Automate processes with document workflow
Automate paper and document based business processes using document workflow to manage the flow of information electronically.
How document workflow automates processes and procedures
Using document workflow, you can create sophisticated or simple document workflow procedures that structure document and file based tasks and automate work processes. As people create, receive, route, review, and approve documents and other files, document workflow routes information electronically and keeps everyone informed so that errors are reduced and productivity is increased.
What's included in document workflow
- The ability to create definable, repeatable, automated business processes
- Electronic notifications, reviews, approvals
- Logging of workflow activity for auditing and accountability
- Supports business process management and process improvement
- Converts ad-hoc routines into repeatable procedures
Business process management and automation
Electronic document workflow software provides the tools to define and manage business process steps so that each action is optimized for consistency and repeatability. This automation, or business process management technique, reduces the need for manual intervention or management over individual process steps, and improves efficiency. Process confusion is eliminated, and process cycle times move to completion faster. Since files are electronic and tracked in the system, document workflow avoids the hassles that often occur in paper-driven workflow procedures. Document workflow eliminates the possibility of errors or lost files in the workflow process, for example, when people forget to take action on a document or misplace a document that is in the workflow process. Document workflow keeps the process moving forward, alerting people when action is needed, and recording a log of all activity.
Examples of document workflow automation
There are virtually as many ways that document workflow can be used as there are document centric business processes that exist in your company. Below are just a few examples of the most common types of workflow automation. These and many more types of business process can be configured for automation with workflow.
Accounts Payable approval routing
Lower the cost of invoice processing and reduce errors with automated invoice filing and routing. Invoice are captured as they arrive by email, paper, or fax. Once coded, they are automatically named, filed, and placed into electronic approval workflows. Everything is captured and saved in the system.
Document change control and quality procedures
Reduce risk and improve consistency across regulated procedures with an electronic change control process. The entire change control process, from change request to final publishing, is made more efficient and fully auditable in the document control system.
Convert paper-based, manual procedures to fully automated paperless operations in the Human Resources department. Information that used to be stored in filing cabinets can now be searched and retrieved instantly in the document management system. Electronic forms eliminate the need for paper forms (and the hassles of processing forms manually).
Reviews and approvals
Automated processes across the organization with the ability to create definable, repeatable, automated workflows. Electronic notifications keep people informed of review and approval steps. Logging records every action for auditing and accountability.