How Low-Code Application Development Tools Can Accelerate Digital Transformation

How Low-Code Application Development Tools Can Accelerate Digital TransformationThere has been a great deal written about the best way to digitally transform a company, usually from a very high, strategic level. But there’s plenty of evidence that enterprises can take a simple step to dramatically increase the speed of digital transformation — embrace the use of low-code/no-code development tools for citizen developers and IT.

So writes Michael Beckley, a member of the Forbes Technology Council, in his Forbes blog post, “What The Rise Of Low-Code Means For CIOs.” His argument is a simple one: “Industries facing digital disruption can thrive by using low-code to expedite technological innovation while slashing application costs at the same time -- upending the tyranny of spending the majority of their IT budgets on ongoing maintenance of legacy software.”

He notes that enterprises have long turned to custom-coding for their largest and most expensive projects, because in that past that was the only way to get the most powerful applications written. But the advent of low-code tools changes that. He writes, “Low-code platforms present a simple way to rapidly ship and evolve powerful enterprise applications…without custom code.” He goes on to say, “Low-code allows applications to be configured, not custom-coded, delivering tailor-made, powerful software without the cost, risk and delays of traditional development.”

Enterprises have only a certain amount of developer resources, he says. And typically, many of those resources are devoted to maintaining existing, unwieldy code. That leaves little time for developers to tackle the innovative projects that will digitally transform companies. CIOs need to find a way to unleash developers on those important projects. Beckley says that low-code platforms are the solution: “Low-code addresses this issue, enabling developers to delegate work to citizen developers and business analysts, all while retaining enterprise governance and controls. What’s more, a low-code strategy can provide both IT and business teams with an outlet to easily translate concepts into software applications quickly, with minimal technical debt.”

He warns, though, that not all low-code platforms are created equal, and that enterprises need to choose one that is “highly efficient in unifying people, process and data. If the platform doesn’t provide these things, it’s unlikely to deliver the digital transformation promised.”

How Can Alpha Software Accelerate Digital Transformation?

We agree that choosing the right low-code/no-code development platform is the best way to accelerate digital transformation. Vital is that enterprises find an application development and deployment framework that is ideal for both IT and business users. That’s why we’ve designed Alpha Anywhere and its Alpha TransForm technology to solve business issues, deliver value, and create operational efficiencies and market advantage. Through our work with enterprise customers, Alpha Software understands that successful digitally enabled innovation requires the involvement of the whole organization -- not just IT. Experienced IT developers or line of business users (citizen developers), and innovation teams can only succeed at transforming the business if the apps they’re using are built to serve the unique needs of the team using them – built with an understanding of how they work and what they need to accomplish.

Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm combine to enable savvy business domain experts and IT departments to work together to quickly and effectively digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. It lets line-of-business experts build mobile apps using their insight regarding workflow needs and efficiencies, while simultaneously enabling IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance.

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Further reading:

5 Reasons Why Mobile Apps Are the Oil and Gas Industry’s Secret Weapon
Midsize Enterprise CIOs Need to Become Chief Digital Officers

About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.


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