Why create a low-code centre of excellence?

Low-code design tools are an emerging trend shaking up the world of software development. These platforms help developers and designers build, test, and deploy software without needing to write any code at all.

This software development method is important because it eliminates the time and cost associated with having to learn programming languages, which make them ideal for allowing your organisation’s employees to create their own solutions to make their working lives easier.

Low-code apps are now the most popular choice for software and user interface (UI) design because they save developers time and allow them to focus on more important tasks.

Low-code solutions have been steadily replacing traditional coding, which is a time-intensive and expensive process. They allow companies to focus on what they do best without the burden of worrying about building their own software and applications from scratch.

Here, we take a look at how your business or organisation can embrace low-code technology to optimise your operations.

Benefits of Low-Code Development for Organisations

Low-code applications created with tools such as Microsoft’s Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate enable teams to work together to automate and streamline their day-to-day processes, saving huge amounts of time and money.

Power Apps is a low-code platform which enables users to build applications for use within an organisation. At present, it’s impossible to present an app developed using PowerApps to the public internet. Similar platforms include Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

The point of low-code development is to empower employee developers to create their own software, automated processes, and applications without investing in specialist expertise.

A low-code centre of excellence should enable that, rather than ‘owning’ all the development itself.

The benefits of using low-code development are many. It allows for faster and more efficient development of software and application. It provides a user-centric UI design, which means the interface is simple, intuitive and easy to use. It also offers a digital transformation process that can be achieved with less time.

Low-code platforms allow anyone to build their applications without coding skills. They provide drag and drop features that work as an alternative for some coding languages such as HTML, JavaScript, Java or Python.

This way, they significantly reduce the time and expertise required to create a fully functional program for use in an app or on a website.

they save the time usually required create some apps or websites.

Low-code development enables businesses and organisations to launch apps in just days to weeks, in contrast to the old model that used the traditional coding approach to develop software, which could take months or even years to deploy.

Low-code development can benefit your organisation in many ways, including:

  • Reduced development time – low-code development requires fewer specialist skills and less training, meaning that most users within an organisation can do it.
  • Relieves pressure on in-house developers – Instead of a small team of highly-skilled programmers having a long list of things they are developing, mostly in their backlog, an organisation can educate its wider user base doing the work on the front line to use low-code tools and empower them to create apps that help them themselves.
  • Accessible system customisations – Low code programming software can be easily accessed and customised, allowing users to modify the code themselves.
  • Cost savings – Low-code development can be done at a fraction of the cost of traditional coding, reducing IT spend by as much as 20%.

How to transform your business with low-code development

Low-code development is a process that helps businesses to embrace the digital revolution, save money and time, and move quickly.

The term low-code development typically refers to software that’s developed without the need for coding expertise. These types of systems are often used for relatively straightforward projects or apps with limited interactivity.

These platforms are designed to enable anyone – even those with limited technical skills – to create applications without writing code and deploy them on multiple operating systems.

It means that rather than writing lines of code in PHP or Java to define what a data entry form looks like, users can select a pre-built objects and drag and drop them into their new apps, then customise them by choosing to change – for example – the colour or form fields it contains, using a graphical interface rather than changing a parameter in the code.

Their APIs allow developers to integrate services into their apps with just a few lines of code.

With low-code development, your business can be more agile and responsive to the ever-changing needs of your customers with less effort. The software development process becomes quicker and more cost-effective.

The ability for the business to respond quickly to change, the cost savings that low-code development has on software and UI design, and the availability of modern technology that simplifies app development all combine to give rise to a digital transformation for your business.

How to create a low-code centre of excellence

A low-code centre of excellence (CoE) is a development team that specialises in guiding the building and deployment of solutions based on a low-code platform.  While the members of your CoE won’t provide a ‘software development service’ by building the new apps themselves, they’ll be instrumental in facilitating others to build new apps. The CoE team will manage the platform, oversee its use within the organisation’s guidelines and maintain the guardrails to prevent citizen developers from doing anything which might cause issues or problems.

Low-code platforms are popular among businesses because they are easy to use and fast to deploy. This is because they are designed specifically for non-developers who don’t have much technical knowledge about coding.

If you’re looking to create a low-code centre of excellence within your organisation, here are a few things to consider.

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Select the appropriate technology for your needs

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right technology for your enterprise. One such factor is the company’s size and budget. If you’re a small organisation with limited resources, you may find it challenging to dedicate enough time and money to develop an effective low-code software solution, so outsourcing to a specialist may be necessary. In contrast, larger organisations with more resources can spend more time on software development and hire experts with the necessary skillsets and expertise.

Another factor is the complexity of your business processes. The level of technical complexity determines what kind of application or system would be best suited for your needs – software that can be tailored to fit your process or one that mimics it closely.

The last important factor is how much risk you’re willing to take on. Defining the scope of your business will help you to determine what technologies you need.

The process of selecting enterprise software solutions is not an easy one and can take a lot of time and resources.

That’s why many IT service providers, like AMDH, offer consultancy services, which include assessing your current company situation, understanding your goals, evaluating the different options available, and providing recommendations on what you should select.

Build a robust CoE team

When it comes to building a low-code centre of excellence within your organisation, it’s essential that you build a team with the skill set to enable and guide it successfully. As a bare minimum, your low-code centre of excellence should include the following skillsets:

  • UI design
  • App development
  • Digital transformation
  • Enterprise software development

 

Some of the things your CoE team should be responsible for include building the guardrails by defining what can and can’t be done using low-code and turning off the things that are off-limits so citizen developers can’t run into any trouble.

Training is a key function of a CoE, it must be able to educate users to enable them to become citizen developers, as well as document and provide training materials on how to do things correctly using low-code.

The CoE should also be able to provide example apps, that are built properly, for citizen developers to play with, copy and understand how they were created.

And before a citizen app is released into the organisation, the CoE should review it to ensure it functions as intended, is built correctly, is properly documented and doesn’t present a risk to the organisation.

Finally, one of the CoE’s key responsibilities is to take ownership of platform management and development to ensure the tooling is properly patched, up-to-date and that new features are made available.

Creating a low-code centre of excellence can provide your organisation with more time to focus on  innovation, development and growth. It will help your business save time and money, take advantage of the latest technology and better align it with your strategic goals, streamline your operations and increase employee efficiency and productivity.

Any organisation which incorporates low-code technology will be taking a significant step towards achieving the efficiencies and benefits that digital transformation can bring about.

 

If you enjoyed this blog and want to learn more about how we can help your organisation develop the strategy to guide your low-code development approach to help your organisation achieve the outcomes its looking for, give us a call on 01332 322588 or book a free consultation.

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