Kianda is the winner of the NTMA Entrepreneur in Residence Programme 2020

Derya Sousa, NTMA Entrepreneur in Residence 2020

Early in 2020, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) announced Kianda Technologies as the winner of Female Entrepreneur in Residence 2020. Derya Sousa proudly represents Kianda as the COO and co-founder in NTMA’s Entrepreneur in Residence programme.

What is NTMA Female Entrepreneur in Residence programme?

The NTMA launched the Female Entrepreneur in Residence programme in 2020. Simply put, the scheme was set up in response to the gap between male and female entrepreneurs in Ireland. 

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.

Derya says:

“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…”


About Kianda

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.

In the view of Local Enterprise Office Fingal, Derya has demonstrated outstanding leadership, resilience and innovation throughout 2020.

Related article: “Kianda founder on being a woman in a male-dominated sector” featuring Derya Sousa in Silicon Republic – one of Ireland’s leading tech sources.

Derya says:

“We are stronger together. So that we can be our best and brightest and inspire to look beyond the uncertainty”.

Would you like to see how Kianda business process automation platform can help you achieve your digitalisation goals?

Talk to us today for a customised demo.

Kianda makes digitalisation easier for people, approachable for companies

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Our COO, Derya Sousa was 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.

Derya says:

“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.

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Automating processes – why is it so difficult?

Automating processes

Automating processes, the practice of introducing innovation through technology in an organisation is never straightforward. Many people claim that they love the idea of maximum productivity and efficiency. However, they may be worried that their role will be undermined and could even be made redundant.

This article explores four main reasons why automating processes can be problematic. It also addresses ways that you can manage the change of business process automation, smoothly and fairly.


1- Automating processes: Introducing Change and Managing Change

The main reason for the majority of the issues delaying business process automation initiatives can be down to one simple word, ‘change’. Reason being, change comes with a lot of heavy lifting.

The success of any introduction of process automation software is directly related to the company’s capacity to empathise with employees’ concerns. And, to plan and manage the change, which is usually classed as ‘complex’.

Many experts believe that despite its capacity for innovation and evolution, human nature is hardwired to resist unfamiliar and potentially threatening change. And this includes automating processes in an organisation.

You might be tempted to think staff are reluctant to embrace the challenge of learning new skills because of the increased workload. But, this is actually rarely the case.

It is because as humans, we are anxious about anything where the end destination is unknown. However, the good news is that it is relatively easy to reassure concerned staff. Particularly, about the likely impact of automating processes within a business.

Understanding the threat of complex change is key to success. This is because automating processes involves significant change. This affects not just the physical structure of the organisation. But, the socioeconomic and psychological factors that determine your operation.

Moreover, wise digital leaders understand that change associated with automating processes is personal, emotional and operational.

Employees at companies with fewer than 100 staff are almost three times more likely to say their business digital transformation was a success. That is, in comparison to employees at companies with more than 50,000 employees.

Digital leaders should try to avoid forcing change in a heavy-handed way

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Instead, encourage your employees to embrace the complex change. For instance, explain the benefits of business process automation.

Explain that automating processes will inevitably involve extra training, monitoring, management and updates. However, explain that the extra effort that comes with automating processes will be a worthwhile investment.

Above all, it is key to involve all stakeholders in the process of implementing a new system. Specially, from the beginning of the journey.

For instance, users can become easily overwhelmed by the many uses automation can take to optimise their day-to-day workflows. And because of this, users are unsure on exactly where that they should start when it comes to automating processes.

The best response is to simply compile a list of time-consuming routine tasks. As well as end-to-end workflows that are not working well in which need streamlining.

Simply, identify which processes promise immediate success if they are automated. Not only does this save you time for valuable resources. But, you can also use a practical example to show the advantages of automating processes.

For example, the advantages of automating processes in a supply chain are evidently supported by the rapid economic growth. That is, in the supply chain industry over the last few decades.

The journey to automating processes can be somewhat rocky for some companies, but it doesn’t have to be. Effective planning and approaches to change management are crucial in achieving success in your next business process automation project.

In fact, digitally mature companies are 23% more profitable than their less digitally sophisticated peers.


2- Solutions available for automating processes are designed for developers

Although there are many low code solutions in the market, they still require a substantial amount of programming. Namely, to enable automation of end to end complex business processes.

