K2 Cloud and K2 Five Training Dates for 2018!

The K2 Core and K2 smartforms training is an instructor-led or self-study training course designed to give participants the skills and knowledge to create process-driven applications with K2 workflows, SmartObjects and smartforms, without writing any code.

This course is intended for:

  • Anyone who wants a basic overview of K2 and how K2 is used.
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to build applications with K2.
  • Anyone who wants to move on to more advanced modules, for example Developers.

During this course, participants will learn:

  • How to build simple to intermediate-level applications in K2 that include SmartObjects, SmartForms, and Workflows
  • We will cover how to use standard and custom reporting in K2
  • Some typical, day-to-day administration tasks in K2

Most modules include a hands-on exercise where attendees will apply the knowledge they have gained in that module to build a K2 application. Attendees will be provided with a “sandbox” environment where they can then build out the application during the course.

Round 1

Melbourne – Monday, 19th February 2018 > Thursday, 22nd of February 2018

Sydney– Tuesday, 6th March 2018 > Friday, 9th March 2018

Perth – Monday, 12th March 2018 > Thursday, 15th of March 2018

Brisbane – Monday, 12th March 2018 > Thursday, 15th March 2018

Adelaide – Tuesday, 1st May 2018 > Friday, 4th May 2018

Round 2

Melbourne – Monday, 14th of May 2018 > Thursday, 17th of May 2018

Sydney– Monday, 18th June 2018 > Thursday, 21st June 2018

Brisbane – Monday, 2nd July 2018 > Thursday, 5th July 2018


Round 3

Melbourne – Monday, 6th August 2018 > Thursday, 9th of August 2018

Sydney– Monday, 10th September 2018 > Thursday, 13th September 2018

Adelaide – Monday, 8th October 2018 > Thursday, 11th October 2018

Brisbane – Monday, 22nd October 2018 > Thursday, 25th October 2018

Perth – Monday, 12th November 2018 > Thursday, 15th of November 2018

K2 Launches New Process Automation Platform Including New Cloud Service

 

K2 recently announced the availability of its new low-code process automation platform – furthering innovation in the way organisations drive digital efficiencies. With a new managed cloud service, K2 Cloud, new on-premises version, K2 Five, and completely redesigned user interfaces and experiences, the platform helps businesses of all types around the globe rapidly deliver powerful process automation and realise business productivity gains.

Automating business processes across an enterprise is crucial to the success of companies in the era of digital transformation. However, many initiatives are impacted by a lack of sufficient resources and the use of inefficient systems to manage processes.

K2’s low-code process automation platform solves these problems by enabling organisations to automate in every area of the business, without the traditional level of dependency on highly skilled developers spending inordinate amounts of time on repetitive coding.

With intuitive and powerful tools, organisations can rapidly deliver mission-critical applications as well as fast-changing, lightweight departmental processes, all with a single platform.

“From inception, K2 has always been focused on making process automation easier as we recognised over 15 years ago that building these solutions and solving these problems was too hard and complex for many organisations. This left many organisations ignoring this initiative and subsequently putting their businesses at risk of becoming obsolete,” said Adriaan van Wyk, CEO of K2. “The same is still generally true, ordinarily solving these problems is still hard for many businesses, but the pressure to transform has multiplied. That’s what makes K2 even more necessary today than it already was years ago, so that every organisation can automate every business process on our platform and digitally transform their business.”

Process automation platforms have several interconnected components and features that define its usability and feasibility, hence why K2 built a comprehensive, end-to-end platform around eight core tenets that when all combined make it possible for any organisation to automate their processes with K2:

  • Workflows: Customers can use visual, intuitive process and rules designers on top of an engine that is built to deliver scalable workflows.
  • Forms: Visually design powerful user experiences using forms that connect to workflows and line-of-business data. Components are reusable to drive speed and scale as well as consistency.
  • Integration: Point-and-click integration with virtually any line-of-business system.
  • Analytics: Rich reports and visual analytics deliver the information needed to identify issues and drive optimisation.
  • Mobile: Responsive user experience that works on all major devices, whether on or offline.
  • Security and Governance: Comprehensive, role-based management tools that provide security and governance on all aspects of the platform.
  • Deployment: The platform is flexible and can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises.

