5 Signs your company should consider low-coding applications

June 13, 2019

Low-coding platforms are perfect solutions for SMEs and large multinational enterprises alike. Their abundant benefits make companies’ life easier by cutting development costs, effort and time, thus saving money and valuable resources for the development team and the complete business.

This high tech solution, however, is even more cost effective for SMEs, as it offers a lower cost of entry into digitalization, and is able to grow together with the business due to its flexibility.

When do companies need to consider using low-coding platforms? There are several signs that organizations have to realize when it is time to change their traditional manual coding approach to low-coding. Let’s explore these reasons to see whether it is worth for your company to change for another solution.

Slow development and implementation

Sluggish app development can hinder the business’ advancement. This can be caused by internal factors, like too many projects, an overwhelmed IT team who cannot focus properly on the development. Or, slow app development can be a result of external management issues, such as problematic project management, communication issues, or the lack of defining the exact needs of the business. Regardless of the source of slow development, it strikes as a huge setback in the life of any business.

It does not matter if we talk about in-house solutions, like databases, on-premise or cloud infrastructures, or applications that are sold to the clients, it is essential for the technical assets of a company to function properly and swiftly. However, in some cases, it takes too much time to achieve the desired state of the application. If development takes too long due to constant logic changes, bug-fixes or malfunctions, the company may miss the opportunity to create business value from process data and flexibility. Moreover, they will lessen their ability to change fast according to the needs of the market, which can negatively affects the profit of the company.

What is more, complicated app integration and the new app implementation into the existing infrastructure can again delay release time. These are all risks and conditions that can be avoided with the use of a low-coding platform. These platforms enable organizations to reduce development and implementation time, and errors in the code to a great extent.

Paper based processes

ERP systems and in general the core solutions may cover majority of the processes but you may still find workflows that are paper based, simply because development in the ERP solution would be too expensive, or the available functions do not cover the requirements.  In addition if your company has old methods or technologies, on which your IT processes are based on, development and delivery time can be an issue too. In such cases where ERP systems might limit your flexibility, Low-Code solutions can be worth exploring to give you a dynamic layer at the application level.

Difficulty to keep up with the market’s technological advancement

The majority of essential business processes run in the back-office, though these gain very little attention, less focus, and fewer resources than front-office procedures regardless of their importance. Furthermore, there are still many paper and excel based processes in  many companies, hence they can hardly keep up with the ever-changing demands and managing data (ref: GDRP) can become a nightmare if CIO and CDOs can’t be sure where data is stored.

If you already realized that your company is struggling to keep up with its competitors and the evolution of the market’s demand technology-wise, it is time to take the leap and change from manual coding to low-code platforms. These tools help organizations to swiftly adapt their tech solutions to new conditions, to expand an application to another platform and to create custom developments based on customer requests. Moreover, they also put more control in the hands of the people in the front line, who are communicating with customers and operating the processes.

A high number of custom development requests

When the client-facing application is not capable of serving all the needs of the users, some of them may request custom developments. This can vary from smaller alterations to new feature development, but they are necessary to implement to increase customer satisfaction or broaden the customer base. Listening to customers or users generates new expectations and demands that can be utilized for the development of the whole enterprise.

When you experience a high-volume of custom developments, which constantly keeps your developers busy, you might need to consider using a low-coding platform to shorten the time of new feature creation and software alteration. As these high-tech solutions are highly customizable, and your own developers can also change the pre-written code to an extent that suits the needs of your business, with the use of low-coding platforms it is faster and easier to fulfill new requests.

Budget limitations

Let’s face it, money is key when you would like to elevate your company to the next level. When your company has a limited budget, you probably won’t be able to afford many senior developers, or expensive tech solutions in order to improve your application. When you, as perhaps a CEO or CTO, lack the necessary budget for highly skilled people with the necessary coding skills or for other IT tools that would make your system smarter or more stable, it becomes difficult to make decisions. Often cheaper less optimal solutions or ‘do nothing’ might be the choice taken.

To avoid these hardships, we advise you to choose a low-coding platform, which allows you to operate with a smaller number of developers with higher effectiveness and efficiency. Instead of paying for expensive software, your team can develop them based on your plans easily with a low-coding platform, which may leave thousands of dollars in your pocket. Moreover, as these tech solutions do not require a high level of development knowledge, individuals from the company’s business line can effectively work together with the developers to create the plans and the workflow.

What is more, less experienced developers can work with these solutions due to the use of less complicated coding languages in most low coding platforms. As a result, more people can work on the same project together, which makes the process faster, and decreases the rate of human error.

Does your company suffer from any of the above-mentioned signs? Then, it is time to change from manual coding to a newer, more effective and top-notch solution. Pace up development time, cut expenses, educate your developers about better alternatives, and finally achieve all your desired business goals with the help of a transparent, easy-to-use tech solution. The Effector low-coding platform will help you to shoot your company ahead of your competitors in no time.

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