Many examples in the business sector reveal a gap between those who define which processes to automate and those who implement and programme these processes in software.

It is this gap that has divided business and IT for the past 50 years. In the opinion of many industry experts, removing this rift is the most significant potential benefit of no-code solutions.

On the other side there isn’t enough IT talent out there to meet the ever-growing digital transformation demands. Business users, knowledge workers have to wait months or years to implement new systems.

Bridging the gap to automating processes successfully

To close this gap, automating processes with no-code solutions should be used. Moreover, solutions that automate processes without the need for software programming. We are at a time where the marketplace is filled with misleading claims about no-code, low-code, and easy-code digital solutions.

Hence, we must understand why no-code is a good viable option. More clearly, a better option for automating processes.

In the age of digital change, a lot has been written about automating processes and types of business process automation. Although every company approaches things a little differently, there are several general factors to keep in mind.

Especially when it comes to implementing improvements quickly and efficiently. And more importantly, achieving the intended results and end-goals.

After all, the digitisation and automation of business operations should not be an end in itself. Or an attempt to follow a current trend. It should make daily life more comfortable and achieve competitive advantages.

For IT professionals, no-code solutions allow them to focus on defining processes and workflows and optimising them easier and faster. Thanks to – among other things – to real-time monitoring.


3- The need for flexible business process automation solutions

Solutions available out there for automating process are usually not flexible enough to adapt to each business’ unique requirements.

Companies rather than adapting software to their need, they are adapting their needs to what software can offer.

Firstly, there are numerous off-the-shelf solutions from which to choose. Inevitably, the software platform you choose will depend on your specific requirements.

Most people choose a platform that is capable of solving the majority of their problems. So, if you need to keep track of business opportunities, a CRM system could be the best option. If you would like a package that manages the entire company, including forecasting, an ERP system might fit better.

The problem with either of these choices is that they are designed to address generic issues faced by many businesses. Therefore they don’t necessarily address your specific requirements. In practice, this means that as well as the licence fee, you’ll probably need to spend a considerable amount of costs for maintenance.

That is, on consulting from the provider to adapt their software to your needs. And there is still a strong chance that you’ll even need other spreadsheets and systems..

However, if you need a bespoke solution, you will need a flexible tool for automating processes. One that addresses the gaps between people, systems and processes, removing all manual tasks.

A flexible business process automation tool is an investment of time and money

investment-automating-processesThere are significant benefits to having your business processes created for you in-house. Still, to get the optimal results; you will need to spend a certain amount of time and money to make it work.

With a no-code business process automation platform like Kianda , business users, knowledge workers can automate processes without limitations.

In other words, users with or without programming skills can do most of the heavy lifting. Additionally, they can work closely with the business and IT teams to ensure the automation process flow works for your business. Especially at the start of the project.

This will involve not only the leadership of the company, but other vital stakeholders too.

The benefits of a flexible business process automation tool

The main benefits of a flexible business tool for automating processes are improved efficiency and in-house control.

A custom piece of software configured with your exact needs streamlines workflows. Meaning, processes simplify, issues resolve, and departments connect. Information flows freely between teams. And management get the birds-eye view they need to make vital decisions via customizable dashboards.


4- Employees are terrified that automating processes will lead to redundancies

People are afraid and think they will lose their jobs due to automating processes. But this is far from the case. In essence people can skill up by using low-code or no-code automation technologies.

According to a recent Demos survey, 35% of Britons feel their job is at risk from artificial intelligence and business process automation.

Digitalisation is on the rise in response to the current pandemic. Hence why easy to use business process automation platforms are becoming more and more attractive.

Another point is the worries many employees have about their workplace when they hear the phrase business process automation. While optimising numerous tasks through increased automation can justify downsizing, most companies take advantage of automating processes, to get projects done faster, promising quicker ROI. They gain additional productivity by releasing employees from tedious routine tasks.

Automating processes can be particularly useful in sectors like manufacturing, where workers carry out strenuous labour. Machines can reduce the load, alleviating physical strain. Simply, by performing routine tasks, freeing employees to do more skilled and interesting work.

56% of CEOs claim that digital transformation has increased profits.

