We are delighted to announce that Kianda Technologies took home the Best Export Award at the National Enterprise Awards 2021. Our CEO, Osvaldo Sousaand COO, Derya Sousa represented Kianda at the awards ceremony, broadcasted live from the Mansion House on the evening of Thursday, February 11th, 2021.
“What a fabulous acknowledgement of the work that we are doing at Kianda Technologies and bringing no code into mainstream. We are all delighted to win Ireland’s Best Export Award tonight in the National Enterprise Awards. Many thanks to everyone who supported us and everyone in Kianda Team!”
Kianda won Best Export Award
Kianda represented Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards.
It is a remarkable achievement to be one of the winners. However, winning the Best Export Award is a fantastic acknowledgement and accomplishment.
Certainly, it represents our efforts in continuously providing innovative solutions to international markets.
Kianda no-code business process automation platform has received significant traction on a global scale. Furthermore, the cloud-based tool is helping companies from all over the world to easily address their digitalisation needs themselves.
As a no-code development platform, Kianda enables non-technical professionals to build applications without writing a single line of code. Subsequently, organisations can independently transform inefficient, manual-based processes into automated workflows.
On the 18th of February 2021, Kianda was honoured to receive their award from Head of Enterprise, Oisin Geoghegan, Local Enterprise Office. The award recognises the achievement of businesses who have grown their customer base outside of Ireland. Also, clearly demonstrates a successful approach to growing their business through research undertaken prior to market entry, strong market development strategies and effective execution with sales.
“The National Enterprise Awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of Ireland’s small businesses and Kianda Technologies are very deserving winners of this award. Because of the impact that they have already made both in Ireland and abroad. Local Enterprise Office Fingal is proud to have supported them along their journey to success and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours”.
Kianda Team is delighted and proud to have won Best Export Award
Our co-founder, Derya will be speaking at the “Working Smarter to Future-Proof Your Business” webinar on the 1st of March to kick off Local Enterprise Week Fingal. And ‘Women in Business – Our Time to Shine’ webinar on the 5th of March to celebrate International Women’s Day.
If you want to know more about Kianda’s award-winning, digitalisation platform, talk to us today at email@example.com.
Kianda Technologies will be competing as a finalist at the National Enterprise Awards 2021. Our CEO, Osvaldo Sousa and COO, Derya Sousa will be representing Kianda Technologies on the evening of the National Awards.
Join us on Thursday, 11th of February at 6 pm and support Kianda by tuning in to watch the ceremony live.
National Enterprise Awards 2021 will be held virtually
Organised by Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Ireland, the National Enterprise Awards had been postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As restrictions are still in place and virtual events have become the new normal, the ceremony will be hosted online.
Needless to say, the awards will be held differently in comparison to previous years due to being held virtually.
This year, the awards welcome a public audience online.
The National Enterprise Awards 2021 will be broadcasted live from the Mansion House from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on Thursday, 11th of February.
Kianda will represent LEO Fingal at the NE Awards 2021
In March 2020, LEO Fingal nominated Kianda Technologies as the winner of the Fingal Enterprise Awards 2020. As a result of winning, Kianda will represent Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards 2021.
Best of luck to everyone
Throughout the pandemic we have managed to adjust and adapt and provide our client’s with the support they need.
We have continued to demonstrate resilience, innovation and excellence throughout these turbulent times. Certainly, Kianda business process automation platform has helped many customers overcome challenges and reduce the impact of COVID-19.
The Kianda team are proud to have overcome such challenges. Not to mention our excitement to be competing against multiple successful enterprises across Ireland.
We would like to to wish everybody the best of luck in the National Enterprise Awards.
Tune in to the event online by joining Kianda and watching the live stream here.
We are delighted to be celebrating Kianda’s 4th year in business by partnering with Camara Education.
As we near closer to Christmas and towards the end of a difficult year for many, we wanted to bring a little joy simultaneously. In partnership with Camara, we launched our latest campaign ‘4 an Equal Chance’, promoting and participating in the deliverance of quality education in Ethiopia.
Actively, we are directly contributing towards Camara’s ‘100 schools campaign’ in African communities. In short, our donations will go towards Ethiopian schools, delivering an quality education to children.
As Nelson Mandela said in February 1990:
“Children of today are the leaders of tomorrow and education is a very important weapon to prepare children for their future roles as leaders of the community”
As a technology company, we want to ensure that young generations receive an education that integrates digital learning. Furthermore, our participation can help prepare our future leaders for their role in communities. And this begins with the distribution of an equal education, accessible to every child.
About Camara Education
Camara Education is an international non-profit organisation, dedicated to improving education in African schools through usage of technology. Moreover, the award-winning charity inspires and empowers young generations to improve their own life opportunities. Simply, by providing them with an equal education including skills of digital literacy from ICT learning.
Camara’s mission is to transform lives by empowering disadvantaged learners and spreading digital literacy. They take computers from British and Irish-based companies who no longer need them and use them to fund the establishment of computer labs across Africa.
Since its foundation in 2005, Camara has installed more than 150,000 computers in 10,000 schools in Africa. Most importantly, these have helped more than three million children become digitally literate. What does that mean? Well, it means they leave school with the skills needed to flourish in an increasingly digital world. That is to say, they can type, they can create text documents and spreadsheets. Above all, they can use a computer for research. Certainly, this is transformative to say the least.
Camara’s commitment to deliver quality education is carried out with substantial effort and passion. To clarify, by simply refurbishing and supplying ICT hardware, training teachers and developing e-learning platforms, children can develop excellent skills and talent.
Camara Educations Ethiopia 100 schools campaign
In April 2019, Camara Education signed a new partnership agreement with the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia. As part of the government’s strategy to improve education in schools across the country, computer labs would be installed in 840 schools over a period of 3 years.
The initiative aims to tackle shortages of ICT resources in Ethiopian schools and the lack of trained teachers to deliver ICT education to students. The schools have very limited resources, often taking children in morning and afternoon shifts. So, computer classrooms will make a huge difference to these schools and to their students. For instance, they will bring access to skills and transform children’s horizons and expectations in life.
The education ministry has part-funded the classrooms and Camara needs to make up the shortfall. To do this, Camara Education launched the ‘Ethiopia 100 schools’ fundraising campaign.
All support and funds will contribute directly towards 100 schools in Ethiopia.
At a glimpse, each eLearning centre will have twenty-five computer labs installed. In addition, 7 teachers will receive competent training and 525 children (at a minimum) will successfully become digitally literate.
Kianda ‘4 an Equal Chance’ campaign
On our 4th year in business, we’re reminiscing on the past and excited for the future. One thing that strikes us is the digital dexterity of the upcoming leaders of the world – brought up knowing technology from a young age. So, we want to ensure that the world is a digital haven for when you are ready to lead.
Our campaign ‘4 an Equal Chance’ is dedicated to disadvantaged learners who have hidden talent. Moreover, Kianda’s partnership with Camara Education allows us to participate in helping leaders of the future to develop their talent and widen their opportunities.
By simply following us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (or all to boost donations) you can help create more equal opportunities for younger generations in Africa.
Moreover, the programme established by the NTMA shines a light on females. Particularly females who are successfully positioned at a high level in business. Additionally, it aims to encourage more ambitious females to follow their career in entrepreneurship.
Candidate businesses were required to have at least one female founder. Selecting the winning candidate was based on an array of determining factors for the competitive process. Kianda’s business candidate, among others were critically assessed. Particularly, based on the strength and ambition of their business plan including. And their anticipated use of the award as a catalyst to transform their business.
Kianda’s COO wins NTMA Entrepreneur in Residence 2020
Our COO Derya Sousa was successfully titled the NTMA’s Female Entrepreneur in Residence 2020. As a result of winning the NTMA initiative, Kianda business process automation company received dedicated office space at Treasury Dock, North Wall Quay. In addition, Kianda received exceptional guidance and support from highly skilled investment professionals. In which was kindly provided by the NTMA.
“I am thrilled to announce that we are the winners of the NTMA Entrepreneur in Residence 2020. We started our residence in the Treasury Dock building and were warmly welcomed! Thank you to the NTMA (National Treasury Management Agency) and everyone involved in this programme…”
Kianda is a no-code business process automation platform aiming to make digitalisation easier for people. Moreover, it empowers business users to create enterprise applications. And, without the need for coding.
