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Workflows

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  • Overview

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    The Striven Workflows feature was designed to help automate processes and communication between you and your Customers through Striven. Workflows is a powerful tool that includes options for automating processes, such as sending emails, creating Discussions, sending text notifications, and creating Tasks.

    Read this guide if you are trying to:
    ✔ Learn how Workflows operate in Striven.
    ✔ Create Workflows with Triggers and Actions.
    ✔ Manage Workflows using the Workflow Queue and Workflow Action Log.

  • Introduction to Workflows

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    Workflows is a dynamic feature that provides an option for automating processes and contact with Customers using Striven.

    Workflows allows users to create a process of steps, which are called Actions, to be executed when a certain event occurs, which are referred to as Triggers.

  • Workflow Triggers

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    Workflows were introduced with six (6) Trigger options available for selection, although more options may be added in future system updates. A Trigger may be created relating to a custom search based on the following options:

    • The Customer Data Set
    • The Vendor Data Set
    • The Tasks Data Set
    • The Sales Order Data Set
    • The Opportunities Data Set
    • The Projects Data Set
  • Trigger Actions

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    For each of the Triggers, there are four (4) Actions available for selection. These options include:

    • Send Email
    • Create Discussion
    • Send Text
    • Create Task

    Please note that Striven’s Twilio Integration will need to be activated in order for the Send Text Action to be accessed and selected.

  • Action Recipients

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    The recipients for your Trigger Actions depend on the selection of the Trigger + Action configuration. These options will be determined by the user creating or managing the Workflow. The available recipient choices are:

    • Primary Contact
    • Contacts filtered by Category
    • One or More Employees
    • Customer Level Assignment Employee
    • Anonymous Email
    • Anonymous Phone (for texts)
    • Requested By
    • Task Assigned to Employees

    Note: Depending on the Trigger configuration, additional or alternative recipient options may be displayed for selection. (i.e. a Contact related to the Opportunity if an Opportunity based Trigger is created).

  • Sending Options for Actions

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    Actions are independent of each other and will be processed based upon the Trigger + Action configuration of the Workflow. There are multiple choices for when Actions are processed based on the selected Trigger criteria (i.e. Customers/Vendors, Tasks, Sales Orders, Opportunities, or Projects):

    • On a specific Day Number (Day 1, Day 2, etc.)
    • On a Fixed Date
    • On a Fixed Day
    • On certain special Days (i.e. a Follow up Date for Opportunities; Start or Due Dates for Tasks, etc.)

    Workflows have the option to automatically send the selected Actions, or they can be manually sent from the Workflow Queue page, which will also have options to Skip or Snooze Actions in the queue.

  • Workflow Management

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    Permissions

    Before you get started working with Workflows in Striven, you will need to ensure that your User Role includes the proper permissions. There are three (3) permissions related to Workflow Management:

    • “Workflow – Add”: Provides the ability to add new Workflows in Striven.
    • “Workflow – Manage All”: Provides the “superpower” to view and manage all Workflows in Striven.
    • “Workflow – View All”: Provides the ability to view all Workflows, but can only take actions on their own Workflows.
    Workflow Queue Page

    Once you have determined your User Role has the required permissions, you can locate a link to the Workflow Queue page under the Customers, Vendors, Projects, and Tasks menus in the Striven Navigation Menu Bar at the top of the screen. Clicking on the link from any of these menus will bring you to the same Workflow Queue page which will provide options to search Workflows by Name, Manager, Based On, Action Type, or Status. This is where you will also find the options to Manage Workflows or view the Workflow Action Log.

    The Workflow Queue page will be discussed in more detail in its own guide section below.

  • Creating a Workflow

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    The steps for creating a Workflow are straightforward and should be easy to follow. To begin, click on the Manage Workflows button from the Workflows Queue page which will navigate you to the Workflow Management page.

    From there, click the Add Workflow button on the Workflow Management page to determine the configuration settings for your Workflow. This will cause the Add Workflow page to display.

    This page is where you will Name your Workflow, set the Manager(s) of the Workflow, and provide access to the Workflow for any Employees you wish to have access. There will also be an option to Copy from an Existing Workflow in the top right corner of the Add Workflow page.

    Click the Proceed button to continue, which will navigate you to the Workflow Info page wherein you can see the info settings you set when creating the Workflow, as well as edit or copy them.

  • Creating Triggers

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    Triggers define a set of rules when something qualifies to be part of a Workflow. The rules are defined as search filters in the next step. To add a Trigger to your Workflow, click the Add Trigger button.

    Name your Trigger and then select the entity which the Trigger will be based on, such as Customers, Vendors, Sales Orders, Opportunities, Projects, or Tasks, and then click Next.

    In the next step, you’ll choose the search filters to use for your Trigger from the drop-down menus. Once all your search criteria are selected, click Save.

    The Workflow Info page will display again with the Trigger you just created. Keep in mind that Workflows can have multiple Triggers, each with different search criteria defined.