This does not mean that there’s not a prominent place for business automation in less strenuous roles. That is, from employee onboarding to company spending requests. Subsequently allowing employees to spend their time more effectively. Businesses need to emphasise automating processes doesn’t mean employees are redundant – instead they will be required for more fulfilling and challenging tasks.


Looking forward…

89% of businesses have plans to adopt a digital-first business strategy.

Rather than feeling that machines are being installed to take over their jobs, employees can see business process automation as an additional benefit. Solely because, automating processes enable daily tasks to run more smoothly and quickly.

Let your team know that the future of work isn’t one where robots are coming to replace them. Albeit, one where technology will be on hand to help and work alongside people.

Would you like to see how Kianda business process automation platform can help you begin automating processes?

Request your live demo today!


Derya SousaAuthor: Derya Sousa COO of Kianda Technologies 
Holding vast experience working closely with 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.

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business process automation (BPA) explained

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.


business process automation (BPA) / business process management (BPM)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

    1. 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.
    2. 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. 
    3. 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.

business process automation eliminates paperIn 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 workflow you 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.

automating business process managementAnd 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! 

Approval Workflows; Budget Approval, Contract Document Approval, Purchase Order (PO) Approval

QHSE Forms; Site Inspections, Incident Reporting, Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA)

Human Resources (HR); Employee Onboarding, Employee Appraisals, Employee Leave Requests


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. 

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How a digital approval process can help you accelerate decision making

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According to McKinsey, 60% of employees could easily save 30% of their time by automating business processes such as paper approvals and processing documents. Business process automation helps improve decision making to carry out ripe approval processes. 

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

CapExAlso 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

purchase order 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 approval processBudget 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

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.

There are many approval processes that can be optimised through business process automation. For more insight read articles on our procurement process, leave/holiday requests or travel requests 


Benefits of an automated approval 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.


How does Kianda approval process work?

Approval-process-Kianda-business-process-automation-platformKianda workflow software provides a user-friendly approval software. 

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. 

Read case study: Mercury Engineering transforms project approval process using Kianda.


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.

Let us show you with a free live demo, how Kianda can help you.

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Why are no code development platforms emerging?

There is a rising demand for generating more software in today’s business world, but a limited number of skilled people who can create software. No code platforms are emerging because they’re much easier to learn compared to coding.

No code development concept has positively changed how organisations conduct business operations.

Simply, by helping them to transition to an agile development strategy.

If you are in IT department or the person who is responsible for digital strategies within your organisation, you know how hard it can be dealing with many requests from business. Or, how long it can take to deploy a simple software to meet internal or customer requirements.

There is absolutely an easier and agile way to manage these requests.

First and foremost, the ability to create enterprise apps using no code business process automation tools allows you to automate laborious and repetitive tasks. 

However, there is a distinctive difference that determines whether your business can create enterprise apps in-house. That is, depending on the software that you choose. 

What are no code platforms for?

codingLet’s have a look what we mean when we say no code platforms.

No code platforms are development interfaces that allow citizen developers to easily create enterprise apps, without coding. 

Citizen developer term is a growing trend in the IT world. It describes employees within an organisation who create new business applications by using development environments, no code or low code technology platforms without being limited to programming knowledge.

Meaning with no code tools, users with or without programming knowledge can create applications through drag and drop style graphical user interfaces. 

The idea of using no code platforms, most of the time focuses on the ability to bypass the IT department. In doing so, companies don’t suffer with constraints such as time, money and other scarce resources such as software developers. 

However IT departments can also benefit hugely with the use of low code and especially no code platforms. Mainly to help them deliver solutions faster and maintain them internally with an agile manner.

Traditionally, if a company wanted to carry out software development they would need to outsource or hire a software developer. Therefore, this incurs additional costs and time for production.

As companies continue to deal with an increasingly mobile workforce, low-code and no code technology is on the rise.

Simply because, codeless tools provide access to app development whether you are an IT Professional, or a Human Resource Manager.

So what is the difference between low-code and no code platforms?

The terms kind of speak for themselves. 

Low-code development is building apps that involve a certain amount of coding. In particular, it requires users to have a minimum level of experience in order to create their desired applications.

And of course, the better the coding knowledge, the better the outcome. 

Due to this, it is more expensive to implement low-code. In short, it speeds up the development and deployment stage but it still requires additional costs to hire a programmer to build the app or to outsource.  

