4 Workflow Automation Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Must Know Before Implementation

September 11, 2022

Anand Kannan


Implementing workflow automation isn’t easy and can’t be taken lightly. Planning is critical for ascertaining a smooth workflow automation from start to finish. To implement a workflow automation successfully, entrepreneurs must get to know the 4 critical mistakes and avoid them.

Why workflow automation is critical?

Before diving deep into the implementation mistakes, understanding the significance of workflow automation and how it improves your business growth is a must. Manufacturing, construction, logistics and retail industries, involve multiple processes that connect workforce, vendors, end-users, management, on a day-to-day basis. Performing every process manually can slow down the process efficiency and customer deadlines.

According to Global Wire, more small and medium businesses are predicted to take up workflow automation by 2026. Creating a streamlined workflow is extremely important to empower your workforce interact, collaborate, organize business data, customer requirements and bring them under one roof for faster production and timely delivery.

Workflow automation advantages:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Accelerated time-to-market
  • Faster turnaround time
  • Vibrant workspace
  • Elevated productivity
  • Quick decision making
  • Saved time and money
  • Ensured on-time delivery
  • Satisfied customers

Here we’re with the workflow automation mistakes every entrepreneur must know and avoid, when planning for implementation that delivers.

1. Lack of process perception

In a survey by McKinsey, two-thirds of the survey respondents say their organizations are in the stage of piloting automation of business processes. Workflow automation involve many processes. Kick-starting your automation efforts without a thorough idea on the types of processes involved could turn out to be a stumbling block for your business. Remember, all processes can’t be automated, and it requires a thorough understanding of every process and workflow to be automated before getting started with a project. The entire process is exorbitant, so it is a must to ideate, analyze, strategize and invest to avoid hefty losses.

2. Lack of expertise in utilizing right tools

Choosing the wrong tools for workflow automation process can leave your business in disarray. Conventional practices during the process automation can pile up huge volume of workflow debacles which could further delay the progress of the process resulting in inefficient results and unsatisfied customers.

3. Lack of exposure to right workflow tool and investment

Well, workflow automation can be performed in multiple ways. Nevertheless, all the tools, technology and platform won’t be a best-fit for your mission-critical business needs. Automation when done right can lower operational cost by at least 30% but it takes expertise approach and industry knowledge to finalize the right tools that can be utilized for the automation process. Investing in multiple platforms will yield no result, yet can drain the owner’s pocket.

4. Lack of expert guidance

Above all, workflow automation requires critical attention and without expert guidance the process can become even more complicated before it was. It requires business-centric approach, tools, and strategy to create a seamless workflow that stands up to the expectations of entrepreneurs, users and delivers. Consult with a professional workflow automation expert with years of experience in robust tools like SharePoint, NinTex, Joget etc. for establishing secure, performance-enabled automated process workflows that are seamless and efficient.

Workflow automation is a great asset to have for your business when it is performed perfectly. It could help your business save tons of time and money. Looking to accelerate your business with workflow automation? Our expert team is here to help you get started on the right track. 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 8, 2017 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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