The pulse of modern business productivity

The pulse of modern business productivity
February 4, 2015

There is no denying that desktop office software has changed the way we work over the past three decades. It drastically improved the efficiency of businesses large and small.

We are grateful for these vast improvements in productivity. However, we've reached another turning point in the software saga. The speed of data and the demand of information has presented us professionals with a whole new set of challenges.

Big software vendors have been working hard to fix these new 21st century problems—first with shared servers and now with the move to the cloud. But issues remain with different document types that are separate and not always compatible with one another.

Let’s examine where these shortfalls exist in today's office software. Do you worry about the following problems while you're working on your day-to-day business activities?

  • Manual data entry burnout
    It's difficult to manage and maintain spreadsheets across organizations when information is in silos. Management cannot access the data they need when they need it, and teams are forced to collect and organize data while analysis sits on the back burner.

  • Find, replace, review, repeat
    Version control issues plague the reporting process as multiple files are emailed around and reviewed before completion. When last-minute changes arise, companies struggle to correct the data because the cycle must begin again: find, replace, review, repeat.

  • Outdated software updates
    Implementing document-sharing software places a significant burden on IT. With new versions of the software released every few years, the company must undergo the process of budgeting, implementing, planning, and training once again.

  • Customized access
    Users are given limited options when it comes to viewing, editing, approving, and sharing documents and spreadsheets. Access permissions are deficient for the business needs of today.

  • Confidentiality
    Transmitting files across an organization is a necessary task in the reporting process, but tracking them becomes a headache. Leaked data, insecure file management, and unauthorized access are all possibilities.

These issues bring to light the dark side of desktop software—it allows us to create too many moving parts that may not connect with one another and makes it too hard to keep them all straight.

It's time for a change.

Read this white paper to learn how you can solve the problem with one unified document.

Mike Sellberg

About the author

Mike Sellberg is Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Workiva. He is the former EVP and CTO at iMed Studios and the former Divisional General Manager at Engineering Animation, Inc.