Why Real-Time Workflow Management Is the New Reality

Why Real-Time Workflow Management Is the New Reality

In today’s world of instant access and gratification it is unusual that businesses have been slow to adopt new technologies that enable faster, more immediate access to information. As use of iPads and other tablets become more ubiquitous in the workplace, real-time workflow management is becoming the new reality.  Workflow management systems are becoming essential in tracking, auditing and automating projects. Using this software reduces errors/reworks and saves money in the long run.
 

Defining a Real-Time Workflow Management System

Information about a process or workflow can be garnered from many different sources, in many different ways: from regular reports to audits, data mining, sensors and meetings. All these mechanisms, however, allow for a significant time period between the point of data collection to the time of review. Real time workflow means reducing the time from collection to review to hours, maybe even minutes. (The eventual goal is response in seconds, but first we must crawl.) Adding video, audio, and pictures to the information content enhances/speeds up collaboration and engineering workflow completion. With existing software and devices this is not only possible, but is the new reality.

 

Why Is Real-Time Workflow Management Important

Through technology, the velocity of business has significantly increased. This means making decisions — correct decisions — faster is a necessity to compete. Previously, getting the information needed to make these decisions often took days, and if individuals were dispersed, getting them together to review and respond took even more days. With the ability to gain information in real time, as well as the ability to communicate and collaborate from multiple locations in real time, organizations can now up their game to support the new business velocity. The added benefit is we now can get input from a wider set of participants, many of whom previously were not involved, to improve the decisions and ultimately the outcomes, in many different organizational areas, including production, QA, compliance, distribution, customer support, sales, etc.

Potential Obstacles of Real-Time Workflow Management

A Workflow management system is the lifeblood of most manufacturing and engineering companies. So organizations have spent a lot of time creating manual and semi-automated mechanisms to keep abreast. In addition, legacy systems have been built to further support and report on these processes. Getting today’s technology, where speed of information retrieval is much faster, to not “bump up” against these systems and culture is often a significant task. Workflow management system speed is only as fast as the slowest element in the chain, whether its information input, output, or analysis. This also suggests companies must provide training to help individuals better respond to the information they get, as the days of committee reviews and stalling for additional information gathering are on the way out.

 

Summary

Though responding to online sensors in seconds sounds cool, most engineering workflows need to be managed on a daily or hourly basis. Technology now allows individuals to update their work in real time, for others to communicate internally and externally in real time, for managers to review and make changes in real time, and for errors to be caught and corrected in real time. This capability requires the organization to both train and set expectations with employees about quickly entering, reviewing, and responding to workflow outcomes. Learning how to best collaborate in the new reality is important to facilitate the right decision-making, where short online meetings replace large conference room meetings and daily dashboard analyses replace periodic computer reports.

 

Our EDMS solutions

ImageSite and EngineBox are eQuorum’s robust workflow and document management solutions, created to help workers manage their essential workflows while maintaining complete control over their engineering files and documents.  Not only do they provide a secure collaboration site for workers, but they also help organizations manage document distribution with third parties like vendors, contractors, and customers. Both systems are offered at a competitive price, enabling organizations to get a quick return on their investment by providing the features and functionality needed to help organizations improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.  Companies can choose from concurrent user subscriptions or named user subscriptions, ensuring organizations have subscription options that make sense for their business.

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ImageSite®

Our single source engineering workflow and document management system. Built in HTML5 so there is no software to deploy to client computers or mobile apps to download. Offered as an On-premise or Private Cloud system.

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EngineBox™

EngineBox is a cloud based workflow and document management version of ImageSite that resides outside the corporate network.

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Our EDMS solutions

 

ImageSite and EngineBox are eQuorum’s robust workflow and document management solutions, created to help workers manage their essential workflows while maintaining complete control over their engineering files and documents.  Not only do they provide a secure collaboration site for workers, but they also help organizations manage document distribution with third parties like vendors, contractors, and customers. Both systems are offered at a competitive price, enabling organizations to get a quick return on their investment by providing the features and functionality needed to help organizations improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.  Companies can choose from concurrent user subscriptions or named user subscriptions, ensuring organizations have subscription options that make sense for their business.

Learn more why our solution is trusted by industry leaders.

Engine-Box

EngineBox™

EngineBox is a cloud based workflow and document management version of ImageSite that resides outside the corporate network.

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The eQuorum Customer Promise

In 2005, eQuorum developed the first all browser-based EDMS. The system, although for on-premise use, was still created to remove client software and JAVA from user computers and allow users to have a single viewer based on the simple navigation functionality of browsers. Today, eQuorum provides that same application in a private Cloud or a SaaS Cloud option.  We can do this because we are, and have always been, browser-based, understanding the enhanced speed, security, and usability of this technology.

With the abundance of document management systems on the market today, there’s no doubt that choosing the right Cloud document management software can be a difficult decision. eQuorum is here to provide a comprehensive, powerful, and most importantly – affordable Cloud document management solution. We believe in providing real value to our customers by eliminating unnecessary costs, providing industry-leading functionality, and equipping your team with the right tools using cutting edge technology to bring your products to market faster.

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We specialize in engineering workflow and document management. Our comprehensive, yet easy-to-use software provides the solution to manage data from design to manufacturing and production, to sales, support and administration.

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