Manager Approves Vacation Requests from the Amazon Jungle!

This was a 1st…. Ashish who writes many of the blog articles you read here is on quite the adventure to Brazil to watch the Olympics. On his way to Rio he stopped to spend a couple days somewhere in a remote spot in the Amazon Jungle. Spur of the moment a couple of us decided yesterday to take tomorrow morning off — we use Live Forms for our vacation request approval process integrated with Google Sheets & Drive. As many of you know our forms work great on mobile devices and within a couple hours to my surprise Ashish had approved my vacation request. 🙂 He is never one to be far from his cell phone, but still pretty cool to have your request approved from the middle of the Amazon Jungle! 🙂

We run our company by automating our internal processes with our own Live Forms forms & workflows. We all love building and using them. Even our financial team could be on our sales team telling you how much more efficient this makes us. It’s what keeps our company functioning smoothly so our entire team can focus on what’s most important… Helping our Customers do the same!!

Pretty fancy hut!

Pretty fancy hut!

CFOs optimistic about 2016 but concerned about manual, inefficient processes

cfo-concernsTD Bank recently released their fifth annual CFO survey of 300 senior finance executives with some super-interesting information. The good news is that most CFOs (69%) are optimistic about their company’s performance in 2016 vs 2015 and 61% intend to increase capital spending in 2016 particularly on technology (58%). But they have significant concerns about process inefficiencies both in day-to-day operations as well as long term performance.

It’s 2016! Every organization deals with routine financial processes like invoice processing, expense reports, sales orders, and purchase requisitions. There’s simply no excuse for outdated, manual systems that cause delays in cash-flow, infrastructure investments and responsiveness. With affordable, cloud-based workflow products for financial process automation, there’s no need to deal with printing PDF sales orders for signatures, correcting Excel-based expense reports, or tracking down approvals in email.

cfo-spendingFrom procure-to-pay, to order-to-cash, expense reporting and more – we’ve got financial process automation covered. frevvo’s solutions offer complete functionality coupled with a solid understanding of best practices in financial process automation. We can help you understand the value that efficient, mature and fully automated processes will bring to your business.

Check out TD Bank’s Survey and Infographic. Learn more by visiting our website. Explore some of the examples, read customer success stories and contact us for more details.

InfoPath replacement / SharePoint alternative

Microsoft’s InfoPath essentially lets you create rich forms that work with SharePoint. What’s the future of InfoPath? Should we continue to use it? How does it work with SharePoint? What are our replacement options? So many questions …

Should you continue to use InfoPath?

The answer’s got to be an unqualified NO WAY. Microsoft’s announced that there won’t be a new version of InfoPath coming out. Ever! InfoPath 2013 is the last one. It’s great that it’ll work with SharePoint 2016 and be supported until 2023. Here’s the problem. It’s old technology today and has been old technology for many years.
You can create forms with it bInfoPath formsut, frankly, they suck. In 2015, do you really want to deploy applications with user interfaces like this? In fact, we’d suggest

Even if Microsoft was not discontinuing InfoPath, you shouldn’t even consider using it in this day and age.

And it’s even worse on mobile devices. Employees come in to work and deal with horrendous user experiences with their enterprise applications. But they’re also consumers. They use apps on their mobile devices at home everyday that have gorgeous, sexy UIs and are engaging and easy to use. No wonder 60% of employees abandon corporate mobile apps.Portrait Landscape Desktop

Check out some of these examples and try them on different devices and see for yourself. Or watch this 4 minute video. With frevvo, you design your forms once and we’ll make sure they look great and work naturally on all devices. Automatically!

And you can still make use of your existing investments in Microsoft technologies. frevvo runs on Windows, works with SQL Server, integrates with Active Directory, works on Azure and can write your documents to SharePoint. A fantastic user experience that meets business needs. What’s not to love? Try frevvo today for free.

[Infographic] Business Agility through automated approvals

Business Agility through Automated ApprovalsBusiness Agility!

It’s the leading driver for Cloud Computing according to any number of surveys and articles such as this one from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

It’s a fuzzy concept. An agile business is one that responds rapidly to changing market conditions. That means giving your employees the ability to do the right thing at the right time as they respond to changing customer expectations and being able to adapt and react quickly to take advantage of new business opportunities.

Automating Approvals is critical to Business Agility

Cloud and Mobile are key enablers and one of the most important things your company can do to attain this business agility is to automate your everyday, routine approval workflows to take advantage of cloud + mobile.

Check out this new infographic, where we show you 6 ways digitized approval workflows promote business agility. From reduced business complexity to anytime/anywhere access to enhanced collaboration to taking advantage of new opportunities in global markets to continuous process improvement, automated approval workflows are a must in today’s fast-paced business environment.

frevvo’s cloud-based, affordable solutions can help you digitize these routine approvals like sales orders, travel claims, purchase requisitions and vacation requests so employees have more time to focus on customers and are empowered to do that critical right thing at the right time.

