To workflow, or not to workflow: that is the question…
The concept of a workflow system to improve business processes is not new.
Perhaps the parent idea to the kind of business process management that we have today (in the form of workflow software) is the “assembly line”. The most famous exponent of such was Henry Ford and Ford Motors and was a central technique in the development of mass production. The assembly line is a manufacturing workflow/process where parts are added sequentially to a product to finish it in a faster way.
Breaking down the procedure into individual processes achieved much greater efficiency and improved productivity.
It’s not hard to see the similarities when applied to an automated workflow system that you can use in your business to improve the efficiency of your processes and achieve better overall productivity. Using automated workflow solutions enables elements such as documents, data and correspondence to be automatically sent to the right people at the right time without the fear of human error or other barriers, thus improving the efficiency of your business processes.
Evolution of Your Potential
And workflows keep evolving.
Workflow automation is increasingly interacting, responding and evolving in relation to other technological progressions across cloud computing and digital transformation at large. We are now beginning to move away from the idea of workflows being simply about passing tasks or documents from one individual to another according to a set rubric or rigid procedure.
There has been a recent move towards leveraging the power of the cloud in the build and executions of workflows. The potential of this is massive. Based in the cloud, these new ‘evolved’ workflows allow much greater flexibility in how they are used and the processes they affect.
For example, with an automated workflow system built in the cloud, your business can more easily interact with third parties like customers or partners to get important tasks completed as efficiently as you would an internal process.
Previously, your workflows might have been restricted to working within certain internal platforms, like SharePoint only. Workflows in the cloud can surpass these kinds of restrictions by being able to connect with a much larger range of systems and solutions. Your employees get the benefits of being able to connect to the right content regardless of where it is stored or processed.
Real World Cloud Workflow Benefits: Food Industry
Imagine you work in the supermarket industry.
You keep expensive food inventories which must be protected against spoilage. This requires frequent checks and reports to monitor the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. Manual checks can only be carried out at human speed, and are prone to human error.
When these processes breakdown, your organization can lose money and/or be open to health violations. Not to mention the resources it takes to perform these checks regularly.
Using Nintex Workflow Cloud, you can easily build a Mobile Forms app that digitizes the paper trail of tracking refrigeration equipment and captures data. Connecting your workflow to sensors (which in turn monitor your food) enables your workflow to respond to things like food temperatures.
For example, if your connected refrigerator thermometer rises above a certain temperature, a workflow is automatically triggered prompting action from various members of staff. And as part of the workflow, the data gathered can be further used to make more informed business decisions.
To see how our VP of Product, Ryan Duguid, created several highly evolved, cloud-based workflow systems leveraging mobile technology, process analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) literally in minutes, check out our webcast: “New Year’s Resolution: Make Work Less Work with Nintex Workflow Cloud.”
Nintex Has its Head in the Clouds
Reinvent your operational process to avoid obstacles and enable your business to be the most flexible version of itself.
- Transforms slow, error-prone processes into intelligent, productive automated solutions
- Accelerates the flow of information between businesses, resources, and vital business systems
- Enables employees to add value continually improve business results
By building your workflow system in the Nintex Workflow Cloud environment you can take advantage of the changes coming fast to business process automation. It is a cutting-edge cloud workflow technology that not only easily extends your applications, content and data to your business’ most important stakeholders, but is just a simple to use.
You can build complex, cloud-based and extremely powerful automated workflows without any coding experience. Our intuitive workflow designer allows you to drag and drop preconfigured common activities and settings so you create these essential workflows in minutes and hours rather than days and weeks.
If the question is to workflow or not to workflow, the answer has never been clearer.