Stats are enticing, and hopefully, useful information for companies managing processes in an era characterized by the exponential growth of technology.

Here are a few interesting factoids from a survey by Productiv:

  • Companies report using up to 200 different applications throughout their organizations
  • Individual departments report using between 40 and 60 apps

In addition, Cerby – a company that manages application security – recently reported that more than 50% of apps used within an enterprise are outside the purview of the IT department, creating a dangerous cocktail of data exposure.

IT experts call it SaaS sprawl – an apt description.

Not surprising, remote workers have contributed to the sprawl – and the dangerous security situation with regards to it.

Aside from the obvious issues, in the real estate industry the data challenge is that this sprawling network of applications are either rarely used or are incapable of “talking to each other” – that is they are not able to share repetitive data.  

Time for an application audit

First things first. As company’s begin formulating their annual business plan, it might be a good time to conduct a thorough survey of the company’s application usage.

This should include:

  • Apps managed directly through the IT department
  • Apps acquired and run by individual departments
  • Apps used off the radar by individual employees

There are three action items that can emerge from this audit:

  • Identify which apps are either unused or not offering any financial benefit to the company
  • Analyze security risks and bring apps under the IT mantle to ensure updates, service contracts and renewals are being properly managed
  • Assess redundancies of data input to see where efficiencies can be created

Can we talk?

The real estate industry has so many moving parts, it’s not surprising that there is a new application coming out every week purported to solve THE PROBLEM for managing all of those moving parts.

Every time you add an application, you’re also adding staffing hours needed to input the information on which the application feeds on. This tech stack can become unwieldy and ineffective unless you can get these applications, systems and software to talk to each other and share data to cut down on all that manual input.

That’s where RPA comes in.

RPA is the design and implementation of software robots programmed to run on a physical or virtual computer, to complete mundane, repetitive manual tasks without the need for human intervention.

TrueFocus can help you implement your digital workforce aka “software bots” to make your processes more efficient and enhance your employee and customer experience. From title search products, eRecording and updates to order entry and many, many other routine yet time-consuming processes, TrueFocus can build custom RPA bots  to help streamline your operations within just a few weeks. Call us today to learn more about how RPA can save you time and money and WOW your customers.

Contact us today. Let’s talk about your Chokepoint. Chances are high that our bots can take care of it for you.