Low code development strategies present a golden opportunity for entrepreneurial organisations to re-shape their entire IT functions around the needs of workers and customers. Whereas previously most departments had to request a new IT project from management and then hope it was approved before waiting for their system to be installed (which could take quite a bit of time with custom development), now departments can get up and running much more quickly and make their own tweaks to the tools they already use.
With low-code technology platforms, front-line users are empowered to take charge and constantly evolve their software solutions. This is a significant step forward, as until now the disconnect between technology and its end users has been a major stumbling block to many projects.
Five key advantages of a low-code solutions
•It’s the ultimate bespoke solution. By opting for a system that can be easily tweaked and adapted by in-house IT and even certain end users, a low-code platform can rapidly be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation or department.
•It won’t go out of date and become another legacy dinosaur. Every time a feature becomes dated or a business need changes, solutions can be quickly updated.
•It brings stakeholders on side. Workers’ reluctance to accept change imposed from above is a major obstacle to getting a good ROI from IT investments. Low-code platforms empower stakeholders to provide business requirements and collaborate on new and updated solutions, and are therefore usually more readily adopted.
•It encourages innovation: because more people will understand how the platform really works, there will be far more ideas on how to improve it and the kind of solutions possible. Crucially, more of these ideas will come from the front line of customer interface.
·It eliminates the need to rely extensively on costly, time-consuming custom code. This allows non-developers to more easily maintain the system and create solutions.
Of course, there are pitfalls to allowing devolved responsibility for IT platforms! Suitable security must be put into place to encourage better visibility across the organisation. It is crucial that low-code solutions are implemented in an environment where information is shared between departments, and senior managers have a full overview of what is happening. Such a system - which can be built using an enterprise information platform with native content, process and case management capabilities - has many advantages beyond IT implementation but is particularly important when encouraging a highly adaptive, entrepreneurial approach.