More and more businesses are adopting workflow solutions with every passing second. According to recent market research, the global workflow automation and optimization software market was valued at $859 million in 2020 and is projected to reach a staggering $1.4 billion by the year 2027.
In the past, the rise of automated workflows has been driven by the need for a basic level of digital transformation. More recently, it has been a vital enabler for collaboration, productivity, and business continuity, for a workforce that abruptly went mass-remote in 2020.
But today, automated workflows are poised to become even more important – and deliver even greater value – to organizations all over the world.
A new phase of hybrid working
As vaccinations bring the COVID-19 pandemic into a new phase, employees everywhere are returning to the office. Others, however, are remaining remote – whether temporarily, permanently, or sporadically.
A recent Vox Recode study predicted that by 2025, an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month – one standard working week out of four, in other words. Others still are leaving the office for good, finally done with long commutes and eager to reclaim their personal time and home lives.
What’s more, now that organizations’ eyes are fully open to the possibilities of remote working, they are now arguably more likely than ever to consider employing talent who live beyond a commutable distance to the office. Organizations may also now want existing employees at different sites to work together more closely in today’s increasingly globalized world.
How do you make hybrid work well?
So, remote working is here to stay. But now it has evolved and expanded to include a new breed of hybrid workforce that spans a wide range of office and home working locations, across different territories and time zones.
Organizations’ technology infrastructures now have a new responsibility to support this. And a modern business requires technology to facilitate:
- Streamlined processes that minimize or eliminate bottlenecks, particularly those due to time-zone issues
- Anywhere, anytime access to business-critical data and tools – whether working on-premises or remotely
- Visibility over operations and communications for everyone who needs it, wherever they are, all the time
That may seem like a tall order. However, if a proportion of your staff—including key stakeholders—are off-site, but all of your business processes, communications, tools, and data are premises-centric, those people will find themselves disconnected. They’ll miss out on crucial information and events, they won’t be able to operate and collaborate as effectively and productively as possible, and mistakes or errors may even occur.
Here’s where workflow solutions like Nintex Workflow Cloud come in. Cloud-based automated workflows can be accessed wherever your employees are, whenever they need them. They can be built with accessibility in mind and engineered to minimize or completely remove stumbling blocks that occur because a particular stakeholder’s action is needed at a certain time or stage. And if these hurdles can’t be avoided, the workflow can issue automatic prompts for action to help people play their part as swiftly as they can.
Shaping and re-shaping processes with agility
As well as enabling organizations to create hybrid-friendly business processes, advanced low-code workflow solutions have another very important attribute. Because they’re simpler to work with than other forms of software development, non-technical staff can take a far greater role in devising and creating digital workflows. And deploying new workflows or altering existing ones is also faster and easier.
That means organizations can now re-engineer their processes whenever and however they need to, responding to changes in their staffing situations or business needs and structures. Need to bring an overseas team or new remote employee into the loop? No problem. Instead of making them struggle with a workflow that may not have been built to accommodate them, you can easily craft one that fits them perfectly.
This flexibility puts all the possibilities you need within easy reach, and you can rest easy in the knowledge that your systems are prepared for whatever the future brings. That’s because you can quickly craft them to meet the changing needs of your business and workforce. Wherever they are, whatever they need to do.
Preparing for tomorrow with modern workflow solutions
If this article has gotten you excited about the potential that automated workflows offer moving ahead, then we’re excited to hear about your successful solutions. The new era that’s dawning for organizations brings all kinds of fresh prospects for innovation in the way people work, collaborate, and how organizations can bring out the best in all their employees. We’re eager to see what happens in the coming months and years, and what Nintex will help our customers to achieve.
If you’d like to learn more about how workflow solutions can help your organization bring together all your workers, wherever you are, let’s talk. Get in touch with Nintex today.