Business Process Automation Software
Business Process Automation Is About More Than Just Efficiency
Business Process Automation software uses business rules and automated tasks to perform processes that accomplish a specific business goal. The goal could be as simple as allowing an employee to request vacation time or as complex as developing a new product. All activities around these processes are tracked and analyzed for efficiency.
By automating business processes, especially those that are traditionally handled manually, significant benefits can be realized:
Automation is often part of a business process management suite that includes other tools to help define, model, test, and manage a portfolio of business processes.
Using a drag and drop user interface, automated processes are designed to follow existing processes or improve on them. In most cases, the process is documented using a process modeling tool and then reviewed by all stakeholders for accuracy. Once the static design is approved, work begins by designing the actual process including forms, tasks, recipients, alerts/notifications, etc. This is done using business process solutions that include pre-built tasks (complete form, submit approval, hand-off to another person, etc.) that can be arranged sequentially or in parallel.
Between tasks, process builders are able to insert business rules that make decisions about the path to take. For instance, you may set up a business rule that automatically routes a capital budget request to the CFO if it's more than $50,000. Or you might route a form back to the submitter if the reviewer needs more information. These rules are critical to managing the flow of tasks in a non-linear workflow.
Once processes are built and tested it's time to roll them out to the relevant users. In some cases this could be the entire employee population, in other cases, it could be a single department, outside vendors or customers. Access to processes is provided through a Web portal where users can submit requests, check statuses, or complete tasks depending on their role. This self-service portal houses all processes and forms but many employees will also interact through email alerts.
For instance, a manager may receive an email alert indicating approval is needed for a new hire. The manager simply clicks "Approve" in the email and the process automation system updates the task and moves forward with the next step.
Here are some specific examples of processes that can benefit from business process automation solutions:
Security Access Requests
New Project Requests
IS Service Requests
Automation software like Integrify can be integrated with RPA software to manage workflow and simulate human-centric tasks like entering data, moving between applications, analyzing documents and more.To learn more about how Integrify can integrate with RPA, see our Robotic Process Automation overview.
We've produced a number of materials that show the return on investment you'll gain when switching from manual to automated workflow across the enterprise. Check out our ROI Calculator and download our Workflow ROI Guide. If you'd like to see Integrify's automation platform in action, please request a demonstration.
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