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Looking for a Visio Alternative? Here Are 4 of Your Best Options

Looking for a Visio Alternative? Here are 4 of Your Best Options

Microsoft Visio is the industry standard for business process modeling, but you might want something different. Something a little more… agile. Just because it’s the most widely used, doesn’t mean it’s the best.

The main reason it’s so widely used is that it’s packaged with Office 365 and often comes pre-installed with enterprise tech suites.

If you’re tired of Visio’s lack of integration, lack of macOS compatibility, and sky-high price point, then you should consider investigating one of the many Visio alternatives out there (like Process Street!) and asking yourself what they can do for you.

There are a lot of options for different use cases; in this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best Visio alternatives and talk about why they might be a better choice.

Here’s a breakdown of the article:

You’re probably all-too-familiar with Microsoft Visio, but for the sake of clarity, let’s start with a quick overview.
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Robotic Process Automation Tool Kit: 5 RPA Tools and Best Practices To Help You Get Started

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Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder and President of Arkenea. Rahul has been featured as a technology thought leader in numerous media channels such as Bloomberg TV, Forbes, HuffPost, Inc, among others.

Several organizations use a wide range of tools for execution and monitoring of their internal processes. These systems are interfaced by human agents who pass on the data output from one system as input to the next system in the pipeline.

Because of the non-automatic nature of manual execution, manual data entry work makes these processes slow and error-prone.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had these interfaces taken care of automatically?

That’s right, we are talking about Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – a transformational paradigm that optimizes such processes by automating repetitive, rule-driven tasks.

According to Forrester Research, RPA market revenue is expected to gross $1 Billion USD in 2019.

With RPA and by using RPA tools, your internal processes can be finished faster and more efficiently. It would free your agents from trivial data entry and data exchange tasks so you could deploy them to do more strategic process initiatives.

In this article, we at Process Street will present 5 best practices for RPA. We will then introduce our favorite RPA tools, so you can walk away with actionable robotically automated processes.

This article has been structured as the following:

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Note that RPA does not aim to eliminate jobs. It aims to reduce the burden of mundane and repetitive tasks of the existing staff so they can work on more strategic initiatives.
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How an Employee Task List Helps Crush Duties & Deadlines

Employee Task List

Duties. Deliverables. Deadlines.

No matter if an employee is working as part of a tiny startup based in the CEO’s basement, or a multinational company with offices across the globe, there are important tasks that each and every employee needs to knock out the park.

But how can companies ensure their employees can complete tasks effectively? And that employees aren’t creating a backlog of work for themselves, which could decrease overall productivity by up to 68%?

Answer: An employee task list.

At least, that’s what countless top, thriving companies have told us after we asked them about their task list and checklist habits.

In this post – which is the next part in Process Street‘s series investigating how, why, and in what ways successful businesses use lists for their workflows – I’ll deep dive into the nitty-gritty of employee task lists. Plus, you’ll get the exclusive opportunity to discover the never-seen-before findings from our in-depth research. 🚀

Just read through the following sections:

However, before delving into our findings, I’ll first define exactly what an employee task list is.

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Ecommerce Strategy: 21 Best Books of 2019 to Help You Get Started

Ecommerce Strategy 21 Best Books of 2019 to Help You Get Started
This is a guest post from Harry Southworth, a professional writer and editor.

Creating an e-commerce store is easy nowadays. But, making it a success and earning money with it is much more complicated. It takes a lot for an e-commerce business to turn into a successful website.

Only with an effective e-commerce strategy can this be done. If you’re new to e-commerce and have no strategy in place, you must learn – and fast.

At Process Street, we say: what better way is there to learn than from books?

Books can speed up the process and teach you everything from how to connect with a customer to how to market your e-commerce business. Many successful people have decided to put their words on paper, which is why you now have many e-commerce books to choose from.

We present you with the list of the best e-commerce books out there today to save you sieving through endless content. This article has been structured as below:

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Content Creator: How to Make Captivating, Upvote-Worthy Material!

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Content is worth big bucks.

Think about it.

Netflix rakes in $18 billion in revenue a year with their video content. Similarly, YouTube makes $16-$25 billion in annual revenue. Meanwhile, the blog for all things tech, TechCrunch, was bought by AOL in 2010 for a whopping $25 million.

But what, exactly, is content? What is a content creator? And what is the purpose of creating content?

The subject matter can be a little confusing.

That’s why this blog post will get you right up to speed. 🚴‍♂️

I’ll cover what content is, what a content creator is, the benefits of content, examples of work from the best content creators, and I’ll even give you insider tips and tricks to becoming a stellar content creator yourself! Just read through the below sections:

Let’s not waste any more time and dive straight in.

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Financial Audits: A Quick Guide with Free Templates

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Job loss.

Insolvency.

Falling asset prices.

Complete market standstill.

Ring any bells?

You remember, as clearly as I do, the economic disaster of 2008. A global financial crisis; what could have caused such an economic catastrophe?

One hypothesis: Financial audit failures.

As concluded by the Financial Crises Inquiry Commission (FCIC), financial audit failures were found to have played a significant part in the financial crash.

Just like the FCIC, we at Process Street understand the importance of standards enforced by financial audit processes.

