Low code tools can simplify application development, facilitate innovation and speed up the digital transformation process for businesses in all industries.
Low-code software development platforms were born out of a demand for faster and cheaper ways to innovate. The traditional code-heavy approach to complex app development is expensive, cumbersome and prone to error, with communication problems and backlogs often delaying the delivery and sending projects over budget. Low-code, on the other hand, with a host of capabilities that make creation and collaboration easier than ever, can help spare resources and bridge potential skill gaps, ensuring projects come in on time and within budgetary constraints.
And yet – low-code platforms are still unknown to many business leaders. This lack of awareness could be costing organisations far more time and money than is necessary. Worse still – it could be costing them customers, who naturally gravitate towards faster and more nimble competitors that better serve their needs.
Are you using low code to foster innovation, disrupt your market and accelerate your digital transformation? If not, here are the four main reasons you should be considering it:
Business processes are the lifeblood of any company but for many, they are often shrouded in mystery. Many processes are followed simply because “it has always been done that way” and it is a very rare occurrence to find a company that has all of its processes formally documented. This weakens the ability of a business to improve and make fast decisions, leaving them wide open to attack from better-prepared competitors.
Low-code platforms such as Appian offer drag-and-drop process modelling as standard. This allows users to leverage existing apps and data and build robust, clearly documented end-to-end processes that leave nothing to chance and can be improved upon quickly in response to changing conditions.
Low-code platforms are built with business users in mind – not just hardcore developers. They offer a visual interface, rather than a coding syntax so that users who are not trained in development can still contribute to the development process. With such an easy-to-use display and with technical coding pushed to the background, changes can be made simply and with fewer resources than with traditional methods.
That isn’t to say traditional coders can’t use low-code platforms to their advantage. Skilled developers can use low-code to deliver apps faster and with fewer errors, augmenting their existing expertise by leveraging the code libraries and shortcuts that are pre-built into their chosen platform.
There are two main characteristics that differentiate businesses these days: speed and personalisation. How quickly can you serve your customers? Do they feel like they have a personal relationship with you?
Low-code can help improve the customer experience on both the back and front end by simplifying operations and streamlining omnichannel touchpoints, significantly reducing the time between delivery and feedback and driving a continuous loop of innovation and testing – which can help you better meet the peaks, troughs and often mercurial labyrinth of consumer demand.
The market demand for app development is growing exponentially, far outstripping IT’s capacity to deliver. In a traditional coding environment, a shortage of skilled developers could mean disaster but, with low-code, potential skill gaps can be filled by non-traditional programmers and departmental specialists, who can quickly learn to use the drag-and-drop tools to offer a visual representation of any process improvements. With the right support and training, these ‘citizen developers’ can offer valuable support to overburdened IT managers during peak demand.
Not being at the mercy of the market allows for businesses to stretch themselves and take more risks, seeking constant collaboration and feedback, and this in turn builds a powerful engine that has the potential to pull away from competitors who are still limited by the skills and capacity of traditional IT.
Digital transformation requires business leaders to wear many hats and oversee a vast complexity of moving parts. By its very nature, transformation requires the adoption of new technology and a willingness to improve on things that have worked well in the past, so as not to be left behind in the wake of new innovations. Low-code can help reduce the time, money and man hours spent on traditional development so that more time can be spent empowering staff, learning from customers and navigating the choppy waters of increasingly volatile markets.
What are your thoughts on low-code as a tool to accelerate digital transformation?
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