To say that businesses are facing challenges right now is an understatement. At the beginning of this year, Oriana was actively promoting the need for workflow digitalization as a means to increase efficiency, and streamline organizations. Just a few months later, the biggest issue for many companies is less about streamlining, and more about simple survival. However, our basic message hasn’t changed, but now comes with the emphasis on finding smoother and more efficient workflows to meet increasingly challenged markets and service offerings. You thought that getting digitally agile might be tough before the worldwide pandemic? Just wait until after.
In fact, don’t wait, because during the present downtime is exactly when you should be thinking and acting strategically. The companies that will come out of the starting blocks fastest when economies re-start are those already prepared with new offerings, and sleeker processes to support them. Low-code solutions provide the bridge to that.
The world we emerge into from our lockdowns and quarantines will undoubtedly be different. Travel will be more restricted, and gatherings will likely be limited. On the upside it’s probable that many of our new ways of operating will continue, such as more people working from home, at least some of the time. Online-everything will become ever more prevalent, with e-commerce gaining an even greater boost, and new social and health practices increasing. For example, more Doctors will want to apply their new online diagnostic skills, rather than going back to surgeries full of waiting patients. This is all set to the background of huge churn and instability in job markets.
A 2009 survey by Booz and Company, reported that during the financial crisis of 2007-08, the top 1,000 companies spending on R&D actually increased their R&D investment. At the time, Barry Jaruzelski of Booz commented, “Reducing efforts on innovation would be similar to unilateral disarmament in wartime.” A recent report by Gartner tends to confirm this, “Successful companies fund innovation by powering through economic turns and uncertainty.”
One of the most effective ways companies can adapt to change is through digitalization, especially with the new normal of fragmented working, usually from remote locations. The most effective way of achieving process digitalization is through low-code applications. In this lull time while we all await the easing of lockdowns, it would be impossible to re-engineer an organization’s systems and workflows using conventional programming. Not so with low-code however. Low-code solutions can be swiftly and elegantly deployed, often by the very people who understand the needs of the organization best – the users. In addition, with low-code there are significant cost savings which can be generated during these difficult times, compared to off the shelf solutions, or traditional coded solutions.
Now is therefore exactly the right time to tackle all of the issues that may have been put off during the days of ‘business as usual.’ Now is the time to sharpen the cutting edge, and a big part of that can be through the effective use of low-code solutions, such as Oriana’s Effector platform. Effector doesn’t require wholesale rebuilding of the core system – it offers ‘building block’ add-ons to achieve specific tasks and can easily be re-configured as circumstances dictate. It also opens up the development process to key employees to help build the processes you need.
There is virtually no use-case which can’t be improved by using low-code applications. At one end of the scale there are all the repetitive tasks which humans sometimes fail at, though not being able to maintain concentration (particularly if they are working from home). Here, robust workflows and Robotic Process Automation, such as that from Oriana partner company UIPath comes to the rescue. At the other end of the scale where ‘case by case’ working is necessary, Case Management apps speed up processes around any use where information cannot be simply treated ‘in bulk’. This will be increasingly useful in a post-coronavirus world – in medicine, insurance, law, justice, social security, and a host of other industries and sectors.
Thanks to the competitive and affordable pricing of Oriana’s solution, companies of almost any size can benefit from r low-code apps. Whether you’re an SME, or a multi-national, there a numerous way in which low-code can ease the burden on your core system and to reduce your IT backlog, while creating significant opportunities for increased efficiency and ease of working.
Like it or not, we are going through an era of great change.
One of the most effective ways of meeting the challenges of this change is to utilize low-code applications to make your operations smoother, more dynamic and more fit for purpose.
Are you working on an app using low-code programming to address issues arising from the coronavirus crisis, in any sector or industry? Please share your basic idea with us, and the wider community.
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