How do you get started with low-code applications? By answering these 6 questions

As organizations refocus their vision after a tumultuous 2020, many are doing so with eyes on finding the right technology for strategic investment.

Surprisingly for 2021, the answer is simple: low-code.

Low-code configuration platforms minimize the need for time-consuming and costly custom coding. A low-code approach allows developers and non-IT professionals alike to create agile, customized solutions faster than non-low-code users, while benefiting from increased flexibility and integration.

But don’t take my word for it. A recent global report from Frost & Sullivan report calls low-code capabilities “table stakes for a digital organization” and reports a demonstrable advantage for low-code users.

Some highlights of the report include:

  • Low-code app development is half what non-low-code users report
  • Low-code users are 27 percent more likely to be satisfied with the degree of collaboration in their software processes than those not considering low-code
  • Eighty-six percent of low-code users say their applications are excellent or very good, versus just 48 percent of users not considering low-code

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6 questions to kick off your low-code platform evaluation process

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To understand where your organization can realize benefits and which type of low-code capabilities will offer the most value, start with answering these six questions:

1. Do low-code capabilities exist with your current platform?

If not, look for a platform with a well-documented record of enabling users to create diverse, customizable and efficient low-code solutions.

If low-code capabilities already exist on your platform, (this is you, OnBase users), low-code solutions could be just a call away. In addition to the capability to rapidly build applications, using low-code within your content services platform means simple enterprise integration for each app. For OnBase users, your low-code journey begins with a module that seamlessly delivers the benefits of a low-code platform.

The point-and-click ability of our solution in the Hyland Cloud, which helps us to avoid hiring specialized programmers, was a driving factor for our investment. If you want to build something for a different team, you can. It’s very much like a tool kit that you can use to tailor your own solutions without having to buy or leverage something specialized for different departments.

– Senior project manager, higher education institution

2. Will line-of-business users be able to contribute their expertise to application-building?

Contributors from outside of IT play an important role in guiding applications to solve their exact pain points. With the right low-code solution, they can literally help design the app. Features like simple interfaces and visual design elements such as drag-and-drop or point-and-click configuration empower all stakeholders to participate in app development.

3. What business processes could you improve with low-code?

Low-code isn’t just acute problem-solving for business units. It can also solve workflow automation and content collaboration pain points.

Start by evaluating the areas where low-code could have the biggest impact. These targets may still rely on disconnected spreadsheets or antiquated database applications, or simply be frustrated by the long queue for IT.

The good news is, you can apply low-code solutions to essentially any business unit to drive efficiency, capture return on investment and improve customer and user experiences by providing infinite solution opportunities.

4. Will the low-code platform integrate with your core systems?

Integration is key. Your low-code platform needs the functionality to access and use all the latest data and content from your entire content universe, meaning a content-based configuration. Your best-fit low-code strategy will integrate your content repositories with all your critical applications and line-of-business systems, complementing those systems and equipping you to maximize your investments.

5. How do you measure success after deployment?

Measure success by looking at metrics such as speed of deployment, increases in efficiency and user satisfaction, as well as user adoption. When user adoption increases, it typically does so alongside the desired business benefits originally sought after: operational efficiency, optimal use of resources and improved profitability.

By benchmarking your current development system (and user satisfaction) you can accurately measure the impact of your new low-code platform.

6. Will the low-code platform work with your cloud strategy?

As organizations increasingly look to the cloud to support growth, adjust to changing workforce requirements and improve user experiences, they must evaluate cloud compatibility in the context of their low-code strategies.

With the right platform, low-code and the cloud will be effective for two important reasons:

  • Security: a content services platform operating in a secure cloud solution extends maximum security, and when it’s also low-code-capable, the security envelopes every business app you build.
  • Future-proofing: Most companies are either already using or planning to use a cloud strategy for some of their content services technology, so when evaluating platforms for low-code capabilities, it’s critical to find one that operates at full throttle with your content services-based cloud deployment.

Ready to learn more about how low-code can help your organization? Continue your journey on our Grow Faster hub.

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Morgan Kent Molden is a writer and editor in the tech industry. She manages the Hyland blog and helps Hyland's team of experts talk all things content services. Morgan is based in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, where she and her husband raise three smart and curious daughters. Morgan coaches youth soccer and basketball.
Morgan Kent Molden

Morgan Kent Molden

Morgan Kent Molden is a writer and editor in the tech industry. She manages the Hyland blog and helps Hyland’s team of experts talk all things content services. Morgan is... read more about: Morgan Kent Molden