FlowForma partners with AFJ Solutions to process automation
Gold Microsoft partner FlowForma has teamed up with AFJ Solutions to deliver its Process Automation tool to UK construction businesses.
FlowForma Process Automation's 100 percent 'no-code approach' to automating processes was cited as a significant advantage for AFJ Solutions, which fosters digital transformation through a variety of IT and enterprise service management solutions.
"We are excited to be partnering up with FlowForma to bring process automation to our clients across the UK, to help businesses to digitally transform their business processes," said Mark Jenner, CEO, AFJ Solutions.
Olivia Bushe, CEO, FlowForma added: "As FlowForma and AFJ Solutions service similar industries and share a passion to digitally transform processes to increase efficiency and productivity, I am sure that together we can further assist and support organizations across all industries to digitize their business processes."
Sitting on top of its clients' existing Office 365 environment, the FlowForma Process Automation solution utilizes the familiar SharePoint platform as a data repository, meaning users maximize their current Microsoft investment whilst also benefiting from a robust and secure data storage environment.
In a construction white paper, FlowForma said digitizing manual and paper-based processes allows firms to better engage with staff and external partners, speeds up project delivery and significantly reduces the risk of miscommunication or duplication.
James Morgan, IT Manager at the A14 Integrated Delivery Team, said FlowForma Process Automation allowed it to automate over 76 processes during the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.
"We were previously scanning several thousand paper-based records a week, now all of our data comes into the system automatically allowing us to spend more time focusing on the project and achieving the goals and KPIs that were defined from the outset," he said.
BT and Microsoft unveil strategic partnership
BT and Microsoft have launched a strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health.
BT has already been named one of the first development partners for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams, with an approach that further enhances customer experience and creates new opportunities for growth.
The strategic partnership will build on BT’s existing portfolio of cyber security services built on Microsoft technology. It will see the companies push forward with the design and launch of a new generation of managed security services to enable and protect the modern collaborative workplace. BT will work closely with Microsoft to develop distinct security propositions to defend customers’ operations across the cloud as well as its own IT estate.
Sustainability and collaboration on digital skills are integral to the partnership. BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.
“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global at BT and executive sponsor of BT’s partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.”
Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said: “BT can use Microsoft’s cutting-edge tools to develop new communications services that meet the needs and demands of today’s customers. By aligning our visions for communication, connectivity, security and digital technology, Microsoft and BT will support real growth for businesses across the world.”
Microsoft's vision is to transform construction and built environment businesses with design innovation, a supply chain you can control, and a connected, safer, more productive workforce.
Microsoft recently unveiled strong results for the quarter ending June 30:
- Revenue totalled $46.2 billion, up 21%
- Operating income was $19.1 billion, up 42%
- Net income was $16.5 billion, up 47%
- Diluted earnings per share was $2.17, up 49%
For the year, revenues totalled $168.1 billion (up 18%), operating income hit $69.9 billion (up 32%), net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively.
“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”
In a trading update last month, BT reported profit after tax £2m, down £446m, due to a "one-off tax charge in the quarter to reflect the remeasurement of deferred tax balances following the enactment of the new UK corporation tax rate of 25% from April 2023".