Working from home before the 2020 coronavirus outbreak was a luxury. But due to the pandemic, workflow and team collaborations have been disrupted. Babatola Awe, the co-founder and CEO of Flowmono, had the luxury of commuting between his home and office as they were not far away. But he knew other entrepreneurs and businesses weren’t so lucky. However, businesses had to continue to operate. They had to find a way to get things done.
In the midst of this dilemma, Awe and Akintayo Okekunle—Flowmono’s co-founder and CFO—started looking for tools to facilitate online collaboration and productivity. Digital tools for e-signature, document manager, process generator and e-invoicing.
The available solutions were software programs created by international companies. However, these solutions had three problems; an expensive budget, complex and disjointed architecture. Expensive because they needed top dollar to access. The technology was also cumbersome to set up and could not be found in one place.
Babatola started building Flowmono with his team in 2021, and the first version was released in March 2022 as a solution to this crisis. Now, one year later, Flowmono 2.0 is launching in March 2023. The document management software helps individuals, freelancers, small and medium businesses and large corporations transition to remote work and a process without paper.
It is “Docusign for Africans”. “We’re trying to bridge that gap by breaking down business workflows into five minutes or less,” says Babatola Awe. “With the app, you can set up your workflow very quickly and start managing your business in one place.”
Advances in digitization and the shift to a more knowledge-based economy have made the remote work option possible for employers and employees. The world has changed. Nowadays, the ability to work remotely has become a crucial factor in hiring decisions.
However, the critical challenges companies face when moving to this working model is finding the right tools to enhance productivity, collaboration and automation of all processes. Tools that help organizations sign contracts, share save and store documents.
These are the tools that Flowmono is trying to build. Its electronic signature service is a data management and processing tool built for Africans by Africans. The application helps your organization automate data processing, document flow and efficient collaboration with your team and third parties.
The name “Flowmono” is two different words joined together. “Flux” means enabling seamless collaborations between teams and “mono” in one place.
The document management and workflow automation tool helps organizations and small teams connect their documents, data and people. As a user, you get a shared drive to share documents across your organization, all safe and secure in the cloud.
You also have access to the process management tool that Flowmono is currently building. This feature will help you configure and standardize your business processes. For example, employees can easily configure their leave requests, evaluation and contract signing processes; with the relevant people easily initiating these processes.
According to Faruq Olaseni, Product Manager at Flowmono, the startup is also building API tools to integrate with external applications; these would allow users to bring electronic signature capabilities to their own custom applications. “It’s great for KYC purposes, signing in-app agreements, etc. These tools would only be available to our corporate users.”
Data protection is at the epicenter of everything we do at Flowmono. In the app, there is a feature called Flowmono drive, similar to Google Drive. On this drive, you can upload and store your critical data, documents and certificates.
You will be able to add security so that even if someone hacks your data, they cannot open it unless they know the OTP that comes to your email.
“As a subscriber, you can only see what belongs to your organization. The permission sets, the level of security, everything is top notch, even as a super admin, you can’t access customer data,” added Awe.
Flowmono 2.0 is about to go live and is driven largely in response to customer feedback from the minimum viable product. It will be easier, faster, more perfect and come with more functionality.
After getting a lot of feedback from large corporations, said Babatola Awe, we are releasing version 2.0 with API tools that will allow you to drag and drop your form builder, documents and other process management tools.
“We’re simplifying the whole idea of being able to create workflows,” added Babatola Awe, “You don’t have to be a developer before you can set up workflows and simplify your business process.”
Currently, Flowmono has included more than 10 paying corporations and 300 users so far. You can join Flowmono today as a basic user for ₦3,000 per month. Professional plan is ₦4,000 and enterprise is ₦6,000. You’ll get a discount when you pay for a consecutive year.