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Onboarding Automation | Practical Guide

Onboarding automation is a huge opportunity - not only to eke out efficiency savings - but also to improve your internal culture, employee satisfaction, and even your staff retention rates. Besides - onboarding employees is one of the most varied processes in any business. On the one hand, we’re dealing with a lot of paperwork and admin. On the other, we have more practical tasks, like getting them set up with the right equipment.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 30, 2023

Project Management Automation | Ultimate Guide

Project management automation is - without a doubt - one of the most productive transformations any business can apply. All too often, though, it ends up as a bit of an afterthought. The thing is, project managers are highly skilled - and therefore highly paid professionals. Despite this, they probably spend more time on repetitive admin tasks than just about anyone else in your company. In other words, it’s basically the ideal candidate for automation.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 30, 2023

Build an Inventory Management App for Free

Keeping track of stock is one of the most fundamental processes in any customer-facing business. Today, we’re checking out how to build a custom inventory management app for free - in just 20 minutes. Even better, since we’re going to use Budibase to build it, you’ll barely need any coding skills - and we’ll have a fully functional application before your coffee gets cold. All we need to do is connect our data, add a couple of custom queries, and start using Budibase’s built-in components to create a professional UI for managing stock levels.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 23, 2023

Build MySQL Admin Tools in 6 Steps with Budibase

MySQL admin tools are some of the simplest applications around - but they can play a vital role in all kinds of daily workflows. The unfortunate reality is that the kinds of colleagues who are responsible for most admin tasks don’t have the technical expertise or time to sit around writing custom queries all day. Therefore, we often need custom solutions to bridge this gap. IT teams are tasked with outputting huge numbers of internal tools for managing data sets.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 23, 2023

IT Operations Analytics | In-Depth Guide

IT operations analytics is a central part of how we make sense of complex, busy internal IT processes. Honestly, the role of the IT team has never been as varied or mission-critical as it is today. With rapidly changing technology, growing demand for digital solutions, emerging threats and risks, and ever-increasing budgetary pressures, it’s absolutely vital that we know exactly what’s going on across our entire organization’s IT. This means first gaining insight into how our IT processes work in practice and secondly assessing how these perform in terms of contributing to our wider operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 23, 2023

Digital Transformation UX | In-Depth Guide

Far too often, user experiences are an afterthought when businesses digitalize processes. It’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on shiny new tools and forgetting about human users. Today we’re exploring why your digital transformation UX is vital to creating streamlined, effective internal processes that actually drive real-world value. See, it’s not inevitable that your digital transformation projects will bring results. Even the most technically sophisticated solution in the world isn’t going to do you much good if it’s not built to provide value to actual customers and colleagues.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 16, 2023

How to Migrate Google Sheets to Postgres in 6 Steps

Moving data from Google Sheets to Postgres - or the DBMS of your choice - is one of the fundamental steps toward achieving modern, effective data management. See, huge numbers of teams rely on spreadsheets for use cases where they just aren’t really suitable. Obviously, spreadsheets are so dominant for a reason - there’s no disputing that they offer a huge degree of flexibility, power, and usability. But - when it comes to securely scaling data operations while maintaining accuracy, reliability, and interoperability, they leave a lot to be desired.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 16, 2023

System Integration vs Software Development

When we’re adding new technical capabilities, the first challenge is figuring out what our most cost-effective option is. More often than not, this means weighing up system integration vs software development. Specifically, we need to make a decision based on what we’re trying to achieve, the technical resources we have available, and what our current tool stack is capable of. Custom builds aren’t cheap - so it makes sense to get the most out of our existing tools.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 16, 2023

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