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Low code – more agility for business departments

iBPMS Digitalization DPA
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Rolf Gebhard Stephan
by Rolf Gebhard Stephan

While low-code development platforms are currently a hot topic, low code alone doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. In order to utilize low code to its full potential, it has to flexibly interact both with application development through full stack automation and also with classic programming tools.

When IT specialists are asked whether they are currently working on the development of new applications or digital services, the answer is usually much the same: “We’ve almost finished modernizing our standard ERP software. Everything should be ready next month.” A common problem here is that the IT department has its hands full taking care of existing core systems and doesn’t have the time to focus on the development of new digital solutions. As a result, bimodal IT systems – those which deal with both the administration of standard software and the rapid development of new, agile applications of all complexities – are currently in demand. When used correctly, low-code applications in combination with full stack automation have the potential to provide the link between these two IT areas.

 

Added agility thanks to low code

Low code is a method for simplifying the creation of a piece of software that would otherwise require complex programming using code. The actual programming is taken over by the system, meaning business departments are then able to develop simple applications themselves without needing support by the IT team. Together with reducing the workload on the IT department, the biggest advantage of low code is that it allows departments to become more agile.

 

Low code alone is not enough

As a result, many low-code providers offer only low-code functions for programming. However, solutions like these are not suitable for complex applications and can only be used to a limited extent. This is where full stack automation comes into play. This focuses on complex, comprehensive applications that control business-critical processes, have very specific requirements and must be scalable.

 

The right combination is key

To achieve long-term success using low code, it is essential that departments and IT teams don’t follow a single path and are not limited or marginalized by the platform used. The goal of working with low code is to supplement classic IT approaches. Low code has proven itself both as a solid basis and when used in combination with full stack automation. A process automation platform is required that supports both low-code developments and full stack automation and enables a seamless transition both between the two and with classic IT development.

 

Automating processes of all complexities

The platform combines and coordinates both of the application development methods, thus allowing for the automation of processes of all scopes and complexities. Different tools and technologies are used depending on the requirements. Interaction with classic IT development is supported in full. The primary focus is on consistent business processes that are organized through the automation platform. The implementation of complex applications remains in the hands of the IT department, while the other units are able to develop basic functions independently using low code. When used in this way, low code can link together the approaches seen in bimodal IT and lay the foundations for agile, flexible working – both for the business departments and the IT team.

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