Manual vs automated data entry

Manual data entry and automated data entry play an important role in business process outsourcing (BPO). Service providers who specialise in data entry are often much faster than the company itself would be.

Data refers to any kind of information which can be categorised and stored according to certain criteria in sorted forms as records. This can be names, addresses, categories or numerical values which need to be put in a specific order and saved in databases or tables.

Manual data entry vs. automated data entry: the differences

Manual data entry and automated data entry differ mainly on the basis of the documented to be evaluated. Manual data entry is generally used for all types of paper based documents, which cannot be read or evaluated by a machine. This can also include online sources which cannot be easily queried or read with software.

Using the four-eyes-principle errors can be corrected during manual data entry, since mistakes will inevitably be made due to the monotonous, yet demanding work.

Automated data entry is used for photographed or scanned originals. Printed or handwritten information is automatically read and sorted, then stored using OCR software. Such systems are often used for postal services. Depending on the document type, the language and the data destination, automated data entry will need customised systems. In addition, automated data collection requires a manual post-processing of all those cases in which the software failed.

Manual data entry vs. automated data entry: differences in providers

If you would like to collect data material and are looking for a business process outsourcing provider, then it is recommended to use a company that provides both. This is generally the case, but there are also smaller companies that only deal with manual data entry. Because automated data entry requires higher expertise, all-rounder providers are often more professional.

But do not worry if your documents need to be recorded manually, automatically or only partially automatically. outsourcing4work is happy to help you when selecting a provider from India who is not only professional, but affordable.