Productivity and software go together for me. I’m not sure exactly why that is. Recently, I noticed that I was using the voice recognition of my iPhone more and more. So I decided to try out Windows voice recognition. Actually, I am using Windows voice recognition to create this blog post.
The last voice recognition software I used was Dragon Dictate. I had to update my computer to make it fast enough to work with Dragon Dictate. Unfortunately, the 97% plus recognition the software promised turned out to mean that I had to correct virtually every phrase in every sentence. If you have a headset, it’s worth turning on the feature just to see how it works for you.
The process of learning to use voice recognition, like any new technology, is somewhat painful. I am having to learn to pronounce my words distinctly. It seems often slower than simply typing. However, it also offers a vision of the future.
Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, is the same way. It does require effort, and that often means pain. The benefit in productivity to the organization can be substantial. If you’re still using a system just to perform accounting tasks, consider evaluating your business processes. Software is often necessary to support efficient process. In a similar way, voice recognition software forces me to consider the way I write. In particular, it forces me to consider whether typing is the best way to accomplish my result.
Based on what I see from this test, I think I may have found a new best friend. Microsoft’s version of the solution might not be the one I ultimately land on, but it gives me a no cost alternative to try.
Improving business productivity should be the primary goal of the implementing technology. It is our primary goal in building software for our customers.