Tag: cloud forms

Computing is going in one direction – towards the Cloud

arstechnicacloudsCame across this article in Ars Technica UK (Warning: it’s a bit of an Infomercial with content sponsored by HP Enterprise), the basic premise is valid. We see similar trends in our customers.

Every CIO is interested in the cloud. It simply makes sense. You cannot compete with the cost structure of the large Cloud providers when it comes to basic infrastructure (servers, network etc.). When it comes to software, employees are also consumers and are accustomed to awesome user experiences on their mobile devices and apps that are regularly refreshed. Corporate I.T. departments simply cannot keep up. So whether it’s SaaS applications like GMail and Salesforce (who are finally rolling out a refreshed UI) or a product like ours which you can use to create your own customized SaaS-like application, corporate I.T. cannot expend the time, money and effort to refresh UIs, support the vast array of mobile devices, ensure 24×7 uptime and so on.

The Achilles heel is, of course, security. It’s hard to entrust some data to Cloud providers and all the high-profile hacks don’t help (even though, in reality, almost none of them affect cloud-based systems). And legacy business systems aren’t going anywhere [certainly not to the cloud] for many many years. So, there’s plenty of interest in private and hybrid cloud setups and we think it’s likely to continue for years.

That’s why, much as we prefer our customers to choose public cloud, we continue to offer both and will do so for the foreseeable future. Luckily for us, it’s the exact same software and we’ve learned that it doesn’t pay to offer too many variants (i.e. optional add-on features). The resulting increase in complexity isn’t worth it.

Read the original article here. Warning: you’ll have to wade through the infomercial fluff to get to the gist. Or, it’s summarized above for you 🙂

[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.

It’s Your Right To Reject, With Reason.

We have many features and benefits in our product. We always like to use customer examples to show you how it works. This time we are using ourselves as the example. We use this feature in our Client Services order workflow to continuously develop business agility.

Here’s how it works:

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Sales Employee –> Customer (Approval/Reject) –> Sales Employee

In a Client Services workflow, designed with frevvo,  the first step is filled in by a company employee who then clicks send when the Service Order is completed. Conveniently, the customer receives a customized email with a link to the service order. This link will direct the customer to the step in the flow needed to be completed by them. This step is completed when the customer approves and signs it, but what if they don’t approve!? No worries, frevvo has your back. “Remember, we are all about the user friendly experience?”

The reject option.

The customer now has the option to click the Reject button (which can be customized to say anything you want) and provides a reason for the rejection. Rather than trying to solve the mystery of “Why was I rejected,” you will find out why in an email sent in response to the rejection of the step. Rejection never felt so good. Ultimately, this flow will be routed back to the frevvo employee for revision.

In summary;

Easy Reject is a feature that allows steps in a flow to be sent back to a previous step by clicking the Reject button. The Reject feature is easily configured through the Live Forms Quick Approve wizard. The designer simply selects “reject to” or “reject from” for each step in the workflow, including steps performed by anonymous users, and all the configured steps will display a Reject button. It’s that easy.

The ability for an anonymous user to reject a workflow task is an important feature of frevvo workflows. Contact us today and see if it will fit your business needs. You can view full step by step instructions to implement this feature in a Purchase Order Workflow here!

[Infographic] Why Hybrid Cloud?

 Tell me, Why Hybrid Cloud?

Why hybrid cloud? Why not hybrid cloud is the question you’ll be asking yourself after this article!

Hybrid Cloud: “A hybrid cloud is an integrated cloud service utilizing both private and public clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organization.” (http://www.interoute.com/cloud-article/what-hybrid-cloud)

The Road to Hybrid Cloud. The cloud computing model continues to create a larger and larger footprint in the IT landscape as enterprises pursue the model’s benefits including but not limited to: 1) shared resources 2) facilitated access to information and resources from anywhere on any device 3) on demand provisioning and reallocation of computational resources. The greatest benefits are typically achieved using public cloud services however most organizations are unwilling to put ALL their data (particularly sensitive information) into public cloud solutions. In order to still reap the benefits of the cloud computing model, organizations will implement some solutions on internal private cloud platforms.

What is Hybrid Cloud and How Does It Work. A hybrid cloud refers to an environment that runs both public and private cloud services AND provides a way to to share data between them. Typically the data shared with public cloud services is limited and secured/encrypted to reduce exposure. Exposing a server within your firewall to a public cloud service is not what we mean by hybrid. A hybrid cloud connects 2 or more internal and external cloud platforms in such a way that they can exchange information.

