As a business’s needs change, it asks its IT department – specifically its developers and systems engineers – to create new applications and services, or upgrade and add to existing software. That can be challenging in terms of time and resources as many IT teams are understaffed and bogged down with updating existing systems, applying security patches, bug-fixes, and fine-tuning performance in or around legacy apps and IT stack.
But the demand for new business services is increasing, not decreasing. Pressures from the labor market, including fewer quality technical staff available and high wage demands, mean that many requests for new features of applications go wanting. These are usually placed at the bottom of a list of existing requests and priorities. By the time teams have the resources to begin work, the business will, in all likelihood, have moved on.
Even if developers can be retasked to address business imperatives faster by being removed from their existing projects, the infrastructure available on which to develop, test, QA, and host new business solutions may not be available or suitable for purpose.
The winning combination to solve both developmental and infrastructure issues is, increasingly, high-performance, low-code development models designed specifically for cloud use. As well as leveraging the cloud’s elasticity and ability to scale, the low-code environment also helps companies bring their creative and strategic ideas to production much more quickly than with traditional development methodologies.
The emergence of low-code software capable of helping speed up development also comes with an added benefit: it removes the time lag between subject matter experts’ input and their being able to see, test, and feed back on applications. Development and iterations are fast, can be undertaken with line of business input, and therefore, the end-products are impactful and on-point for end-users.
There is less time waiting between the initial concept, usually inspired by seeking a new niche or market opportunity, and the creation of a product, quickly, that can address the strategic need. Creating agility and fast time-to-production is the ethos of low-code development techniques and platforms. The story doesn’t end there.
Assigning the necessary infrastructure and facilities is traditionally a slow process. In the past, hardware, storage capacity, and network bandwidth had to be carefully allocated with an eye on the overall needs of the business. The potential for bottlenecks is simply removed by the cloud’s easy availability, predictability, and power.
Line-of-business experts’ ease of involvement with faster development processes means the modern business can respond lightning-fast to market opportunities without being hamstrung by legacy procedures, coding practices, and limited hardware capabilities. This, in combination with cloud’s inherent advantages make for an impressive capability that helps companies create what they need, when they need it, at the scale that’s right for the use-case.
Lengthy time-to-market, sometimes over a year, for projects becomes a thing of the past, and organizations leverage low-code to alleviate the pressure on over-tasked development and engineering teams, too. Line-of-business experts and C-suite personnel are assured of fast time-to-production timescales and a focus on strategic imperatives that come from local expertise in instigating and guiding application and service development.
Some products find their niche quickly, and some come into their own naturally, too. OutSystems’s platform is being used right now to create mobile apps that connect remote teams and employees on the go. Mobile-native apps that work with an advanced cloud stack, with full development cycles measured in weeks, not years: it’s an attractive proposition for any organization looking to get business back up to speed in 2022.