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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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.
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A decade ago, a Google search for the term “cloud” would return images of white billowy objects and weather-related terms. Today? The term “cloud” has taken on a new identity, becoming a vehicle for people and companies to store and manage data on the internet. This has fueled the growth and productivity of expanding organizations—sans a weather icon in sight.
In fact, cloud-based communication, sharing and organization is pretty standard among modern workplaces. As of April 2019, the cloud-based G Suite (Google Suite) serves five million paid business users and millions more that use it for free.
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In 1975, a Business Week article titled “The Office of the Future” predicted the rise of the paperless office. The concept arose as a publicist’s slogan for the IBM 2260 in 1964, which proclaimed the computer terminal as the harbinger of the “office of the future.”
Back then, paper documents were kept in filing cabinets and storage boxes, and when items were misfiled, it could take weeks to track them down. Processes involving large numbers of people like university admissions and student registration generated mountains of paperwork, all of which had to be processed by hand.
It’s no wonder the dream of the paperless office captivated the popular imagination: the thought of being able to process – and locate – information within seconds had enormous appeal.
So what is a paperless office? Exactly what it sounds like: a work environment where paper usage is either wholly eliminated or greatly reduced by using digital formats instead.
With the rise of personal computers and office automation, the use of paper for tasks such as bookkeeping, record-keeping and sending memos would be made redundant, as everything could be stored and displayed on computers. Prolific paper users like schools and universities would use screens to teach students and even homework assignments and exams would eventually be conducted using computers.
However, while Business Week’s prediction of a personal computer on every desk came true, the paperless office has not yet become a reality. Despite advances in communication technologies such as the advent of email, paper documents continued to proliferate.
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Much has been written about the rise of online education.
Technology has unlocked an enormous opportunity for students of all ages, locales, and interests to gain access to knowledge on nearly any topic and from anywhere.
Even so, only about 30% of undergraduates enrolled in even a single online course in 2017.
Most education is still done on co-located campuses and in classroom settings. And most institutions, even those with progressive technology adoption, remain firmly rooted in in-person instruction.
This means that most schools and universities function primarily in the traditional sense. From a business perspective, the operations of most educational institutions are driven by processes that assume the day-to-day work of the administration will be handled in person and on campus.
In other words, many schools aren’t prepared or equipped for remote work.
This creates a problem.
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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?
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Finance and accounting professionals play a vital role in driving business growth and strategy, but most businesses underutilize this important resource because their finance teams are bogged down in inefficient finance processes.
With all the technology solutions available today, core tasks including invoicing and expense management can be automated with relative ease, not only reducing inaccuracies and delays but freeing up your finance team to perform more useful – and interesting – work.
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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.
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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.
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In our highly connected business environment, it’s increasingly vital for businesses to embrace digital transformation and increase their efficiency if they want to remain competitive.
This may seem like an insurmountable challenge for organizations that are still bogged down in legacy systems and paper-heavy processes. However, the light at the end of the tunnel is that digitizing and automating your business processes can save you a significant amount of time and money while freeing employees from repetitive, mindless administrative tasks, so they can focus on doing the work they were hired to do.
Everyday business processes are the lifeblood of all organizations. From approving purchase orders to authorizing travel to on-boarding new hires to processing student applications, these processes define what employees do every day. They might be three simple steps or may be a complicated 10-step workflow with conditional routing but the general principle is the same: deliver information from Point A to Point B with all the required signatures, approvals and authorizations in place.
According to Forrester, business process automation has the potential to reduce operating costs by up to 90 percent.
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