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Years of technology adoption have led many businesses to have too many disconnected systems and experience difficulty in accessing information. Time lost in navigation is also hamstringing businesses, with 73% of companies in our State of the Services Economy 2019 report stating they spend more than one hour per day on average navigating from app to app. The influx of applications designed to improve efficiency can have the opposite effect if they are not integrated and poorly implemented.
It’s common for a business to regularly use multiple applications throughout the course of a single workday in order to access the wide variety of benefits provided by each. However, this means that team members may continually switch back and forth between these multiple solutions throughout the workday. While this may provide them with the support they need to complete their jobs, it can also lead to significant time lost in navigation between apps.
Impact on Your Business: Potential Billable Time Lost in Navigation
The time spent opening, closing, and navigating through applications in search of needed data and tools often goes unnoticed by companies because this is technically part of business processes. The navigation process is part of the average workday and is done in service to completing various tasks, but quickly adds up as time lost could be spent on more effective work.
With more systems being used on average by companies than ever, the result is that there is even more time spent in navigation and employees often become less acquainted with the systems they use. Struggling with systems that they do not completely understand will only increase navigation time and the total time spent completing each task. While this may not be categorized as bench time or time spent distracted, it causes task work time to balloon as business processes become more complicated.
Your Solution: Integrate Applications for Faster Processes
Application integration provides a host of benefits for teams who depend on multiple solutions for their everyday needs. Most importantly, the platform used to integrate should create a user-friendly and comprehensive work environment that will enable its users to do their jobs more efficiently than what occurs when needing to navigate from app to app throughout the workday.
Well-integrated applications can support your teams by providing benefits including:
- Fast Access - Effectively integrated systems provide access to data and tools in a more convenient manner, with resources having access to the support they need in a simple and easy-to-use interface.
- Project Awareness - Integration means that team members can more easily understand project and resource statuses so they can prioritize and become more efficient within their roles.
- Dependable Data - Integrating the systems that generate your data can eliminate discrepancies and create trustworthy data insights that have been vetted by multiple sources.
The combination of less time spent searching for answers and better-equipped team members results in the efficiency needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive business landscape.
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