Several existing K2 tools and features have been significantly updated with the release of the new platform, while completely new functionality has also been added. Some of these include:

  • New Workflow Designer: A re-envisioned approach to how workflow solutions are built with a designer that has been re-engineered from the ground up using modern HTML5 technologies. Designing workflows is accelerated rapidly with Smart Assist, which guides developers on logical steps in the workflow and surfaces relevant data throughout the design experience.
  • App Wizard: Empowers citizen developers to build and deploy process apps in just a few steps, without having to code or design anything. These apps can later be extended using more advanced tools.
  • Workspace: A completely redesigned K2 Workspace experience, which provides a single centralised location for all K2 tasks and process applications.

At launch, K2 Cloud and K2 Five will have feature parity. However, the company will rapidly iterate on K2 Cloud with feature and functionality shipments every six weeks in order to innovate rapidly for customers. New K2 Five versions will be released annually to bring already released cloud features to customers that are deployed on-premises or in hosted environments.

“To enable enterprise-level process automation that supports robust mission-critical applications as well as fast-changing, lightweight departmental processes, we developed a platform that provides businesses a unique ability to build simpler applications quickly and more complex applications and processes that scale an entire enterprise,” said Olaf Wagner, co-founder and senior vice president of engineering and product at K2. “Further, our new K2 Cloud platform, based on our more than two-years of cloud experience managing K2 Appit for SharePoint, will enable our customers to take advantage of innovative functionality that we have and will continue to bring to light along the lines of voice-enabled apps, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, bots, and much more.”

To learn more about the platform and specific information on K2 Cloud and K2  FIVE, as well as all of the new features and functionality, please visit K2.com.

The Global K2 Cloud and K2 FIVE launch tour hits nine cities around the world with the Sydney event taking place on October 23rd, 2017.  If you’d like to attend the event please email:

Emma O’Brien
Marketing Manager, ANZ
emma@k2.com

K2 Australia will also be showcasing the new technology at Microsoft Summit in Sydney between November 14-17.   

ABOUT K2: With K2’s process automation platform, organisations can rapidly build and deploy enterprise-grade business process applications that are agile, scalable and reusable, and scale the platform across all processes that move work between people, systems and machines. K2 solutions are being used by more than 1.5 million users in more than 4,000 organisations, including 30 percent of Fortune 100 companies.

 

We are a Gold Sponsor at this years Digital Workplace Conference

This is Australia’s largest SharePoint/Office 365 event – nowhere else is there such a concentrated group of industry professionals expert in SharePoint, Office 365 and related technologies. This conference is all about exploring the benefits and solutions of how we can improve digital capabilities in our workplace

There are over 30 breakout sessions distinctly tailored to audiences interested in Thought Leadership, Business Productivity, Case Studies and Technical streams. This allows us to deep-dive into some topics, and learn first-hand how others are successfully using products and solving challenges.

K2 is a Gold Sponsor at this years event. Join us on Day 1 (23rd August) at 2pm for our case study presentation.

Driving Digital Transformation in the real world 

During this this session, we will be showcasing a case study of work that we completed for a large Commonwealth Department. By implementing K2, The Department provided greater productivity and efficiencies through the automation of high-frequency work steps, actions, procedures and processes.

Episode 19: Combining K2 forms, workflow with Office 365, Microsoft Flow and DocuSign

 

 

 

Experience an all-encompassing demonstration that goes from electronic forms to document management into contract management with electronic signatures and business process spanning multiple systems.

Capability highlights:

  • Anonymous eForms against Office 365 lists
  • Workflow process spanning different systems and users Document generation and online authoring
  • Multi-stage review and approval of both eForm data and document
  • Seamless DocuSign integration into business process


Audience relevance:

Anyone dealing with document approvals, contract management, letters of engagement, recruitment, employee on-boarding, digital transformation in general Departments: HR, Legal, Finance, IT, Operations

The Forrester Wave™: Digital Process Automation Software, Q3 2017*.

