be secured and protected from intrusion and hacking.  Documents kept in free public storage drives could put your organization at risk. It’s a company’s responsibility to ensure information is secure.

 

4. Big Data

Big Data which is related to the vast amount of information that we are able to obtain and how we are able to use this data. With Big Data, companies are better equipped to perform their work in a streamlined manner.  Today we are exposed to detailed information that allow us to analyze, capture, search, share, store, and transfer that information at a click of a mouse.  Along with this enhancement to our workflow also comes great responsibility and need for security. For example, companies may monitor and manage all printer fleets by analyzing actual usage details from page counts, page coverage and color/black and white ink usage to ensure they are paying the most efficient amount for their printing.

These four contributors are making a profound impact on workflow efficiency and productivity, but as mentioned, with all these contributors comes risk and responsibility.