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Fernanda Cánepa

Principal Software Engineer

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Introduction

The capacity to optimize and streamline workflows has become a priority for many organizations; in this context, Qflow as an automation tool serves as a powerful solution to achieve efficiency and continued improvement of business processes.

In this article, a practical case of business process automation is explored, achieved in only five steps by using Qflow.

Business process description:

When a new employee joins our organization, we want to perform a series of steps as part of their onboarding to the company; grant them access to internal systems, have a welcome meeting with the managers, and the various activities related to their introduction to the new team.

Creation in 5 Steps

Process flow design

The first thing we must do is design the flow of our business process. In order to do this, Qflow provides a work tool named Qflow Design which allows for quick prototyping of the process diagram, using BPMN notation. For more detail about BPMN process diagramming, you can read our article: What is BPMN?.

At this point, it is not necessary to automate anything. This is very useful for situations where we want to discuss possible scenarios with stakeholders, allowing for an easy comprehension of the work flows through a clear, visual representation of the different steps. Doing this helps to identify bottlenecks or possible obstacles in our process, before you arrive at a final, automatable definition.

For our onboarding process, we will define the following diagram:

We start by creating a start step, representing the form where we enter the new employee's data, such as name, email, and joining date. Next, we add a timing event that will block the process flow until a specific date. In this case, it waits until the employee’s start date, before continuing the process execution. We use a parallel gateway to indicate that outgoing flows can be executed in parallel. Then, we create a task for each of the different responsible parties and use another gateway to continue to a final step once all these tasks are completed.

We also add an email task, so that when the new employee logs into their new corporate email for the first time, they automatically receive a welcome message.

Process configuration

Once we have designed the flow of our process, we need to configure its automation. This involves defining data and rules or conditions for each possible flow.

In the initial form, we want to get the following information from the new employee: name, phone number, personal email, and joining date. We create these data elements from the application data view. For simplicity, in this example we use a date data domain for the joining date and text data domains for other fields. If desired, we could create specific data domains that validate the format of email addresses and phone numbers.

We also want to define the set of steps for the new employee's induction task. To do this, we create a checkbox list data domain containing the following options:

  • Introduction to the team and getting acquainted with the office.
  • Job assignment.
  • Planning meeting for activities and objectives.
  • Training on internal systems.

Once the domain is created, we create the data element "Induction tasks" and assign our new domain to it.

Now that we have all the necessary data for our process, we indicate where to display this data. In the diagram, we double-click on the corresponding step to access its configuration and in "Data scope" section, select the data we want to display, indicating that it is "Required".

In the start step, we configure each new employee data element as "Required".

Ithe onboarding by boss task, we configure the "Induction tasks" data element as "Required".

Next, we configure the rules and conditions for the process flow. 

First, we configure the timing event to wait until the start date. This is done by opening the event configuration and indicating that the waiting time should use a variable date, selecting the "Start date" data element. Now the timing event will wait for the joining date before continuing the process execution.

We are using two parallel gateways to connect three flows that can be executed simultaneously. In this case, we keep the default behavior for both gateways. This means that all threads run simultaneously after the first gateway, and the second gateway waits for all threads to finish before advancing. If desired, we could configure a more complex condition in the second gateway, allowing, for example, the process to end after a certain number of threads have finished. For more details on gateway configuration, refer to the documentation.

Next, we configure the message for each task and the possible responses that the task recipient can provide. Qflow provides a special field for the subject, allowing us to use the data we created as part of the message. In this case, we will use the new employee's name.

As a possible response, we have only one option, "Done". Since all the tasks in this example represent actions outside the system, the only goal of our response is to indicate that the person responsible for the task has completed it, thus advancing the corresponding flow.

Assignment of responsibles

Once our process is configured, we need to assign responsibilities for each task. Assigning responsibilities ensures that each task is carried out by the right person at the right time. To do this, we create roles that will perform the tasks and assign them to each one of them.

In this case, we need the following roles:

  • IT: Responsible for granting access to corporate systems to the new employee.
  • Management team: Responsible for welcoming the new employee to the company.
  • Boss: Responsible for conducting the new employee's induction.

To set this up, we go to the "Template roles" view and create the three new roles: "IT", "Management team" and "Boss". We indicate that the first two roles allow multiple users, as they are usually represented by groups of people. We also apply a rule to the "IT" role to assign tasks to the user with the least number of assigned tasks at the moment.

With the roles created, we go back to the process design and assign the responsible parties to each task. To do this, edit each task and enter the corresponding role in the "Addressees" field.

Additionally, for the case of the team leader, we want the leader to be designated at the start of the process. To do this, edit the start step and in the "Role scope" section and indicate that the "Boss" role is "Required".

