We look forward to sponsoring in CIF Digital Construction Summit 2019 in Dublin, 13th June. Come and talk to us to discover how Kianda can help you accelerate your digital construction journey with process automation.
DIGITAL… THE END OF CONSTRUCTION AS WE KNOW IT?
CIF Digicon 2019 will bring together developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, and other key stakeholders in the construction industry to explore best strategies and solutions to embrace digital transformation focused on the road to Construction 4.0.
Kianda is a digital process automation platform helping companies easily automate and manage their business processes through digital forms and workflows.
We had great time sponsoring in the European SharePoint Conference this year in Copenhagen. We met our customers, partners and had interesting talks about how empowering no-code solutions can be with many people from around Europe.
“It was the first time Kianda has entered to this competition and we are delighted to win such a prestigious award.” says Osvaldo Sousa – Co-founder of Kianda Technologies.
The prestigious black-tie Gala Awards Presentation Evening this year took place in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport in Santry on Friday, 9th November 2018. The event was sponsored by Fingal County Council and hosted by RTÉ’s Marty Whelan.
The Best Start Up/New Business award was open to entrants who could show how their start up/new business has been successfully established within the last 2 years. The judges were looking for evidence of strategically planned growth, clear vision for the future and current measurable achievement.
“Kianda identified a need to make digitalisation simple for businesses and have developed key points of differentiation to make them stand out in a space that is cluttered with bigger competitors. Resilience and commitment secured them significant contracts with two large corporations in Ireland. There is a strong plan on place for a sustainable future.” Judges from the competition.
Fingal Dublin Chamber organises this event every year to create awareness of, and highlight business excellence across all business sectors, private, public and charity within the Fingal Dublin Chamber region for their accomplishments in Business Excellence and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Today’s IT departments are crucial for business continuity and efficiency in operations. They face countless issues raised by users on a daily basis. Dealing with these over and over again without any standard system, creates frustration and difficulties in tracking and communicating for any IT team.
Technology is here to help organisations to solve these challenges. However while adopting a new technology to help you, you should not be limited to what off-the-shelf solutions can offer.
Why does this matter?
Every organisation operates in its own way. Operations evolve as the company grows, people move across departments and requirements change due to the market changes. A technical solution you are adopting today should be able to evolve with you tomorrow.
IT departments who adopt to workflow automation, achieve efficiency, reduce workload and increase productivity to provide better service levels.
NO-CODE development solutions such as Kianda Forms and Workflows platform can allow you to transition in to Digital Business more effectively. No-code means anyone in an organisation can build technical solutions without having the coding skills.
With easy-to-use development interface, any employee can help drive change, not just those with technical skills.
How can you actually use this?
Your team with or without coding skills, can build process automation and workflow applications meeting your organisation’s unique needs for IT processes such as IT Helpdesk, Asset management, Change request management, Incident management and more. All integrated with your current systems.
That’s not all…
We have designed IT workflow templates to give you a hand when you are designing your own. But that’s not all.
Check out Kianda Template Store when you sign up. There is a lot more we believe you can use. These workflow templates will be a starting point for you to build great workflow solutions meeting your organisation’s unique requirements.
Purchase Order Approvals template can be used to control the purchasing of products and services from external suppliers. Optimisation of this process will allow you to maintain control over the entire purchasing process from requesting a PO to paying the supplier. Using manual processes (like Excel, spreadsheets), may put your company finances at risk caused by lack of visibility and error-prone results.
Automating this process is not only going to save you time, but also will help you to put a structure to your purchasing process to avoid unexpected expenditure and its disappointing results. You can include multiple layers of approvals based on a threshold so that high volume purchasing can be approved by multiple managers.
Template workflow starts with requester providing vendor information, prices and description with a couple of clicks and submitting for approval. Manager/s receive notification and approve request or deny based on the criteria provided.
In addition, this process includes supplier’s invoice payment step to allow end-to-end optimisation of Purchasing Process. When manager approves the purchase, supplier can be notified and their invoice or any other quote document can be stored in the workflow. This triggers notifications to the Finance team to proceed with the payment according to the payment terms. agreed.
Don’t forget to explore Kianda template store when you sign up and check out all other templates designed to help you get started.
We talked about our Kianda journey to date to The Record Technology Magazine and about our sponsorship in the upcoming European SharePoint Conference #ESPC18.
Workflow automation software Kianda was launched in 2017 in European SharePoint Conference in Dublin.
“We are thrilled that, since our launch last year, more than 5,000 enterprise users are now building cutting-edge digital process automation solutions across several industries using Kianda,” said Derya Sousa, the company’s co-founder and commercial director.
