There is no doubt that technology has been increasingly important to companies in recent times. Besides the obvious examples, such as remote work and online meetings, we will go a little further to understand its impact on business.
Imagine, for example, that the IT team is responsible for improving your company’s BPM software workflows so that business needs are met. The problem is that, at a given time, the team feels overwhelmed by this and other even more strategic demands.
As a result, instead of the solution that your company has invested to adapt to your business, it is you who needs to adapt to the software, because without knowledgeable programmers it will be impossible to make the necessary modifications.
This wouldn’t happen if the software in our example adopted an approach known as low-code, which is, with low need for programming. Since we don’t want you to go through the problem we showed in our example, we want you to understand what it is, why low-code is important and how a “simple” detail can make all the difference in a competitive environment.
As explained on this post, “low-code is a concept that gives freedom to a user without experience and knowledge in programming to create their own applications”. This means that the approach allows non-developers to design, create and test new ideas with customers and interested parties.
Thanks to the concept, instead of writing complex lines of code and syntax, any user can create forms for any situation – including complex ones. In other words, low-code development doesn’t need IT professionals even for the finishing touches. Because it’s flexible enough to meet a company operational needs as well as powerful enough to adapt to corporate projects, low-code gives the company much more control.
A good example for you to understand the concept are the platforms for developing websites, such as WordPress CMS. When using it, the users themselves are the ones who select a predefined layout for their website and then have the opportunity to insert text and various media, create menus, adapt layouts, etc.
Since it is a platform designed for both beginners without programming skills and real developers, it can be used by anyone. And this is the principle that follows low-code development: to give the users the power to make the adaptations they need to meet their own demands.
What does your company get when using a low-code software?
We understand that a low-code platform focuses on software development with minimal coding. Therefore, one of the most expressive advantages is that it is a programming method aimed at people with limited knowledge to encode their own applications, according to their needs and without having to depend on other people and the IT department.
Because it has simple functions, such as drag and drop, it is easy to work with software with low-code functionality, also because the approach is extremely intuitive. Another attractive feature of the technology is its ease maintenance.
Most of the platforms used in low-code were designed to adapt to the particularities of each company. But, what is the difference between low-code solutions and solutions that claim to meet the needs of an industry?
Here it is important to understand that even if a software offers several functionalities and says it adapts to your business processes, this will only be possible if the platform allows your company to automate workflows without having to wait for a technician (or even the developers themselves) to do it.
To sum it up, the low-code approach is practical (and as we explain on this post, there is a difference between being practical and being functional).
What to expect from a low-code BPM
The trend of low-code platforms emerged precisely because each company has its specific demands. If we take two organizations from the same segment, we will see that, although the functionalities they expect from a BPMS may even be the same, the needs are different.
This is because each company has its own processes, demands and clients. At a time when we increasingly need to be fast to meet market changes, low-code is ideal for those who don’t have time to rely on IT staff to make each change, no matter how small it may be.
Thus, we understand that a BPM software that allows the users to take control of their own processes and make automation on their own is not just another trend. On the contrary, it has come to stay for a long time.
For your understanding, we reinforce that low-code offers a greater degree of customization in a much shorter time. Besides, it makes it easier to program BPM software and offers professional results without requiring a long learning process.
These are the main points that have made low-code development an attractive method, in terms of both time and cost. So keep in mind that this approach makes companies agile to respond quickly to changing business and customer needs.
Faced with your customers’ immediate expectations, can your IT department keep up with the pace? This is a question to be asked when researching management software systems.
It is important to make clear that a low-code solution does not eliminate the need for an internal development team and/or programmers. As we have explained here, for very complex applications there may be a greater difficulty to integrate the tool in your company. In this case, it will be necessary to count on the help of a professional.
However, because it takes on adaptations considered less complex and avoids financial expenses that the company would have with traditional development, the low-code approach ensures that the organization meets its internal and external needs in a short period of time.
Moreover, organizations that want to be part of the digital transformation, having low-code solutions is essential. Finally, if you still have any questions, please remember: solutions with low programming needs combine speed and power to meet customer needs.
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