Digital Transformation: What is it and why is it important?

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What is digital transformation exactly?  Are you and your company embracing it? And if you’re not, should you be?

There is no doubt that one of the buzz words in the business world today is digital transformation.

If you’re a small-to-medium sized business (SMB) you may not be familiar with the term, so what exactly is digital transformation?

In broad terms, many define it as using digital technology to enable innovation and revolutionise outdated business models and processes. Digital transformation could also be described as the application of digital technologies to fundamentally impact all aspects of business and society.

In today’s world technology is evolving at a very fast pace and this evolution brings new innovations which leads to what we call technology disruptions. Such advancement in technology is changing the way we work, live and do business.

So is digital transformation important for SMB’s?

One thing is clear no matter the size of your business: Technology has impacted all aspects of business and society which means that what has traditionally worked in the past may not necessarily guarantee future success.

The way in which we interact with both our customers and employees has also changed – everyone expects more information and/or results delivered in a faster manner and people are more dependant on mobile devices than ever before.  If a service can be delivered in an app format, even better.

It is no longer about the survival of the fittest but about survival of the most agile and the most adaptable.

So how can SMB’s keep up?

The good news is that there is no better time for SMB’s to embrace digital transformation. They are in a unique position to succeed in this highly competitive environment and this is thanks to technology.

Technology is now more accessible than ever. SMB’s can get access to the same technology that a multinational has access to which has made the playing field a lot more even and has opened up a new world of opportunity and business growth for SMB’s. Additionally, due to their size, SMB’s are naturally able to respond quicker to change.

Digital transformation has major implications for how SMB’s manage, run and extract value from their people, processes and customers.

Choosing the right technology can help SMB’s to better leverage their competitive advantage. They do however also need to set up their business, their processes and their ways of working in a flexible, agile way so that they can make the most of new opportunities as they present themselves.

So where do I start?

Technology helps large, multinational companies run like clockwork and nowadays having access to this technology is also attainable and accessible to SMB’s. Moreover, it can massively accelerate their digital transformation efforts.

Optimising digital experiences for their customers can only be created if an SMB has digitised their own operating processes.

Technology can enable SMB’s to achieve things that they previously thought were not possible: from uncovering new revenue streams to automating routine business processes to get time back in their day.  This allows SMB’s to focus more on things that matter – making money rather than pushing paperwork.

This is why implementing technology to run and automate your business is often the first and most important step for SMB’s in their digital transformation journey.

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Some cool new tech we showed off at Microsoft Build 2017

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We recently showed off some of the cool new tech that we have been working on at the Microsoft Build Tour.

Enough already, show me the demos.


What is Microsoft Build

Microsoft Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies.

The Microsoft Build Tour was set up by Microsoft to bring the best of Microsoft Build right to users around the world.

There were around 1,000 people in attendance at the Sydney event and we showed off some of the work we have been doing around Chatbots.


What is a Chatbot

Chatbots Magazine describes a Chatbot as follows:

A chatbot is a service, powered by rules and sometimes artificial intelligence, that you interact with via a chat interface. The service could be any number of things, ranging from functional to fun, and it could live in any major chat product (Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram, Text Messages, etc.).


What have we been working on

We have been working on two Chatbots:

AppsForOps Bot

  • AppsForOps Bot allows a user who is signed up to the AppsForOps platform to list and action their tasks via a chat based interface.
  • You can find AppsForOps Bot in Facebook Messenger, Skype, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams or in a web interface.
  • We also showcased some work we have been doing which will allow customers to call AppsForOps Bot and action tasks using a voice interface.

Ask Michelle Bot

  • Ask Michelle is our customer service bot.
  • When a user talks with Ask Michelle they can get access to a variety of information: from learning more about AppsForOps, to getting pricing information, attending a webinar or even asking a specific question.
  • If Ask Michelle does not know the answer she will automatically loop in one of our Community Managers who can make sure your questions get answered.