This article has been structured into two sections. The first section looks at the financial audit. The second section considers the International Standards on Auditing (ISA).

The ISA standards are a specific set of rules that operate globally.

Here’s a more thorough breakdown:

In the last section of this article, you will get your hands on our nifty ISA audit checklist for free.

You can use this template to conduct an internal check on your finances audits against the International Standards on Auditing. This checklist will save your organization a heap of time, worry, and money.
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DECIDE: A Decision Making Process for Intelligent Decisions

Decision Making Process

Decisions.

We make a lot of them.

From deciding what we want to wear in the morning to making a bold, life-altering decision like starting a small business, we have to make decisions day in, day out.

In fact, we humans make over 35,000 decisions that we’re remotely conscious of per day.

But not all of those decisions will be smart ones – leading to bad, negative, or even downright harmful consequences.

How can we learn to bypass those bad decisions and, instead, become intelligent decision makers?

DECIDE.

No, that’s not me shouting at you and telling you to decide – it’s me introducing you to a decision making framework and process called DECIDE.

DECIDE has personally helped me make better decisions day-to-day which is why, in this post, I’ll be describing why intelligent people make poor decisions, what DECIDE is and how it came about, and how you can apply DECIDE to both your life and business!

All you have to do is read through the below sections:

Make the right choice and read on.

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Audit Procedures: A Quick Tour with 19 (Free) Templates

Auditing procedures

What are audit procedures? Can you define the term with a single definition?

How are audit procedures relevant to your business?

How would you go about implementing audit procedures?

I will stop with the interrogation. I hope though, I have you thinking – I mean really thinking – about the term audit procedure. From my own experience, most people hear the term audit and have a general idea of what this is. But when it comes to defining the term or implementing audit procedures in a business, they struggle.

If you are one of those people, then luck is in your favor for having stumbled on this article. In this article, we at Process Street will take a look at audit procedures, define what they are and how they are implemented.
We then turn our attention to a specific type of audit procedure, namely, the internal audit. Finally, I will introduce to you Process Street’s new, game-changing feature: approvals.

This article is structured as below:

In the section A whistle-stop tour through Process Street’s free internal audit templates, you are presented with 19 free templates. I have listed these templates below so that you can plunge right in. Keep reading for more information on each template.

  1. Financial Audit Checklist
  2. Environmental Accounting Internal Audit
  3. Environmental Management Self Audit Checklist
  4. Management Systems Audit Checklist
  5. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Integrated Management System (IMS) Checklist
  6. ISO 9001:2015 Internal Audit Checklist for Quality Management Systems
  7. PPC Audit Checklist
  8. Google Analytics Audit
  9. Technical SEO Audit
  10. UX Audit
  11. ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISO27K ISMS) Audit Checklist
  12. SQL Server Audit Checklist
  13. Firewall Audit Checklist
  14. Network SecurityAudit Checklist
  15. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Audit Checklist
  16. Diversity Management Monthly Audit
  17. Hotel Sustainability Audit
  18. Laboratory Safety Procedure Audit
  19. Retail Store Audit Checklist

Shall we get started?
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CRM vs Marketing Automation: Which is Best for Your Business?

CRM VS Marketing Automation

This is a guest post by Azat Eloyan. Azat is a digital marketer and mobile marketing enthusiast. With over 5 years’ experience in content marketing and SEO, he believes that valuable and informative content is the key.

He’s currently working as a marketing specialist at SendSMS, which is providing SMS marketing service globally.

We live in a digital-centric world.

There’s no doubt about it.

What’s also true is that the digital space is full of enormous data and content on scales never quite seen before.

According to a report from IBM Marketing Cloud, 90% of the total digital data worldwide was created within just two years, with an upward future trend being almost inevitable.

All this data and content provides a whole host of benefits to businesses, their salespeople, and their marketers. However, before businesses, salespeople, and marketers can truly take advantage of this vast swathe of data and content, they need to manage it correctly.

Which is where CRMs and marketing automation software come in.

But what are the differences between the two? And what will your business benefit from most?

Our digital-centric world doesn’t have to be a confusing digital-centric world.

That’s why, in this CRM vs marketing automation post, I’ll be discussing both CRMs and marketing automation software, how they differ, how they overlap, the benefits that they bring, and what the signs are when your business needs to start using either piece of software.

Navigate through the sections below to get the gist on CRMs and marketing automation software:

Let’s get learning!

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Employee Checklists: How Successful Organizations Use Them

Employee Checklists

Trump. Pineapples on pizza. Checklists.

What the public is divided on is incredibly varied.

To boot, how the public uses checklists varies even more. For instance, at Process Street, we use checklists for pretty much everything – not only because we’re a virtual team, but also because, well, we know they’re darn useful.

But we also know some organizations don’t use checklists to such a degree – they’re limiting themselves to only 2-3 checklists per team. Or, they’re using business software that wasn’t intended for checklists to create, manage, and house their checklists. (🤔)

We thought this was all very interesting.

That’s why we’ve done some qualitative research regarding how organizations around the globe are using checklists – specifically, employee checklists.

Dear reader, we’re bringing you some top-secret, never-seen-before material on how organizations really use employee checklists. In the below sections, you’ll find insightful comments from our participant pool:

Now, let’s get into it.

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