How software can help your business during COVID-19
Covid-19 is forcing almost every business to re-evaluate how they operate and now technology is incorporated throughout their daily activities. One of the ways businesses have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic is to make the move from physical to digital within their business; whilst the rapid adoption of technology was sudden, research suggests that the changes are here to stay as companies see the benefits of using software to evolve their business. Through financial benefits, access benefits and greater flexibility, the benefits that software applications can bring when compared to physical alternatives can be vast.
With the introduction of lockdown restrictions, the amount of businesses moving to offer or require remote working grew tenfold; some organisations have pre-emptively stated that the shift to online working will be permanent, or at least offered alongside office positions.
By ensuring your software is cloud-based, remote working can be as effortless as working from the office with easy access to your software on any device and in any location to you choose. Selecting software that is not only suited to your use case, but also secured, is a necessity. Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google have thrived during the pandemic for offering pre-built software to collaborate online using video conferencing.
VR has allowed virtual meetings and workspaces to be more immersive than ever. With purpose-designed virtual workspaces and offices, team members can collaborate in a digital environment with no restrictions on physical location except for internet access.
With non-essential businesses in the latest lockdown restrictions only being able to operate for delivery or click-and-collect, meaning having an online presence is more crucial than ever. Linking your online store with your stock control system reduces the stress of operating in a digital world; allowing you to spend more time doing what you do best and focusing on getting your family, colleagues and business through these trying times.
Automation Through Technology
Reduce the amount of contact in-person by automating services through software. Common examples of this you might experience every day include self-checkouts at supermarkets, ATMs to dispense cash or booths to check-in at hotels. Generate dispatch labels with seamless integration with delivery partners automatically after an order has been paid to limit staff time performing data entry. Quickly connect electronic invoices and transactions to bank records to reduce bookkeeping time. There are endless potential optimisations that can be made to reduce time spent performing repetitive tasks and to free up your time to grow your business.