Per Diem means Per Day. It is also referred as daily allowance.
It is a particular measure of money an organisation provides for an individual, frequently a representative of the organisation, to cover everyday costs when travelling for work. A per diem can incorporate part or the majority of the costs acquired. Most companies pay the government rate, which is based on the cost of living in the location being visited.
In aviation, it is usually available to a pilot, flight attendant, crew member or office staff who are travelling for business. It is the reimbursement for his or her meals and incidental expenses. Every airline pays differently per diem rates.
One method is employees request the actual cost of meals, lodging, and incidental travel costs may be deducted, subject to certain limitations, providing the invoices and receipts. The other method is the allowance method, which employee is only required to be able to prove where they were, and that they were travelling as a requirement of their work. Generally, in the aviation industry, most employees and independent contractors use the allowance.
How to optimise per diem management
A per diem request workflow designed with a process automation platform like Kianda Forms provides a single platform for flight personnel or office staff to make a request before or after they travel.
This automated process empowers personnel to do their per diem calculations and request as quickly and easily as possible. It is presented as a simple digital form where employees can consult what is available to them.
They can submit their request even when they are off-line during a flight.
Employees can easily reach the information they need and submit their requests without any delays or unnecessary email communications. Information related to the submissions can be stored in the company’s existing data systems so that this all can be tracked ensuring regulations and compliances.
If you are planning to streamline your organisation’s per diem management and eliminate the errors to bring consistency then talk to us.
Discover how Kianda Forms can allow you to achieve great results and take your operations to the next level within Aviation industry.
We are thrilled to be featured in The Irish Times Business today. Our founders explained how Kianda differs from other BPM (Business Process Management) platforms and how it can bring in-house control to organisations over their IT solutions and help them bring efficiency in their operations.
“There is some debate as to whether Albert Einstein actually defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, but the sentiment certainly struck a chord with tech entrepreneur and software developer Osvaldo Sousa, who spent 17 years pounding the same ground building similar automated process solutions for different companies.
In July 2016 Sousa and his wife, Derya, (an IT consultant), decided to pool their skills and develop a solution that consigned this constant reinvention to history. They set up business process management and automation company Kianda, and have spent the last two years developing a cloud-based platform that enables users to easily build forms and workflows to streamline complex business operations.”
Repetitive tasks are the biggest motivation killers in workplaces. Who likes to do the same daily task, over and over again?
Motivation is the important element in ensuring productivity. When we are dealing with monotonous routines, we easily get bored and lose our enthusiasm to complete challenging tasks.
One effective way of motivating staff is through engagement. For better engagement and contribution their time needs to be freed to let them do more valuable work.
A workflow automation solution can bring productivity and efficiency to a workplace while eliminating repetitive, manual and paper-based tasks. It transforms manual operations to automated digital forms and workflows, cutting down the human error, increasing productivity and helping businesses to compete in this increasingly digital world. From simple to complex workflows can be automated with a few clicks.
This will allow staff to get more valuable work done and reduce the amount of time and money spent on unnecessary tasks.
Where you can benefit from automated workflows
If your HR department is dealing with paper-based documents, unnecessary phone calls and emails when a new hire starts, then it is a good time to start looking for a workflow automation solution that can eliminate unnecessary paperwork and repetitive tasks performed for each hire. In a way, this will allow you to cut down these manual tasks, let HR do their work and new hire be more welcomed when everything is well organised before they start.
Take Customer Service department, agents spend more time on trying to access IT systems and ringing departments for resolutions than the time they spend on a call to help solve a customer problem. This is a common scenario that causes long waiting times. One of the most important aspects of customer services is time. Information must be easily accessible to agents so that they can answer customer queries in a rapid way.
An automation solution like Kianda can improve customer service operations by delivering one single platform to allow users to access information from multiple IT systems rapidly and log customer queries into the system while reducing waiting times.
With a streamlined process for handling customer queries and complaints, call centre staff can be more effective and productivity can be increases.
Marketing and Sales
Scenario for Marketing and Sales department is not too different. Workflow automation can improve the efficiency of marketing and sales teams. Marketing teams commonly use different applications to access the information needed to do their jobs for lead management, trade show materials, advertisements, website content approvals and more.
All of these tasks can be centralised on a single platform to enable full visibility and rapid outcomes, while making marketing sales operations move faster and easier.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business or a big one, if your employees are happy with their jobs, their productivity will increase, and that’s exactly what you need to help your business grow. Automated workflows diminish busywork, leaving the employee to tackle work that is most important to the job.
