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How Do I Choose the Best Workflow Server?

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  • Written By: Kristie Lorette
  • Edited By: O. Wallace
  • Last Modified Date: 19 September 2017
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A workflow server is the computer system that a workflow software program operates. The purpose of a business workflow program is to automate the processing and approval processes for companies with a high volume of documentation and paperwork. In order to choose the best workflow server for your business, you should consider the industry, personalization and customization features, price and the user interface. The workflow system that meets all of your business needs is the best option for you.

The first factor you should consider when shopping for a workflow software program is the industry in which your business operates. For example, if you need a workflow program to manage the process of processing mortgage applications, then you should start by considering companies that offer a workflow server that caters to the mortgage industry. When a program specializes in the industry, it tends to be set up and customized to meet the specific needs of the companies that operate within the industry.

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If you cannot find a workflow software that caters to your industry, then you should consider software programs that are customizable. Even if you find some programs that have software for your industry, you should also consider generic workflow programs that can be customized. Determine if the program has features that you can personalize for your business needs. For example, verify that you can input each of the steps that take place in the mortgage process, so you can then address what needs to happen during each stage.

A third consideration is how easy it is for you and your employees to use it. Even if a program offers everything you need and at the right price, it is all for naught if nobody can use the workflow server system.

Once you gather some options that are created for your industry or that can be customized, your next consideration is typically the price. You will likely find options that are way out of your budget. Before eliminating an option based on price alone, contrast and compare the benefits that the workflow server offers compared to its competition and for the purchase price of the program.

In the end, the best program for your business tends to stand out from the rest. Narrow down your options until you find a balance between the customization features and the pricing. Continue to cross options off of your list until there is one leading software program standing.

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