Winning NTMA Entrepreneur in Residence is a fantastic achievement and milestone reached by Kianda. On another note, we at Kianda encourage all female entrepreneurs to be ambitious and courageous.
Furthermore, Derya was one of the leading lights for National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2020. In short, NWED is an initiative set up by Local Enterprise Office, Ireland, bringing together female entrepreneurs across Ireland.
Our COO, Derya Sousawas interviewed by RTE (Radio Television of Ireland) for the Boost My Business feature, showcasing Kianda’s easier approach to digitalisation. Kianda no-code platform helps companies from all over the world to implement digitalisation smoothly. And, without limitations. Moreover, Kianda has played a key role in how many companies adapted to the pandemic. And how those businesses have minimized the impacts of COVID-19.
Digitalisation is ever-growing
More and more companies are undergoing digital transformation in order to improve business operations. However, digitalisation can be a complex process without adequate resources or the correct tools.
Much of the business process automation platforms out there require some level of coding knowledge. Meaning, only a software developer or somebody with significant coding experience can build and implement a digital system. With that, business users might have to wait months or even years for a new system to be introduced. And in some cases, the digital system may even fail or work improperly.
Because of this, digitalisation can be seen as tricky. But, it doesn’t have to be. Kianda no-code business process automation platform was built to bridge the gap in the business process automation industry. More so, to make digitalisation easier.
“We had seen the struggle companies go through when it comes to implementing new technologies or new business systems. So, we said there has to be a better way. Not just for ourselves as developers. But, also so people who are not technical could be more hands on in the digitalisation journeys of companies.”
And that is why Kianda was founded. So that, business users without technical knowledge or coding experience can build and implement new systems. Most importantly, to undergo digitalisation without any barriers.
As a no-code business process automation platform, Kianda significantly reduces the time it takes to build and implement a new digital system. As well as that, it allows you to deploy rapid digital solutions. That is, much faster than before.
Digitalisation has been a growing trend for a number of years. However, it became a considerably important need in the last few months. Most notably, digital transformation has been a crucial element in a bid to tackle COVID-19. More specifically, in tackling the challenges businesses have faced and are still facing as a result.
Adapting to the pandemic
Like most businesses, Kianda have faced some issues throughout the duration of COVID-19. Due to uncertainty, many businesses are hesitant to begin digitalisation. This is potentially due to factors relative to the cost of digitalisation.
Digitalisation is an investment.
Digitalisation requires additional costs, but the benefits are substantially rewarding. A great deal of organisations who have adopted business process automation have realized the advantages and benefits derived. Hence why more companies have sparked an interest and are moving forward with digitalisation.
Simply put, companies are increasingly becoming more interested in digital transformation.
Our team primarily concentrated on providing premium support to our current customers in the early days of the pandemic. More importantly, to help our clients address and overcome challenges. Particularly those related to coronavirus. That is, with the use of Kianda’s no-code business process automation platform.
“Our platform helps businesses to adapt to pandemics or to big changes that might be happening in the market. It helps companies adapt to their operations in a fast and agile way,” says Derya.
Have your teams reached capacity? Business process automation (BPA) is here to help. And is definitely here to stay! Moreover, as COVID-19 appears to be sticking around for much longer than expected, digital transformation through business process automation becomes more urgent.
Rather than a future prospect, shall we say.
In a matter of weeks and on a global scale, many organisations literally bulldozed into digital transformation. Simply just to implement remote working, to continue business throughout the pandemic.
With that said,in a study conducted by Gartner, 82% of leaders in business will continue allowing employees to work from home, post-crisis. So, even though remote working was initially a last-minute decision for business continuity purposes, it will be considered the norm for many going forward. And business process automation will be key for many to successfully continue remote working strategies.
Today, many digital leaders cannot see how businesses would have survived COVID-19 up until now. That is, without digital technologies like no code business process automation.
On another note, as the global economy tries to minimize the impact of the epidemic, businesses are finding it difficult to predict supply and demand.
Some strong organisations face weakened demand on the contrary to being market leader’s pre-crisis. On the other hand, some are facing unexpected, plummeting demand.
Digital transformation and business process automation will play a significant role in the next couple of months. Specifically, a role in how businesses will weather these extreme and unforeseen market shifts. Moreover, optimising business process management (BPM) provides opportunities for businesses to regain control. In particular, automating processes will accelerate productivity for those who are struggling with demand that caught them by surprise.
What is Business Process Automation (BPA)?
Most people think business process automation “steals their jobs”… But as a matter of fact, BPA actually makes your work-day and overall job easier.
To simply define, business process automation uses technology to replace manual, repetitive tasks by automating them. The purpose of BPA generally comes down to organisations being able to create more value per work.
Business process automation provides capabilities to take away human intervention from time-consuming, repetitive tasks and automates those laborious tasks. By doing so, employees can then focus on other tasks that require their knowledge, skills and experience. Subsequently, adding more value to business processes.
Digital leaders like you primarily choose business process automation to correct any inefficiencies caused by current methods. That is, by digitally transforming them to mitigate risk of issues arising.
In other words, business process automation allows operations to scale better than before. As a result, organisations can reap benefits derived from automating processes. For example, cost efficiencies and productivity increases. Also, improving employee and customer satisfaction and reducing risk of bottlenecks and delays.
Business process automation can be either a self-contained action to autonomously improve several business processes. Or, it can be part of a much larger movement within business operations.
Types of Business Process Automation (BPA) – BPI, BPE, BPM
Business Process Improvement (BPI) is where a particular process is re-evaluated to see where inefficiencies lie. In particular, it is the analysis, review and improvement of a business process to maximise efficiency. Business analysts, digital innovation leaders or IT specialists might map out a business process. Then, pinpoint any issues, re-design it to a good standard of quality and report on key metrics to see if it has been successful.
Business Process Reengineering (BPR) is quite similar to BPI as it does focus on analysing, reviewing and improving a business process. However, rather than just re-designing the process, BPR actually strips the process to nothing. And, re-builds it from the ground up. Business process reengineering is particularly sought when a company’s goal is to cut cost and improve quality, productivity and profitability.
Business Process Management (BPM) on the other hand differentiates from BPI and BPR as it is an on-going process, rather a onetime initiative. BPM focuses on continuously improving steps in business processes or else the process as a whole. Automation plays a significant role in improving quality of business process management. Simply, as it speeds up processes, getting work done faster and more efficient.
In short, business process automation specifically focuses on getting rid of out-dated methods and insufficient systems. And replaces them with a robust business process management system (BPMS). Such as a no code business process automation platform, like the one Kianda offers.
So, if you are like most and feel like spreadsheets, emails and paper are making your job harder, read on.
3 key benefits of optimizing business processes with an efficient BPMS
Increase valued, productivity and profitability;
The more time it takes for a task to be completed, the more it costs the company. To be clear, employees are being paid for their hours of work. Tedious, time-eating tasks, can be completed at a faster pace with business process automation.
Subsequently, more value is created per work with business process automation. And in turn, productivity and profitability goes up. In addition, eliminating boring, repetitive tasks keeps employee’s engaged and motivated. Especially, when they are doing more work that requires their knowledge and skills. That in itself is rewarding.
Minimizes risk of human error;
Mistakes are easy to make for even the most punctual and smart employees. Certainly, when tasks are carried out manually. Daily repetition almost makes us feel like we are robots completing a task.
For instance, as a HR manager, you might be approving holidays requests manually. Because of this, you can frequently overlook important information. But, with a digital holiday request workflowyou don’t need to fear that you have made a mistake. Business process automation reduces our mistakes. Simply, enabling us to do our work efficiently. And without having to second guess ourselves.
Improves employee collaboration;
Business process automation enables teams to collaborate in a central place. With remote working becoming more ingrained into our current roles, efficient employee collaboration is key. Emails sent back and forth, spreadsheets being passed around… It is not good enough anymore.
Employee’s need to be able to communicate fast and effective. With Kianda platform, teams can easily do this. As an example, all data is centralized in one place. This allows access to all stakeholders involved in a particular process. Information is just a click away.
And that’s not all. Business process automation allows you to eliminate paper in your organisation. This reduces the need for space to store paper documents and equipment (e.g. storage cabinets).
Also, automating business process management assists in audit trails. Digital processes are reliable and easy to track, reinforcing company policies and accountability. Simply because, you can see who did what, when and how.
