The benefit of automating the process of scheduling workloads is clear to most business owners and managers, but the path to accomplish such a large institutional change may be much less clear. One of the initial steps that any business should take is to survey the current working environment so that a complete picture can be obtained. Only then can plans be made that will mesh well with existing employee perceptions as well as infrastructure.
Key Components to Consider
It is not enough to merely review the existing scheduling tools that may be in place already. A unified approach to workload scheduling also requires that all stakeholders be consulted about their needs as well as their current IT solutions as regards scheduling. Sample the existing system by looking at all schedules currently in use, whether they were produced by professional products, customized scripts, or even merely ‘old school’ jottings on paper. Also consider what business processes are necessary for all scheduled work to occur and what costs, if any, are associated with existing scheduling solutions. Finally, assess the various challenges that may have resulted from the current approach to workload scheduling.
With all this information in place, businesses will be better positioned to transition all scheduling onto one unified tool that can begin to automate the process. A managed services approach is a strong way to move from one world to the next so that the use of remote hosting can free up IT resources for the core competencies of a business.