Today, technology is giving us ways to move our businesses forward at an increasing rate. One time-saving use of technology is the automation of repetitive workflows to create efficiencies. Workflow automation involves the digitization and subsequent automation of business processes in an effort to create efficiencies by reducing the need for manual labor.
In every business, there is a wide range of processes that can benefit from automation. Some of these include:
- Filing or making changes to documents with a form or structure
- Reviewing, editing, and approving changes made to documents
- Notifying people when changes were made to a document by an employee
- Processing accounts payable or other similar functions
- Managing retention and storage of documents
- Executing process management reports
… and much more!
A workflow automation solution makes sure that documents go to the right person when created, or when they hit milestone status changes. If, for example, you have a document that must pass in front of 10 team leaders for approval before it goes to the client, the employee who created it shouldn’t have to physically hunt down the recipients. With automation, every team leader can instantly be notified that their approval is needed. When it is received, the document moves on to the next step.
Workflow automation can also empower communication and collaboration between your team members. Many workflow automation solutions you might be familiar with include built-in communication tools making it simple to share documents and other project-related data. These tools make collaboration easier for your team and increase the chances that they will productively work together. This creates a real morale boost and improves the overall quality of the work.
In the end, workflow automation is getting more sophisticated all the time, and is here to stay. Workflow process automation is an opportunity to optimize your business processes enterprise-wide, and reduce repetitive tasks so you can focus on your business.
Here at Allied, we’ve partnered with M-Files and Psigen, leading-edge workflow automation providers, to help our clients reduce human error, eliminate bottlenecks, and improve the quality of the work they produce for their clients.
Want to learn more? Contact us today and let’s talk about how an Allied workflow automation solution can help your business save time and money.