The process automation market is booming and is expected to reach $19.4 billion by 2026. In the last few years, businesses have made significant investments in automation. This was initially fueled by a need to support remote working, with paper-based processes going digital, but since then business leaders are discovering the wide potential for process automation.
Any process automation project, however great or small, should start by mapping processes. This method aims to visually show a flow of work (a process) and can shine a light on how that process should be refined. Originally, this method involved creating a simple flow graph, but process flow mapping tools have come a long way since then.
This year, Nintex acquired Kryon, a leading force in RPA and early-stage process identification tools. With this added intelligence, we aim to create an even more powerful process automation platform that enables organizations to operate even more efficiently. In this blog, we take a closer look at the future of process flow mapping and what it means for organizations worldwide.
What is process flow mapping?
Process flow mapping is the method of visually capturing a flow of work. It usually takes the form of a flowchart and can vary from a simple one-pager to a complex diagram (which is best achieved using process flow mapping software). A process map will highlight inputs and outputs for each task in a flow of work, depict who is involved at each stage and can shine a light on areas for improvement.
For example, the map could illustrate that too many people are involved at one stage, using up resources unnecessarily. Or perhaps there are several steps missing, which is why bottlenecks in the process occur.
Why is mapping processes important?
Mapping processes spotlights wasteful resources, identifies bottlenecks (and why they happen), and provides visibility over a process. It helps business leaders streamline any given process (and perhaps look for alternative methods of execution). It also assigns greater accountability within a team, since business leaders can see clearly who is responsible for what.
Some benefits of process flow mapping are:
- Increases understanding of a process
- Improves communications between contributors involved
- Assigns accountability
- Helps to plan projects
- Helps to streamline and refine a process
- Helps with problem-solving and decision making
- Identifies areas of improvement
- Can be built quickly and economically
How process discovery changes the game
Kryon’s process discovery technology is a game-changer in process flow mapping. Whether your organization is beginning its first automation project or scaling an existing one, the Process Discovery™ tool can fast-track automation mapping and implementation projects.
Kryon’s process mapping automation tool is the only one of its kind available on the market. The advanced algorithms provide visibility over processes taking place inside your organization and offer solutions that cut costs and deliver a swift ROI. Working behind the scenes, the algorithm gives a complete picture of the processes that are taking place, maps them clearly, and suggests the best candidates for automation. This cuts time spent on implementation by up to 80%.
What are the benefits of process mapping automation?
Discovery AI-powered robots are fast workers. They tick away behind the scenes, automatically identifying processes, mapping them, and deciding which to automate. This fast-tracks process discovery and delivers a swift ROI.
Kryon’s process mapping automation tool clearly illustrates the main path of a process and common variants. With a complete map of the process provided, you have full visibility over your business operations. With this, it’s easy to recognize the best paths for each process and identify opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked.
Accelerated automation deployment
Transitioning to automation might seem a daunting project. The time between identification (which processes can be automated) and deployment can be long without the right resources. Using an AI-powered discovery tool fast-tracks process identification and automation deployment.
The bottom line… mapped out
Automation in businesses is a global phenomenon. We’re seeing business leaders pilot automation projects, reap the benefits and scale quickly. Across industries, the power of automation is catching on.
Every automation project should start with mapping processes. This provides visibility over any given process, highlights bottlenecks and areas for improvement, and helps you to decide which processes are the best candidates for automation.
Just as work processes typically perform better when automated, so does the process mapping method itself. With Kryon’s Process Discovery™ tool, you can automate process flow mapping. This provides swift visibility over your organization’s inner workings, accelerates decision making (i.e. which processes should be automated), and lets you get to automation projects faster.