Data-Driven Approval Routing and Workflow: The average employee faces 56 interruptions(1) per day, which leads to billions of lost global business dollars yearly. On top of this, the average employee wastes 1.8 hours a week(2) (of an avg total of 21.8 weekly hours) on requests — like signatures and approvals for documents and forms, rather than performing their primary responsibilities, which would allow them to be more productive. Inefficient paper/form flow can be a serious time sink.
But it’s not the actual ‘filling out’ of paperwork that’s contributing to what makes up the total of 21.8 hours that employees waste weekly(3); it’s all the in-between. Waiting for signatures and authorization for forms like procurement requisitions, expense approvals and sales quotes can be a serious time sink. For administrative functions It’s estimated that it takes those personnel; the billing department for example, an average of 10 hours to prepare just 200 invoices(4) to complete this task.
To help combat these time sinks and improve whole-business automation, many companies turn to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. But these ERP systems still lack many critical back-office automation capabilities — such as those business processes dealing with process forms requiring approval and authorizations.
What is Data-Driven Approval Routing and Workflow?
‘Data-Driven’ Approval Routing and Workflow, or DD-ARW, is a “multi-layered” technological approach ISS Group utilizes for our DD-ARW solution, iApprove™ (5), to create and direct a hierarchical list of people and/or groups that are part of a specific business process. This means that a DD-ARW solution can automatically design workflows based upon existing ERP data and utilize those workflows to track activities assigned to users and perform rule-based functions based upon those activities.
The Benefits of Data-Driven Approval Routing and Workflow Software
DD-ARW software allows you to implement business rules used to establish automated workflow procedures — leaving you with less wasted time between form authorizations and more time to focus on critical business needs.
In fact, ISS Group’s iApprove can create Business Process Forms utilizing ANY data contained within your ERP system, whether that be related to finance, HR, Ops, logistics, sales or marketing. That means that you can create custom workflows based on business rules to automate your form processing across ANY line-of-business.
Let’s look at how iApprove can help you reduce wasted hours, improve form approval throughput, and create opportunity throughout every layer of your existing ERP system.
1. Increase Output and Increase Productivity
By implementing rules-based workflows and automating components of the form lifecycle, you can significantly reduce the number of touchpoints and time sinks baked into typical form workflows. This helps free your employees up to focus on more critical tasks.
2. Reduce Waste
iApproves’ cloud-native capabilities make it the perfect green companion. Not only does 45% of office paper(6) end up trashed by the end-of-the-day, but simply looking for paper resources, standing at printers, and waiting on document approval can waste up to 40% of your workers day(7)! With DD-ARW software, you can reduce (or even eliminate) paper usage.
3. Gain Global Visibility
By letting digital processes make decisions based on rules that you’ve carefully designed, you can gain massive amounts of visibility into your business architecture. Not only does iApprove give you a global scope, but it also gives you global visibility. Immediately discover frictions in your workflows by viewing logs and manipulating rules.
4. Streamline and Speed up Internal Processes by Reducing Manual Entry and Request Handling
Do you need a solution that automates aspects of your PO requisitions? You can do that! Are you trying to simplify sales quotes to help improve your sales pipeline management? You can do that too! Finance, HR, Operations, Logistics…. It’s all based on the ‘key’ business processes your target and rules that you establish.
5. Seamless ERP Integration
iApprove has native integration with existing ERP systems, such as QAD EA. This makes it the perfect ERP companion.
6. Improve Compliance with Audit Trails, and Reduce Risk of Improperly Approved Requests, Contracts, Hires, etc.
iApprove can instantly improve processes. And, unlike legacy approval routing and workflow solutions, iApprove can create an unlimited number of layers for your rule-based workflows — granting you unlimited scope and automation capabilities.
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