Popular use-cases of Business Process Automation
There are many use-cases out there that can be streamlined with a business process automation platform. We’ve compiled a list of processes that our customers have successfully automated with Kianda below. However, if you are struggling to identify a use-case in your organisation, we would love to help!
Why would you want to automate business process management (BPM)?
Digital transformation is not a choice anymore.
In a bid to combat challenges of COVID-19 and to stay in line with competitors, digital transformation is a must have. Up until now, implementing business process automation was considered a competitive advantage. However, remote working is being made mandatory for many organisations worldwide. And business process automation goes a long way with aiding remote working strategies.
While some businesses work from home on a short-term basis (until the pandemic eases), multiple enterprises are to continue remote working as an option.
Although COVID-19 forcefully implemented remote-working, it has had a tremendous shift in the way we all work today. Many business models are under re-construction. Whereby digital transformation will play a centre-stage role. Moreover, a business process management system (BPMS) is essential for organisations to come back to full health. And at a fast pace. That way, they can minimize impact on business caused by the pandemic.
After all, what would we have done without digital technologies these past couple of months?
We are here to help you kick-start your digital transformation journey!
See how Kianda business process automation platform can help you by requesting a free live demo.
Investing in fixed assets has a strong impact on both short and long-term financial standing of a company. Therefore, managing capital expenditure / CapEx approvals requires enormous effort and attention to detail to avoid errors.
Many organisations hesitate when it comes to investing in new and advanced systems for operational activities. This is simply down to trying to “cut costs” and avoiding spending. Even for good reason.
However, investing in software that allows the capital expenditure approval process to operate effortlessly does wonders. And, this investment actually contributes to less cost. And more profitability in the long-term.
It is critical for businesses to use appropriate guidelines and tools to carry out efficient financial analysis. And subsequently, finance and budget approvals. In other words, capital expense management can be much more expensive and complicated than necessary. That is, when using insufficient systems or methods.
Capital Expenditure commonly known as CapExor CAPEX is the expenses needed for businesses to either acquire or maintain their fixed assets. This includes fixed assets such as land, plant, machinery, equipment and so on.
Operational Expenditure / OpEx on the other hand refers to the funds needed for day-today operations of a business. This might include rent, lighting, inventory and other utilities for instance.
CapEx and OpEx appear to be terms that are frequently confused by people. They both relate to required funds. But, they distinguish between type of expenses.
Some organisations still use outdated financial systems for capital expenditure and budget approvals. Despite being in the digital era with plenty of technological solutions available. What’s more, many are even carrying out budget approvals manually. For example, with spreadsheets, emails, paper-documents and even ledger books.
Are you one of them?
If so, keep reading and find out how you can digitise your capital expenditure workflow and easily speed up budget approvals!
COVID-19 is accelerating digital transformation
However, with COVID-19 in mind, accelerating digital transformation is becoming the norm. That is, for business survival and to continue to grow throughout these uncertain times.
A recent article by Silicon Republic highlights a significant benefit derived by those who have digitally transformed their business. Moreover, the organisations who have mostly embraced digital business technologies. This competitive advantage simply wins against their competitors.
Challenges of manual management of capital expenditure approval workflows
Today, many organisations still largely rely on manual methods to carry out CapEx approvals. Unknowingly, they enable the business to fall victim to many potential issues. More clearly, to problems that revolve around the drainage of business resources.
From lost time to lost CapEx requests, organisations tend to look for ways to cope with the issues that arise with manual budget approvals. That is, to compensate for the lack of efficiency.
Certain issues that often erupt with manual CapEx approvals:
Low visibility and transparency of requests and approvals
High % of errors, duplication of data or missing data
Inaccurate budgeting and forecasting
Unauthorized spending, over-spending and loss of profit
Missed deadlines, projects not being closed and new projects being opened
Inefficiencies and bottlenecks in approvals
What is the meaning of CapEx software?
A capital expenditure workflow software is specially designed to allow the budget approval process to flow quickly and smoothly. And, without incurring any inefficiencies throughout. Capital expenditure software aims to digitse CapEx workflow. It enables businesses to standardize, track and approve requests, all in a single platform. Using an automated capital expenditure workflow helps speed up requests and budgets approvals while aligning with strategic goals.
Digitalising CapEx approvals helps reduce cost, save time, enhance productivity and improve profitability. Overall, a digital capital expenditure process capitalizes on the saying “work smarter, not harder”.
As previously mentioned, manually handling your CapEx approvals is an insufficient method. Additionally, tedious manual work threatens the quality of the process. Not to mention, these challenges unavoidably have knock-on effects on the entire business.
In short, the adoption and implementation of a potent CapEx approval workflow software is simply to mitigate risks. Particularly, risk associated with a manual capital expenditure workflow.
Replacing your inefficient CapEx approval workflow with a robust workflow software like Kianda will not only tackle challenges above. But, will derive substantial benefits for your organisation.
Benefits of using CapEx software to manage budget approvals
In order to meet expected end year financials, capital expenditure budgets are set in place. Using CapEx software helps businesses to align with these strategic goals. Simply, by accurately managing capital spending.
With thorough insight into budget approval, it is easier set realistic financial forecasts. And, it is easier to meet and achieve those objectives and goals. Specially in terms of profit and business growth.
Let’s have a look at the benefits of using a business process automation platform for CapEx approvals.
CapEx software minimizes risk of human error
A major driving force to implement an automated capital expenditure solution is to slash risk of manual error. Way too often, mistakes can happen whereby requests and budget approvals are routed in the wrong direction. Because of this, requests can regularly go unanswered. As a result, delays and bottlenecks occur in capital expenditure processes.
Additionally, many projects can easily get lost. So, new projects open while teams are unaware or forgot to close ‘lost’ projects. Before you know it, the previous requests are completely hidden. On the other hand, fixed assets are critical for businesses to operate. As an example, not completing approvals for integral components of a critical production line is dangerous for business. Simply because, it can cause defects and errors in production and operations.
With a digital capital expenditure workflow, all data is centralized in a single system. This offers visibility and transparency to all stakeholders involved. As well, you can send automatic notifications and reminder alerts to stakeholders. Simply, so they approve requests on time.
As a result, you will never miss a deadline and you can minimize back-logs in requests. Moreover, completing all CapEx approvals on time allows business to run smoothly. For example, a critical piece of equipment could need maintenance or replacement. So, an employee raises a request. Automating the capital expenditure workflow ensures that this request is sought to.
Automated workflow assists in providing accurate and realistic financial forecasts
When budget approvals are not completed on time or they simply get lost, it is a difficult process. For instance, it is hard to include their expenses when undergoing capital expenditure budgets. More importantly, this can result in inaccurate representations of capital spending. These capital expenses are not accounted for in budgets and can initiate overspending.
Consequently, transparency lacks into the short-term financial standing of the company. And therefore, financial planning and long-term strategic goals become a complex process.
Abandoning manual CapEx approvals and digitally transforming them makes budget approvals seem like a breeze. With higher visibility, business process automation assists in greater control. Particularly over capital spending and budgeting. You can easily track and manage budget approvals. That way you can ensure budgets align with financial plans. And that is without being bombarded with unanticipated expenses. And, or emails with queries.
A digital workflow increases productivity and profitability
Automation increases the pace of routing requests and approvals. Overall, it gets the job done fast and efficiently. Many potential issues can arise throughout capital expenditure approvals when using spreadsheets and emails. Consequently, the process of CapEx approvals pause at many stages. Manual errors in the life cycle of any process drive down productivity.
As well as that, many organisations just accept these faults in their traditional CapEx approval processes. They then end up devoting more time and money to overcome them as they occur. Rather, they could look for a win-win solution. One that avoids negatives and brings positives.
Automating capital expenditure workflows focuses on preventing disturbances in the CapEx request/approval life-cycle. By simply eliminating errors from arising, the process is already much faster than before. Then, preserved time can also be dedicated to completing more budget approvals. That way, a lot more capital expenditure work is being completed rapidly. Ultimately, scaling both productivity and profitability.
It is time to leave manual re-work behind you by digitally transforming your inefficient capital expenditure approval workflow.
Why you should automate your CapEx approval workflow
Investing into a state-of-the-art business process automation platform will help you digitally transform your financial approval processes. For the better!
