The “What, Why, and How” of Low Code

Achieving digital transformation can seem like a daunting task, but adopting a low-code platform like eCase makes that task simple, straightforward, and cost effective. In a four-part series published in Forbes, AINS CEO Moe Goswami answers the “What, Why, and How” of low code: 1) “What is low-code development?”; 2) “Why do organizations need low code?”; and 3) “How do organizations effectively find and implement a low-code solution?”

 

  1. What is low-code development?

In his first article of the series, “What is Low-Code Development?”, Moe identifies low code as an effective development alternative to legacy systems and coding. A low-code development platform provides the tools for configuring apps without the need for custom coding. The resulting process entails a much lower learning curve that doesn’t depend on technical resources to develop business-ready apps. Moe demonstrates that “[t]eams of developers, business analysts, and process owners can work together more effectively . . . and if key developers leave the organization, the threat of bottlenecking development is greatly reduced.”

Additionally, Moe points to three considerations when selecting a low-code platform: “past performance, customer base and governance.” A platform should be able to demonstrate success while providing robust security and compliance measures. Our platform, eCase, provides role-based security and compliance with the most stringent federal laws and regulations. That is one reason AINS has been serving government and commercial organizations for more than 30 years.

 

  1. Why do organizations need low-code?

As Moe points out in his second article, “How to Achieve Process Transformation at the Organizational Level”, “the modern digital economy is starving for highly skilled developers.” Organizations cannot realistically hire and maintain the resources needed to uphold legacy systems that require coding as innovation continues to rise. Low-code development, on the other hand, is a time-tested path to innovation. Low code simplifies the application development process between subject matter expert (SME), business analyst (BA), developer, and quality assurance. Rather than rely on a process wherein bottlenecks, delays, and cost overruns are common, low code facilitates an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to “bring the roles of SME and BA to development.”

Further, as Moe describes in his third article, “How to Consolidate Core Systems Through a Low-Code Platform”, low-code platforms are especially good at unifying disparate systems in core areas. Our platform, eCase, has the tools to assist organizations in consolidating and modernizing their core systems, from drag-and-drop designers for workflow, procedure, UI, and reporting to cloud-based hosting and integration capabilities.

 

  1. “How do organizations effectively find and implement a low-code solution?”

Moe emphasizes that the path to low-code success and innovation first starts with a commitment from the leadership of an organization to transform the development process from the ground up. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) should be prepared to redistribute roles and resources, as Moe describes in “How to Achieve Process Transformation at the Organizational Level.” From there, CIOs can look to a number of deciding factors for selecting a platform, including:

  1. Total cost of ownership,
  2. Performance,
  3. Functionality,
  4. The ability to quickly automate existing processes out of the box,
  5. Potential to consolidate multiple systems,
  6. Integration capabilities.

In his fourth and final article, “How to Successfully Transition to a Low-Code Platform”, Moe describes the key to successfully implementing a low-code platform. This includes selecting a methodology to “support a low-code Center of Excellence, including DevOps and DevSecOps or Agile frameworks.” As Moe notes, “[t]he methodology you choose will depend on the outcomes you wish to see for your [software development lifecycle].” Next, Moe points to four steps to successful transition:

  1. Identify platform administrators and provide the necessary training.
  2. Configure platform authentication, general settings, security, audit trail settings and out-of-the-box connectors.
  3. Conduct a security review for enterprise authorization.
  4. Grant access to the business solutions teams to begin app development after identifying roles and responsibilities.

Of course, as Moe points out, there are challenges that any organization will face when adopting a new development procedure and methodology, but with the right amount of direction and with the right vendor, organizations can circumvent these. AINS offers a number of best practices for making the most of our platform, and we provide data migration services to ensure a smooth transition for our customers.

 

eCase is a digital process automation platform that provides the tools to enable continuous app transformation and end-to-end development without the need for custom coding. From simple to complex and structured to ad hoc, eCase powers solutions that can adapt to new requirements and facilitate real-time decision-making to better meet your business needs. To learn more about our platform please email us at info@ains.com or request a demo today.