Manual administrative processes has become outdated. Paper based operations are slow and error prone. The question is, “why would someone hold on to an aged old method when there are better options to mitigate liabilities arising from it?” There are many products for automating operational processes in the market. The primary impediment for accepting this reality is the hesitation to invest due to the upfront cost. However, any agile person would realize its perk in reducing the overall amount of investment in the process.
Among other automating process, one should be going for Microsoft SharePoint, substantially not because of its brand but because of the wide scope and effective features it has.
From the cost point of view, the expenditure for SharePoint is nominal. It is primarily due to fact that it is already half baked for any process, the only need is to customize it and deploy. Other options for automating a process might prove cumbersome as they need to be build up from a scratch. Adopting this Microsoft Platform avert the need of time consuming and confusing IT meets.
Workflows are the most important feature of SharePoint that automates a process. The working can be understood as simply as pulling a data file from a point and pushing it to another location automatically. It handles data manipulation, transfer and look up very efficiently. Users can create active directories, exchange mailboxes and make service calls easily using workflow in SharePoint 2013. It speed up any process automatically by taking it over from manual labor.
Microsoft Infopath is another tool in SharePoint that optimizes any process. Using this, customization forms can be created that can be connected to many internal databases.
In addition to these functionality, record management and reporting can be automated using SharePoint. Here, specific functions and logic can be created for a process. Data can be streamlined automatically to be feed into locations and processed further. Reporting of issues and tasks can be optimized using this. Achieve an effective management using SharePoint and introduce dexterity to your business infrastructure.