We’re pleased and proud to share that K2 has been positioned as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Process Automation Software, Q3 2017*.

At K2, we are relentlessly focused on our mission to enable every organisation to automate the processes that move work between people, systems and machines, and we believe that our relentless focus on this vision is what helped us get this result.

The K2 process automation platform provides customers the ability to build enterprise-ready apps and scale those apps, or the number of apps needed, to automate processes across organisations. Thousands of companies around the world have been using the K2 platform to build hundreds of thousands of applications, from loan origination for banking to employee onboarding and expense management, and many more. We are only getting started, and with our continual technological advancements, we will be supporting our customers in their growth journey with K2.

It should be no surprise that we fundamentally believe in the power of process automation to transform businesses. And it is the disruption of transformation that so many businesses are trying to navigate today. We’re entering a new era in digital transformation. An era in which process automation is accelerating to enable the ability for a business to react quickly and get to market with solutions faster than ever before. The speed of the consumer is making this more critical than ever, as the slower a business moves the faster customers leave for new solutions. In research conducted by Harvard Business Review, respondents don’t just see disruption as likely – they believe it is imminent. 28-percent of respondents said their industry has already passed the digital inflection point, while another 56-percent said they expect it to happen by 2020. In addition, 47-percent of respondents believe their traditional business model will be obsolete by 2020. But, that doesn’t mean you should fear as 86-percent view digital disruption more as an opportunity than as a threat to their business.

These are fascinating statistics as it’s clear that business transformation is reaching a fever pitch and the majority of businesses are recognizing the need to utilize more technology to offer more services, get to market faster and operate more efficiently. In many cases, a foundational pillar of these strategies is focused on automation, particularly the automation of business processes across an organization.

But, getting there isn’t easy. IT departments are strained with limited resources and application backlogs are only growing. If this sounds familiar, you may be wondering how in the world you’ll find the time to automate your business while also looking after all the demand the business is putting on IT in the first place. That’s where the beauty of a platform comes in, which enables you to build both deep mission-critical applications and the ability to build and deploy many applications quickly. Precisely what we believe a process automation platform should enable you to do, if it has all the necessary elements.

A process automation platform has several interconnected components and features that define its usability and feasibility. These attributes impact accessibility to people, data and the ability to work effectively. These attributes include:

  • Integration: Connecting people, systems and devices in real-time and continually extending to support new third-party data connectors to avoid being locked into an ecosystem. Visually configurable connectors to industry leading solutions or rich service API connectors and SDKs to connect to virtually anything (IoT and RPA).
  • Forms: Robust, intuitive, reusable and flexible user experience for collecting and integrating information into your automated processes or to be used for data and trend analysis on any device, wherever they may be, even on third-party hosted solutions.
  • Workflows: That can be designed by developers and Citizen developers alike to easily automate legacy as well as next gen processes (RPA, IoT, AI integrated) that are agile, intuitive and comprehensive.
  • Mobile: Empower and support a mobile workforce by enabling action-on-the-go, online or offline on any devices in a secure manner.
  • Pre-built Apps: Templates and commonly used applications that incorporate all the key elements of a process (Forms, Workflows and data integration) and yet, can be customizable for specific business needs.
  • Deployment: A choice of rapidly building business process apps in the cloud or on-premises.
  • Security & Governance: Robust management portal, role-based access controls for all assets and applications, with priority to industry standard compliance and security.
  • Analytics: Data-driven decisions enabled with out-of-the-box process reports as well as integration into third-party reporting tools such as Microsoft Power BI or Tableau.

The combination of all these attributes form the key differentials of the K2 platform that enables you to build and collaborate on a single, complex application, and then rapidly scale across all enterprise processes. This makes it possible for process automation to not only happen within your business, but to scale across an organisation without the need of more technical resources. It’s happening today as K2 has been found to reduce application development time by 78% with ROIs of over 466%. That’s massive time savings and incredible business benefits as a result.