Hassle free capital expenditure management doesn’t only aim to save time and costs. But, it makes employee work that bit easier and less stressful. Budget approvals and financial analysis require careful consideration. In which, only passes on pressure to employees.
Automating CapEx approvals simply relieves this pressure. Simply by tackling any challenges caused by manual budget approval workflows. Providing an easier method for CapEx approvals is not only beneficial to your employee. But, it is a key contributor to quality in your business processes.
Easing the capital expenditure workflow with digital tools allows employees to pay less attention to “preventing human error”. But, more attention on completing financial approvals with quality in mind. And, at a faster pace.
With CapEx approval software, employees can sharply get their work done. What’s more is that they can do it without feeling strained or burdened.
There is no better feeling than being able to complete an approval workflow rapidly and smoothly. But, as much as you strive to achieve this successfully, somewhere along the process there is always disruption. Moreover, something that interferes with your individual schedule of work.
As a result, planning your day becomes a task in itself. Simply because it is a manual approval workflow. These issues have a tendency of causing delays and unnecessary stress for you. As well, the delays create bottlenecks in the business’ overall operations.
Wouldn’t it be great to perfect approval workflows in a timely manner. And, without anything interrupting the flow of the process?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a weight lifted off your shoulders if approval workflows were easier to manage?
Ideally, yes and certainly possible. Using workflow software, organisations are digitalising their approval workflow and thriving.
In particular, what used to be an unavoidable challenge is no longer an issue. In other words, you don’t need to bear with the unwanted stress. Optimizing approval workflows with process automation tools can make your workday a lot easier and less stressful.
Transforming a manual approval workflow into a digital process with workflow software not only saves time and costs. But, increases productivity as well as making a positive impact to the environment. Paperless approvals allow organisations to engage in sustainable initiatives.
Spreadsheets, emails and paper-documents devour company resources
While paper in the office is still a go-to method for work, more organisations are aiming towards a paperless office. Additionally, businesses are switching from using emails and spreadsheets to more efficient digital tools. That is, when it comes to optimising their approval processes.
With workflow software, you can manage the approval process from start to finish without signing paper forms. Or, using spreadsheets or emails.
The utility of paper, spreadsheets and emails is specifically down to convenience of use. Simply because, many are so embedded in their natural ways of carrying out work. However, those who have decided to adopt digital transformation have realized how inconvenient traditional methods actually were. In other words, manual approval processes drain your businesses resources and you will see that once you upgrade with the help of an approval workflow software.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced many organisations to begin digitalisation in the workplace. For instance, digital transformation was key to implement a successful remote working strategy. That is, to operate throughout the epidemic. Without the help of digital tools, working from home can be a complex situation for all.
According to market research firm IDC, organisations who have already begun digital transformation are far more resilient and agile.
They have already adapted to a digital workplace. So, going forward they just need to alter business models.
Managing your approval workflow with paper requires substantial amounts time and effort. Specifically, resources dedicated to move paper documents around the business. As well, it can involve printing spreadsheets and manually inputting data into those spreadsheets. After that, requests and approvals need to be sent via email for the next approver and so on. Again, requiring much of employee time and effort, easily causing delays in critical business approval processes.
The submission of a request, the approval of that request and the kick-start of a particular business process can and should run smoothly.
However, many issues can arise throughout the approval process when using spreadsheets, emails and paper.
5 key challenges of a manual approval workflow
1. Manual approval workflows soak up employee time
Outdated systems and tools used to carry out the approval process overly consume employee time and productivity. For instance, using a paper form for requests might require manual input into a spreadsheet. Or, it may need to be physically delivered to a different department.
Whatever the case may be, there will always be secondary manual re-work involved. Certainly, needing more time than necessary. That is, from carrying out approval workflows manually.
On the other hand, workflow software can help you retain much of that previously wasted time. Simply by digitalising the approval process. Conserving employee time allows for better allocation of time and increases in productivity. Work can be completed at a faster pace, scaling operations better than ever before.
2. Slow approval workflows cause delays and bottlenecks
It is no surprise that there are delays and bottlenecks. That is, due to the significant amount of time consumed when undergoing document approval. More clearly, it is not only approvals that are held up. But decision making and the overall business process in question are too.
Bottlenecks in business processes are a recipe for disaster in terms of operational efficiency levels. For instance, delays lead to inaccurate decision making due to the pressure of getting it done fast. Therefore, it is extremely important to manage approval workflows with an easy to use, robust system.
With an approval workflow software like Kianda, automatic reminders are sent so that you never miss a deadline. Not only does this allow you to keep on track of approvals. As well, streamlining approvals with process digitalisation prevents a back log in requests. Also, approval processes can be completed in a way that aligns with relevant internal factors, in a timely manner.
3. Lack of visibility affects communication and productivity
Using spreadsheets, emails and paper does not provide a clear overview of any approval process. For example, you might find yourself digging through a long thread of emails, tracking how long ago you submitted a request. Or, how about sending follow up emails, where you feel like you are bugging your manager or colleague?
These situations are not ideal. Without transparent insight into approval status, number of requests or approvals, it is impossible to create a productive schedule.
Also, good collaboration is harder to achieve when the idea of success is based on communicating through emails that can easily become hidden.
Approval workflow software platforms like Kianda offer a crystal-clear view of the approval process from start to finish. With customisable dashboards you can track and monitor your approval workflows based on real-time analytics. And, you can tailor your approval process flow and dashboard to your organisation’s unique needs.
Stop wasting your time chasing approvals. Let the system do it for you!
4. Compliance with company policies is difficult to achieve with manual approvals
Without deep insight into approvals, it is difficult to check if the process is being carried out in accordance with company policies. There is no straightforward way of seeing who is accountable for each approval, without having to search for it. And again, this could take up from your valuable time.
As a result, monitoring and tracking becomes difficult when undergoing an audit trail.
With approval workflow software, you can easily and quickly capture information. An example of this is easily identifying who is accountable for a particular process. As well, approvers can provide a digital signature. This is a lot safer and more reliable than a wet signature on a paper document.
5. Repetitive tasks from a manual approval workflow are demotivating and stressful
Manual data entry is a repetitive, boring task that is prone to human-error. Mistakes are inevitable when using spreadsheets and paper-documents. Because of this, emails and other forms of communication bombard you with queries. For example, misinformation, errors or lack of clarity such as difficulty of understanding handwriting.
Physically taking charge of such inefficient processes like inputting data into spreadsheets is tiring. On another note, it is not particularly rewarding. Neither is trying to play catch-up in your inbox by spending half of your day responding to emails.
Automating approvals minimizes these stressful issues from arising, keeping employees engaged and motivated. Additionally, with a built-in query functionality, employees can collaborate all in the one platform. Meaning there is no need to waste a chunk of your day answering emails. All of the needed information regarding an approval will be at the tip of your finger.
Hypothetical situation of manual document approval
Employee prints off a paper form to submit a request to start a new project. The request needs approval from 3 different stakeholders. The Project manager and department head need to approve the request based on certain factors. For example, having enough team members to cover the project. The Financial director needs to approve based on cost. For example, ensuring the project is within the budget threshold and aligns with company projections.
Project manager is on the same floor, so can approve immediately. The request form is stamped and signed; one approval is completed.
Next, the Department head and Financial Director are on the 6th floor. So, the employee sends the request to Department head first.
Department head approves 3 days later. Employee received the form and now sends it to the Financial Director. However, receives no response for a week. Then, the employee emails the Financial director to see if they received the request form. Unfortunately the document is nowhere to be found. And, that is the beginning of a delayed approval followed by hindrance in the kick-start of a project.
This is a scenario that can happen way too often, especially for large companies. It is time-consuming, laborious and stressful trying to keep on track of process and its current status.
Why you need to adopt workflow software today
Outdated systems and tools prevent you from completing approvals fast and effectively.
On the other hand, you can digitalise your approval process with approval workflow software. The cumbersome workflow turns into a set of user-friendly online forms that manages multi-stage approvals. Digital signatures are captured and communication overall streamlined. With Kianda platform you can streamline your approval process rapidly and efficiently.
Optimizing your approval process with process automation can help your organisation cut costs, save time and improve productivity. Also, eliminating repetitive, boring tasks will help employees to regain motivation that was once lost from using outdated methods.
