One of the crucial bits of scaffolding you need when you start your business is Risk Management. Handled properly, it's the safety net that saves you from crumbling under pressure and mishandling a problem visible from miles away.
Risk Management is defined as the identification, evaluation, and prioritization of risks or threats. In essence, it's trying to imagine every single possible way your plans could go belly up and writing that down. It is defined in the ISO 31000 as the "the effect of uncertainty on objectives," and is a business' way of foreseeing problems before they arise, and putting measures in place to address them.
This is where automation comes in. When everything is done manually, there will always be a larger margin of error, because humans are fallible beings. Every person is capable of careless mistakes, but a properly automated system can keep things in check without getting the math wrong or forgetting a deadline.
Automation can help you identify problems before they even become problems. By reducing the risk of human error, you're left with possible problems and risks that are more substantial. That means plugging up the holes before they've opened will only benefit your business in the long run in ways that go beyond mistyped data.
Managing your company's security systems, making sure it's up to date, and then doing it again and again wastes manpower and precious time that you could use doing something. And it runs the risk of human error, and security is one area where you'd want to take every precaution.
By automating your security systems, you can provide your company, your clients, and your customers, with better service, peace of mind, and avoid having to answer to them for any mess ups that might've occurred otherwise. While regular check-ups are necessary, it wouldn't be as time-consuming as it would be without automating.
In a world full of audits and check ups and filling out paperwork, it's important to keep your records and certifications up to date. Automating the requirements you need to keep your business compliant with any laws, obligations, or contracts will save you time, effort, and heartache otherwise. You can even have your systems check up on them regularly, to catch any hiccups while there's time to spare. Sometimes human memory fails, and you don't want the casualty to be a hefty fine or worse.
Analytics and Data
Double and triple checking data is something necessary to keep everything running smoothly, and there's nothing like a missed decimal point or an extra zero to ruin your otherwise perfect record.
Automating the collection, processing, or even the organization of your data also makes it so that whatever data you have filed or stored away is accurate, timely, and easily searchable. That means should you need anything pulled up or double-checked, it's available at the tips of your fingers.
There are a million other ways automation can make your business more secure, more accurate, and more professional, but all in all when it comes to avoiding and placating risks, automation is absolutely worth the trouble.