Change is inevitable. It’s exponential, accelerated, and so unpredictable that it poses an existential challenge to businesses across the world. Outmanoeuvring the ever-evolving landscape takes more than tried-and-true business models and technologies that are on the brink of obsolescence. It demands speed, agility, and the ability to adapt to the digital economy. It begins with first acknowledging that we’re living in a digital era; every company is a technology company, and every company needs to embrace digital transformation. No matter the industry, be it sports, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, digital economy, it’s a pervasive force and there’s no escaping it.
The proof is everywhere. Two decades ago, Nokia dominated the mobile market, today, it’s almost been wiped out of existence. The smartphone market is in itself a classic example that highlights the dangers of failing to adapt and complacency. Reports suggest that 90% of CEOs believe the digital economy will have a major impact on their industry, however only less than 15% are funding and executing a digital transformation plan at present. We don’t blame you; building the capabilities required to keep up with the explosive pace is certainly not an easy task, but it’s a vital one.
WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK FROM DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION?
Operating at the speed that the digital economy demands is incredibly difficult, even more so, if you’re still hung up on legacy systems and work with manual processes. Here are some of the biggest impediments that are holding you back from digital transformation:
- Lengthy App Development cycles
With custom apps becoming important for businesses, this necessitates the deployment of countless developers and writing thousands of lines of code. This demands time, effort and resources.
- Ever-changing needs
Nothing is constant; we’ve established that! However, rigid app architectures make it extremely difficult to customize and make amendments to the applications. This makes transformation difficult.
- The Comfort Bubble
Laborious manual processes and paper trails eat into business-critical tasks. Despite that, popping the comfort bubble and embracing change can be harder than you think.
But what if there was a way to address business challenges and streamline your business processes easily? What if you had the power to build and deploy applications fast and step ahead of the competition? What if you no longer had to do the manual, repetitive tasks yourself?
Enter Low Code Development – a revolution that has become a conduit for digital transformation!
WHAT IS LOW CODE DEVELOPMENT?
If your IT team is burned out with an exhaustive array of capabilities to be built, you simply can’t rely on apps that are built through extensive coding. Low code app development accelerates solutions and enables businesses to respond quickly to market demands. Forrester defines low-code platforms as, “Platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with minimum hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.”
With low code, you can ideate, build and deploy apps well before your competitor has finished drawing up the framework. As the name suggests, low code uses pre-built templates and drag and drop elements that allow you to quickly put together an application and go from idea to launch in just weeks, instead of months.
WHY LOW CODE?
Agility : With low code speeding up development, you can build and deploy apps faster, and help your organization become more agile.
Cost Reduction : When the time consumed for building apps is less, you need far fewer resources which reduces both development and hiring costs, while increasing business value.
Transformation : With digital transformation being a prerogative these days, low code development removes complexity and makes organizations better equipped to deal with change.
Boosts productivity : Time has always been a barrier to innovation but with low code development reducing activities that took months to days, you can expect a significant boost in overall productivity.
APPIAN: THE LEADING LOW-CODE PLATFORM
With the market for Business Process Management and low code development catching on, there’s a steady rise in the number of platforms that impart the agility your business needs. From Pega, Salesforce, K2, to Appian, the choices are endless. However, not all low code platforms are built equally. Some lack features, some are focused only on improving developer productivity, while some demand integrations that don’t come out-of-the-box.
Appian – a pioneer in the low code market is a viable contender that enables organizations to rapidly build applications and high-impact solutions directed at solving their most complex challenges. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms 2019 named Appian as the leader among 18 other low code vendors following an evaluation of their strengths across various dimensions. Combining speed and power into one platform, Appian delivers apps up to 20x faster with fewer resources, enabling businesses to go from idea to app in just weeks!
Let’s take a look at some of the key features that make Appian a leading low-code development platform:
In today’s fast-paced world, the need for speed is unmatched; if you slow down, you lose out! You need results, and you need them fast. You need to transform your processes, but you can’t take forever to get it done. With Appian, you embed speed into the core of your operations. No more unprecedented delays, prolonged waiting times, and exhaustive development effort, because Appian speeds it up and makes it 20x faster to conventional development. By eliminating extensive coding from the equation, Appian allows you to simply merge pre-existing templates, build your app quickly and start using it in weeks. Added to that, Appian comes with several business accelerators and applications that are readily available and can be simply plugged in with your existing system to use!
- It’s Simple to Use
Appian is built for simplicity, right from its design environment to its end-user experience. Unlike the steep learning curve associated with other coding or development platforms, learning Appian takes days and requires far less technical knowledge. Simplicity not only implies that you require fewer resources to build and market business applications but also makes it easier for adoption among users who’ve been long exposed to legacy systems and conventional processes.
