What is a Workflow?
A workflow is a repeatable model of business activity. For a more precise definition, let’s pull a snippet right out of Wikipedia –
“A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information. It can be depicted as a sequence of operations, the work of a person or group, the work of an organization of staff, or one or more simple or complex mechanisms.”
For most of us, a workflow is a representation of real work and the flow refers to a service, information or document that traverses from one stage to another.
Fig: Automating Sales Approval using Cflow
How to handle different processes in your organization?
Each of the above processes involves multiple people providing information or approvals. Other departmental processes such as marketing collateral preparation, sales discount process, product promotions, project management, and operations management also require collaboration for effective decision making.
During the initial stage of an organization, the processes are simple and can be completed in just a couple of steps. Spreadsheets and emails are good enough to manage all processes efficiently. But as the organization grows, the processes evolve and there is a need for a sophisticated tool that is more business-specific, yet as user-friendly as a spreadsheet.
These tools need to be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of use cases and still be cost-effective and add significant value to the organization. Automation of workflows become a necessity and help the organization keep stride with the growth and handle the rapid increase in customers.
What stage is your organization in? Cflow is a cloud-based workflow software that provides users the ability to realize dramatic productivity gains via automation of business processes. If you would like to know more about business process automation and workflows, send us an email at info(at)cflowapps.com.
How to Automate workflows?
Cflow helps automate business processes and reduce operational costs.