Business enterprises are more dispersed than ever. Not only are many people still working remotely a full year into the pandemic, the digital age has given companies a lot more data to manage. Combined, that makes business processes challenging to execute.
But what if creating a new, automated application users need to do their jobs no matter where they’re located was as easy as drawing a workflow diagram?
That’s exactly what low-code technology does.
Low-code enables rapid application delivery with minimal coding. It is a visual approach to application development. Users essentially draw a workflow diagram that illustrates the process they want to automate, and then software underlying the low-code platform does the heavy lifting. The research firm Gartner predicts that 66% of enterprises will have adopted this approach by 2024.
“We need technology to bring us back together so that we can collaborate better with each other,” said Matt Calkins, CEO and founder of Appian, an enterprise cloud software company headquartered in McLean, Virginia that specializes in low-code technology. “We need technology that can help us hand off work from one entity to another, to use each kind of worker for their strengths and not for their weaknesses, and to bring to bear all the scattered data around the enterprise.”
Who can use low-code
Low-code platforms are powerful tools for professional developers within an IT department who are finding that the demand for software is outstripping their capacity to deliver. Using low-code, they can speed up development and make it easier to turn out mission-critical applications quickly.
“It’s 10 times faster to build an application in low-code than it would have been if you’d written it through traditional means. Plus, it will cost half as much to run it,” Calkins said. “All the costs of maintaining it, changing it, doing upgrades and handling compatibility are cut in half.”
Low-code platforms can also empower professional developers to build enterprise grade applications faster to keep up with the business backlog of IT projects and keep up with technical debt. For example, a customer service center could use a low-code platform to connect multiple systems that contain different customer records into a single mobile ready interface, making it much simpler for front-line staff to provide great service.
Preparing for the rising demand for low-code development
Low-code technology is designed to be easy to use. Still, it also is a new skill that is reshaping the way developers and technologists approach processes and automation. The University of Texas at Dallas added an intelligent automation course to its curriculum for the 2021/22 academic year to address this shift. Students are using Appian’s low-code application platform as part of their work to learn process orchestration, process re-engineering, robotic process automation and intelligent document processing.
In a news release about the new course, Gaurav Shekhar, the assistant professor in UTD’s Naveen Jindal School of Management, said low-code development and automation skills are in high demand by businesses around the world.
The market research firm Forrester estimates the low-code platform market will be around $14 billion by 2024. Appian (Nasdaq:APPN) has been on a hiring spree and is forecasting 2021 revenue of $353 million to $355 million, with cloud subscriptions’ revenue forecasted to grow at least 30% for the year.
Low-code technology can completely automate processes, powered with native robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to complement the coordination of various workers among human team members, artificial intelligence and bots.
“What we’re on the verge of doing is unification,” Calkin said. “The big new frontier is that we’re breaking out of the silo and extending the workflow across the enterprise to gather data and coordinate work.”
To learn more about how Appian is helping organizations use low-code technology to fast-track the digital transformation journey, visit appian.com.
McLean, Virginia-based Appian is a global leader across multiple enterprise technology markets, including low-code automation, digital process automation, intelligent business process management systems
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