Top I.T. Teams embrace digital and tech trends

Salesforce Research’s 2016 State of I.T. report is filled with interesting observations. More key findings:

High performers are 4.2X more likely to implement digital transformation across their company.

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Source: Salesforce Research 2016 State of I.T. Report

I.T.’s role has clearly evolved dramatically from just “keeping the lights on” to acting as innovation leaders and digital experts. The most innovative and successful I.T. organizations are expected to deliver cutting-edge customer-driven applications.

Yet, they still need to deliver on typical internal needs. Key needs such as improving worker efficiency, data visibility and automating routine, everyday business processes still top the charts when it comes the top outcomes I.T. teams strive to achieve.

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Source: Salesforce Research 2016 State of I.T. Report

Whether it’s internal productivity applications or external customer-facing applications, the facts are that everyone expects modern and mobile technology with a beautiful user experience.

As a result, top teams are not afraid to take risks. In fact:

High performers are 3.7X more likely to excel at staying ahead of technology trends.

Learn how you too can get started implementing game-changing solutions for your organization. Check out these Purchase Order (~7m) and Employee On-Boarding (~8m) videos. See how you can start with a pre-built frevvo template and, in a matter of minutes, have a fully automated workflow that works on all devices, provides a great user experience, and can instantly help improve employee efficiency.

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty chooses frevvo to automate MLS listings

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty is the exclusive Chicago and North Shore affiliate of the Sotheby’s International Realty global network. Jameson’s has a 30-year-old reputation for integrity, honesty and results in the Greater Chicagoland area.
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The company sells real estate. They want to get listings out as soon as possible and provide their associates with a great user experience. Unfortunately, listing a property is a time-consuming process involving many paper forms, lots of data, and multiple signatures.

They chose Live Forms to automate the process and eliminate paper, collect data electronically, sign on any device and expedite listings.

Read the Case Study.

Highly automated organizations get 5X more done and save up to 80% of costs compared to those who are still using paper/email based processes. Why not try frevvo yourself? Contact us now for more information.

Unsuck the Enterprise

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There’s something strangely appealing about trying to make enterprise software not universally despised. I guess I believe in a utopian vision where enterprise software is useful, usable, and (gasp!) enjoyable.

– Rian van der Merwe in a great post about Enterprise UX.

I came across this article a while back and it really hits home for me. There’s no doubt about it. Enterprise UX sucks mainly because it’s practically impossible for enterprise developers, who are usually under extreme pressure, to prioritize sexy screens and fast page load times. The result is a terrible user experience and dissatisfied users.

Similarly, blindly following the latest paradigm like mobile first also leads to a terrible user experience e.g. Windows 8 on a desktop computer.

Prioritize how people use applications

That’s exactly at the core of what we do – People First Design. Customers use frevvo to create enterprise applications like Employee On-Boarding and Purchase Requisitions. The designer is typically not a professional developer but a business engineer. For our product, that means:

Let the business engineers design forms and flows to meet business requirements. We’ll take care of providing the natural user experience everywhere.

Great looking, highly usable enterprise applications don’t have to take too long and cost too much. It’s not easy to do (even Amazon and Google don’t always get it right in spite of their vast resources). We’ve invested tons of effort in this area. From the obvious things like responsive layouts and mobile aware controls to a host of smaller details like slightly bigger buttons/controls that are much more usable on touch screens and decorators that provide extra quality, we’ve done the work to make sure that your users will get a beautiful and enjoyable UX.

We’ll continue to invest more so you don’t have to worry about it. We’d love to hear from you. Contact us for more information.

Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty chooses frevvo to automate MLS listings

Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty (part of Sotheby’s International) is a leading Central and South Texas real estate firm with about 250 associates and listings in 90 Texas counties.

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The company sells real estate. Unfortunately, in order to list a property for sale, a lot of information must be collected about the property and the sellers. It’s used in MLS systems, on legal documents that require signatures (e.g. disclosures), and back office processes such as marketing materials that must be reviewed by listing agents. It’s a tedious, time-consuming and unnecessarily costly process.

They chose frevvo Live Forms to automate the process, eliminate paper and improve efficiency because:

  • It provides agents and customers with a fantastic user experience on all devices. Sellers will no longer need to sign and initial a dozen or more documents.
  • frevvo’s built-in validation and business rules dramatically reduce errors, corrections and duplicate data entry.
  • Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty expects to get listings out sooner, free up agents’ time and reduce costs.

Read the Case Study and try frevvo free for 30 days and see for yourself how you can stop printing, signing and scanning for routine approvals.

frevvo works on your existing Microsoft infrastructure

We’ve run into a number of situations where customers want to replace Infopath forms and SharePoint workflows with frevvo or maybe they just want to stop using their existing paper/PDF forms. But, they have large existing investments in a variety of Microsoft technologies and they want their automated workflows solution to integrate.

frevvo works on MicrosoftThat’s where frevvo shines. We’re truly platform-agnostic and work equally well whether you prefer Microsoft or Oracle or Amazon. In Microsoft environments:

  • You can deploy frevvo on several versions of Windows,
  • Integrate with MS SQL Server to retrieve, store and update data,
  • Save documents and metadata to SharePoint,
  • Use Active Directory for identity and access management,
  • Run on an Azure Cloud VM,
  • Access frevvo forms and workflows with Internet Explorer on the desktop or from Windows phones.

And, with frevvo’s focus on the UI, you can be certain that your end users will end up with a fantastic and natural user experience on all devices and that they’ll actually use the applications you deploy with frevvo.

Try frevvo free for 30 days today and see how easy it is for yourself.

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.

[Video] Easy approval workflows with frevvo

Day-to-day approval workflows where someone fills out one or more forms and others comment, review, approve and sign are among the most common aspects of doing business. Things like sales orders, purchase requisitions, student applications, patient referrals, and leave approvals.

Yet, even in 2015, we’re still e-mailing and printing for routine approvals. Digitizing these with Cloud + Mobile has become a top priority in most organizations. But, SharePoint and other enterprise products are extremely expensive and too complicated for even the simplest tasks.

There’s a better way. With frevvo Live Forms, business people who don’t write software for a living can still easily create approval workflow apps used every day in your organization. Take a look at this short (4.5 min) demo video to see how:

Contact us for more information or sign up for a free trial today and try frevvo for yourself.