No code development is building apps without writing a single line of code.  Using no code tools enables app development, even without knowledge of coding language.

No code platforms are specifically built so that the coding behind the scenes is left to the software developing experts.

So basically, you are building with code but the code is just hidden. And this is simply to make the app-creation process easy for end-users.

As a result, business users can quickly design, build and fast deploy digital solutions. Using no code technology is much more flexible and suitable for citizen developers or power users.

In addition, no code tools are less expensive compared to low code platforms to build solutions fast and maintain them in-house in the long run.


What are the benefits to using no code platforms?

Fast building and deployment

Building applications from scratch requires a significant amount of coding. With a no code app builder such as a business process automation platform, you can swiftly develop enterprise apps by avoiding the programming phase. In addition, execution of business processes is rapid and smooth, allowing tasks to be completed efficiently. 

Major cost savings

Creating a digital business app requires a technical expert who can do so. And, this instantly raises operational costs and wages.

No code platforms enable organisations to avoid these costs by simply putting non-technical users into the driving seat of automation.

In other words, employees from HR and Finance to Marketing and Sales can easily deploy tailored digital solutions. 

Productivity increases

App development is time-consuming. With no code software, IT teams can skip these stages and quickly create rich enterprise apps.

As a result, IT departments save a large quantity of time, that usually would have been spent in developing. Because of this, they can essentially invest this time into other aspects of the business and bring innovation to the business.

On another note, this also allows IT and other departments such as HR or Finance, to deploy rapid solutions. Simply, employee productivity increases due to the acceleration in business operations from using no code platforms. 

No code platforms offer dynamic and flexible development

No code development can conveniently tailor to your business’ unique needs.

In other words, users can readily build enterprise apps based on the organisation’s specific desires, without limitations.

So, if you want to include a specific question in an online form, or send a notification to certain user based on an answer given to a question, you can certainly and freely do so.

No code platforms are particularly designed in a way that provides business users with flexibility. And, this is so that process can be altered based on internal changes. 

Agility

As previously stated, no code platforms are dynamic and flexible. Because of this, organisations can react fast and implement changes effectively and efficiently. Being agile is considerably important, especially in a highly competitive industry.

Therefore, the ability to adapt to shifting market conditions can essentially provide competitive advantage. As a result, your business can stay in-line or ahead of competitors. 


Kianda – No code Platform for Business Process Automation

Kianda is a no code business process automation and application delivery platform that helps companies streamline every business process while eliminating inefficiencies and reducing development costs.

Derya SousaRecently, NoCode Journal – a digital magazine dedicated to cover the latest NoCode news – featured Kianda platform and our COO, Derya Sousa among other female leaders with emphasis on her role in the no code market. 

Kianda no code platform is helping companies across the globe to rapidly and successfully build tailored enterprise apps. Simply, Kianda’s no code platform brings agility to organisations and accelerates digital innovation. 

“Kianda provides a cloud-based Enterprise Process Automation Platform for organisations to transform business tasks automate digital forms, workflows, and dashboards”.

(NoCode Journal, 2020)

Read here


Why you should choose no code business process automation to develop enterprise apps

No code platforms such as Kianda allow you to implement fast digital solutions integrated to your ERP systems. Moreover, non-technical staff can create and maintain digital business applications. Therefore, you don’t need to allocate extra costs for a software developer.

In addition, business won’t be left waiting around for long periods of time for apps to be developed.

What previously took months or possibly years to build, can be done in days or as little as hours.

That is, with no code platforms such as the one Kianda offers.

 


Lead IT Business Analyst from Mercury Engineering highlights how easy it is to use Kianda Platform

Construction company, Mercury have been using Kianda to optimise their processes from project management to human resources. They have been successfully enhancing compliance and bringing agility to their business. 

Fiona McCabe, Lead IT Business Analyst highlights how easy business processes have become using Kianda. 

“Prior to Kianda, if someone had a problem, they would try to explain to me what it was, I took as much information as I could. And then, I rang the software experts to get them involved.

But now with Kianda, I’m having a 30 second conversation with someone in the corridor, able to ask some key questions. And, I’m walking away from that conversation, knowing whether or not I can fix this myself.

