Life experiences prove time and again that it’s really not about what we do but how we do what we do. How do you go about capturing students’ information? How do you collate information about your staff and clients? How do you process academic results and deliver them promptly to students? How do you recharge airtime on your phone?
In the end, the how is what separates the boys from the men. You can only do things how best you know to do them, and if you do not closely follow advances in technology, you will not know how best to innovate around your business processes. You will be stuck doing things the hard way. Again, the how is the key!
When we first started thinking around BioRegistra at Seamfix, we were concerned about the fact that organizations spend a lot of time, energy and resources trying to capture different kinds of information. Data capture was slowing organizations down.
But these things can be done in the blink of an eye. In fact, it is easier and faster to preserve, access and share data anytime and anywhere once we digitize the process.
Why will a student who wants to obtain his transcript travel all the way to his university to get it? Why can’t he stay wherever he is and just click some commands and enter some information and have his transcript delivered to him straight away?
Why do organizations still use paper files or feed into systems manually when they can digitize the entire process?
Why do estate surveyors and valuers still use paper to capture the details of their clients when all they need is a mobile application that enables them to capture such information with ease and access the data whenever and wherever they need it?
This is the thinking behind Seamfix’s move to digitize business processes. We want to make life easy for people. We want to make processes faster. Above all, we want to evolve the most efficient way of preserving and accessing information.
With BioRegistra, all kinds of data (biometric, security, accounting, etc.) can be captured and accessed from anywhere.
With iTranscript, alumni members of universities can request for their transcripts and have it delivered to them anywhere in the world.
In UNN, for instance, we have been able to technically unlock the value of data hidden in their over 40 years academic record that we have digitized, and we are now able to track a lot of information; courses students pass the most, courses they fail the most, success trends for various courses especially difficult ones, which lecturer is supposedly more productive based on success trends, etc and all these are simply because the transcript data has been digitized.
When Nicholas Evans, author of Mastering Digital Business, said that “by digitizing a traditionally analog business model or process, we’re effectively turning it into bits and atoms and enabling an infinite variety of possibilities,” he was right. It is really about possibilities.
What possibilities can we see?
What more can we do?
How can we improve our business processes?
Where can we save more and more time and resources?
These are burning questions that every entrepreneur and business executive have to carefully think about and answer before any meaningful progress can occur in their organizations.