The rise of citizen developers!
Digital Transformation is not only disrupting the role of IT in your future organization, but also deconstructs old notions about jobs. No longer innovation is confined to departments, labs or centers of excellence, but everyone can participate given the right technologies and policies enacted.
This is a major shift away from centralized innovation and IT departments towards a more democtrative and inclusive approach, empowering your business users. Instead of having your workforce involved at the fringes of the process “Low Code” platforms put them into the center.
What are Low Code Platforms
In short, low code platforms enable non-technical users to easily create new digitally enhanced solutions themselves. Up to now, most of what went beyond classical office automation software such as Microsoft office, required to a certain degree the IT departments involvement. As more sophisticated those solutions got it even requires developers, architects and testers.
Low-Code platforms change this. Users can drag and drop features and functionalities into pre-defined application templates to create applications. Those platforms integrate the graphical mechano to build applications, with the automatic generation of executable and their deployment and runtime without the need to even know the basics of programming or deployment.
As such Low Code Environments facilitate “grass root” innovation within the departments. At the same time it also enables you to use your IT resources appropriately by putting their efforts to where it matters most, when you scale your application.
Low Code Platforms offer a wide range of benefits, to name the three most prominent ones
- Improved Agility : The Visual design process low code platforms offer, can expedite your speed of development. This combined with automated testing will enable you to build your apps as fast as never before.
- Decreased Costs : By building more apps with less specialized resources you will decrease the costs of building. At the same time it will lower the need to scale your IT department at the same pace as before:
- Higher Productivity : Before Low Code it took weeks and months to build MVP’s. It now takes days and even minutes for first prototypes to be built. Time and Effort is no longer a barrier to real innovation.
Treat end users as customers
While the platforms we looked at emphasise ease of use, training is an essential part of bringing your low code efforts to live. Hands-On One to one training work best where the employees create their first apps and have a possibility to ask the training. Another alternative is a train the trainer approach which allows to use the trained “power users” as change against in the process.
Your IT Architecture matters
Expect that your low-code apps will very soon expand the boundaries of a simple excel sheet but require more complex integration of functions and data. A microservice based architecture is a key concept that allows you to make most of your low-code efforts.
Risk Management and Governance
In general the more freedom you have, the more governance and control is needed. Having a new type of your work force creating apps, it also comes at trade offs such as freedom vs. control, innovation vs. risk management.
What is next
We strongly believe that low-code platforms are the new standard for 2021 and beyond. While it will boost productivity and innovation in areas which were heavily dependent on IT, It will still play a vital role in scaling the new type of apps.