Imagine giving your business users the capability to develop apps that add real value in just a few days.
During the epidemic, demand for apps rose, with users downloading more than 230 billion apps in 2021 alone. But for many businesses, it may be challenging to find development resources to build all of them. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, software development is one of the four most in-demand professions today, and this year there will be a shortage of around 200,000 developers.
With low-code, citizen developers (users with no coding knowledge) can quickly create custom software to address business problems across your organization, including by automating data entry to Excel spreadsheets, allowing IT to focus on more strategic projects. Totodate, low-code allows professional developers to automate IT operations, boosting increased speed and efficiency.
Consider the following methods you may employ low-code tools to boost your business:
1.Empower citizen developers to develop advanced applications that meet their unique needs.
Nobody understands the difficulties and possibilities that come up with in your company more than the people who are working in these areas of business. Citizens develop the capacity to automate the processes and develop precisely the solutions their team needs, often far faster than it would be if IT had to be involved.
Toyota has developed hundreds of apps, from scanning QR codes to analysing dealership sales performance. One citizen developer even included oversized buttons in a new app for use on a manufacturing floor where workers often wear heavy gloves, making the app far easier to use than if it was developed by someone without on-the-ground knowledge.
2.Acquire IT to better manage all of your business technology and build higher business value.
The proliferation of shadow IT and apps is one of the biggest concerns faced by IT departments, posing challenges of data and system security. Instead of using third-party apps that aren''t authorized by IT, citizen developers can create custom apps with data security and compliance included, and IT can monitor and manage all apps in the organization.
Microsoft Power Platform comes with a dedicated admin system to allow IT to have full visibility of all applications, as well as the capability to switch apps on and off and control the connection of other data and systems. At the same time, low-code applications like Microsoft Power Automate enable IT to automate repetitive tasks such as data entry or invoice management, allowing your IT team to focus more on larger, longer-term projects. The results can include a more central and strategic role for IT.
By connecting all your systems and data, you can help you accelerate value creation.
Companies can connect all of their business infrastructure, with low-code applications posing as the glue holding it all together. They can connect systems, extend third-party applications, and custom-build brand-new apps. For example, Dataverse users can use more than 600 pre-built connectors (for applications from Microsoft Forms to Adobe Creative Cloud to Zendesk) to create workflows and automate processes across applications and services.
4.Reduce development costs, prevent technology lock-ins, and increase operational agility
What number of applications you manufacture today are causing uncertainty in terms of productivity? With expensive legacy technology, there is a lot of pressure to make do with features and functionality that are ineffective or outdated. However, since low-code apps are costing so little to build, it''s a simple decision to stop using them when they are no longer useful. Organizations can even justify developing apps that will have limited lifespans, or to manage one-off events, or to ensure accounting compliance under temporary tax situations. These may be difficult to
Whether youe struggling to bridge the app gap or wanting to digitize and modernize operations, the value of low-code development has never been more evident. That''s why low-code development is growing across the industry. According to Gartner, 70% of new organizations will utilize low-code and no-code technology by 2025, up from 25% in 2020.
It is also why the number of users benefiting from Microsoft''s low-code development platform has doubled in less than two years, bringing more people to the market. Companies of all sizes are discovering that, with the right low-code platform, they can both increase their value and build a faster, agile business.
Learn more about how low code can potentially benefit your organization.
Charles Lamanna, a corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Applications and Platform, has been appointed.