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In one way or another, before beginning many business tasks, a formal approval process is undertaken. With that said, one business process alone can require multiple approvals. That is, depending on particular variables such as project size, departments involved and so on. Therefore, business processes can quickly be prolonged or delayed if approvals are not completed on time.
Handling approval processes without an agile method or system can be chaotic and quite difficult to manage. On the bright side, there is a solution; workflow software.
So, we want to show you how a digital approval process can help you accelerate decision making. As a result, your organisation can maximize efficiency and become more agile.
What is an approval process?
An approval process is implemented in order to allow business processes to run more smoothly and efficiently. In particular, it helps to digitally transform approval stages of business processes through automation.
Overall, business process automation standardises tasks in an organisation by efficiently routing request information and related documents to relevant personnel.
You can rest assured that work will be approved the same way each time through by automating approvals through business process automation.
Traditional ways to complete an approval process involve stakeholders having to manually approve data and documents. Additionally, a lot of time is exhausted tracking down and transferring documents whether it be via email, shared spreadsheets or paperwork. Not to mention the additional phone calls or messages regarding queries and so on.
Might we say, many organisations have already began moving away from paper-based methods to digital ones to carry out approvals and other business processes. With that said, some have still not begun their business process automation journey.
Yes, these methods do get approvals completed. However, are they sufficient? The answer is no.
Using many forms of communication and methods slow down the approval process and automatically cause delays and bottlenecks in overall process. As well as that, it can be confusing to say the least.
In other words, still actively using traditional tools to carry out approval processes could well be limiting your organisations levels of productivity and efficiency.
With workflow software you can easily approve, digitally sign and collaborate, all in a single place.
Types of approval processes to automate with workflow software
Here are 4 examples of approval processes that you can automate:
1. Capital Expense Approvals
Also known as CapEx approvals, this process can be difficult for any organisation, especially when it involves multiple approval levels. And, it normally does. Capital expense approval processes require careful consideration and decision making. Simply because, investing in machinery, equipment and other assets is largely expensive.
And without transparent insight and inaccuracy, decision making for an approval process is inevitably affected.
On the other hand, using workflow software for your CapEx approval process provides consistency, accuracy and improves visibility. As a result, managers and teams can confidently make better decisions when approving.
2. Purchase Order Approval
PO Approval can be lengthy and time-consuming as it is, never mind how long the process is when handled manually. Using paper, emails and spreadsheets is without a doubt slowing your purchase order approvals down.
Needless to say, they can incur quite a lot of expenses also. But, we don’t need to tell you that, right?
Workflow software can mitigate these issues by allowing you to streamline your purchase order process. Business process automation provides a faster approach to purchasing, facilitating a reduction in time and money spent on the job. As well, automation reduces the probability of human error in a PO approval process.
3. Budget Approval
Budget approvals are essentially put in place to ensure that financial projections and priorities are in line. In order to plan strategically, businesses need to firstly, set out realistic budgeting guidelines and abide by them. And secondly, to observe these budgets with an eagle’s eye to decide whether to approve or reject.
Without a consistent and skillful system to manage budgeting, it is a complex process that presents a lack of visibility into the financial state of an organisation. As a result, the business can fail to see an authentic view of the future due to an unrealistic projection.
Automating your budgeting approval process will allow financial teams to guarantee that expenses align with the company’s financial forecasts. By accurately managing expenses, organisations can ultimately reduce operational costs.
4. Project Approval
Undergoing a new project entails a variation of different project documents and deliverables. Hence, a close eye is necessary for review and approvals of certain documents to ensure efficient management of the overall project.
Handling project approval processes through emails provides an opportunity for emails to become lost or convoluted in threads. As a result, approvals can pile up and the overall task can be delayed and if multiple projects are awaiting approvals, a back-log of projects will occur.
The ability to transform tasks with business process automation presents better tracking, monitoring and approving at a faster pace. In doing so, projects can kick-start without any delays or issues in the process.
Your organisation can retrieve substantial advantages from a single approval process automated.
1. Rapid approvals save time
Business process automation entirely speeds up the approval workflow from initiation to completion. As a result of rapid approvals, business processes accelerate, allowing your organisation to complete tasks in a timely manner. By reducing the amount of depleted time and other resources dedicated to business process management, companies instantaneously cut costs.
2. Increase productivity
Emphasizing on the capabilities of faster approvals, business processes are accomplished quickly and efficiently. In other words, business process automation allows companies to become more agile as it scales productivity. On that note, thriving productivity helps you keep in line with competitors and not fall behind.
3. Improve transparency and collaboration
Having a better overview of approvals is better for everybody right?
With an intuitive workflow software, customisable dashboards provide insight into status of approvals as well as outstanding ones. Also, tracking allows you to see who is responsible for each approval and improves decision making. The ability to collaborate in a single place reduces errors and miscommunication across relevant departments involved in the process.
4. Reinforce accountability
Approval workflow software clearly demonstrates who is assigned to which tasks or approval. Subsequently, all involved know exactly who is responsible, allowing for superior communication and accountability.
5. Enforce compliance with company policies
Automating your approval process enables better record keeping and tighter security control across the organisation. Also, controls ensure the correct measures and validations are in place. Because of this, you can easily review and check whether approvals comply with company policies in audits.
Why you should automate your approval process
Business process automation derives many advantages for both the company and persons undertaking the task in itself. Besides reducing costs, improving productivity and decision making, and generating competitive edge, professionals can reduce overloading work through automation. That is, from the C-suite level right to the front line.
For instance, CEO’s spend a significant 20% of their time analysing, reviewing and approving work that could be easily automated. And that is one person. Many other employees throughout an organisation could also have a lot more free time on their hands to spend on other tasks.
Digital transformation continuously grows and evolves everyday. We at Kianda suggest starting slowly but surely to convert your business into a digital workplace.
Many organisations have already digitized and automated many business processes, while others are only beginning their journey. Some particularly undergo business process automation to improve a particular business process. While, others focus more on the end-user experience of a business process and how to make their everyday work life a tad bit easier. Additionally, improving quality of work in your organisation will reflect the quality externally, by satisfying your customers.
Regardless of the objective in question, business process automation has ultimately provided competitive advantage for many.
As a requester you simply input relevant details about the approval process in question via Kianda form. For instance, description of the request, related department, purpose and estimated cost. Providing information relative to cost and department allows for better allocation of expenses accordingly to the overall budget of the business.
You can also upload documents that go hand-in-hand with the approval. That way, all necessary information is included in the request, avoiding miscommunication.
Kianda provides an intuitive process designer interface for admin users to easily tailor approval process without the need of coding. Based on your organisation’s unique needs, you can customize your approval process to suit specific requirements.
Admin users can assign particular users’ access to approvals, enabling better transparency, security and accountability. In addition, you can easily add extra approval levels based on a business logic such as the project size or required number of approvals.
Managers and relevant personnel can track, monitor and manage approvals with a built-in, customisable dashboard based on real-time analytics. As well, you will receive notifications to ensure that approvals are completed on time.
Transform your inefficient approval process with workflow software
Streamlining approvals will prevent delays and bottlenecks in business processes. Improving the quality and flow of approvals makes decision making easier for stakeholders. As a result of better management of the approval process, productivity and profitability drive up.
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Employee absence and leave management without an efficient leave management system is a cumbersome task. That is, when handled across paper-based documents, spreadsheets and emails.
Using these methods is lengthy, time-consuming and prone to human error.
With that in mind, the spread of COVID-19 has made employee absence management even more agonizing. That is, for administrative staff, HR managers and even employees. And, it is only expected to get worse.
Leave requests and employee absences spike during COVID-19 Pandemic
The global spread of the Coronavirus has amounted huge pressures on professional as well as personal lives.
Many employees face a new working environment with their office in their homes. On the other hand, some employees have had limited options regarding working from home or working at all.
Millions of people across the world have been directly affected by COVID-19 from contracting the deadly virus. Deeming them medically unfit to work, ill-related employee absences have risen. Not to mention, the amount of people waiting to be tested and in self-isolation. Unfortunately, also unable to work.
In addition, occupational roles that require physical presence cannot implement working from home. Because of this, many workers have had no other choice. But, to avail of annual leave or temporary time-off. That is, under specified circumstances.
For example, many front-line staff depend on childcare facilities in order to go to work. With restrictions in place and no creches or schools open, significant amounts of essential workers had to stay at home. This has created both shortages of staff due to employee absence, as well as a substantial increase of leave requests.