- Easy to Design
Imagine you’re looking for process automation for your HR department. Even if the IT team is involved in designing a solution to it, more dynamic needs involving different forms or documents might again require technical assistance. Low-code development platforms come with intuitive, easy-to-use tools that make it easy for even the business users to get involved and meet the requirements.
Appian’s integrated design environment and pre-made templates mean you spend less time designing and more time on building the application you need. With a full suite of point-and-click tools and visual drag-and-drop design, Appian makes it easy for even the non-technical business users to understand application design and development. This allows rapid development, deployment, and scalability across operations.
- Unifies Data
One of the most common challenges that enterprises face is the lack of provision to effectively capture, store and break down data into meaningful insights. Data has power; the power to make meaningful business transformation possible. While Appian gives you the freedom to choose where and how you store the data, what it simplifies is how you view the data. Appian Records provides a 360-degree view of real-time data that allows you to quickly access relevant information to any topic. This allows you to derive actionable insights, identify bottlenecks and work towards continuous improvement.
- Intelligence Enabled
Appian looks beyond basic automation and unlocks value by leveraging on people, Artificial Intelligence (AI), systems and robots, making Hyperautomation a reality! The platform supports native AI services and no-code integration from industry-leading platforms. Connecting and unifying enterprise systems and data, Appian empowers workforces and makes intelligent automation possible. You can weed out mundane repetitive tasks, and free up time to focus on creative thinking, innovation and problem-solving, which brings about a cumulative increase in productivity and a reduction in resource costs. All this and more, with just one platform.
- Cloud Capability
Everything is on the cloud these days and embracing it is the most viable means of accelerating development! It offers flexibility, virtualizes infrastructure, provides reliable backup, fosters collaboration and makes development effortless. While most low-code platforms infuse cloud capability, security, reliability, and scalability are factors you need to consider before you hop onboard with the platform. Appian scores high on all these parameters! Offering the convenience of moving between public clouds, on-premise, and hybrid configurations, Appian meets more industry standards than other vendors. High availability on cloud with a 1-minute recovery point objective (RPO) makes it suited to mission-critical enterprise applications. With an unmatched 99.95% SLA uptime, its architecture is designed to keep data loss to a minimum or zero. It also holds an A+ in security configuration from Qualys SSL Labs, making it highly secure. It also holds several other certifications and compliances including ISO 27001:2013, DISA Level 4 (IL4), PCI-DSS, UK G-Cloud, among others
- A Leader in BPM
Business Process Management has evolved beyond orchestrating workflows and integrating systems. Today, BPM works on an agile delivery methodology, allowing enterprises to quickly build and deliver apps to redefine business operations. With Appian, you don’t just unite people, process, and data but also bring about refined processes and build solutions that can streamline your operations and bring about a remarkable improvement in productivity. Appian has been hailed as a leader in Business Process Management by Gartner since 2007. Gartner’s 2019 Intelligent Business Process Management Suites report states that “The Appian platform allows enterprises to dynamically alter processes for ongoing process improvement and supports intelligent business processes that support business transformation.” When it comes to low code BPM, Appian continues to remain the top choice!
- Easy to Optimize
Businesses can uncover flaws and inefficiencies at any stage! With Appian, it’s easy to adjust processes and rules to optimize the application and streamline operations. With a Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) analytics engine, it records every process interaction for detailed analysis. From aggregating time taken for activities to group or overall task performance, Appian creates views combining process performance data and enterprise data that makes it easy to derive key business insights.
- Multi-channel Experience
It’s a multi-channel world and that means, businesses must always remain connected with their customers from anywhere and any device. Appian provides seamless connectivity across channels, be it web, mobile, email, chat or voice. With the multi-channel experience infused into Appian, it puts an end to the costs and complexity associated with building platform-specific apps. No more doubling back on your development efforts to build apps for different platforms. With Appian, you build once, and it runs across platforms without any additional development effort or costs i.e. it’s instantly mobile, right out of the box!
Appian delivers sustainability; it doesn’t just transform organizations today but ensures their success tomorrow. With market dynamics evolving at an unprecedented rate, you need to move fast, which means your apps must too! Most IT teams are overburdened with maintaining applications that drains their time, which in turn, poses a hindrance to change and innovation. Appian alleviates this burden by allowing endless scalability. With common data scheme, UX patterns, and upgrades, Appian is designed to facilitate future app development on a sustainable basis, that makes it easy to scale up as per the demand, without draining resources and time.
With easy to build and use interfaces, out-of-the-box integration capability and all the functionality needed to meet dynamic business challenges, Appian clearly emerges as a favourite for a low code development platform. As a single, integrated low code development platform, Appian has limitless capability and works exceptionally well for Business Process Management, Case Management and a range of other applications.
Are you looking to embark on a digital transformation journey? Choose the right low code development platform. Choose Appian. Learn how Vuram, an award-winning Appian consulting firm, can leverage low-code technology and help you generate cost savings, improve productivity, and increase revenue. Speak to our Appian development experts today or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org