What did we show

You can watch all the demos here:



AppsForOps Bot Demo

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Skype call to AppsForOps Bot Demo

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Ask Michelle Bot Demo

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AppsForOps Demo at Microsoft Build

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As close as it gets to a crystal ball in tech: Mary Meeker’s annual trends report

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The AppsForOps Wednesday Weekly Webinar

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Join us for our popular 30 minute live demonstration on how AppsForOps can help you run a better business.

This webinar is perfect for those who want to explore AppsForOps for the first time. You’ll be taken on a tour of the best features and how they can help you run a better business.

Register here:
https://www.AppsForOps.com/Webinars

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What AppsForOps being Ready for Windows means for you

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The Microsoft Ready for Windows website lists software solutions that are supported and in use for Windows 10. It is intended for companies and organisations worldwide who are considering Windows 10 for their deployments. This site leverages data from commercial Windows 10 installs to provide companies the information to help them upgrade with confidence.

So now that AppsForOps is Ready for Windows you are guaranteed that AppsForOps is at the forefront of Reliability and Innovation on the Microsoft Platform.

You can view more details here:
https://www.AppsForOps.com/ReadyForWindows

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AppsForOps automates several common business processes in a digital workplace with the global scale of Microsoft Azure

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Time and money are unquestionably the two most valuable resources for small and medium businesses (SMBs). As the allocation of these resources to technology becomes more of a priority in the digital economy, transformation projects, depending on their scale, can make or break a small business’s bottom line. It begs the question, how can SMBs respond effectively and nimbly to the new requirements of their staff in a digital workplace, stay agile, streamline their operations and remain competitive?

AppsForOps aims to increase efficiencies for small and medium businesses by providing a suite of integrated business apps that automate their business operations. End users can access these apps anytime, anywhere. AppsForOps customers can start with the full suite of apps or start with one and grow to more. Examples of applications are Expense Claim, Expense Pre-approval, Invoice, Receipt & Bill, Scheduler, Time Off, Timesheet and Travel Request management and more.

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Built on Microsoft Azure and integrated with Microsoft Office 365, AppsForOps enables SMBs to focus on what they do best, reducing the time and money spent on the admin-heavy, yet critical back end that keeps their businesses ticking along.

Azure provides AppsForOps the flexibility to evolve as needs change and the ability to scale. Using Azure means that AppsForOps can deliver a reliable and highly available service while benefiting from enterprise-grade security.

From dairy farmers in New Zealand to charities in Canada, to IT consultancies and architectural firms in Australia, diverse SMBs globally are responding to and embracing Sydney-based, AppsForOps’ integrated digital workplace.

“All of these apps are seamlessly integrated, which means no more challenges with data across multiple systems or users having to go log in to multiple places to get their work done.” – Rudi van der Walt, Director of Sales and Marketing, SourceCode

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The Problem:

  • Small and medium businesses (SMBs) spend a huge amount of time on manual execution of tasks and business processes using paper, spreadsheets, email and standalone application-driven interaction between team members.
  • Modern day end users know better, and employees value automation efforts and having access to mobile apps to get their work done.
  • SMBs generally do not have the time, budget or IT resources to solve some of these day-to-day problems in-house.
  • While several vendors offer solutions in this space, most of the offerings are narrowly focused and do not lend themselves to offering a well-integrated experience.
  • Things get lost, visibility is low, and data exists in silos. Lots of time is wasted at significant cost to the business. Time and money are two of any business’s most valuable resources.

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The Solution:

  • AppsForOps aims to increase efficiencies for businesses by providing a suite of integrated business apps that end users can could access anytime, from anywhere.
  • AppsForOps is a feature-rich intranet with several powerful workflow-enabled apps that can be configured to adapt to the way each business likes to run its daily operations.
  • Examples of applications are Expense Claim, Expense Pre-approval, Invoice, Receipt & Bill, Scheduler, Time Off, Timesheet and Travel Request management and more.
  • It’s an intranet filled with valuable capabilities such as a staff directory, business dashboards, shared calendars and apps for task management, opinion polls and company news.
  • Customers access the applications using a cloud-based portal or via a mobile app.
  • AppsForOps customers can start with the full suite of apps or start with one and grow to more. The applications work seamlessly together and are also designed to stand alone.