Administrators and HR managers bare with these demands. Simply, as a consequence of employees being directly and indirectly affected by the virus.
On top of these causes of employee absences, there are general leave requests. For example, maternity and paternity leave, bereavement leave, sick leave unrelated to COVID-19 and other leave requests.
Leave dedicated to holidays or vacations is usually the most common type of annual leave requests. However, with various restrictions across the world, employees are ‘saving’ their annual leave days.
Without a good leave management system, employee absences and leave requests can quickly accumulate, complicating leave management processes.
Leave requests expected to plummet after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted
Worldwide, most mass gatherings, events and holidays have been cancelled. And, regardless, many countries have legally obliged people to stay indoors unless they are out for essential travel.
With nowhere to go and nobody to see, people have no essential reason to take annual leave for pleasure purposes.
Looking forward to overcoming the Pandemic, employees are optimistic about a sunny getaway before the year is up. This is expected to have a knock-on effect for business operations in two ways.
1) Overflowing of leave requests, giving administrators and HR managers additional paperwork.
2) Shortages of staff if approved, depending on managers approval.
Employers are becoming overwhelmed with possibility of employees submitting leave requests for the same time periods. Hence, it is important to utilise the most appropriate leave management system to efficiently manage employee absences and leave requests.
To be specific, leave management systems that are paper-based make employee absence and leave requests even more complex.
Also, the deferral of annual leave in bulk will create an additional problem for companies. Of course, if approved. The lack of employees post COVID-19 will inevitably strain business operations.
With a robust leave management system, you can prepare for employee absences. In short, managers can track and monitor the number of employees absences. Simply, to ensure there are enough workers to sustain business.
Digital transformation is reconstructing how companies carry out business processes such as leave requests and overall, management of leave.
In particular, digital transformation can convert leave management from a laborious, painful task, to an easy, efficient digital process. With an online leave management system, you can reduce time and errors and centralize leave management, all in a single system.
Streamline employee absence and leave management with digital leave request process
Paper documents and spreadsheets are considerably the main tools used to handle employee absences and leave. While these methods can get the job done, they soak up a great deal of employee time.
Before a leave request even receives approval, administrators need to fill out a form. Then, assign it to several people across other departments. And, manually submitting documents makes collaboration harder to achieve.
It is important for employee absences and leave requests to reach all relevant people involved. And to do so, quickly. Ideally, accepting or approving requests works best when done instantly after receiving them.
However, sometimes this is simply not possible. Managers need to make sure that there are enough employees to sustain business as usual. In addition, using paper forms for annual leave requests or employee absences is certainly not reliable.
Paper documents can easily get lost. The form could have a mistake or wrong information. Or, it could land on the wrong persons desk. Similarly, a digital file could also end up in the wrong folder on a PC or sent to the wrong email address.
Human error is inevitable. You might have highly skilled and intelligent staff, but these are simple and common mistakes that are easy to make.
Because of these issues, the approval process is pro-longed and leave requests can pile up. As a result, the task becomes difficult and confusing. On the other hand, managing leave and absences can be a breeze with an efficient online leave management system.
A manager needs to be in a position to react fast to prevent bottlenecks and delays in approvals.
Business process automation platform can swiftly transform leave management from a paper-based system to a digital process. With an online leave management system, employers can better manage employee absences and leave requests.
Overall benefits of automating management of employee absences and annual leave
These key features of digital employee absence and leave request form will ease the process. Specially for administrators, managers and HR teams. But, that’s not all, there are overall benefits to the efficiency of your business.
1- Customisable dashboards
With customisable built-in dashboard, managers can track and monitor numbers of leave requests and approvals. In short, the dashboard provides a transparent overview of the number of employees absences. As well as staff availing of annual leave. As a result of improved visibility, HR teams and managers can make better decisions when carrying out approvals.
2- Request modifications
Managers can even request employees to modify their leave request if necessary. The manager might suggest altering the date. This reduces lack of required staff or employee shortages, allowing business operations to sustain.
3- Scheduled reminders
Automated emails are sent to the manager if approvals or rejections are not completed on time. This allows teams to not let any leave requests go unnoticed and prevents delays and a build-up of requests. Because of this, administrators don’t get an uncontrollable overload of work. As well, employees are better satisfied as they are not waiting around for approvals or answers.
4- Calculate annual leave days
An online leave management system automatically calculates employees remaining days of annual leave. Therefore, there is no need for either an employee to keep track of their annual leave days. Managers also don’t need to manually keep a record by tracking, calculating and inputting data into spread sheets and so on.
Why you should use a workflow software for employee leave management
Managing leave and employee absences using traditional methods is laborious and drains resources such as time, money and technically human resources. By dedicating so much time to this process, it costs your business money that can be saved.
On the other hand, using workflow software to streamline leave requests and handle employee absences can bring efficiency to your business. All three factors, time, money and human resources can be retained with an online leave management system.
The COVID-19 epidemic postponed many holidays and vacations for people around the world. But, normality will return. Meaning, employees will be eager to getaway once restrictions are lifted.
Kianda’s digital leave request form will allow you to eliminate risk of human error and speed up the entire process.
Prepare for your employee’s leave requests and manage employee absences efficiently. Avoid the administrative burden by transforming your employee leave management system with Kianda no-code workflow software.
Thousands of tickets to be refunded using Kianda Platform to streamline returns process.
How quickly things change
Currently, we are going through a pandemic that has changed our daily lives like no other event before.
COVID-19 has completely disrupted many aspects of both, our personal and professional lives. Subsequently, many businesses are struggling with operational activities, as this was needless to say, unexpected.
As the disease continues to spread, live event organisers have been cancelling or postponing large gatherings. That is, in order to contain the virus.
Technology conferences to major concerts have all been put on hold until further notice.
Moreover, the list of events that have been cancelled due to the outbreak is growing every day.
Like many other businesses, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has faced similar issues. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they recently had to cancel many of their concerts and events.
As a result, The Foundation is required to return thousands of tickets to their clients.
Manually managing these returns processes would take weeks or months, causing major customer dissatisfaction. And so, the organisation realised a manual solution would not be feasible.
Within 24 hours a digital solution was created using the Kianda app
To act quickly, Gulbenkian Team developed a rapid Kianda returns process.
They customised the process to their organisations unique needs. Most noteworthy, they designed the entire process in just under 24 hours.
Fast action was needed to tackle the disruption from COVID-19.
And it was delivered swiftly, by the Gulbenkian Team.
Despite the disruption COVID-19 has caused on multiple business operations, Gulbenkian took considerable action
Digitalising their ticket returns process has essentially enabled the Foundation to regain control.
But, in a superior way.
By doing so, the organisation has minimised their clients discontent regarding unforeseen cancellations. In addition, they have eased customers by preventing delays in ticket returns.
For the reason that this process was automated, the Foundation could certainly move fast. As a result, they could reduce the impact to their business in this time of hardship.
In the midst of a world-wide catastrophe, we are happy and proud to help our customers overcome such challenges.
To combat business challenges during these turbulent times, business continuity planning is vital.
Including efficient digitalisation strategy in your continuity plan is also equally vital.
Even though the COVID-19 outbreak was unaniticipated, it is imperative to now, act fast.
Businesses have implemented remote working in their contingency plan across the globe
In order to bring the COVID-19 epidemic under control, many office doors have been forced shut.
Government leaders from countries around the world have strongly advised people to work from home.
Following governmental obligations, businesses have implemented remote working in their contingency plan.
However due to the rapid spread of the deadly virus, many organisations have not been prepared. And consequently, many employees are still having to go to work.
Hence why, implementing a remote working strategy, where possible, is important now more than ever.
But, what is hindering companies to work remotely?
Countless employees have been unable to work from home or had to limit their tasks. Simply due to how the operations and business processes are carried out within their organisation.
Using paper-based documents, emails and spreadsheets is not sufficient at a time like this.
Paper processes are generally stored in filing cabinets and folders in many areas. As well, excel sheets are stored in multiple locations. It’s a long process when all three methods need to be involved.
Carrying out business processes using these methods makes remote working difficult to implement. Or worse, impossible to enable.
Communicating and collaborating with different departments can be made very difficult.
For instance, it becomes a hassle when a particular process is taking place in numerous locations with tangible documents.
