When it comes to enterprise digital transformation, IT is in the cross-hairs. IT is expected to deliver complex, innovative solutions faster than ever — and yet budgets frequently aren’t increased. As a recent Gartner report, Architecting Low-Code Cloud Applications With High-Productivity aPaaS, puts it: “Solutions are expected to be delivered without increasing budgets, while at the same time, the organization's application portfolio is growing and diversifying more than it ever has. Enterprise application teams already have a backlog of projects, pent-up demand and business end users being underserved by IT. This requires application development teams to change their development processes and find alternative tooling and platforms to help deliver these solutions.”
Gartner says high-productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS) platforms can help solve the problem. hpaPaaS is a cloud-based platform that speeds up and simplifies application delivery by letting professional developers as well as business experts build applications by writing little or no code. There are many benefits of such a platform, the Gartner report says. These are the chief ones:
- Fill talent gaps where there is a scarcity of professional developers available
- Relieve professional developer staff of mundane work
- Pull "shadow IT" into enlightened IT governance
- Increase professional developer productivity by enabling application development self-service for citizen developers
As to what kind of problems the platforms can solve, Gartner says they range “from experimentation and prototyping all the way to modernized legacy applications.”
Why are enterprises adopting hpaPaaS? Gartner did an analysis, Survey Analysis: High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service Advances in Enterprise IT and found the number one reason is to improve productivity, cited by 58 percent of respondents. Next came “reduced to market” and “improve business process automation,” cited by 47 percent of respondents. And after that, 29 percent wanted to “improve the application end-user experience.”
The report warns that it’s not enough to adopt the right platform in order to speed up digital transformation. The way in which applications are written needs to change as well: “Solution development practices should not harbor old distinctions between business and IT. Instead, solution experimentation and creation should engage all individuals as part of inflow business innovation. This will allow your organization to continuously explore and adapt based on an informed improvisation.”
What Development Platform is Right For You?
Alpha Anywhere and its new Alpha Alpha TransForm technology is the best tool for speeding up enterprise digital transformation. It offers tools that lets existing staff build business apps much more quickly and effectively and enables savvy business domain experts and IT departments to work together to digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. It also simultaneously enables IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance. Check out our 90-second video about TransForm, and get more details about TransForm here.
If you would like to explore how Alpha TransForm could help your organization empower citizen developers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Anywhere also has a powerful cloud component, the Alpha Cloud. It takes care of installing and maintaining server software needed to run your Alpha Anywhere applications, allowing you to focus on building your business applications. Your servers are managed and managed for you, so you can easily create testing and demo environments, and easily deploy multiple applications to multiple versions of Alpha Anywhere. The result: Peace of mind, less cost, less work and more scalability, allowing you to focus on building applications rather than managing infrastructure. For details, check out our limited time offer for using the Alpha Cloud.