Every work process involves a series of tasks performed in sequence, and a workflow delineates this sequence of steps.
An important, but often overlooked, business workflow element is document movement.
Having the right tools at your disposal simplifies workflow implementation, and SharePoint provides a great platform to develop those workflows.
Workflows delineate processes intended to promote efficiency. However, the dynamic business environment means that change can affect efficiency in both positive and negative ways.
Workflow optimization is the term used to describe efforts to achieve greater operational efficiency. One optimization method involves converting consecutive processes to simultaneous ones. Another focuses on automating manual processes.
The first technique is as effective as it is intuitive. The second achieves the desired results, too, but it is limited by that fact that some manual processes can only be partially automated or not automated at all.
Returning to document movement within an organization, automating document routing provides one means to increase workflow efficiency. Even though manual tasks are still involved, automation makes processing faster thereby reducing personnel time. These reductions can translate to more processing capacity and higher revenue.
Consider the efficiencies possible by combining the two workflow optimization approaches. The result is a workflow reflecting near maximum process improvement where automated, simultaneous processes replace manual, consecutive ones.
DocPoint Solutions is a leading expert on optimizing workflows. Please contact us today to investigate how process improvements can improve your bottom line.