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UiPath is an on-premise data entry and robotic process automation solution designed for businesses of all sizes. The solution allows users to create, deploy and administer automation in business processes. UiPath features UiPath Orchestrator,... Read more
ProntoForms offers cloud-based field service software that assists businesses via their web app and mobile interface. Field agents can fill out and submit invoices, work orders, and signatures within the mobile app. One of the features... Read more
Repsly is a cloud-based field service management solution designed for mobile sales teams. It is suitable for small to midsize businesses across a variety of industries. With Repsly, users can track representatives’ locations and... Read more
Ninox is a cloud-based data entry solution used by small and midsize organizations. The solution helps in building database applications using features such as built-in templates, custom actions, scripting and drag and drop formulas.... Read more
WinAutomation by Softmotive is a data entry automation solution designed for businesses of all sizes. It enables users to automate both desktop and web-based tasks. The product is an on-premise solution and runs on Windows operating... Read more
Foxtrot by EnableSoft is a cloud-based data entry solution developed for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to automate manual processes and data tasks. It primarily caters to users in banking, insurance, manufacturing, health... Read more
Form.com is a field service solution that provides tools that aim to optimize the workflow involved in traditional field service operations. Based on a variety of responses, the system triggers events that are situationally appropriate,... Read more
FastField is a cloud-based data entry solution that helps businesses of all sizes gather data, create forms and collect information via tablets and smartphones. Primary features include question branching, collaboration, version control,... Read more
ScanWriter by Personable is a data entry solution for financial statements. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It offers document scanning, data management, accounting integration and reporting functionalities within a suite.... Read more
Fluix is a platform for companies to manage business processes and bridge the gap between field and office. Field workers can fill out, sign and submit documents according to preset rules such as reassign to colleagues, email to a... Read more
Tabidoo is a cloud-based data application solution that caters to businesses across various industries. Features include data organization, application creation, dashboards, data audit and more. Tabidoo helps users to add, remove... Read more
Webticle cell is an on-premise data entry solution offered by Hannda. The solution is used by small and midsize businesses to store, integrate and manage Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and create databases using Excel files. Cloud-based... Read more
Though computers and software have, on the whole, been a boon to the business world, they come with certain drawbacks. One of the most grueling of those is data entry.
Data entry refers to the process of transferring numbers and figures from printed pages or other sources into your computer system. This can be a tedious, time-consuming task for your employees, and it is one that is particularly error-prone. Multiple hours of work are lost every day to data entry, when they could be better spent by your employees on the issues more central to your business.
This is why data entry software is among the most useful types of systems for your company to purchase and implement. A great deal of different types of software suites, for important office necessities such as customer relationship management (CRM) and project management, will have data entry features and functions. But if your company is too small to utilize those systems, if you have important data outside the purview of those areas or if your business relies on data entry as one of its chief concerns, you might require independent or specialized data entry software.
This Buyer's Guide will help you determine if you require data entry software, what features you might find most useful in that software and what you should ask of vendors when you are looking to purchase.
Here's what we'll cover in order to help you make this important decision:
Almost everyone is familiar with the most commonly used system that could technically be classified as "data entry software"—Microsoft Excel. In addition to allowing you to create charts, calculate data and build interactive dashboards, Excel's user-friendly spreadsheets serve as a data entry solution for a wide variety of businesses.
However, using spreadsheets for your data entry is far from ideal. The amount of time it takes to enter each bit of information by hand can make things extremely tedious and can lead to a large number of errors. In addition, each spreadsheet is stored on one person's computer, and can't be accessed by multiple employees across the company. In many ways, using spreadsheets to enter data is little better than keeping that information in a hard-bound notebook.
More advanced data entry software deals with the problems you'll encounter with simple spreadsheets. Tools within the software can automate some of the most tedious, error-prone tasks. However, different data entry systems will speak to different methods of handling information and thus will automate those tasks in different ways. You'll want to find a system that is right for your business processes, particularly in regards to your business type.
A large amount of data entry software systems specifically address the needs of particular industries. There are different types of data entry software tools for fields such as medicine, accounting and insurance, for example, each of which offers specialized features relevant to that specific type of business and its needs.
Regardless of the industry, though, all data entry software shares a few key features in common, which we'll discuss in the following section.
|Electronic forms||Almost all dedicated data entry software will allow you to create custom forms that will ask for the key data you need to have entered into the system. Autofill features can make filling out these forms easier and less repetitive, while they can also be set to check for obvious or common errors. The software will then take the data entered into these forms and convert it into more complicated, classified formats for better storage and analysis.|
|Data classification||Once data is entered into your system, it needs to be organized in a way that makes it effective and efficient to use. Data classification tools will do this for you, taking the data that you enter and converting it into a format that will be more beneficial for your future use and analysis.|
|Data extraction||Sometimes you aren't just manually entering data, but rather need to take unstructured or poorly structured data sources and turn them into something usable. Data extraction tools can help you with this, by taking that unstructured data and further processing and classifying it so that you can use it in your business.|
|Data cleaning||Data cleaning takes an existing set of data (a table, record set, database etc.) and scans through it to search for certain specified errors, inconsistencies and blank spots.|
|Data validation||Data validation is a process performed at the time of data entry, ensuring that the data will not need to be cleaned at a later date by validating it as it is initially entered. In practice, this means tools in the system will make sure that you are avoiding common data entry errors so that your data is fully correct and useful for you.|
|Scanning||Some businesses need to store visual information as much as they do text-based information. For those companies, specific data entry systems will allow you to scan in images to be stored with the rest of your data. In addition, some advanced software can scan in spreadsheets and other physical data sets and convert/classify them into usable data in your system.|
The mobile data collection page in Repsly
It's hard to think of a business that doesn't require some amount of data entry as a part of its day-to-day operations. As such, this means that there as many types of data entry software buyers as there are types of businesses.
However, regardless of your specific business field, you will likely have different needs based on the size of your business, thus falling into one of the following categories:
Other factors to take into consideration when picking the best data entry software for your business may include: