IT organizations are faced with shrinking budgets and increased end user demand for better collaboration tools. As organizations create competitive positions centered on collective knowledge and resources of their workers to build better products and create effective solutions, they need tools to make those assets more efficient and effective. IT executives are continuously aiming to position IT as a business enabler rather than a cost center. To maintain that balance, IT executives are looking into solutions that let IT do more with less while remaining agile and continuing to innovate.
With the rapid proliferation of smartphones and tablets, the demand to deliver electronic forms to many people across multiple devices, both online and offline, has grown multifold. Now electronic Forms integrated with Workflow solution enables customers to automate forms based Workflow. The E-Forms with Workflow does have a "built-in" workflow engine and design tool that enables users to create process flows through a point and click GUI, assign forms to those processes, view, fill and route the forms to users and even monitor workflow operations with valuable reports. Electronic forms and workflow now operate in one elegant package.
In 2006, Adobe and IBM were the clear market leaders in e-forms. In the past few years, activities in the market have led to consolidation as well as transformation, as e-forms today are more aggressively integrated with content management and business process solutions to support internal data capture and Web self-service. The maturity of the technology over time and its future plans clearly indicates that it shall stay in the IT ecosystem for long.
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