Business agility made easy. Check out the new infographic at left on how frevvo’s cloud & mobile solutions can help you, register for a brief, informative webinar and sign up now for a free 30-day trial.

This Business Agility thing

Cloud Competitive AdvantageOver 90% of businesses are using cloud computing and it does appear to be delivering on its promise with an astounding 74% saying that it provides them with a competitive advantage. Survey after survey (such as this one from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services) claims that:

Business Agility is the leading driver for Cloud Computing.

Unfortunately, business agility is hard to pin down – roughly speaking it’s the ability for your business to react rapidly to changing business conditions. How does cloud help? We think of two main aspects:

  • Responsiveness – Enable employees to do the right thing at the right time. That means reducing business complexity (stop wasting time on paperwork, errors, missing signatures etc.), employee efficiency (let them work anytime, anywhere and using any device) and collaboration (access to people and information from anywhere as needed).
  • New Opportunities – Faster rollout of new business initiatives as business conditions change e.g. introduce a new product offering or modify internal processes to quickly satisfy changed customer demands even something as simple as letting people buy on their mobile phone.

Business Value from CloudBoth are sources of significant competitive advantage. According to HBR, companies are already seeing business value and benefits from simplification, collaboration, and faster reactions to new opportunities. All aspects of agility powered by cloud + mobile.

That agility appears to lead to some very tangible and measurable outcomes: cloud enthusiasts (those further along in their deployments than their counterparts) are more likely to have entered a new market in the past three years (49%) i.e. rolled out business initiatives quickly to take advantage of a new business opportunity or to have been part of a merger or acquisition (49%). Significant majorities believe cloud (+ mobile) reduces business complexity (71%), increases employee productivity (69%) and responsiveness to customers (53%).

Business agility is about both speed and doing the right thing at the right time. Cloud is a key enabler of all these  aspects of agility.

Click here to download the Harvard Business Review report (no registration required).

[Infographic] Cloud + Mobile Approvals drive Business Agility

Cloud & Mobile = Business AgilityCompanies moving aggressively to adopt cloud computing are winning competitive advantage by reducing complexity and increasing business agility, according to a recent study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

What is Business Agility?

It’s hard to define. Wikipedia’s article acknowledges that it has multiple issues. We’ll define it as the ability to react in a timely manner to changing business conditions. That could mean any number of things such as responding to customer complaints on social media or quickly creating new offerings to take advantage of the latest hot trend.

In many cases, this means giving your employees the ability to take the right action at the right time. Whether they’re at work in the office or on the road traveling to a meeting. At their desk or on the train.

That means automating and mobile-enabling everyday processes like purchase approvals, sales orders, trouble tickets and so on. These are routine day-to-day activities that employees spend a significant portion of their day on. They’re unique to your organization and it’s difficult to find pre-packaged applications that meet your exact needs. It’s no surprise that process automation (forms, routing) is the #1 app enterprises plan to build in 2015.

Cloud computing is an essential enabler. AWS and its kin allow any business to support millions of users. Incredibly cheap storage solutions from Dropbox, Microsoft and others let you access your data from anywhere on any device.

And that’s exactly where frevvo comes in. With the drag & drop designer, easily create your own custom forms and automated approval workflows. They’ll just work automatically on any device from smart phones to tablets to desktop computers. Public, private or hybrid cloud options make fast, flexible and affordable deployment possible.

Business agility made easy. Check out this new infographic on how frevvo’s cloud & mobile solutions can help you and sign up now for a free 30-day trial.

Mobile web is the architecture of choice for Enterprise Mobility

Key Business FunctionalityEnterprises continue to build custom apps in 2015 to meet their business needs. Without question, one of those needs is enterprise mobility. 43% of respondents cited mobility (mobile web or apps) as a top business functionality or process critical for apps in 2015 (source: Outsystems/Techvalidate State of Application Development Survey) nearly triple the next highest item.

Customers, partners and employees want to interact with organizations anytime, anywhere and from any device for things like placing orders, approving purchases etc. But the number of devices, platforms and languages has exploded to the point where it’s impossible for even a large enterprise IT organization to keep up. What to do?

When building mobile apps, enterprises can choose between hybrid, mobile web and native architectures. Native has advantagesMobile Architectures like the best overall user experience and the ability to fully leverage device functionality. The problem is the explosion in platforms, screen sizes, devices and the sheer cost of building and supporting custom native apps for so many of them. It’s no wonder that 60+% of IT departments are turning to mobile web or hybrid technology for their business needs. Just 26% of enterprises intend to build native apps.

Makes sense to us. It’s exactly what we’re seeing as our customers automate their everyday approval processes like purchase requisitions, sales orders and expense reports. They’re nearly always custom and nearly always work better if they have access to critical data sitting in existing legacy systems. They always need to work on mobile devices so approvals can happen anytime and anywhere.

And yes! They’re definitely using mobile web-based apps to deploy these automated processes.