5 Ways Organizations Are Improving Business Processes Applications Without Programming

Feb 28, 2017


Low-Code Tools Are Improving Business Workflow

In today's rapidly shifting technology landscape, organizations are struggling to transition their business processes at the same pace. Software vendors are coming to the rescue with application development tools that reduce the need for programming skills. This type of software enables both professional developers and citizen developers to build mobile and web applications for streamlining any business process, without having to code. Professional developers can accelerate their own application delivery or provide a managed environment to empower citizen developers to contribute themselves. Citizen developers aren't actually developers, they are individuals in your organization that are hands-on, and take pride in building mobile applications that can impact the business operations they understand. With the combination of professional developers and citizen developers empowered with the right tools, it's easier than ever to drive innovation and digitally transform your business with the team you already have on hand.

These vendor tools range from low-code products that require some database and programming expertise to ones that truly require no programming to create richly functional applications and automatically generate the database for you.

To further understand the growing popularity of this range of tools, here are 5 advantages of using them and how they can impact your organization:

1. Full development and lifecycle support

Low-code and no-code platforms not only contribute in the development phase, but also support quick deployment and low-cost ongoing maintenance too. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers can centrally host applications in a cloud database and make them available instantly to users, anytime and anywhere. Some of these development tools offer features that professional developers can use as required. These include app integration with deep-linking URIs, powerful math and function sets, full workflow configuration, role-based permissions and nested data structures, just to name a few.

2. Ability to keep up with market demands

Conventional, code-based app development platforms simply cannot keep pace with the enterprise mobility market. Building an application that involves any programming can be expensive and it can take too long to make any minor change. The demand for custom business apps is soaring and the expected time to produce them is becoming shorter. With the ease and speed of low-code/no-code tools, systems become agile and can be updated frequently to adapt to changes in business workflows.

3. Anyone can build applications

With a little enthusiasm and effort, nearly anyone in the organization can use the point-and-click, drag-and-drop elements. Employees from all parts of your business can take initiative and create a mobile solution, regardless of their level of technical expertise. This allows IT departments to retain control of the infrastructure, data and security, while people closer to the business can prototype and even build the applications themselves. This can give more time to IT professionals to focus on higher priority tasks that demand technical skill sets.

4. Delegating work to the right people

Mobile applications are built by the same employees that will eventually use them. Who else knows business processes of each department better than the staff themselves? These individuals are familiar with department-specific business problems and how to solve them, contributing to enhanced mobile application usability.

5. Positive collaboration between IT and business

By establishing a means of application development that is both accessible enough to be used by non-technical citizen developers and powerful enough to meet the needs of professional application developers, the right software tool fosters collaboration between IT personnel and business leaders. Discussions are more frequent, and decisions are made cohesively. With departments working together, organizations can achieve business goals faster than ever.

Flowfinity's flexible software lets you build complete mobile business applications with point-and-click, not code. To learn how you can quickly automate your business processes through mobility, start a free 30-day trial today.

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