1. Research to determine if software products exists that can handle these tasks. If they exist find out what the total cost will be to introduce the software into your business environment.
2. If you don't find a ready made software, take the top three items and list the detailed task steps for each. Be as specific as possible, then contact a programmer. Ask which of your top three tasks lends itself most cost effectively to automation, and request a quote. You may pay a fee for this quote as it involves breaking down your steps into pseudo computer language.
3. Develop a plan that includes all associated costs, risks, expected outcomes and requirements.
4. Weigh the total cost of buying or building the program against the cost savings in labor and other areas, along with gains that may be acheived through increased production and decide whether to move forward.