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Why Low-Code Is a CIO’s Best Bet for Digital Transformation

Low code development helps CIOs accelerate digital transformation.In today’s increasingly competitive world, it’s either transform or die for enterprises. And that digital transformation, more often than not, is in the hands of CIOs, who spend big money in the hopes that the transformation will pay off. The Information Age article “How low-code helps CIOs accelerate digital transformation,” says that in 2019 alone, “40% of technology spending (more than $2 trillion) is estimated to have been assigned to digital transformation initiatives.”

The article goes on to point out that mobile apps are “crucial in driving digital transformation and business innovation. CIOs have to consider the people, platforms, and processes that will cater to the increasing demand for modern applications.”

Central to doing that, the piece says, is the adoption of low-code development platforms. It claims that the platforms offer “IT leaders with the potential to bridge silos, streamline processes and enable teams to collaborate and focus on core innovation. Using rapid application development tools, CIOs have been able to accelerate their revenue-generation and digital transformation initiatives.”

In addition, the article says, low-code platforms can help replace legacy systems without having to embark on costly and problematic transitions. It claims low-code platforms provide “the potential to modernise applications without rebuilding older applications from scratch. The agility and speed to develop enterprise applications make low-code platforms a preferred choice.”

A key reason CIOs are turning to low code, the article adds, is that “they enable developing applications faster. Rapid application development reduces time spent on design and coding while improving developer productivity. By advancing the ‘speed to market’ metrics, CIOs using low-code platforms can achieve a higher return on platform investment.”

Also, because the platforms allow for agile, fast development, the article goes on to say, “They enable IT leaders to create enterprise apps that are designed to adapt to experiences instead of devices. By improving the usability metrics, emerging technology like low-code platforms has higher adoption rates and better opportunities to deliver business value.”

The article sums up why low-code platforms have become a CIO’s secret weapon: “Enterprise-wide digital transformation is all-encompassing…As change agents, IT modernization and digital transformation can be a challenging feat for CIOs and IT leaders. Emerging technology such as low-code platforms acts as a catalyst to change, providing CIOs with a great opportunity to accelerate modernisation and support digital transformation initiatives.”

Choosing the Best Low-Code Tool for Digital Transformation

Alpha TransForm (for non-developers) and Alpha Anywhere (for developers) are ideal no-code and low-code tools for enterprise development. They can work independently or together, and are ideally suited for helping enterprises scale digital transformations. 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. Learn more about take a free 30-day trial.

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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.