The rise of mobile devices, low-cost wireless data and an increasingly globalised business environment have made connectivity a point of focus for business. Connectivity has an important relationship with information management as digitisation raises questions about whether systems will be capable of communicating properly, whether indexing conventions will be universalised, and whether file formats will be unilaterally accessible.
Connectivity in the government
There are many internal challenges to connectivity with flow-on ramifications for the quality of information management across the whole of government. With the Australian Federal Government’s 2020 deadline for digitisation, many agencies are enhancing their connectivity to support the increasing volume of electronic information being generated. Where connectivity problems do arise, however, is in interoperability between agencies. Interoperability refers to the compatibility of ICT systems (and the data they generate) across disparate work units.
Connectivity in healthcare
In healthcare, the quality of an organisation’s connectivity affects whether information is updated in real-time or on a delay. This in turn affects the quality of data accessibility across multiple patient points of contact. Information is often difficult to reach due to poor connectivity within the health system. Enhanced healthcare system connectivity has the potential to work instantly and limit mistakes.
Connectivity in construction and manufacturing
The construction and manufacturing industries rely on digital connectivity to communicate over expansive or disconnected worksites, and to remain responsive to changing situations. The challenges to connectivity in these sectors are both internal and external. In some businesses, there is a dogged refusal to adopt non-paper workflows. This is understandable in light of paper’s practicality and convenience for in-person collaboration, but it can also hamper equity of connection to information across work units. Extraneous challenges to connectivity include “terminal immobility”, where information management systems are used that cannot be operated on different device types across multiple locations, and document format incompatibilities with mobile devices.
Connectivity and Digitisation with Grace Information Management
At Grace Information Management, we give our clients access to intuitive digital interfaces that make searching for archived information simple and secure, allowing you to instantly request delivery of data to wherever it is needed. We help assess the advantages of transitioning to a more connected, digital workflow, then set up a plan to implement a more appropriate solution — from an entirely digital system to a hybrid of digital and paper.
Our team can rapidly scan your paper archives and make them accessible digitally. Any un-scanned hard copies remain available for on-demand scanning and electronic delivery, which can be requested on a wide variety of fixed and mobile devices in any format — eliminating the need for time-consuming conversions and allowing more rapid on-the-go data access and transmission.
Our tailored solutions seamlessly integrate with existing ICT interfaces, minimising the need for staff retraining. Get in touch with Grace Information Management today to improve your organisation’s connectivity and digitisation.