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Why Low Code App Development Tools are IT’s Best Friend

Think of low-code development tools, and you’ll likely think of citizen developers with little technical experience building apps. That’s certainly true — but it overlooks how vital they can be for IT as well. The tools can increase developer productivity, speed time to market and lead to better-written apps.

NoCode LowCode Icon BlackThat’s one of the points made in the article in SD Times, “Low code development: It’s not just for business users.” The article puts it this way: “Instead of thinking that low code is beneath them, developers should start thinking of low code as an opportunity to be better and expand their ability to deliver greater value.”

If you’re looking for real-world examples of how IT is using low code development tools, check out the CIO. com article, “What is low-code development? A Lego-like approach to building software.” It covers mini snapshots of how several companies use low code development, including Shell Downstream, 7-Eleven and John Hancock.

Shell Downstream CIO Craig Walker is in the midst of digitally transforming the company, by shifting from on-premises software and custom software development to cloud services and low-code app development. The oil company’s developers use low-code tools to build customer portals and other apps for many of the company's units, including mergers and acquisitions, retail, human resources and sales and marketing. With the low-code tools, Walker says, the company can now deliver apps to market faster.

At 7-Eleven, the article notes, low code tools were used to build “a field price optimization app that enables its regional managers to access pertinent sales.” With it, managers access data from tablets, smartphones and laptops, and use that information to “work with the franchisees to bolster sales and improve product placement in stores.” Paul McCollum, a 7-Eleven technology officer was able to build the app extremely quickly with low code tools — in only four days.

At John Hancock, low code tools are being used by both IT and citizen developers. Citizen developers used them to do things such as build a service that lets customers upload scanned copies of insurance claims into, which automated a task that used to force clients to send receipts by FAX. IT uses low code tools to quickly prototype and build new business applications.

Which Low Code Tool is Best for both IT and Citizen Developers?

alpha_transform_TMIf you’re looking for the best low code tool for both IT and citizen developers, check out Alpha TransForm. It enables 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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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.