Therefore, cooperation is ineffective and inefficient.
On the other hand, business process automation has enabled remote working for many. And processes can be completed in a single place, while collaborating.
There is no better time than now to implement business process automation
More and more organisations are adopting digital solutions.
A business continuity plan enables organisations to prepare for potential threats. As a result, they can assemble solutions that will allow them to recover successfully. While also, avoiding repercussions.
Business process automation allows employees to abandon the time-consuming method of using paper-based documents and others. By doing so, employees can essentially work from home as advised.
Allow your business to recover from COVID-19 with agility
Commence your business continuity plan by automating your business processes.
There is no better time than now.
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Introducing digital sustainability into the workplace through process automation plays a key role in corporate social responsibility.
Digital technology and sustainability can help your organisation reduce carbon footprint. Moreover, it can contribute to the environmental sustainability of the eco-system, as it reduces many forms of pollution.
Across the globe, in just 40 years, 1 billion hectares of forest areas have been cut down.
Today, deforestation areas are equivalent to the size of Europe.
Among other reasons, deforestation has a vital role in the production of paper.
Paper is useful but also extremely wasteful.
Consequently, people and businesses need to take action. Advanced technologies create a space for people and businesses to introduce sustainable initiatives.
To become more environmental friendly, organisations are transforming into a digital workplace with the use of process automation.
Technology and digital transformation significantly aid digital sustainability. Above all, companies can promote corporate social responsibility as they meet their goals in a more ethical manner.
What is Digital Sustainability?
Digital Sustainability refers to how a company adopts sustainable initiatives into the workplace through technological investments. Moreover, sustainability through digital transformation is on the rise.
Adopting technology into company practices has become a necessity in the corporate world. Simply because technology highly drives productivity and in turn, profitability. That being said, corporate leaders are looking for more holistic ways to carry out business processes. Such as, introducing digital sustainability as part of business practicality.
With the help of technology, companies are seeking environmental justice with the help of digital sustainability innovation.
By participating in greener activities, we can commit to making a positive impact on our global environment.
Why you should ditch paper and introduce digital and sustainable initiatives
A lack of sustainable initiatives will continue to harm the eco-system. Consequently from paper manufacturing, our global environment suffers from air, water, soil and land pollution.
And that is not to mention disposals and paper-waste.
The pulp and paper industry rely heavily on deforestation as a source for raw materials.
More than one hundred million hectares of forests are cut down to supply the pulp and paper industry.
Cutting down trees is the beginning of the production cycle in the paper and pulp industry. Once carved, they are burned, releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.
During manufacturing, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfer oxides (SOx) are also emitted. Consequently, global warming occurs and people can suffer long-term health effects.
As time goes on, we are increasingly seeing the impact of global warming. Hence why many organisations are prioritising digital sustainability as an alternative to mainstream methods of carrying out business operations.
In addition, deforestation endangers natural habitats and species that lived in the forests.
On another note, the pulp and paper industry uses more water for production than any other industry.
It takes 10 litres of water to make one single A4 page.
That is not all, 40% of waste in landfills is from paper. Wastewater from paper and pulp mills contain solids, dissolved organic matter and inorganic materials such as chlorates and composites of metal.
Digital technology and sustainability provide opportunity to change the status of our eco-system.
Do you use a lot of paper? And are you ready to make a change?
Think about how much harm is done from paper-use in your office alone. More importantly, consider how much you can help with a paperless, green office. Incorporating sustainable initiatives into your organisation with process automation tools allows you to contribute to the health of our global environment.
Paper-based processes are expensive and they consume a lot of employees’ time
Many organisations are still using paper-based documents to carry out business processes.
Handling business processes using paper is expensive and it soaks up a lot of employees’ time. As well as that, errors can be easily made. This then results in extra use of paper along with disposals.
Paper is used in multiple departments if not all, across businesses. For instance, HR, Finance, Purchasing and R&D manage a lot of processes using paper-based documents.
Vast majority of organisations that still use paper simply do it out of convenience.
Certainly, more and more companies are adopting sustainable initiatives to combat paper-use in the workplace. Also, digital sustainability is progressively becoming an interest for individuals outside of the work place.
Even job seekers pay attention to corporate cultural values such as green practices. Therefore, they tend to search for employers that do take this into consideration. That is, equal values and beliefs regarding sustainable initiatives.
Simply put, digital sustainability is good for the environment and good for your brand. Hence the increasing numbers of businesses enforcing green actions into the workplace.
In addition, digital technology and sustainability is more efficient in terms of cost, time and productivity.
Digital processes are more efficient and they bring agility to organisations
Typical digital business processes include approvals such as ticketing,leave requests, employee onboarding, incident reporting, procurement, po approval, invoicing and so on.
All of these business processes can be easily automated with process automation workflow software.
Digital sustainability isn’t only beneficial to the environment.
Managing and tracking performance will be easier with a built-in personalized dashboard. Further, the overall process will be more efficient from start to finish.
Due to digitally performing tasks, employees can even work remotely. In terms of a crisis, such as the global spread of COVID-19, working from home has become the only option for some.
Let’s have a look at digital sustainability examples and how they can help you.
Digital sustainability creates a green office environment and improves efficiency
Think about how much paper is used in your office. As well as that, think about how many of those pages are disposed.
Adopting process automation will allow you to completely eliminate paper from your organisation. By doing so, your business does not need to buy, use or dispose of paper. Instantly, there will be a reduction in carbon footprint with the use of digital sustainability.
Engaging in environmental friendly and sustainable initiatives in the workplace, go a long way to conserving the global environment.
In addition, using technology to do so, can derive many internal benefits.
Manually carrying out the same repetitive tasks can get quite boring.
When they are managed across paper it is time-consuming, costly and prone to errors. Moreover, communication can be hard to achieve. For instance, when staff are collaborating using paper-based documents it can easily get complicated.
Using process automation workflow software, processes can be streamlined. Access can be given to relevant departments if necessary.
As a result, collaboration is significantly improved and the process can be completed within a single place.
Process automation enables business tasks to be completed in a digital platform, enhancing transparency and visibility. For example, each staff member with access can see consistent updates. This enables the process to run more smoothly and at a faster pace.
Therefore, errors are reduced, less time is consumed and consequently, productivity increases.
Digital sustainability contributes to a greener global environment
When one organisation adopts sustainable initiatives, it helps the global environment. However, when many organisations adopt sustainable initiatives, it significantly helps the global environment.
Therefore, injecting digital sustainability into your organisation’s practises unquestionably contributes. For example, those engaging in sustainable initiatives are all striving to reach the same end goal. That is, TO SAVE THE PLANET.
If less offices require paper to carry out business processes, demand will weaken in the paper and pulp industry.
Subsequently, supply will decrease meaning more forest areas will be conserved. As a result, gas emissions such as Carbon Dioxide(CO2) will reduce.
Furthermore, fewer natural habits and species will be endangered. And there will be a reduction in wastewater from paper and pulp mills.
Preservation of forest land by eliminating paper and introducing digital sustainability will make a huge difference!
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Paper can be so hazardous to the world, to people and other species. With that said, digital sustainability provides a solution. Digital technology and sustainability can substantially improve the condition of the environment.
Reduce air, water, soil and land pollution by eliminating paper in your organisation.
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Kianda transforms business processes from paper into digital, completely eliminating the need for paper.
Manual, paper processes are prone to errors, delays and lack visibility, especially when collaborating across departments.
Easily build digital forms and workflows to streamline business processes with Kianda platform.
With paperless solutions, you can store data, not documents, while optimising collaboration between your teams. In addition, you can ultimately manage tasks in real-time and review progress with personalised dashboards. This can all be achieved from your browser, tablet or mobile device at any given time.
Author: Ashley Hennessy Marketing Executive at Kianda Technologies Helping companies to operate paperless, delivering custom business applications rapidly with no-code digital process automation platform Kianda.
Kianda is a business process automation platform that allows companies to digitalise and streamline their processes with easily built online forms and workflows.
In February 2020, Local Enterprise Office Fingal shortlisted 10 businesses to compete at the Fingal Enterprise Awards. All 10 companies went head to head for the final spot at National Enterprise Awards 2021.
The competition was strong as there were very promising businesses among us. Therefore, winning, despite the level of competition was a great achievement for Kianda.
