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There isn’t a single industry that isn’t affected by digitalization in one way or the other. This in turn increases the demand for custom business applications. With these, businesses across all industries hope to simplify work processes, provide better services and increase their profitability. The race for digitised business processes means that conventional approaches to development can no longer keep up. The IT and development departments have to develop and provide user-defined web applications at an increasing pace. According to the market analysts from Gartner and Forrester, the hour of low-code development platforms has come for precisely this reason.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for companies to find suitably skilled personnel for their IT. At the end of 2017, the trade group Bitkom counted 55,000 vacant positions for IT specialists. That represents a growth of 8 percent in comparison to the year before. Application advisors and administrators are the most sought after positions in companies; followed by software developers and IT security experts1. Due to the lack of skilled personnel, the IT departments in user companies are often now fully stretched.
In addition to these, the user demands are higher than ever before. From their private lives, employees are used to applications that are mobile, straightforward and quick. Long loading times leave people feeling frustrated just like long waiting times for orders. The term “Sofortness” (immediateness) coined by journalist and blogger Peter Glaser signifies society’s demand to always need everything immediately. This is the “technological side of impatience” or “digital impatience”. This is especially true for employees from the millennial generation. In their personal lives, Amazon is their department store, Spotify is their record store and Netflix is their video store: The constant interaction with digital services at home creates high expectations for company processes with regards to their speed and immediacy. These factors mean that the prompt development of business applications is considered to be the biggest challenge for IT teams.
What are the challenges your organization faces in building custom applications using traditional coding with programming languages, frameworks, and middleware? (Multiple responses accepted)
This is precisely where low-code development platforms are positioning themselves. They promise substantial acceleration in the development of applications. And according to the heads of IT and development departments interviewed by Forrester Wave, they are also honouring this promise. More than 50 percent of those interviewed state that their situation was “improved significantly” by implementing a low-code platform. The following will explain what constitutes a low-code platform and what advantages it has to offer in comparison to the conventional approach to development.
Today, there are a plethora of different low code development platforms. Even though they have certain similarities and sometimes have very similar functions, the concepts behind them are often very different. The key to successfully evaluating the different solutions is to carefully examine the case studies. At the time that you select your low-code platform, you should have the confidence that the low-code platform selected by you has a proven efficacy in real-life customer use cases. Building a comprehensive reference document of relevant low-code platform options that contain detailed project briefings as well as the ability to contact current customers for reference, are essential to ensure that you arrive at the decision that is right for you.
Implementing a low-code platform is the right choice if one or more of the following statements is true for your company:
• Your IT department is almost always overloaded and finds it difficult to manage all the requests from business units and departments.
• Your company faces difficulties in identifying and retaining suitable and talented software developers.
• There is more time spent on maintenance of the IT infrastructure rather than innovating your IT systems.
• Your company is predominantly dependent on legacy systems that are kept fairly operational with a lot of time and effort.
• Many of your employees deploy their own applications as they are absolutely at their wits end after waiting interminably for the IT department to action their requests. The shadow IT thus created, is a serious threat to your data security.
• The IT landscape can no longer meet emerging demands on digital tools. This makes it increasingly difficult for your employees to complete their tasks and sign new customers and there is a negative impact on sales and the business.
Considerations to bear in mind when finalising your low-code platform and provider:
The maxim “mobile first” is pervading the digital age to a greater extent than was first envisaged. This means that business applications absolutely need to be developed specifically for mobile devices. The requirement for low-code platforms is therefore to provide the ability to create applications that function on a range of different device types. Field personnel and sales representatives should be able to easily and quickly access information that they need about products, spare parts, service schedules, etc. so that they can effectively resolve customer concerns in real-time. Here are some critical aspects that you need to address:
Is the design a fit for your particular requirements?
Does the low code platform under consideration meet your usability expectations? The solution also needs to be robust in the areas of process management and data integration.
Does the solution have readymade connectors to SAP or various CRM systems? If this is the case, then applications that access data on these third-party systems can be developed much faster.
A future-proof solution also distinguishes itself in that comprehensive support and consulting services are on offer as well.
And finally, you should ensure that the low-code provider has a transparent update policy. Typically, the platform is going to be with you for a long time so you will need to confirm with the provider as to how often you will be provided with software updates.
Leveraging on inherent technical experience and expertise along with a deep understanding of client requirements, the Neutrinos solution is a robust, high impact solution – one that is both effective and efficient and resonates with the need of the hour. And, it is faster and easier to roll out, implement and manage, than you might think. Neutrinos is excited to help clients make this journey an ongoing success. Let us help transform your business through our low code solutions. Talk to our experts today!