We also believe that all of these ingredients helped us receive the highest scores possible in the Forrester Wave in the following criteria: Smart forms and user experience, Process and Flow Design; Low-code/No-code, Mobile Engagement, API Support, Data Virtualization, Analytics, Integrations, Guiderails and Governance, Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Scalability, Digital Workplace, Ease of implementation, and Geographic presence. And while we’re very proud of that, our work is not done. We fundamentally believe that as a company we’re only just getting started and there is much more we will enable in terms of technological advancements of our platform.

We have many exciting updates coming this year, please stay tuned to our blog and our website as you won’t want to miss what’s next.

*A Forrester login is required to view and read the full report.

Rapid and Robust App Development – You don’t have to Choose!

Successful, intuitive process applications that actually affect change are the objective.

But, so is getting them done in less time, with less money. Traditional BPM software with custom coding yields powerful results, and are often time-consuming and expensive to implement and maintain. Low code tools are touted as an answer to these problems, but can limit application scope, scale and security.

In this infographic, you’ll learn how K2 brings together the best of both BPM and low code to provide a platform that empowers IT to build process automation solutions

How to go low code without sacrificing the power of BPM

Bridge the Gap Between Ease of Use and Complexity

Increasingly, organisations are using low-code and no-code application development solutions to lower labor costs, accelerate app delivery, increase ROI from existing IT investments and align more closely with business goals like better customer experience.

Yet, low code can bring with it a reputation for creating the kinds of compromises in security, control and integration that developers find difficult to swallow. K2 approaches process automation differently than most vendors – K2 brings together the power of traditional business process management (BPM) software with the speed and innovation of low-code tools into one platform.

This white paper outlines:

– The inefficiency of choosing a low-code vendor based on immediate project goals

– K2’s low-code and BPM capabilities in nine key areas of business process automation success

– How customers are using K2 to address critical concerns.

Download the white paper to learn why IT needs are crucial to evaluating low-code platforms and how to pick a vendor that has the flexibility developers need.

Choose your Process Automation pain point and we’ll tell you how to solve it

Can K2 address any of your highest-level concerns and challenges?

K2 believes improving processes is about more than workflows and business rules engines – it’s about solving real-life issues.

Your enterprise has a unique set of business process application needs and objectives. Picking a platform that can be tailored to support these needs is the key to a successful digital transformation initiative.

By focusing on your ultimate objectives instead of a checklist of features, you’ll be able to pick a process automation vendor that is actually capable of delivering on its promises.

To help you understand if K2 can help you tackle your challenges and set your business up for growth, we want to know more about your organisation’s needs and goals.

Robotic Process Automation 101

 

 

As organisations seek to optimise their resources to increase profits or expand into new markets, there is a growing reliance on technology to bolster efficiencies and enable more intelligent ways of working. In this environment, robotic process automation (RPA) technology has emerged to empower companies in a range of industries to achieve more in less time and with less effort.

Defining RPA

The Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRPA AI)[1] offers the following definition for RPA:

“Robotic process automation (RPA) is the application of technology that allows employees in a company to configure computer software or a “robot” to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems.”

Put simply: a bot is a software application that is designed to automate the types of tasks that are typically performed by humans in the workplace, such as processing customer requests, scheduling meetings or finding and compiling information.

The bot operates on the user interface (UI) of a third-party application in the same way that a human would. This differs substantially from traditional forms of IT integration, which have typically been based on application programming interfaces (or APIs).

Essentially, bots are configured using demonstrative steps, rather than code-based instructions. As a result, RPA is a no-code technology that can be “trained” by business users outside of the IT department. This enables decision-makers across a wide range of disciplines to contribute to an organisation’s bot strategy and deployment. It also means that highly skilled developers are free to pursue other IT projects that require their specialised expertise.

Why are companies investing in RPA technologies?

Bots automate tasks and processes that companies are currently paying humans to do. This not only offers a direct cost saving for the employer (in terms of salaries and other HR costs), but also delivers added profitability down the line as productivity increases, human error is reduced and skilled staff members are free to focus on more complex and strategic projects. By directing human skills and talent towards value-adding tasks rather than repetitive tasks, organisations can optimise their resources and boost the bottom line.

