Here is another example of a business process that Outlook can help you
A typical problem is aggregating sales forecasts across an enterprise.
Old way: Forecasts are often generated by
spreadsheets distributed to departments. The department spreadsheets are
completed and returned. The forecast administrator loads the returned
spreadsheets, and prints the results by individual departments. The results are
reviewed for validity. Invalid department projections require that the forecast
administrator now communicate back to the departments advising them of the
invalid conditions and return them for modification. The confirmation process
is not automatic with the result that it is time consuming and non-productive.
The entity forecast administrator has to manually cut and paste or in some
other way combine the data of all the submitted forecasts. Additionally, the
process is error-prone, being dependent on process and validity checks made by
telephone or other means.