Posted in Workflow Automation

8 Workflow Examples to Get You Started Today

Companies everywhere are embracing automation technology and transforming their tedious, time-consuming, manual processes into streamlined, easy-to-use, automated workflows

They’re doing this to reap the many benefits of automation technology. These benefits include reduced operational costs and increased productivity, as well as increased availability, reliability, and performance. In turn, this results in more satisfied customers.

Failing to automate your workflows comes at a cost. The average employee spends 20-40% of their time searching for documents and loses around 40% of their productivity to task switching. Meanwhile, CEOs reportedly spend some 25% of their time on tasks that can be easily automated. 

Every company has different goals and therefore different automation needs and priorities. For instance, a manufacturing company that frequently purchases raw materials might benefit from automating purchase order and invoice approval workflows. A temp agency that constantly recruits and onboards new employees may wish to invest in HR workflow automation to make the hiring and onboarding processes more seamless. 

In this post, we’ll dive into eight powerful examples of workflows at the workplace and discuss how to make the most of each workflow for optimal performance and efficiency. With the right business workflow automation software, you can automate these processes – and much, much more. 

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Posted in Workflow Automation

What Is Workflow Software? Everything You Need to Know

Are you or your organization losing valuable productivity to repetitive, error-ridden, manual processes? 

Perhaps you often find yourself… 

  • filling out the same information over and over again across multiple documents;
  • emailing back and forth to correct errors, capture missing information, or speed up approval processes; or
  • printing, scanning, and emailing documents just to capture a signature.

If you’re in this boat, you–along with many other organizations interested in improving efficiency, productivity, and employee satisfaction–might be considering workflow software.

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Posted in Forms Automation

The Formstack Alternative: When Your Business Needs More

At its core, Formstack is a drag-and-drop form builder with optional, add-on features.

It’s great for basic use cases and workflows involving a form.

Organizing an event and need to create a form for registrations and payments? Formstack has you covered.

Setting up a simple workflow where a completed form gets automatically sent from person A to person B? Formstack can do that.*

*If you pay extra.

But Formstack isn’t much help when your form-based workflows get even slightly complicated.

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Posted in Workflow Automation

How to Create an Automated Workflow Without Coding

Every organization has its own set of workflows for everyday tasks. These workflows used to rely on paper forms, ledgers, and inter-office memos.

Most teams have now “progressed” to using Excel and email. While it’s better than physical paper, email-based workflows are still manual and inefficient.

The good news is that modern, cloud-based software is now putting the power of automated, digital workflows in the hands of non-technical business users.

In this piece, we’ll look at exactly how to create a workflow without any coding or I.T. 

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Posted in Forms Automation

How to Convert Any PDF to a Fillable Form

On-line processes are designed to reduce paper and make everyday tasks more efficient – but some processes require a specific document format and tend to make things more complicated. 

For example, if you’ve ever run a new hire onboarding process, you’re probably familiar with the Federal W-4 or I-9 forms. These PDF documents are often fillable, but: 

  • they’re hard to complete on mobile devices, 
  • there’s often duplicate information resulting in unnecessary data entry, and 
  • they don’t integrate with your backend systems for filing and reporting.

What good is an online form if your staff has to spend extra time manually transferring the submitted data to another format?

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Posted in Workflow Automation

Workflow vs Process: Understanding the Difference (+Examples)

Workflow and process are common words in business process management (BPM). They’re similar enough that they’re often used interchangeably, which creates quite a bit of confusion — even among experts in the field. 

Nevertheless, there are subtle yet significant differences between the two. So let’s define “workflow” and “process” in a way that’ll help you precisely and clearly communicate your ideas around BPM at work.

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Posted in Procurement Automation

Four Procurement Processes Every Business Should Automate

Procurement is a core activity for many businesses. After all, businesses use materials and services in order to create and deliver their own products and services. 

Yet, in spite of the fact that it’s such an integral operations process, procurement is persistently one of the most disorganized activities for many organizations including institutions of higher education. Often, this is because procurement’s top priorities haven’t evolved to align with the priorities of a modern business. 

It’s hard to blame the procurement department. In many organizations, they’re still stuck using Excel spreadsheets and email for routine processes. Without automation, employees in charge of procurement are still spending a lot of time on paperwork, and simply don’t have the time to think bigger picture. Concerns such as Corporate Social Responsibility or reducing everyday risks to the business unfortunately take a back seat to simply getting through all the routine tasks.

Whatever the size of your business, process automation helps increase agility and sets your business up for success in the 21st century.

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Posted in Digital Transformation

Automation and Digital Transformation: The Key to Unlocking Business Growth

Doubtless, by now, you’ve seen and heard people frothing at the mouth in their fervor for digital transformation. If it’s not the buzzword of the decade, it’s certainly in the top ten. Automation is another contender for the top spot. But if both revolve around making business operations more efficient, what’s the difference, exactly? 

Let’s dive in.

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Posted in Forms Automation

Create Dynamic Forms: The No-Code Guide to Smarter Data Collection

Dynamic forms are the lifeblood of most automated business processes. 

From HR paperwork to automating accounting processes, most of the common ways that our customers use frevvo to save time and money in their business rely on smart forms that are able to do more than just collect text in a box, but perform actions based on those specific inputs. 

This functionality allows businesses to create forms that perform calculations, automatically fill in  information, or customize workflows based on the user’s inputs.

While most users would likely love this functionality, few have the resources at their disposal to achieve a truly seamless experience.

Instead, most businesses capture inputs through forms where users have to type data and read instructions and then still manually process those inputs with human time and energy. Why? Because building dynamic forms can be an enormous expense and investment that many businesses can’t make. 

For most companies, rolling your own dynamic forms and creating custom workflows can drain hundreds of hours of IT time and other resources cost thousands of dollars to implement.

This is why frevvo’s forms automation software includes a Visual Rule Builder (VRB) to allow business users to create dynamic forms without coding. Using the VRB engine with our dynamic form builder, non-technical users can easily define custom rules and logic that control how a form functions while it’s being completed, once it’s been submitted, and when it’s being processed. 

All of the custom functionality that would require manual coding and huge investment to build and maintain can be created with just a few clicks.

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Posted in Education Automation

Workflow Automation for Higher Ed: The 2020 Guide

Higher education has made great strides in embracing digital transformation, yet, much time is still wasted due to administrative inefficiencies. Workflow automation offers the opportunity to eliminate inefficiencies and save time and money by automating tedious manual administrative processes. 

What is Workflow Automation in Higher Education?

Simply put, workflow automation is the process of automating the sequence or chain of events that need to take place in order for a process to be completed. For instance, automating the admissions workflow might streamline the process by electronically routing documents to the right people at the right time without manual email or phone calls. Additionally, the process of notifying students of changes to their application status – as well as other communications – might be automated.

Workflow automation in higher education not only reduces time-consuming busywork, freeing staff up for more important tasks – it also reduces the margin of human error, which has real world consequences for both students and administrators. Critical decisions like admissions and financial aid often hinge on these central processes. 

Staff may struggle to juggle admin with the rest of their workload, resulting in students becoming frustrated by long waiting periods for simple requests that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to process and provide feedback. 

In fact, fifty-five percent of education managers spend an average of a full workday on “manual, repetitive tasks” per week, according to a 2018 report.

Moreover, when academic staff are preoccupied with administrative tasks, their research and teaching suffers. As such, workflow automation that reduces the administrative burden academics face can be an effective way to attract top talent. 

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