December 13, 2019

The Benefits of a Visual Workflow Builder

Creating any business process typically starts by planning out the required steps to complete a specific task. While that's easier said than done, it is much faster to complete if you have a visual workflow builder.

What are visual workflows?

A visual workflow is a process document, or flowchart that outlines the steps necessary to complete a larger task. By visually laying out each step and any dependencies for completion, process information is easier to map out and faster to communicate to dependent parties.

Mapping existing workflows is the first step in building out automated processes. Modern visual workflow builders are capable of not only mapping your processes but also executing them based on if-then logic.

How are visual builders different from existing workflow software?

One of the biggest differences between low code tools and no-code tools is that they don't require users to have a background in computer programming. For nearly two decades business process management tools have helped businesses automate routine tasks, but the tools were too complex for non-technical users to be able to customize solutions in a way that met their bespoke workflow needs. 

Visual workflow builders play a crucial role in today’s newest solutions. They allow users to begin designing with a familiar blank canvas and WYSIWYG builder. Hivewire, for example, allows you to import structured data in CSV or spreadsheet-format, build visual processes that automatically run based on changes to your data through simple if-then logic or trigger events like a new form submission. 

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3 Primary Benefits of Visual Workflows

Visual Interface

Not all visual interfaces are created equal. Despite some tools having a visual view of newly created processes, tools like Hivewire actually allow you to build your process visually. Unless you have years of development and automation experience, a visual interface is a must.

This visual interface isn't just for aesthetics, however, it's how you democratize the creation of business applications for all user types. According to inc., approximately 65% of people are visual learners, making visual workflow creation a necessary feature for any team.

Automation

Laying out business processes in visual workflows is also useful for automation. This method of design allows users to clearly layout each step in a process and its dependencies. It makes it easier to understand how your workflows are being executed and troubleshoot issues if something didn't perform properly.

In order for visual workflows to be useful and adopted on a larger scale, they have to improve upon the status quo—manual execution. Some level of automation has to happen in order for these new processes to replace existing ones. 

With today's no-code tools, it's possible for non coders to create powerful visual workflows that automate a significant portion of redundant tasks. Instead of creating workflows and tables that only represent your process, we can now build these workflows and visually design powerful logic that removes manual and high repetition work. 

User-Friendly

What good is a new solution if you can't explain it to your boss, share it with your coworkers or quickly teach others how to use it. Visual workflows make it easy to share your processes across teams, departments, and companies. Whether you're running an enterprise business or scaling a smaller one, creating visual workflows allows any employee, new or old, to quickly get up to speed on how you get work done.

What’s Next for Workflow Automation?

The next generation of visual workflow builders is already here. Tools like Hivewire are enabling users to build workflows from beginning to end with zero code. What separates Hivewire from other no-code solutions is the ability to automate workflows and combine multiple processes into a single platform, all backed by an intuitive data repository. 

For a long time, workflow builders allowed you to create similar visual processes but without any action. So, even though you had a simple process for designing the workflow, when it came time to actually execute it, you needed an entire team of developers to connect the dots. 

Today, you can organize your data, design a workflow, and automatically execute processes within a single interface. Instead of seeing what needs to be done, visual workflow builders now give the back-end functionality to non-technical users to execute multiple processes. 

Adding event-driven steps directly into Hivewire puts the power of process automation directly into your hands. If you rely on manual tasks or repetitive daily processes to get your job done, try Hivewire today.



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