As programmers, we are always on the lookout for ways to help people save time and increase efficiency. It’s kind of an obsession. So when Jane approached us with a unique problem she was having, we knew exactly what to suggest: automation.
Jane was spending hours each day doing manual data transfer work for legal research, and it was taking a toll on her time and energy. She planned to review 2700 search results and move data to a spreadsheet.
We wrote a small program with less than 60 lines of code that completed the task in a fraction of the time it would have taken Jane to do it manually. It took us a total of four hours to write the program and run numerous tests, but it saved Jane over 120 hours of work.
Understanding Programmers, Computers & Patterns
One of the key skills that programmers develop is the ability to look for patterns in computer tasks. This allows them to identify areas where automation can be applied and to develop programs that can efficiently perform these tasks.
To do this, programmers need to have a strong understanding of how computers work and how to write code that a specific machine can understand and execute. They also need to be able to think logically and systematically, breaking down complex tasks into smaller steps that can be translated into code.
Over time, this process becomes second nature to programmers, who look for patterns and opportunities to automate whenever they encounter a new computer task.
Benefits of Automation
The benefits of automation are numerous. Not only does it save time and energy, but it can also increase efficiency and accuracy. When tasks are automated, there is less room for error and more time for other important work. Automation can also help reduce employees’ workload, allowing them to focus on more value-added tasks.
Want to Automate Your Problems?
If you’re thinking of automating a repetitive task for your organization, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
Q. Is the task something that needs to be done regularly? Automation is most effective for tasks that are performed on a regular basis.
Q. Is the task time-consuming or prone to errors when done manually? Automation can help to save time and reduce errors.
Q. Do you have the resources to implement automation? Automation can require an initial investment in terms of time and money, so it’s important to consider whether you have the resources to implement it.
Q. Is automation the best solution for the task at hand? There may be other ways to improve efficiency, such as streamlining processes or training employees, so it’s important to consider all options before deciding on automation.
In Jane’s case, the automation we implemented not only saved her time and energy, but it also allowed her to move on to more important tasks. Without the burden of the manual data transfer work, she could focus on other areas of her research, increasing her overall productivity and helping her achieve her research objectives more quickly.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by manual tasks, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional who can help you find a solution through automation. The time and money you’ll save can be invaluable, and the increased efficiency and accuracy will help your business or organization to thrive. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you here.