Set as production

Once we have designed, automated the process and assigned responsibilities to each task, the final step is to put the automation into production. This makes our process available to members of our organization.

To do this, go to the process tree and right-click on our process, selecting the "Set production version" option.

By doing this, Qflow will validate the correctness of our diagram and, if well-configured, make our process available for use.

Start Process

Once the process is published, it is available to all members of our organization. To use it, we simply go to Qflow Task, where we can find our process under the "Start flow" view.

To start it, we select the process and the previously configured form will appear, allowing us to enter the new employee's data and begin their induction process.

Conclusion

Through a practical case of automating the induction process for new employees, we have seen how Qflow allows us to streamline and improve the efficiency of our business processes in just five simple steps.

The easy prototyping of flows enables the discussion of potential scenarios before any automation is necessary, facilitating communication and helping to identify possible issues with other stakeholders.

By starting to use Qflow to automate our business processes, we can free up human resources by delegating repetitive tasks and allowing our system to handle them. This directly translates into improved business agility, positioning our organization more competitively within its environment.

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1st Background

  1. 1.1. ITX S.A.- (hereinafter "URUDATA SOFTWARE") is a company with large experience at regional level, providing quality solutions that make its customers more competitive and efficient.
  2. 1.2. It is the exclusive and sole owner of all intellectual property rights to the software called“Qflow Cloud” (hereinafter the “Software”), as well as all material related to it.
  3. 1.3. The “Software” is a web-based BPM (Business Process Management) tool that allows modeling company's business processes and integrating people and information systems through a workflow. The whole operation of the tool oversees the client, whether it is modeling, execution and control of its processes.
  4. 1.4. This document establishes the terms and conditions that will be applicable to all "Clients" who use the "Software" in any way, under any of their contracting options.
  5. 1.5. The use of the "Software" implies full knowledge and acceptance of these terms and conditions, as well as the decisions that "URUDATA SOFTWARE" adopts according to law on any unforeseen issue, without prejudice to specific conditions that the parties could expressly agree and write.
  6. 1.6. The "Client" must make sure to read and understand the scope of this document and have the necessary legal capacity to contract, either on their own behalf or on behalf of a legal person.
  7. 1.7. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" does not guarantee that the "Software" works without interruptions, meets the expectations or functionalities that the "Client" requires. The "Software" is licensed "as it is", according to the terms and conditions that are established, without providing any guarantee of utility or aptitude to achieve certain purposes, being the exclusive responsibility of the "Client" to know the scope, aptitudes and functionalities of the "Software".

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  3. 3.1.2. Data Hosting Services.
  4. 3.1.3. Versions Updates.
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    2. 5.2. The support and maintenance service implies responding to the "incidents" notified by the "Client" regarding anomalies detected in the use of the "Software" or lack of knowledge for its use. This does not imply in any way the customization of the "Software", the advice or necessary modifications so that the "Software" is compatible or interconnected with "Systems" or "Hardware" of the "Client" and that are different from those established in the technical specifications for the correct operation of the “Software”.
    3. 5.3. The "Client" may report incidents and request support according to the contracted Plan, always through "Users" previously registered in the system.
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  1. 6.1. The "Software" provides its functionalities from the "cloud", this implies that the "Client" will be able to access remotely from any computer with Internet access that meets the technical specifications.
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7th Versions Updates

During the period that the contract is in force, the "Client" will receive the new versions of the "software" that are released by "URUDATA SOFTWARE", with the same rights as those established in the "FOURTH" Clause, being these Terms and conditions fully applicable.

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  2. 8.2. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" will completely and irremediably destroy all the information that was in the "Software" within a period of 30 calendar days since the "Client" failed to pay the price.
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  6. 8.6. The non-payment of invoices in a timely manner will suspend the access to the "Software" until the debt is canceled.
  7. 8.7. The price may be adjusted by "Urudata Software" at any time, having the "Client" the option to cancel the contract from the start period of the new price.
  8. 8.8. At any time, the "client" may request to change to a higher plan than the one they have contracted. Without prejudice to this, once the "client" exceeds the hired limit, "Urudata Software" will automatically block the access to the system.
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  9. 9.4. The receiving party will not obtain, by virtue of this Agreement, the rights of ownership or participation of any part of the confidential information of the owner or informant party.
  10. 9.5. 9The personal information, obtained by any of the parties for the execution of the contract that links them, can only be used for the fulfillment of the object, cannot be assigned or disclosed to third parties under any title. In this respect, all personal information to which they have access or intervene at any phase of personal data processing, they must act cautiously and confidentiality about them, applying strictly professional secrecy.
  11. 9.6. When the contract is ended, each party must destroy completely the information or personal information that would have obtained from the other party during the contract. Each party will be the only responsible for safeguarding their own data.

