It’s not a revolution, but an evolution – one powerful enough to drive meaningful change at the speed we want.
What is it you are looking to change about your business? Big change starts at the roots of an organisation and focus generally lands on one of the following key objectives:
- Increase revenue, drive down spend
- Improve productivity
- Be more competitive
- Improve customer or client service
Digitisation and transformation often means you will need to address your business model to empower flexible and dynamic digital business planning and forecasting. It will breakdown traditional roles and provide a need for workforce and leaders to be more agile in their operations. Agility means speed and efficiency, which is what low code is all about.
You can of course achieve transformation in a number of ways, but few will offer you the speed and flexibility that low code platforms can. It also provides the genuine opportunity to safely re-imagine improvements, or decide whether incumbents should be made more malleable in preparation for wider digital regeneration.
When looking to make changes, large or small we will all come up against some common challenges:
- It will take too long
- It will cost too much
- More staff will be needed to support it
- It won’t always be the right solution
- It’s hard to measure impact and value
- It’s a drain on resources
- It’s too complicated
When executed well, these concerns are easily navigated because you can see where the issues are as you develop the solution and respond appropriately. If you had a series of real-time truly automated processes, all capable of integrating with incumbent legacy systems, driven by citizen developers – you open up valuable time and resources to drive genuine innovation and meaningful change for your business.
How can low code combat these concerns?
- Speed of deployment -because the process elements are already configured, what would have taken months can be designed, tested and deployed in weeks. Modern enterprises succeed when they adapt to industry and marketplace shifts.
- Reduced cost – there is no need for lengthy development, change and deployment spend. As the system is already built, you just need a team to put it together in the right way. Flexible pricing structures also mean you only pay for what you need, so its value can be directly linked to the bottom line.
- Strengthen the culture of change – low code platforms can be managed and owned by citizen developers so you can hand the tools directly into the hands of your workforce. Their ownership of the vehicle by which you change can help speed along the change itself.
- Safeguard against change with constant reinvention – because you can meet new requirements when you need to, there is no need to disrupt the business to alter a process when you need or want to try and new initiative further down the line. Trial and error is not a barrier to progress, but becomes part of the changes. Plan to build a system that can pull all your needs into a single place – rather than just building slightly more effective plugs between existing clumsy systems.
- Expose value producing opportunities – a low code platform should be open and transparent so you can view where processes should be changed and make these amendments quickly. This frees up the IT department (who for the most part are still seen as barrier to change because they are swamped with BAU). The capacity to measure and check the system is critical and must be central to a chosen solution.
- Empower your workforce – it is not enough to think about what will come out of the other end but HOW it will need to be used to ensure optimal efficiency. That means thinking about mobility as well as speed as teams evolve. Their full hearted adoption of the systems will only add value back into the business. With low code, they can make changes quickly which means they can also drive momentum.
- Usability is key – Low code (or ‘no code’) software can be a powerful tool from which all the possible elements you need to deliver true connectivity, transparency, efficiency and value from your processes are ready built. With usability baked right in. You simply need to decide how these building blocks are best put together to suit the requirements of your business (now and in the future). Find an experienced team that has experience in best practice and process mapping to get the most out of the software. It’s all in the planning!
Low code is key to rapid transformation because of its very nature
Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination so it’s important to choose a framework that is also flexible and will continue to deliver beyond the original concept for change. Whatever the operational challenge, low code can meet it. It lets you think beyond the app itself.
Ultimately, low code is all about doing more with less. More effective steps to build less manual actions, utilisation of more staff with less programming experience capable of managing a critical system, more departments brought together under fewer, more efficient processes…
The bottom line
Typically, low code software is employed so that process can be better managed and offer greater transparency. Because it’s configurable, you can do what you want, when you want leaving you without the traditional burdens that surround change. It will speed up process efficiency and responsiveness, reducing their cost to the business.
It all starts with a frank analysis of what you have already.
Change is not easy. To get a proper view of what is needed, group your expectations with each head of department – singularise your ambitions and harness technology to imitate that.
Transforming your business will realistically take a while, and the concept itself does not call for a single, static response. Once your business is more agile you will need to be able to continue the momentum and forecast future changes. As soon as you identify a new opportunity thanks to your carefully organised DT plan – you can trial, tweak and launch an initiative and and when required.
If it’s done properly and with full transparency, effective digital transformation can erase the threat and risk of shadow IT in your business which is placing even further pressure on individuals charged with radical transformative plans. Via low code, organisations now have the ability to empower their IT to add business value, rather than continue to identify them simply as a cost centre. Through good planning, honest analysis and expert support – low code can rapidly transform your business – leaving you the lead the way within your industry.
Thanks for reading! Digital transformation is more than technology, but a coming together of an empowered workforce and tools that perform as they need to. Read my article about change.