As a higher education institution, you’re likely committed to fostering an all-inclusive environment where every person has the ability to enjoy the student experience.
When we think of accessibility and ADA compliance, we often think first of physical access. Most often, we focus on making sure that buildings and structures are accessible and comfortable for students of varying abilities.
But, accessibility in the digital world is just as important – if not more so!
With this comes a responsibility to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, can enjoy the same level of access to your physical and digital properties.
Accessibility for all students is becoming increasingly important. In 2015–16, 19 percent of male students and 20 percent of female students reported having a disability.
Accessibility has also become important for the government, which sets guidelines for colleges and universities to follow to make sure a higher ed’s facilities and digital properties (website, forms, etc) are 100% accessible.
Following these guidelines and becoming digitally compliant, however, has not been easy for educational institutions as it requires technical and legal assistance and enough funds to execute.
Are you 100% compliant? In this article, we’ll cover the levels of compliance, what this means for your online properties, and how to make your forms fully accessible.
Forms serve a vital purpose in enabling businesses to quickly and efficiently gather and process information, both internally and in communication with customers. Dynamic forms take this convenience a step further by applying business logic and executing various actions depending on the content of the forms.
For your business to get the most out of dynamic forms, you’ll want to integrate it with your SQL database to enable information to be saved and updated automatically on an ongoing basis. Too many businesses are still wasting too many precious human hours updating databases manually, inputting the information captured by forms by hand.
Imagine you’re onboarding a new customer and helping them to fill out their first order form. Together, you fill out all the relevant fields and hit the “submit” button.
But what happens next? How do you get your data from the forms to the database containing all your order information?
Most of your company’s important data likely lives in a SQL database.
Practically every organization has at least one SQL database and often many of them.
But, here’s the rub: Most of your company has no idea what SQL even means, let alone how to get the information they need out of the database. So, that means that your IT team spends an enormous amount of time either manually running queries and generating reports or building one-off applications and HTML forms for every department under the sun to get the data they need.
It’s not a good use of time.
What you need is a form builder with configurable SQL database integration that can help you stand up solutions quickly. Rather than rolling your own applications, you can use frevvo to build custom forms, configure advanced workflows, integrate data from a MySQL database, and ship a solution—in about an hour.
Dynamic forms are the lifeblood of most automated business processes.
From HR paperwork to automating accounting tasks, 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 includes a Visual Rule Builder (VRB) to allow business users to create dynamic forms without coding. Using the VRB engine, 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.
The modern workforce is picking up their mobile devices and not putting them down. The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend has skyrocketed in the last decade with nearly 90% of employees connecting to company networks via their mobile devices
As this trend continues, your customers and employees expect to leverage portability and access forms and business services from anywhere and from any device. This gives customers the flexibility to interact with you anywhere and from any device. It also gives employees the freedom to keep projects moving without being chained to their desktop computers.
The end result? Your organization also saves time and resources as projects get done faster and more efficiently — and provides a better customer experience.
There is a caveat, though.
Increased efficiency is only possible if people use your mobile apps. Poorly-designed, non-responsive forms keep them from fully enjoying and embracing the mobile experience. And for growing organizations, a frustrating mobile experience creates an unproductive work environment and employee disdain for difficult mobile applications.
The good news is that virtually any form or workflow can be optimized for mobile. Employee onboarding, contracts and quotes, proposals, expense forms, and more—all from any device, and from any location.
Let’s go over the characteristics of mobile-optimized forms, what they are and how to implement them into your employee’s workflow.
Efficiency is key for high-performing businesses. Inconvenient as they are, forms, from purchase orders to travel requests, are unavoidable and abundant. Forms typically require approvals where one or more supervisors may comment and sign, and processing where the completed data fields are entered into an electronic database. This can be done manually or automatically.
Automated form processing is much more efficient and has significant advantages over manual processing. Form automation software streamlines tasks, saving staff time and reducing errors. Learn the benefits of automated form processing, how it works, and the best form automation software for your business.
Think about a corporate performance report. Connecticut, South Carolina, Minnesota were the Top 3 performs. Wyoming, New Hampshire and New York were the Bottom 3. There were X, Y and Z trends. Revenue and profit grew A% and B% respectively. You could go on and on for pages.
Or, you could show charts like this.
It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the first sentence you read in this article. That’s because the visualization immediately captures our attention. If you’ve automated workflows with frevvo, your data is already digital. Data visualization is the best way to present your data.
A typical organization deals with dozens of kinds of documents. These are everyday things like invoices, new hire paperwork, student records, 401(K) change request forms, contracts, purchase orders, absence records and so on.
Truth be told, you’re still likely to find large filing cabinets and folders filled with documents in many offices. People still print out their documents, stick them in a folder and put it in the corner filing cabinet. Of course, paper documents are hard to find, maintain, modify, send around etc. – the usual problems. They’re also vulnerable to disasters e.g. a fire could destroy years of information.
Organizations create a sales order form to list the products and services being ordered by a customer. The customer may provide one or more purchase orders (PO) for that purpose.
The sales order is a document that’s created internally by the company so that it may process the order in a controlled manner with the necessary checks, authorizations and signatures in place. Generally, the sales order form includes any associated purchase orders for convenience. In some cases, the sales order may also be sent externally to the client for signature, for example, to formally accept Terms & Conditions.
If you’re like many other businesses, your HR department is overloaded with paperwork. Honestly, that’s a shame – wouldn’t you rather have them focus on attracting and recruiting talent instead of sifting through endless paperwork?