Archive for March, 2010

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How Realtors Have Discovered the Secret to Working Smarter

March 21, 2010
online workflow real estate

Workflow Solutions in Real Estate Mean Higher Profits

If you are in the Real Estate industry, you know how frustrating it can be to balance rental enquiries, maintenance orders and property inspections with the time needed to manage relationships with your clients.

In order to improve efficiency and reduce wasted time in your Real Estate agency, you need to streamline your business processes, and for this you will require an effective workflow solution.

Deploying a web-based workflow in your Real Estate agency means:

  • You are able to streamline your operations;
  • It’s easy to identify bottlenecks;
  • You can find ways to save time and money;
  • You are able to harness sales opportunities;
  • It’s easy to control your property management processes;
  • Your customer service improves;
  • Your quality of work improves.

Setting task statuses are one of the most popular functions of web-based workflow software in your Real Estate office. Task statuses can be as simple as Draft, In Progress, Created, Completed and Cancelled. Premium workflow software allows you to customize task statuses according to your specific needs. Task statuses allow approved members of your organisation to view each process and its status at any stage.

Realtors who embrace online workflow software find that they have more time to devote to improved customer service, which improves their bottom-line. Employees communicate easily with each other and can provide consistent and current information to clients at all times.

Kontinuum online workflow software provides massive benefits when used by Real Estate agencies. See our website and discover ways to improve processes that save you time and money.

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Which Is Better: Add-on Or Standalone Workflow Software?

March 9, 2010
Confused workflow software

Are you confused between add-on and stand-alone workflow software?

Employees can get confused by workflow automation, particularly when workflow is combined with other software as an add-on.

Some software offers workflow functionality as an “extra” – and this is where confusion starts to creep in.

Add-on workflow is not the main function of most software. In fact, it is often a basic tool used to upsell the main software to unsuspecting business owners.

Standalone workflow software, on the other hand, is specifically designed to improve your processes and manage the vast amount of tasks your business needs to function efficiently.

Business Process Management (BPM) software’s main function is to connect people and systems by bridging the gaps between them. It’s not about replacing workers with machines, but rather to help make their jobs easier and more efficient.

Standalone workflow software offers a comprehensive way for businesses to do more with less. Software development companies with online workflow as their flagship product provide excellent training and support for employees, as well as offering specific expertise customised to your situation. Workflow software developers often provide a comprehensive workflow solution, which involves an analysis and customised review of your business.

When you deploy standalone workflow software with adequate training and support from the developers, employees understand the big-picture goals of BPM implementation. They understand how they, as employees, fit in with the organisation’s larger mission and are able to work towards a common objective with the rest of their peers.

By taking labour-intensive processes and automating them with online BPM software, organisations can become more capable, efficient and profitable.

Web and Flo’s flagship workflow software, Kontinuum, is successfully used across different industries throughout the world.

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Achieve Process Excellence with Six Sigma

March 1, 2010
Six Sigma black belt

Six Sigma promotes hierarchy within an organisation, with employees earning titles such as Champions, Master Black Belts and Green Belts.

Six Sigma is simply an approach for achieving process excellence. The Six Sigma management strategy provides tools and techniques that identify how you can eliminate waste within your business.

Originally developed by Motorola in 1981, Six Sigma strives to improve processes by reducing variability in production methods.

Six Sigma promotes hierarchy within an organisation, with employees earning titles such as Champions, Master Black Belts and Green Belts. Every Six Sigma project follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified targets (usually financial).

As with lean manufacturing, Six Sigma can be applied to any businesses across all industries and of all sizes. However, small to medium businesses often report faster successes with Six Sigma, as the implementation time can be sped up due to less hierarchy and bureaucratic delays.

Six Sigma will help you recognise processes that currently exist, including suppliers, contributors, procedures, outputs and customers. Once these processes are identified, Six Sigma assists you with determining who owns specific processes and helps them find ways to improve these specific processes.

Six Sigma strives to:

  1. Reduce process variation by consistently achieving stable and predictable results
  2. Maintain process stability by measuring, analysing, improving and controlling processes
  3. Maintain commitment from entire organisations, particularly from senior management
  4. Encourage decision-making based on verifiable data, rather than assumptions

Six Sigma dramatically increases productivity because no time, energy or resource is wasted in any of the processing levels. It reduces costs and wastage and is easily adaptable to accommodate change. Organisations that embrace positive change survive global challenges.

Talk to Web and Flo about increasing your productivity and achieving process excellence on: 1300-859-894 (within Australia).