When it comes to achieving digital workplace goals, for the best results, sometimes the hardest thing is not choosing the right workflow automation solution, it is getting the solution to do what your business uniquely needs.
A process workflow automation solution like Kianda can adjust to your needs, giving you control over your IT solutions. It can bring productivity to a workplace while eliminating repetitive, and paper-based tasks. With Kianda’s NO-CODE workflow development approach, anyone in your organisation can easily develop IT solutions without technical expertise.
If you would like to learn more about Kianda, request your demo today.
SharePoint developers (SharePoint farm solutions developers) have been leveraging successfully of these resources to build enterprise systems for many years. This has had sometimes not so good results due to the fact that these solutions can sometimes affect the whole SharePoint server farm in a way that is detrimental to anything else running on that server farm.
The solution for this as suggested by Microsoft with the introduction of the app model is to make more use of the “platform” personality of SharePoint. This allows effectively to write code that does not run within the same process as SharePoint code does and helps to avoid (most of the times at least) the common pitfalls of SharePoint farm solutions.
What resources SharePoint can offer:
A robust security model
User profile store
Extensive REST API and much more…
Ember.js framework & SharePoint is the perfect marriage for building ambitious enterprise web solutions.
I have been using Ember.js for a long time to deliver high standard enterprise solutions. The obvious question I get asked many times is why not Angular or even ReactJS instead?
The answer to that question has many facets to it but in summary, it boils down to Ember.js being a real framework rather than a library and being built and maintained by developers working on real life projects of their own. Any Ember.js developer can quickly become familiar to a new project, therefore quickly become productive, due to its heavy use of convention over configuration.
The combination of Ember.js + SharePoint enables novice and expert developers to develop highly scalable solutions that leverage great tools like Node.js and robust systems like SharePoint to create a highly scalable ambitious enterprise web application.
It enables developers dramatically reduce the amount of code they write.
At Kianda Technologies, we developed an Ember SharePoint Adapter that allows an easy development experience while building Ember apps for SharePoint. A drop of this adapter will quickly allow Ember data talk to SharePoint Lists. Ember SharePoint Adapter
Sample customer ordering system built in combination with SharePoint + Ember.js
Here is a good example of such use of SharePoint by employing Ember.js coupled with a few lists in SharePoint to build an order management system.
The ingredients for this hypothetical system are:
Two SharePoint lists (Customers and Orders with the required metadata)
js used to provide front-end and business logic
Ember SharePoint Adapter built to communicate via SharePoint JSOM / REST API to allow Ember to work with list data
Ember app referenced within a SharePoint page
A document library to host the page and its client resources
The following is sample code used in Ember app.
Note: In the code snippet above, SP Data represents an abstraction of the Ember Adapter, using a combination of SharePoint rest services or simply JSOM.
The advantages of building your business app this way is multiple: Easy to change and quick to adapt without lengthy deployments and the guarantee of no custom code being executed with your SharePoint process.
In conclusion; the use of a sophisticated client-side framework such as Ember.js combined with SharePoint web services can provide an ideal environment for your next business application.
About the author:Osvaldo Sousa Founder and Principal Architect of Kianda BPM (www.kianda.com) is a highly skilled engineer that held positions such as a CTO, Senior SharePoint Architect and Chief Product Architect building innovative enterprise solutions for organisations in Europe. He is considered as a SharePoint and no-code BPM expert.
Kianda BPM is delighted to announce that we are once again Silver Sponsors for the upcoming The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference #ESPC18 takes place at The Bella Center, Copenhagen from 26-29 November 2018.
We are proud to be partnering with such a prestigious event that gathers SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure experts from around the world in one European location for the largest conference of its kind.
In the Shark Tank Pitching Competition, The LINC March 6th 2018
Kianda BPM presented by Osvaldo Sousa was the overall winner of the ‘In the Shark Tank’ pitching competition as part of Local Enterprise Week Fingal at the LINC Centre in IT Blanchardstown.
Start-up entrepreneurs faced up to the panel of business experts, the audience of entrepreneurs & the clock. They delivered impressive pitches & fielded a range of searching questions. This was followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
“Delighted to be the overall winner of the ‘In the shark tank’ pitching competition with our fast-growing technology Kianda BPM, as part of Local Enterprise Week 2018.“ commented Osvaldo.
Start-ups and small to medium size companies will love what I am about to tell.
Is month-end invoicing a huge source of stress for you? Rather than spending time on triple checking the calculations, daily rates, customer addresses and so on, you could be doing something more valuable like spending more time with your family or cleaning your car which has become unbearable lately.
