The essential connection between IoT and Digital Workflow Automation




By Kristin Herman

With the continuous rise in popularity of IoT devices and the more devices in our lives that we’re connecting to the internet, the more increase there is in the need for automatic digital workflows. Many businesses that use IoT devices will have repetitive and monotonous tasks that can be automated to save time and improve their core functions.

Today, we’re going to explore why automation is important, and how you can improve your IoT workflows using it. Let’s get into it.

Robots aren’t required

First things first. You don’t need robots to automate your workflows, although you don’t need to rule out the use of robots completely. How automation is used today is based on triggers and then carrying out an action. For example, a smart washing machine may know that 40 capsules have been used, which triggers the automation to order more.

This massively minimizes the room for human error because there’s nothing to forget and nothing to keep track of, and the uses of this technology are practically limitless.

All about smart triggers

Ok, let’s focus a bit more on those triggers. Let’s say your workplace has a server room that needs to be kept within a certain temperature range. Are you going to have someone go in a couple of times an hour to manually take the temperature and adjust accordingly? Of course not. This would be a waste of investment.

Instead, you have computers automatically monitor the temperature at all times, and if that comes out of the range it should be, then the computer is ‘triggered’ and provides a solution, i.e., cooling down the room using air conditioning. What’s more, a notification could then be sent out to maintenance so they could manually check to see if there’s a problem.

Integration is challenging

One of the main problems that come with current automated workflows is integrating them in the first place. Many businesses have already spent years working the way they do, and these aren’t habitual work practices that are easy to break. If you want your automations to work, you need to make sure everyone is on board and knows what’s going on.

Whether you’re using smart thermostats, smart door controls, smart devices in the office, or whatever, anyone involved in this technology will need to be trained in how it works and how to use it moving forward. This is a training investment that needs to happen.

Getting creative with your automations

All businesses need to sit down and think long and hard about what kind of automations they can carry out with their IoT systems. Of course, it depends on how big or small your business is, and how many opportunities you have, but take a moment to sit and think about all the repetitive tasks you do throughout your day or within your standard business operations.

Even things like stationery stocks can be monitored using IoT devices, reordering them automatically when stock gets low that allows you to stay on top of things and never have to worry about someone forgetting the check the stocks and reorder more.

Making the most of your free time

When you start automating your repetitive tasks, you’ll instantly start to see how much time you start to save, both yourself and with your staff. This is why you should plan what your business goals are and how you’re going to spend the time that you make back. Are you going to invest more time in new projects, or optimize your existing ones?

It’s up to you. A common problem you just need to be aware of is that face it’s easy for people to get ‘lazy’ and just prolong the tasks they’re already ready working on, making their days take the same amount of time. As a responsible leader, it’s up to you to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Conclusion

By bringing automated workflows into your business surrounding your IoT devices and applications, you have so much potential, so save time and boost productivity.

Automation in this way is easily going to be the future, and if you’re not thinking proactively and creatively on how you can introduce automation into your business, there’s no doubt you’re going to be left behind.

(Kristin Herman is a tech enthusiast and a project manager at Ukwritings and Academized online writing services. She loves exploring tech ideas and concepts and finding new ways to make the most of them. She also writes for blogs, such as Boomessays).

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