Leveling Up: Taking Advantage of the ProsperWorks API
A Webinar Workshop Co-Hosted by ProsperWorks and VL
In case you missed our fantastic and informative webinar on May 11th 2017…
We’re making the slides available for Download
Here is a quick transcript of a great exchange between Bence Orlai and Robin H. Smith
Bence Orlai, ProsperWorks: On this same slide, while we’re hovering over it, one thing I wanted to add from our experience, a couple thoughts: one is that solving these integration problems at a smaller company size is always easier. A lot of companies discover the need for these integrations through business processes starting to break down as they start to scale up or try to you know move – grow in a nonlinear way, like “hey, these things are failing us big time”. It always helps to think of these problems ahead and solve them or at least try to identify these processes and problems on a smaller scale [when] these companies are smaller. It’s a mindset in my opinion; it’s okay to do things manually, but think of it in a way that like, “could we do this if we all of a suddenly had to do this five times as frequently, and what would be the cost of us not being able to do this?” An example would be, we can do with our current Excel based process, we can fulfil 10 orders a day, but can we do it with 100 orders, and should we think about how we’re going to get there?” So that’s what I wanted to point out: that some of these problems are easier to think about and solve earlier on, and it’s easier to turn a team around and educate them when they’re smaller.
Robin Smith, VL: We completely agree with Bence, I think that the – to build on what you just said, I think the mistake that people make is that they get used to doing things within the application mix that they’ve got and they become complacent about processes, and they have that scaling in the business and all of sudden, as you point out, it’s easier to think about these things when you’re small. They’ve haven’t thought about them because they’ve fallen into a complacency and now all of a sudden it’s a serious crisis
Bence: And it’s completely ok, I need to add that — it’s okay to not want to automate or think ahead too much, but the other thing I wanted to add was have a map of any sort of these things early on. And it doesn’t have to be a perfectly designed flow chart, it can just be a screen or a whiteboard shot where like, “hey, this is how data moves in our company, this is how we get stuff done at this company, even though it’s manual processes.” So have that map, and understand where the value is created or what are the touch points that must keep working as the company grows – it’s a very helpful exercise in my experience. And it’s okay to have Excel in that mix early on, where like “these are the five things we do in Excel”, as long as it’s understood there’s a visualization of that map, like how Excel files are being passes, and if they’re mission critical then keep an eye on them as the company grows.
Robin: I completely agree. [Webinar continues.]