Integration of legacy systems and contemporary tools is often the major obstacle to effective automation of business processes and reporting. If the new tool can't talk to the old system, “knuckle grease” can seem like the only solution — it doesn't have to be like this. It is possible to get business information out of the legacy system, off the EDI spool, out of the log files, or the print area, and into a SQL database, or a spreadsheet, or a report.
The difficulty is that many people perform tortuous, repetetive tasks every day, often at enormous aggregate expense, because they can't see that it's amenable to automation, in spite of the obstacles, by someone else — us.
Quick Case Study
By way of example, for one client, we have automated the production of daily stock reports. It used to take 90 minutes of error-prone, tedious overtime, now it takes 30 seconds. Yes, there is still manual involvement — the generation of files from which data is extracted and a double-click to kick off the process — but this is still considerably faster, cheaper, and more accurate without costing the earth.
We can't take credit for the realisation — if the clients had never thought to themselves, “there has to be a better way”, they would still be doing it manually. If you find yourself thinking on the same lines, contact us, explain the problem, and there's a good chance that we'll be able to solve the problem cost-effectively. There's nothing to lose.