If you are lost in spreadsheets every month, struggling to remember accounts of last month, you are not the only one. Inconsistency on your invoice numbers and descriptions due to the lack of visibility and automation is very common. Errors like these are inevitable as a result of being human and of course trying to prioritise a million things at the same time.
Maybe you are planning to look for accounting solutions but you are just getting started and can’t afford an accountant or you have started long ago but prefer to keep accounting internally or maybe like me, you are outsourcing your accounting but prefer to prepare customer invoices yourself. After all, it is crucial for any business to have visibility of their cash flow.
I have just the solution for you.
This is how I automated my month-end invoicing in just a half day using Kianda BPM (process management and automation platform) from invoice generation to automated customer follow-ups.
1- Design a simple form to capture invoice details and generate a PDF
Starting with Kianda is easy, designing a new form could take only a few minutes, one or two steps you are good to go.
In Kianda NO-CODE designer, anyone can develop workflow solutions. You simply drag and drop fields from a predefined menu to your new form. Fields like ‘Invoice Date’, ‘Invoice Due Date’, ‘Customer PO’, ‘Reference number’, ‘List of customers’ and more. Once you select a customer, all the details of the customer such as address details, email and daily rate get all pre-populated into fields without you worrying if they are correct or not.
The good thing is that you don’t need to have a data source for this, you can manage all of this within Kianda.
You can also design your invoice template with your logo, address, and invoice details directly within Microsoft Word, then use it as your base template to generate your invoice.
2- Send automated emails to your customers as elegant as you wish
Wouldn’t it be more professional, if you send your invoices from an automated email to your customers? You can put together an email template in Kianda and re-use as many times as you wish, letting you save tons of time on writing the same emails every month.
With a click of a button, you can send your invoices attached to these email templates to your customers.
3- Dashboards for review and follow-up
Kianda comes with easy-to-customise dashboards, where you can see a list of invoices and documents attached to each of them. You can view monthly cashflows, year-end totals, filter these by a customer or by unpaid invoices and more. Kianda can remind you when an invoice is due so that you don’t get your follow-ups delayed. It can even do automated follow-ups for the unpaid invoices on your behalf.
This will give you a full control of your accounts with maximum flexibility and without spending much of your resources.
4- Now you are operating like a million-dollar business
Organising financials even at the early stages will always be an advantage when things start moving faster than you expect and you regret not taking this as serious as you should have.
Depending on your business, you will decide what’s the best system for you. If spreadsheets method works for you, then go for it. If you want to use technology to keep track of your financial activity then start with an automation solution like Kianda, in a very short time, you will be set up.
Even though you are a small company there is nothing to stop you from operating like a million-dollar business.
You will be able to automate not only invoicing but many other simple or complex tasks you might be doing manually such as Time-keeping, PO request, Expense claims, and Customer support queries. With minimum time investment, you can easily organize your financials.
Contact me today, I would be more than happy to talk to you and give you a quick demo of what you can do with Kianda BPM.
If you are one of the organisations who is still managing Employee Travel and Expenses manually, with paper receipts, spreadsheets and emails, then you must consider not only time and money you are wasting but also inconsistency and error-prone results your business might be exposed to.
Recruiting, leave requests, appraisals, approvals and employee feedback are some of the workflows typical human resources (HR) department deals with. All of these HR workflows involve multiple department approvals, system entries, communication channels and documents making it lengthy and expensive in terms of resources and effort. In addition to this, it is very common that employees don’t follow established operating procedures and complete required tasks as opposed to how they are supposed to complete them, leaving the organisation with unstructured and ad-hoc task management.
Onboarding of new employees takes up a large amount of time of an HR department. It has many aspects to consider; paperwork to process, approvals to set up, documents to gather, training to provide, appraisal meetings to organise and so on. Tasks to be carried out involve not only HR department but also other departments; HR deals with compliance, IT deals with how to get equipment up and running and managers with expectations. Sometimes tasks need to be carried in parallel, sometimes one after another. Continue reading “How you can streamline an HR Employee Onboarding Process”
Modern enterprises have common objectives related to digital transformation aiming to improve productivity and collaboration in their organisations. Organisations succeed when they manage to incorporate new technologies into business operations and company cultures. One of the ways to achieve these goals is by automating recurring business processes.
Digital transformation is the accelerating transformation of business activities, workflows, processes and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of the latest digital technologies. It is digitizing organisation’s business processes, improving technological foundations, seamlessly integrating with providers and as a result reducing the costs and improving significantly customer experience. Continue reading “Digital Transformation will lead you to success”