How to Create & Synchronize Workflows Without Coding Knowledge
Part 1 of 2: Addressing common historical challenges
By Grant Bifolch
Organizations are increasingly relying on digital platforms to manage data synchronization and workflows. Previously, these tasks required hours of manual labour resulting in human keystroke errors, lack of accountability, missed deadlines, redundancies, missing information and wasted time and money.
With the introduction of workflow applications in the 1990s, there was a time when coding knowledge was required to customize workflow applications and enable the synchronization of important data. However, the unfortunate downside to the customization process was that it exhausted money and people resources.
Fortunately, if we fast forward to recent years—the design and implementation of modern applications have made it possible to automate and use workflow and synchronization without coding knowledge—enter the no-code approach.
So, what is a workflow? A workflow is a sequence of tasks that processes data through a specific path from initiation to completion. When you onboard an employee, transferring their data from point A to point B is a workflow. Likewise, when you process a purchase order request, the data involved travel through a workflow. Modern-day no-code applications make these workflows automatic, significantly reducing room for error and allowing data to synchronize between systems seamlessly and instantly while reducing cost, time, and energy spent.
Selecting the correct software for your organization can seem daunting, mainly because many options are available on the market, and there are several components to consider when choosing an application.
Important to note is customization vs. configuration: Customization of any kind with any product is never inexpensive; however, application configuration can be done by the user with the simple push of a button.
The first factor to consider is ensuring that you take into account all interconnected workflows. Automated software is excellent in theory; however, if your workloads are siloed and unable to communicate effectively, it will inevitably disrupt workflows.
The second factor to consider is the human element. Modern-day software is designed with an emphasis on user experience and accessibility. Organizations, unfortunately, often forget to consider a human-focused approach when purchasing an application. Yet, it is imperative for successful application implementation and a seamless workflow.
And finally, it is crucial to select a configurable no-code workflow application rather than a customizable application. Customization translates to people, time, and money spent to successfully deploy the application into your organization.
In contrast, modern no-code software applications are interoperable with all your systems—legacy and new, resulting in business processes and workflows that can be created and deployed more quickly and reliably. Best of all, these applications require no coding knowledge, allowing users to configure seamless, highly-robust workflows almost instantly.
Workflow automation doesn’t have to be complicated, and it does not require coding knowledge. With the selection of a no-code workflow application, synchronization can be easy, seamless, and automated, allowing your organization to focus energy on more important aspects of your business—while your workflow application takes care of the rest.