A workflow is a graphic representation of the flow of actions that are to be performed in a process; including specific conditions, tasks, decisions, results, dependencies and action paths. It is essentially a high-level graphical flowchart that represents an IT or business process, which might involve processing on multiple servers across the network. Workflows provide users an uncomplicated way to orchestrate and describe complex processing of data in a visual form without the need to understand programming. They allow processes or procedures to be more compliant, agile and visible by ensuring that every process stage or action is explicitly defined and optimized for maximum productivity.
The common goal of workflows is to coordinate tasks between departments or divisions and synchronize data between systems, with the ultimate goal of improving organizational efficiency, responsiveness and profitability. Workflows automate the flow of employee tasks and activities, reducing the time the process normally takes to complete as well as eliminating potential errors caused by human interaction. The key benefits of using workflows are as follows:
Visibility - Workflows enable managers to see what is happening with business critical processes at every point along the process, and at any moment in time.
Improves productivity – Automated workflows reduce the time spent on manual tasks.
Eliminates repetition - Workflows eliminate time-consuming jobs normally performed manually enabling employees to focus on more important activities.
Improves accuracy - Automated workflows eliminate human errors.
Improves Accountability - Workflows can create productivity measurement and continual process improvement.
Graphical workflows are the cornerstone of AutoMate BPA Server. The Workflow Designer is the primary canvas for designing and creating automated business processes. Objects including tasks, events, conditions, and flow controls are dragged-and-dropped using a highly visual, intuitive interface. Depending on the designer's preference, design can remain at a basic level where tasks and conditions are simply named and connected with appropriate flow control arrows, or it can be highly detailed where complex tasks are developed, multiple machines specified, error handling defined and evaluation objects created to allow decisions to be made during execution.
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Building a Workflow
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