If you want to automate, you have to use Nintex
Nintex Workflow for Sharepoint
Overall Satisfaction with Nintex Platform
- We are using Nintex for Sharepoint, but using SQL connectors you can easily connect with other sources, like AD, relational databases, and ERP. That way, you are able to integrate data with a structured workflow, that is the weakness of database based software
- Nintex workflow & forms are relatively easy to use. Now we are three people developing, and only one is a programmer. Our dream is to expand the developing function to the key users, at least for developing simple workflows
- DOC generator is one of the most powerful tools. It allows you to make a final document from the workflow. The key to digitalization is to understand the processes are not documents but that it is important to have a final report.
- Forms: The parent-child relationship is another area to improve. Repeating sections don't have the required performance to make a strong relationship between two or more tables (Sharepoint lists).
- Workflow: Using an on-premise environment, there is not a good system to manage workflows: versions, insights, purge, etc.
- It is very difficult to estimate the ROI in our case because we are automating processes, not for saving time or money, but for ensuring the repetitive reporting of the activity.
- In any case, comparing the Nintex cost and performance, I think Nintex is not an expensive solution.
- Anyway, talking about the new industry 4.0, the digitalization of processes is the starting point if you don't want to lose the boat.
We are using Nintex with Sharepoint on-premise. We are not in charge of Nintex deployment or upgrade. In our case, an expert consultant is in charge of the Nintex platform maintenance. As far as I know, it is not a hard task. I would like to comment that Nintex Community is a wonderful platform to share experiences and to solve technical doubts.