  • Creating Actions for Triggers

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    Next, you’ll want to add an Action to your Trigger. Clicking on the Add Action button in the Trigger section of the Workflow Info page will open a popup window with fields to fill in for the following:

    • Action Type: Send Email, Send Text, Send Discussion, or Create Task
    • Send On: Day Number, Fixed Date, Fixed Day, Start Date, Due Date, Done Date.
      Different configuration options can be set depending on which Send option is selected.
    • To: Primary Contact, Contacts filtered by Category, One or More Employees, Customer Level Assignment Employee, Anonymous Email, Requested By, Task Assigned to Employees.
    • Body/Discussion/Description of the Action: Depending on which Action Type is selected, this field will have a different name, but will serve as basically the same thing – an Editor field wherein you can type information related to the Action, including bulleted or numbered lists, links, and tables. You may also choose to insert merge fields from the drop-down list to auto-populate particular details in this field depending on the entity the Trigger was based on (i.e. Customers, Vendors, Sales Orders, Opportunities, Projects, or Tasks).

    Other field options may become available depending on the Action Type selected, such as From, Subject, Message Type, etc.

    If you wish to automate this Trigger + Action, you can check the Send Automatically box. This will perform the Action at the processing times automatically. If you leave the box unchecked, the Actions will be put in the Workflow Queue and the next steps would need to be performed from the queue.

    Once you’ve filled in all the fields required for the Action, click Save to complete the setup.

    Repeat these steps if you wish to add other Actions to your Trigger.

  • Publishing Triggers

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    Triggers need to be marked as Published in order to run. There are two (2) requirements for marking Triggers as Published:

    • An Action needs to be defined for the Trigger.
    • A Processing Time needs to be set for the Action.

    You can set the Processing Time by either clicking on the checkbox to Mark as Published, or you can select the option to Set Processing Time from the Trigger kebab menu.

    Workflow jobs execute six (6) times every day. By checking the corresponding box, you can choose from the following times for your Workflow to process:

    There is also an option to Send Only on Weekdays for the Send Email or Send Text type Actions set to be sent automatically on a Day Number specified.

    When the Send Only on Weekdays option is selected:

    • If a message is supposed to be sent on a weekend based on the Day Number specified, it will be sent on the following Monday along with all the other messages that are supposed to be sent that day.
    • If a message was supposed to be queued, it will still be queued on the correct day.

    Click Save & Publish once you’ve selected the time(s) you wish your Triggers to be processed. This will cause a popup window to appear that will display the Current Search Results from your Trigger and will ask if you want to publish the Trigger in this Workflow. Click Yes to continue.

    Other available Trigger kebab menu options include:

    • View Current Record Account: Shows how many results meet the Trigger at the present time and which will be sent at the next processing time set.
    • Copy Trigger: Allows you to copy a Trigger to the same Workflow or to another Workflow.
    • Process Log: Shows the Process Log for that particular Trigger.
    • Remove Trigger: Removes the Trigger from the Workflow and cancels all pending or unprocessed Actions for the Trigger.
  • Trigger Templates

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    If your User Role includes the “Trigger Templates – Manage” permission, you can add Trigger Templates to your Striven system. To configure and manage your Workflow Trigger Templates, navigate to Company → Settings → Company → Workflow → Trigger Templates.

    From the Workflow Trigger Templates page you can click on the Add button to open a popup for Step 1: Trigger Information. Enter the Trigger info the same as when you created a Trigger within your Workflow by entering a Trigger Name and select what you wish the Trigger to be based on, then click Next.

    For Step 2: Define the Filters for the Trigger, select the search options you wish to include in this Trigger Template and click Save to keep the template so you can then select it from a drop-down list when creating a new Workflow or adding Triggers to an existing Workflow.

  • Workflow Queue

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    The Workflow Queue page displays all of the Actions that are presently queued and have not been executed yet. This allows users to manually execute Actions, as well as choose to Snooze or Skip them as desired. This page also provides the ability for Workflow Managers to preview and edit the message of each Action in the queue before processing it.

    The activities performed from the Workflow Queue are only accessible to users with the “Workflow – Manage All” permission in their User Role. Other users will not be able to Process, Snooze, or Skip any Actions in the queue unless they are the Manager of, or have been given access to, the Workflow.

    The search options for the Workflow Queue include Workflow Name, Manager, Based On, Action Type, Status, or Queued Date Range and can be utilized to filter the page to find exactly which Actions you wish to act upon.

  • Workflow Action Log

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    The Workflow Action Log lists every Action in Workflows within your Striven system. This includes everything Queued, Processed, Snoozed, Cancelled, and Skipped. You can use the search options provided at the top of the page to filter the results to locate the Action(s) for which you’re looking. These search options include Workflow, Manager, Action Type, Status, Processed Date Range, Based on, From, To, and Queued Date Range.

    By default, the statuses Queued and Processed will be selected in the Status search field, and today’s date will display in the Processed Date Range field.

    The Workflow Action Log is available for users with the “Workflow – Manage All” or “Workflow – View All” permission included in their User Role. Again, Workflow Managers and those provided Access to the Workflow will have access to the Action Log as well.

    There are two (2) ways to access the Workflow Action Log:

    • Click on the View Log button on the Workflow Queue page
    • Navigate to Reports → Communications → Workflow Action Log

    Other details available on this page include a view of the Actions that were processed, including the ability to view the Tasks or Discussions that were created by those Actions, and whether the Actions were processed manually and by whom, or if they were processed by the system.

  • Recap

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    With this guide, we’ve discussed how Workflows can help automate processes and communication with your Customers. We’ve also explored ways to configure your Workflows, Triggers, and Actions. Lastly, we covered how to manage your Workflows, Triggers, and Actions in Striven.

Heads up!

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