Fiona McCabe, Lead IT Business Analyst

Mercury Engineering have successfully retained significant amounts of time by using Kianda to deploy digital business processes. 

With Kianda, they can now iron out most of the requirements and changes internally, reducing expenses. And as a result of fast resolutions, productivity scales up, increasing efficiency of their processes. 


Key Features of Kianda NO CODE platform

Unlimited forms and workflows

Organisations can swiftly build any amount of forms or workflows using Kianda. Therefore, you don’t need to prioritise processes simply because there are only a certain amount of forms available.

You have unlimited forms and workflows to play around with, allowing you to transform business processes without limitations.

Mobile-friendly forms

Kianda is built as a Progressive Web Application. It is available in any device.

Mobility and flexibility allow teams who work in remote areas to successfully carry out business processes. Simply, Kianda allows you to access data and submit forms, even when you are offline. And, you can do this at anytime, anywhere.

Application template store

To help you get started, our app store provides 20+ pre-built forms. From this, you can easily implement any of these templates. In addition, they can provide insight into look and feel and layouts. 

This will then guide you when creating your own forms and workflows. 

Custom reporting dashboards

Kianda no code platform provides easy-to-use custom dashboards for data analytics and reporting. Users can swiftly build dashboards with exquisitely designed layouts, charts, lists and more widgets. 

Built-in detailed analytics makes visualisation of performance a breeze. 

Seamless data integration

Readily integrate workflows with ERP, CRM and IT systems on-premise or in cloud to efficiently share data throughout your company. 

Easy to connect APIs provide seamless single step connections to data sources such as SAP, SharePoint, O365,  SalesForce, Oracle, DropBox, Web Services and many more. 

no-code process automation platform Kianda


Typical business processes to rapidly digitise:

HR – Employee onboarding, Leave requests, Employee appraisals, Expense request, Timesheet management

Quality and Health and Safety – Incident reporting, Inspection checklist, Corrective action plan

Project Management – Project approvals, Document generation, Contract management

IT – Ticketing, Change request management, Asset management

Finance – Purchase order management, Capital approvals


To discover how no code process automation platform Kianda can help you, request your live demo!

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COVID-19 challenges and how Gulbenkian reduced the impact with digitalisation

Gulbenkian Foundation case study

The COVID-19 outbreak has amounted huge pressures on many organisations.

Gulbenkian Foundation deploys a rapid response system to tackle mass ticket returns with Kianda.

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

Productivity conceptTo 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. 

Read full case study here


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
Stop coronavirus

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.remote working

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.


Start your digital transformation journey today

Kianda is a true NO-CODE platform. We empower business users to transform how they carry out business processes on a daily basis.

With workflow software, organisations can implement sustainable initiatives with paperless, digital solutions. Bring agility to your organisation by starting your digital transformation journey today. 

Eliminate paper. Reduce costs. Increase Efficiency.

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Derya SousaAuthor: Derya Sousa COO of Kianda Technologies 
Helping companies to operate paperless, delivering custom business applications rapidly with no-code digital process automation platform Kianda.

Let us show you with a free customised demo what Kianda can do for you.

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Finalists for Fingal Enterprise Awards 2020

Fingal Enterprise Awards

Kianda Technologies has been shortlisted as a finalist by LEO Fingal.

We are thrilled to announce that Kianda Technologies was nominated as a finalist for Fingal 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 Fingal organises 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.

Want to see what Kianda can do for you?

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Kianda BPM was launched in European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference in Dublin

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SharePoint European ESPC18

TeraDev  was delighted to be one of the Silver Sponsors for the 2017 European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference held in the CCD Dublin, November 13-16.
It was great to be partnering with such a prestigious event that gathers SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure experts from around the world. All, in one European location for the largest conference of its kind.

During the conference, TeraDev launched Kianda – a Unique Business Process Automation Platform with great capabilities. In short, it is a single powerful workflow automation tool enabling the creation of unlimited online forms and workflows. Subsequently, bringing digital process automation without limits.

Overall, it was a very good opportunity for us to meet attendees, partners and network peers across Europe. Thank you all who showed great interest in our BPM platform Kianda. And, we are looking forward to next year’s conference.

Want to see what Kianda can do for you?

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Business process automation
Business process automation

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Digital Transformation Journey will lead you to success

Embrace digital business transformation

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