One interesting development recently, which underscores the potential profitability of bots, is the tax on robots proposed by Benoît Hamon, a far-left presidential candidate in the 2017 French elections. This involves taxing shareholder earnings derived from roles that are delegated to bots rather than humans – and injecting this money back into society in the form of a universal basic income grant. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has also touched on this concept by suggesting a tax on robots that is redirected to initiatives that upskill people whose roles have been replaced by bots.[2]

Are bots going to take our jobs?

The jury is still out on this one, but here is a point to consider: the average back-office worker has a lot of routine tasks involving repetitive steps that can be time-consuming, mundane and even demoralising. RPA can handle these types of tasks, allowing staff to focus more fully on other tasks requiring unique human strengths and skills. A company that processes plenty of routine customer enquiries, for example, can free staff to deal with the more complex requests and questions.

In many ways, bots can serve humans by helping them to manage their expanding workloads more effortlessly and effectively. This not only enables them to be more successful in their own roles, but also reduces their chances of battling work-related stress and burnout. In some industries, like financial services and law, there is an increasing amount of data that needs to be processed, as well as mounting pressure from regulators and policymakers. RPA can help to relieve these burdens.

It’s important to note that while RPA technology plays a valuable role in streamlining the use of existing systems and processes, it is usually considered to be one element in a wider digital transformation strategy and not a complete solution. This is because bots work on existing systems just as human staff members would, relieving the manual labour load, but not transforming the underlying processes or IT infrastructure.

(Look out for our next article in this series, which will explore the benefits and limits of RPA in more detail).

What’s driving the relevance of RPA?

As the technology that powers bots grows more advanced, adoption has accelerated and many large organisations are beginning to integrate RPA solutions into their IT strategies. In 2016, the global RPA licensing market reached about USD 700 million, which is close to twice the earnings generated in 2015. At the same time, research shows that the number of new RPA adopters is doubling every 6 months.[3]

Bots are also being integrated into messaging software, giving rise to chat bots – artificial intelligence software that mimics real-time conversations with humans on digital communication platforms that they’re using. For example, Slack – the app that has taken digital workplace communication to a new level – has launched Slackbot, a virtual assistant.[4]

Where to from here?

While the RPA market is still emerging, the technology is building a reputation as a cost-effective alternative to traditional systems integration. For these reasons, RPA is forecast to become a USD 5 billion market globally by 2020, with a CAGR of over 60%.

One study discovered that a third of global enterprises are in fact already using RPA technology within their IT, finance and accounting processes; and around quarter are leveraging bots in their procurement and HR processes.[5]

So, as the technology continues to grow more sophisticated, how could your organisation take advantage of RPA to meet your unique business goals?

Written by Andrew Murphy, Global VP Technical Sales - K2
[1] http://irpaai.com/

[2] https://www.ft.com/content/d04a89c2-f6c8-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65

[3] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/thoughts-trends-robotic-process-automation-rpa-2017-pascal-bornet

[4] http://fortune.com/2016/10/26/ibm-watson-slack-chatbot/

[5] https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/signals-for-strategists/cognitive-enterprise-robotic-process-automation.html

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Streamlines Critical Processes with K2

Nonprofit cancer treatment centre Chris O’Brien Lifehouse uses K2 to automate and streamline their internal processes.

K2 offered nonprofit hospital Chris O’Brien Lifehouse everything they weren’t getting from SharePoint and InfoPath, and more. “K2, from the initial presentation, was far superior to anything else we had witnessed in the market,” Andrew Lawler, Lifehouse Technical Services Manager, says.

The hospital currently has several K2 solutions implemented across their organisation and feedback is all positive: Users report that it’s quick and easy to review where hold-ups are in processes and resolve as necessary.

“We needed something that would give significant ‘bang for buck,’ being a nonprofit hospital, and K2’s functionality and features were significantly better than other platforms we had researched.”

Chris O’Brien currently have several K2 solutions implemented across their hospital, and feedback is all positive: Users report that it’s quick and easy to review where hold-ups are in processes and resolve as necessary.

Nonprofit hospital Chris O’Brien Lifehouse uses K2’s workflow applications to automate their internal processes.

Download the case study to see how Chris O’Brien search for technology to streamline processes lead to K2