What is a Workflow Process and why is it important?
The definition of “workflow process” is this: It refers to a series of activities or tasks that must be completed sequentially or parallel to achieve a business outcome. In most cases, the process is linear and proceeds in a sequence determined by actions or pre-defined business rules.
Involves illustrating these activities and rules and identifying the actions whether they are automated, from another system, or human-based.
The workflow process receives inputs and produces outputs. Completed tasks (human or machine) propel the process forward and can be transformed or passed along to the next step by the workflow engine.
Workflow analysis allows business analysts to determine the efficiency of the current process and build toward a more efficient future state.
While the idea of workflow processes began in the manufacturing sector, modern businesses have adopted the term to capture and optimize business processes. Processes are often referred to in a "business process management" context in a business context. Business analysts use workflow tools like Integrify to automate these processes and eliminate as many manual steps as possible.
The workflow diagram on the right shows a straightforward new hire process workflow, diagrammed for clarity as a process flow. The various process steps may be handled by people spread across multiple departments throughout the process. In some cases, an automated function may take action (for instance, sending out a thank you email or letter), while others require human intervention.
Note: To see a real-world example of this process, visit our Process Apps area.
Integrify focuses on providing a platform for building customized, department-specific, and use case-driven automated workflows. Since no two companies are alike, we built Integrify to be flexible and extensible to meet your organization's business workflow management goals.
Flexible: Define workflow from scratch, start from a template or have our experienced service team build you what you need. Our software allows you to decide how your workflow runs. Choose tasks from a wide array of options and put them in the order your business rules dictate.
Powerful: Some of the largest companies in the world rely on Integrify to reliably power their most critical workflows (think cybersecurity response, customer onboarding, capital expenditure requests, etc.)
Extensible: Connect to other systems and embed widget versions of your forms wherever you need them, including intranets, Web pages, and other systems like SharePoint.
Service: In addition to a robust, flexible workflow automation platform, Integrify provides white-glove onboarding and process design by seasoned, professional implementation staff. Get up and running quickly with guided help and hands-on work from the Integrify team.
Learn how to design a process by reading our blog post, "How to Design a Process."
Learn tips and best practices for writing process documentation by reading our blog post "How to Write Process Documentation."
Check out our page "Best Workflow Management Software" to learn more about available tools and considerations.
You'll find many great ideas for processes and workflows that can be automated on our workflow examples page.
We have various resources to help you on your journey to an automated workflow.
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