Workflow software can have a dramatic impact on productivity and efficiency
Workflow software allows businesses to automate tasks related to business processes. On the surface, this sounds very straightforward, but few business workflows are a simple set of tasks to be performed. For example, many processes cut across departmental or business unit silos, leading to disconnected workflows. In other cases, there are a variety of process decision points that are confined to one person's purview. This "tribal knowledge" causes serious gaps when that one person is unavailable or no longer in the same position.
However, as we'll discuss, employees are more productive and administrators (HR, Finance, Operations, IT, etc.) spend less time managing information when a workflow software system is implemented.
Because workflow management should become a strength across all aspects of a business, every organization can benefit from the adoption of a workflow software solution. Consider the following areas when selecting a workflow tool:
While these are robust, enterprise-class tools, smaller businesses and departmental process improvement teams can take heart as there are great tools available to fit every budget in today's workflow software marketplace.
When evaluating workflow management options, some businesses consider full business process management (BPM) suites. These suites include a laundry list of features including modeling, simulation, business resource planning and a variety of workflow tools that, in most cases, are overkill for most situations. In addition, they tend to be very expensive with a steep learning curve. They make sense for companies embarking on massive, enterprise-wide business process re-architecting initiatives.
Others consider dedicated online form solutions. These solutions offer a simple form building tool that triggers an email and saves form input data. While some of these solutions are very well-designed and user-friendly, they also don’t profess to be more than a straightforward way to collect form data, especially for one-time events.
Unlike these solutions, workflow software provides the critical components of BPM suites (tools for building automated processes, forms, reporting/auditing and a user portal) but more robust than simple form automation solutions. Most businesses are looking for a straightforward way to automate business workflows for HR, IT, Finance, Operations, Marketing, etc. and replacing paper or email-based requests. That’s where workflow software like Integrify excels.
Integrify is focused on providing a platform for building the workflows that make the most sense for your business. Since no two companies are alike, we built Integrify to be flexible and extensible.
To see how quickly you can begin automating your processes, request a demonstration or trial of Integrify.
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