When you think of using automation technology to improve processes and save money in business, your first thought might be physical automation - robots for manufacturing, scanners, sorters, etc. But automating core office processes can also help a business run more efficiently and reduce costs.
One example is automating your company purchasing process with an e-procurement software like Coupa's Web-based service. While most business owners probably want to reduce spending and control costs, they don't always have a tight grip on what gets spent at the department level and beyond.
And those are often the expenses that add up quickly. By using a software like Coupa, they can limit spending to the critical goods and services that the company needs, make sure they are getting the best prices, and track the budgets that have been set for the year.
Being able to see - and control - what's being spent, who is spending it, and where they are buying it from can make a huge impact on your bottom line. Another perk is employee productivity - your workers can quickly order the supplies they need to do their jobs, and comply with company policies and budgets automatically.
The company website has some cool customer videos and case studies that show how they’re using the software.
Coupa offers a free 30-day trial to test drive the full version. Subscription pricing is available by request.
Ramon Ray is the editor and tech evangelist for Smallbiztechnology.com