As winners of the Fingal Enterprise Awards, we received beautifully crafted award
Mayor of Fingal, Eoghan O’Brien, Chief Executive, AnnMarie Farrelly and Head of Enterprise, Oisin Geoghegan presented our award to us.
To the National Enterprise Awards 2020
As a result of winning, Kianda will represent Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards 2021. An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), the National Enterprise Awards Final will take place virtually on the 11th February.
Across Ireland, 31 Local Enterprise Office’s nominated their final winner to compete at the National Enterprise Awards.
In other words, Kianda Technologies will compete against 30 other businesses in the running for winning on a National basis.
Kianda continues to grow and develop
The support and recognition Kianda has received is outstanding. Moreover, it allows the business to continuously grow and reach optimum potential.
After winning the Fingal Enterprise Awards, Derya states:
“It is amazing that our digital process automation business Kianda is being recognised as a business with significant potential to continue to grow and develop, globally…”
The Kianda is a cloud-based platform helping companies to eliminate paper and automate all existing manual processes in a single place – and critically it empowers non-IT staff to build powerful business applications quickly with no coding.
In other words, we take a modern approach to process automation so that it is flexible for all users.
For the reason that Kianda is a no-code platform, users without technical knowledge can easily use the platform. Hence, anybody can build business apps and workflows with Kianda.
We want to thank everybody who supported us throughout the awards and overall.
Good luck to all contenders in the National Enterprise Awards 2021. In addition, we wish the very best of luck in the future for those we competed against in the Fingal Enterprise Awards.
Seems like crossing our fingers worked the last time.
So again, fingers crossed for Kianda to now win the National Enterprise Awards 2021.
It’s 2020. It’s time to optimise business processes with business process automation.
Repetitive tasks without business process automation can easily become draining. However, they are critical for managing operations within an organization.
Let us emphasize.
Today, leaders face multiple internal and external challenges. Hence why, it is important to be prepared, proactive and productive. Dynamic markets result in business managers facing changes such as competition and evolving technologies. So, to keep in line with competitors, technological advancements are highly useful for managing business processes.
Business process automation has received great attention along with adoption in the last number of years. Moreover, many organisations view it as a necessity rather just a ‘nice to have’.
According to a recent report from Forrester, automation and AI are moving deeper into organizations. As a result, they are becoming the “very makeup and operations of the company”.
But, why is business process automation a growing trend?
Let us call a spade a spade. Every person at some stage in their working life comes across a particular task that they aren’t exactly excited about. These business processes can generally consume a chunk of your time. Maybe they involve a lot of paper and slow down productivity.
Above all, we are aware that time is money and that wasted time means wasted money. So, lets explore 5 business processes to automate and how these tasks will then, be simple to manage. Certainly, workflow software will make your life a whole lot easier!
1. Onboarding process automation
In general, hiring a new employee is a business process that involves lots of paper, plenty of emails and communication across other departments like HR. On the other hand, using workflow software to optimise a business process like onboarding allows collaboration across departments. Even more, it eliminates the need for paper and multiple emails.
To put simply, you can send the job offer to the new hire and the new hire can accept it along with submitting their data. After that, approvals take place then the contract is automatically issued. Furthermore, digital signatures are captured and all the relevant departments’ tasks are distributed. This ensures that everything is ready before the new hire starts for a better first impression.
Usually, employees request time off by filling out a paper form or sending emails. Once all of the information is written on the application, a manager then has to manually and digitally input the data.
Emails are sent back and forward to HR, confirmation of status is next. You get the picture…
Again, time is being wasted that could be valuable elsewhere, on a different business process perhaps.
As well as that you can conveniently monitor and track them in a dashboard. Automating a business process like your holiday request form provides transparency to both employees and managers.
3. Incident reporting
The main purpose of an incident report is to try to identify the cause of an incident or a near miss. By doing so, managers can take cautious actions to prevent re-occurrence in the future.
Incident reporting is a critical business process that needs to be accurate and managed correctly. It’s no surprise that they are obvious business processes to automate, considering they are key to promoting health and safety. Using paper isn’t really a safe way to store valuable information and therefore, does not ensure maximum health and safety practises. Recording and storing data safely will improve the overall quality of the incident reporting business process and the outcomes.
To clarify, a digital incident reportautomatically increases accuracy by storing data more efficiently. Automating this business process enabes easier tracking, allowing managers to quickly come up with measures to prevent future occurences.
4. IT help desk
Without a structure put in place for your IT business processes, IT teams can get very overwhelmed with queries from end-users.
More importantly, satisfaction won’t be achieved for end-users if IT support teams can’t deliver answers. So, to enhance the user experience, queries need to be addressed fast.
The Kianda platform offers a ready-madeIT help desktemplate that effectively supports end-users. In short, the automated business process allows the IT team to track, prioritize tickets and solve them rapidly.
5. Procurement process
The procurement process flow entails quite a few steps which can easily slow things down, fast. For instance, if this business process is managed across excel sheets, paper documents and emails then effective communication maybe hindered. As a result, frequent misconceptions in different stages of the procurement process may arise.
In other words, having multiple documents in numerous places compared to digital documents in one place speaks volumes. With business process automation tools, all appropriate users can have access to relevant documents if needed. For that reason, collaboration and communication flows better than ever.
Using a business process automation platform for the procurement process delivers transparency to all involved, from buyer to supplier. As a result of better communication, the procurement process runs more smoothly and quickly.
In addition, management of cost and spending becomes more visible, meaning that profitability can be tracked and improved.
Can you imagine the amount of costs and time that is saved by speeding up these processes?
Yes, a lot!
As stated by Gartner, optimising existing business processes does not only focus on efficiency, but efficacy too. To be exact, improving business processes increases productivity, reduces errors and has capabilities to avoid potential risks.
“By automating predictable, standardized processes, application leaders enable the business to focus its attention on the exceptions that still require a human touch”
Automating Business Operations to Scale Your Digital Business, Gartner (2019)
In other words, by saving a lot of time you can devote more attention to other aspects of the business. Perhaps, an area or business process that you could never give enough time to. Even though you probably should have.
Further, reducing costs can symbolise many opportunities for the business. Firstly, it can reflect an increase in profitability as there are less operating costs. On the other hand, it can be spent elsewhere. Perhaps, for R&D, new employees or could be for expansion purposes. Whatever the case may be, saving costs is always a plus.
Let us show you with a free customised demo what Kianda can do for you.
Osvaldo is the CEO of Kianda Technologies with almost 2 decades of experience in the IT industry has developed many successful solutions across a broad range of technologies. He is the subject matter expert in digital workplace collaboration solutions.
Kianda Technologies has been shortlisted as a finalist by LEO Fingal.
We are thrilled to announce that Kianda Technologies was nominated as a finalist forFingal Enterprise Awards 2020. The overall winner of the awards will represent Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards 2020, this May.
“We’re looking forward to the Fingal awards ceremony, called “Making it Happen”, taking place on the evening of Thursday 5th March where the winner will be announced…”
The process from Fingal Enterprise Awards to National Enterprise Awards
Local Enterprise Office Fingalorganises the Enterprise Awards on an annual basis. Along with Kianda, 9 other businesses were shortlisted by LEO Fingal.
31 Local Enterprise Offices are located across Ireland. Likewise, each office shortlists 10 companies just like LEO Fingal for instance.
Only one can go…
That is to say, each of the 10 finalists from all Local Enterprise Office’s across Ireland will compete for the final spot. In other words, the 10 contenders that have been shortlisted by LEO Fingal will compete against one another.
Finally, when all of the shortlisted contenders are rounded up, they will attend the Fingal Awards ceremony “Making it Happen”. This will take place in Swords on Thursday 5th March.
As a result, the final winners will go all the way to the National Enterprise Awards.
31 companies will go head-to-head at the National Enterprise Awards
By results of the Local Enterprise Awards, 31 companies will compete on a National basis.
Further, we want to wish all finalists for Fingal Enterprise Awards the best of luck. In addition, good luck to all contenders across Ireland for their own local Enterprise Awards.
Meanwhile, we have our fingers crossed for Kianda Technologies. And we are excited to see what is yet to come.
In short, the Kianda platform takes a modern approach to business process automation. Most noteworthy, it is a true NO-CODE platform. Therefore, users without technical knowledge can easily build business apps and workflows.