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The applications are configurable to suit the needs of each business and can be tailored to suit different workflows and levels of approvals using visual prompts, with no coding required.

AppsForOps enables small and medium organisations to run better businesses with a near-zero time to value experienced by most of our customers. The founders of AppsForOps are highly experienced in the discipline of business process automation and have a passion for finding better ways to get things done in small and medium size organisations.

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Shaun Leisegang (CEO & Co-Founder) at +61 2 9936 2222 or email at Shaun.Leisegang@AppsForOps.com.

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You asked for them. We listened. Check out some exciting new AppsForOps features.

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Here are some of the exciting news AppsForOps features that have just been released:

  • My Calendar
    • Overlay AppsForOps Calendar over your Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar
  • Expense Claim
    • Use Distance Calculator to automatically add car travel to your Expense Claim
  • Timesheet
    • GPS tracking and Clock In and Clock Out functionality is now available

My Calendar

You now have the ability to overlay your AppsForOps Calendar on your Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar.

Head over to AppsForOps Calendar and select the appropriate link.

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Expense Claim

We have now add a Distance Calculator option in AppsForOps Expense Claim.

To automatically track and add distance to an Expense Claim, simply click the Distance Calculator button.

Enter your Origin and your Destination Address and the estimated distance traveled is automatically calculated for you.

You have the option to select an individual or return trip.

The Expense Claim line item is automatically added to your Expense Claim.

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Timesheet

AppsForOps Timesheet now has GPS Tracking capability .

You also now have ability to Clock In and Clock Out when using AppsForOps Timesheet.

Simply use the “Start a Timer/Clock In” button when you begin work.

Click Stop when you are finished work or head for a break.

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AppsForOps Expense Claim just ranked as an Expense Management Category Leader

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GetApp has just released this quarter’s Expense Management category leader ranking and AppsForOps Expense Claim was included as a top solution.

You can find out more about AppsForOps Expense Claim here:
https://www.AppsForOps.com/ExpenseClaim

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AppsForOps Expense Claim came in at #11 in this quarter’s Category Leader ranking of top 25 Expense Management solutions with an overall score of 46. An impressive score of 17 for its security features, and a 9 for its user reviews with an average rating of 4.9/5 stars has helped secure AppsForOps Expense Claim’s place on GetApp’s leaderboard since Q3 2016”, says Expense Management Researcher Rhiân Davies.

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How AppsForOps is making life easier for Australia’s SMBs

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Time, and money, are unquestionably the two most valuable resources for small to medium businesses.

As the allocation of these resources to technology becomes more of a priority in the digital economy, transformation projects, depending on their scale, can make or break a small business’s bottom line.

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It begs the question, how can Australian SMBs respond effectively and nimbly to the new requirements of their staff in a digital workplace, stay agile, streamline their operations, and remain competitive?

AppsForOps was founded a few years ago to provide a solution this problem. AppsForOps is an integrated suite of business apps that SMBs can use to automate their business operations.

Read more at https://news.microsoft.com/en-au/2017/03/31/appsforops-making-life-easier-australias-smbs/#jAwkSBrospsKEfiM.99.

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Wow! 1,000,000 subscribers. Congrats Xero, we couldn’t be prouder.

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Today Xero announced that they passed 1 million subscribers worldwide on their global cloud accounting platform.

Wow! 1,000,000 subscribers.

We couldn’t be prouder of our technology partner Xero – a huge congrats to Rod Drury and the Xero team.

Here is one of the most exciting parts, we are just at the start:

Not many business software companies get anywhere near a million customers. Yet as far as we can tell, of the more than hundred million small businesses out there in the world, only a few million are currently running any type of cloud accounting software. So we’re still just at the start.

We look forward to many more years of working with Xero and helping small and medium businesses run a better, beautiful business.

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You can read more here:
https://www.xero.com/blog/2017/03/thanks-a-million/

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