10th Responsibilities

  1. 10.1. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" will keep the "Client" harmless for any conflict or contingency that arises as a result of intellectual property claims related to the "Software". In this regard, "URUDATA SOFTWARE" will be responsible for claims based on intellectual property conflicts, doing its utmost to keep the "Client" unaware of these conflicts and if this is not possible, it is obliged to face all costs and costs that it must bear as a result of the claim.
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  1. 11.1. It is stated that eventually "URUDATA SOFTWARE" may host personal data that the "Client" owns or is in charge of processing, but "URUDATA SOFTWARE" will not treat any personal data in any way or control or process any personal data that the "Clients" load.
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  1. 12.1. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" may terminate this contract with prior notice to the counterparty at least 90 days in advance.
  2. 12.2. The "Client" may cancel the account at any time, by communicating it reliably to "URUDATA SOFTWARE”.
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  4. 12.4. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" will not refund the paid price paid for the services, except that the early termination of the contract has been arranged by "URUDATA SOFTWARE”.
  5. 12.5. Either party may terminate the contract if there are serious breaches by the other party of the main obligations arising from the contract or repeated breach of secondary obligations. Failure to pay the price is considered a serious breach and therefore the license of use will be suspended.
  6. 12.6. If the "Client" breaches any of its obligations, "URUDATA" may, at its sole discretion, terminate or suspend the contract and prevent access to the "Software" and information.
  7. 12.7. At the end of this contract, the "Client" will continue to be responsible for any debt acquired whose payment date is before or after the date of termination of the agreement.

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  1. 13.1. The parties will consider valid the notifications made to the respective emails; in “Qflow Cloud” notification system or at the physical addresses established in the subscription process.
  2. 13.2. Any notification will also be considered valid if an acknowledgment of receipt is obtained from the other party, granted by a person with sufficient representation power for such purposes.
  3. 13.3. The "Client" agrees to use the various means of communication implemented by "URUDATA SOFTWARE” and must refrain from using them to disseminate material not related to the legitimate use of the "Software".
  4. 13.4. "URUDATA SOFTWARE" may not receive the communications that are made to it without verifying the corresponding acknowledgment of receipt or similar proof of receipt.

14th Jurisdiction

This Agreement will be governed by the stipulations contained in this document and the applicable law will be that of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

15th Modifications

  1. 15.1. These Terms and Conditions may be modified by "URUDATA SOFTWARE" at any time, the modification being valid from the second business day on which the new terms have been notified in the “Qflow Cloud” notification system.
  2. 15.2. Once the modification of these Terms and Conditions of Use or the price of the service has been notified, the "Client" may, within 5 calendar days from the notification, express their willingness to terminate the contract. This termination will not give rise to any liability for the parties, nor will it give the right to any reimbursement of payments already done.

16th Use of ChatGPT Service by Our Artificial Intelligence Assistant

  1. 16. 1. The artificial intelligence assistant, available starting from version 5.3 of Qflow, uses the ChatGPT service for generating process flows. 
  2. 16.2. The user acknowledges and agrees that: 
  • a. When using the artificial intelligence assistant, they accept the terms and conditions stipulated by OpenAI for the ChatGPT service: https://openai.com/policies 
  • b. Although we have validated the accuracy and usefulness of the responses generated by ChatGPT, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of such responses for specific purposes.   
  • c. The use of the artificial intelligence assistant, including the ChatGPT service, is the responsibility of each user. Under no circumstances shall "URUDATA SOFTWARE" be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use or inability to use this functionality or the ChatGPT service. 

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It is a condition for this service that the client has acquired original licenses of Urudata products and since then has had this service without temporary interruptions. This service is carried out so that the licensed software can be adapted to the new technical requirements and to the advances in the development of the software, for such reason it covers the totality of the licensed software, not admitting partial licenses of any type.

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To that effect, the Client shall communicate to Urudata its interest in being provided with the update patches that have been developed no less than 20 days in advance.

Urudata guarantees the existence of update patches for the licensed software up to 2 years after the release of the version to the market, being absolutely irrelevant the moment in which the respective license was granted.

Upon expiration of the 2 years after the release of the licensed software version, Urudata shall have no obligation to continue developing or providing update patches.

Option for new versions: In the event that Urudata develops new versions of the licensed software, the Client shall have the right to substitute the licensed software for the new versions, free of charge, except for any consulting fees that the Client may decide to hire. For such purposes, the Client shall request Urudata to provide the new version of the licensed software no less than 20 days in advance.

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Urudata guarantees the existence of update patches of the new version of the licensed software up to 2 years after its release, being absolutely irrelevant the moment in which the licensed software was chosen to be replaced by the new version of the licensed software.

Upon expiration of the 2 years after the release of the new version of the licensed software, Urudata shall have no obligation to continue to develop or provide upgrade patches.

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