What Are the Advantages. A hybrid cloud allows organizations to leverage the efficiency gains of the cloud computing model without having to expose all their data to public cloud services by providing mechanisms to securely share data. Once mechanisms have been defined for exchanging data between internal and external cloud platforms, CIOs can incrementally control what data is exposed to public cloud solutions. The ability to integrate internal data with external/public cloud services is hugely beneficial (if not required) to leverage public cloud services in a compelling and useful fashion.

The Benefits of frevvo. When you sign up for an account on app.frevvo.com, you’re using frevvo in the public cloud. If you deploy frevvo within your organization, you are setting up frevvo as a multi-tenant, private cloud solution. Either way, there are many examples of frevvo participating in hybrid cloud architectures. A frevvo account running in the public cloud could be configured to securely access LDAP information running within a private cloud. Enterprises running frevvo within their private cloud infrastructure can write data to google spreadsheets (public cloud). Another example is utilizing frevvo’s database connector to allow frevvo from either a public or private cloud to integrate with any back-end relational database.

In Summary. This cloud computing phenomenon migrates both, public cloud and private cloud services, to solve your business needs. From small business to large enterprises, being able to keep private information secure as well as hosting public information is very beneficial. As noted on the infographic (pictured to the left) using frevvo in the hybrid cloud is a business strategy to lead you to successful business agility. Our cloud based product is mobile ready, with a drag & drop easy design, that allows you to create custom forms and workflows to increase business agility.

Click here to view the infographic in full. You can learn more about frevvo on our website as well as join today and receive a free 30 day trial!!.

Do you “Like” frevvo?

I recently stumbled across this cloudtastic (Cloudtastic: a term used by those working with or in the cloud when finding something to be great or fantastic) article, “6 New Facebook Features for Business: What Marketers Need to Know.” This article made me stop and think of you, yes you. Do you like frevvo? I don’t mean “like” as in all of it’s wonderful features and benefits that increase business agility and enterprise mobility, but physically “like”. As in visiting our Facebook page and clicking “like.”

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Now that you like us, thank you by the way, Facebook has added a new feature where you, yes you, can select frevvo to be seen first on your news feed. I love this idea as frevvo prides itself on a user friendly experience, just like this would be for you. frevvo’s most important updates at your finger tips whenever you glance at your news feed.

Let’s face it. Customization is amazing and it’s great Facebook has added it. This new customizable feature is another cloudtastic change to Facebook. Just like with frevvo’s products you can customize your Facebook to be exactly what you want! The goal of this feature addition is to allow you to see what matters most to you. If that’s frevvo, then take a look at how you can do this here. Unfortunately we do not have an instructional section for this on our docs page yet, but if you need any instructions for frevvo this where you want to go.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to “like” us on Facebook and being a customer. We do what we do to make your lives easier. Have a success story with frevvo? Share it with us, we love to hear how your business has been made easier!

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http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/6-new-facebook-features-for-business/

Packaged SaaS apps are not meeting enterprise needs in 2015

Despite the plethora of packaged SaaS apps available today for everything from CRM to Expense Reports, many enterprises continue to build their own custom apps in 2015. This according to an April 2015 survey of IT decision makers by Outsystems & TechValidate.
Top Apps Enterprise Plan to build in 2015The top apps are:

  • Process Automation (forms/routing)
  • Analytics
  • Executive Dashboards
  • CRM (to our surprise)

Clearly, enterprises are not getting what they need from packaged SaaS apps.

A key reason that we see in our customers is that automated processes simply aren’t as useful unless they integrate with critical data sitting in existing internal systems. For example, a Sales Order approval workflow just works better if it’s integrated with customer data. Purchase Requisitions & Leave Approvals are much more useful if they can access employee information sitting in existing HR systems.

Organizations Integrate with 1-5 existing systemsAs a result, organizations find themselves doing significant integration with existing systems to create useful custom apps. Almost 80% of them need to integrate with at least 1-5 cloud-based apps and > 60% need to integrate with packaged or custom-developed on-premise apps. That’s a lot of integration and you just can’t get that with packaged SaaS apps.

No wonder enterprises are turning to alternatives that help them rapidly and cost-effectively create custom apps that work on mobile devices, automate their forms and approval processes while still enabling integration with existing systems. It just adds up.