Most people intuitively understand how workflows can streamline and speed up their business processes, integrate systems and route content to the right people.
But while the benefits are clear, we’re often still met with questions from businesses about the implementation and deployment of workflows:
- Who are workflows for?
- Can I make use of workflows in my current environment?
- Do I need a specific platform to use workflows?
- Isn’t my business too small to use workflows?
- Isn’t my business too large and complex to use workflows?
These are common misconceptions, the biggest of which being that the best workflow management software is only cut out for more ‘techy’ organizations.
While every business has different needs, requirements and goals, workflow automation can help everyone; you just need to choose the best workflow management software that aligns with your business.
Whether you’re a company of 500 or 5,000, whether you’re based in the cloud or on-premises, workflow automation can help maximize the efficiency of your business processes.
In this post, we’ll look at how companies of different shapes and sizes can use workflows to improve the efficiency of their processes and the productivity of workers.
Businesses in the Cloud
Businesses in the cloud must balance agility with the coordination of work across the company.
Connecting information across numerous systems of record can be a burden and information silos emerge. Mistakes happen, and rectifying them puts added strain on workers and slows them down.
With cloud-based workflow automation, your employees can build sophisticated processes independent of any platform. Integration with SaaS connectors allows you to rapidly build the necessary integrations between systems without requiring writing hundreds of lines of integration code.
In the cloud, workers also can create and trigger workflows from their smartphones or tablets, which means they can keep driving processes while on the move. All this is done in the security of a cloud-based infrastructure.
Nintex Workflow Cloud can get businesses using workflow automation in record time. Being cloud-based removes much of the upfront setup and costs, meaning deployment is as simple as the drag-and-drop workflow design.
This means your users can start building workflows that span multiple systems of record as soon as possible, connecting and speeding up the flow of information around the business. Find out more about Nintex Workflow Cloud here.
Businesses Using Office 365
Microsoft’s Office 365 platform is the most popular cloud service on the market, and for many businesses, the large number of applications and tools it provides means they don’t need to use any external platforms.
The best workflow automation software should align with the platform you’re using—for Office 365, that means being as versatile and varied as possible. Workflows in Office 365 can interact with both structured and unstructured content, integrating with the platform’s many applications.
Nintex Workflow for Office 365 is a cloud-based workflow solution that allows users to connect with their content no matter where it is captured, processed or stored.
Businesses Using On-Premises SharePoint
Early uptake of platforms like Microsoft’s Office 365 was largely attributed to startups and SMEs. Migration can be more complicated for large organizations. Many have larger
Many have larger investments in on-premises environments. With hundreds or thousands of employees, the prospect of moving them and huge swathes of their content makes the migration process an unenviable task.
Does this mean you can’t use workflows? Of course not.
SharePoint-integrated workflows fit seamlessly into the working processes your users are already accustomed to, without you having to invest in separate servers. While workflows are deeply integrated into the SharePoint platform, they’re also customizable, giving you full control over how your workflows work and how users interact with them.
And being based on-premises doesn’t mean you can’t connect your data, either. SharePoint-integrated workflows can also interact with cloud-based applications like Salesforce and Yammer too.
Nintex Workflow for SharePoint allows your SharePoint users to build entire workflows (or start from templates) through a simple yet powerful browser-based, drag-and-drop workflow designer.
By removing the need for code, any user can easily create workflows that integrate with the platform they’re already familiar with. Check out some of the best features here.
The Best Workflow Automation Software for You
Cloud-based and on-premises workflow automation software have their differences, but their focus remains the same—streamlining and speeding up business processes to improve efficiency and worker productivity.
Choosing the best workflow management software can make your business processes go from good to great, whether you’re based in the cloud, server-side or some kind of hybrid.
At Nintex, we want every company to begin taking advantage of the best workflow automation software. So, whether your business is in the cloud or on premises; whether you’re a start-up with hundreds of employees or a large organization with 10,000 employees, you can implement workflow automation and reap the rewards. You can begin to streamline your business processes and integrate data across systems and you can make a start to becoming a more efficient business with more productive workers.
So, whether your business is in the cloud or on premises; whether you’re a start-up with hundreds of employees or a large organization with 10,000 employees, you can implement workflow automation and reap the rewards. You can begin to streamline your business processes and integrate data across systems and you can make a start to becoming a more efficient business with more productive workers.
You can begin to streamline your business processes and integrate data across systems and develop into a more efficient business with more productive workers.
Nintex offers the full range of workflow platforms and solutions to bring the power of workflow automation to any and every organization. Check out our platform of workflow automation software, or get in touch with us for more information.