We’re about to enter not just a new year, but an entirely new decade, focused heavily on business digital transformation. What can you expect to happen in digital transformation in the coming decade, and how can you best prepare for it? We sum it up for you in this blog article.
One great place to look is “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2020 Predictions.” Serge Findling, vice president of Research for IDC‘s IT Executive Programs (IEP) warns in it that “While there has been no single ‘year of reckoning’ for CIOs in the digital era, time for action is growing short, as competitors are accelerating their digital efforts…In this hyperspeed, hyperscale, and hyperconnected phase of digital transformation, CIOs must rapidly transform their organizations to become the Future IT.”
Among the report’s many predictions are those having to do with how new applications will be developed and integrated throughout enterprises. Its very first prediction is this: “By 2024 the IT strategy for 80% of digitally advanced organizations will evolve to a broad, flexible, self-service mashup of digital tools to replace the ‘walled-garden’ IT-as-an-Enabler model.”
“By 2024 the IT strategy for 80% of digitally advanced organizations will evolve to a broad, flexible, self-service mashup of digital tools to replace the ‘walled-garden’ IT-as-an-Enabler model.”
In practice, the report notes, that means enterprises will turn to solutions such as low-code/no-code platforms that can be used by citizen developers and domain experts to write applications that allows companies to respond to fast-changing market needs without having to involve IT.
The report also predicts, “By 2022, 70% of IT organizations will have transitioned from builders and operators to designer and integrators of digital solutions that come to define every product, service, or process.”
“By 2022, 70% of IT organizations will have transitioned from builders and operators to designer and integrators of digital solutions that come to define every product, service, or process.”
That will happen because line of business organizations will build new applications with low-code/no-code and other solutions. And they won’t just build them, but they’ll deploy them as well. So IT will have to take on its new role as integrator and advisor throughout the organization. The report says, “The challenge for CIOs is that LOB organizations, aided and abetted by vendors, will take on more technology creation and deployment roles, whether or not IT supports that shift. If CIOs refuse to make the shift in IT roles or abdicate responsibility for LOB technology solutions, the consequences for their businesses are dire. It is far better for CIOs to plan and manage the transition working closely with LOB executives.”
What’s the Best Low-Code/No-Code Platform for Digital Transformation?
Alpha TransForm (for non-developers) and Alpha Anywhere (for developers) are ideal tools to help with digital transformation. Alpha TransForm and Alpha Anywhere can work independently or together as a single platform and are ideally suited for digitally transforming business processes. Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Alpha Anywhere has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Whether a novice user or an experienced developer, these products help a range of employees take everyday business processes digital, quickly and cost-effectively.