5 common IT challenges companies face and how to solve them smarter, using low code
All companies need software to do business. But meeting IT requirements in a changing business environment, with a legacy core or limited resources, can be quite the struggle. Especially without the right tools.
While there are skeptics, Forrester and Gartner soundly agree; low code is and will be a critical enabler for enterprise companies in years to come.
Here are five common IT challenges many companies face and how you can solve them using low code
1. You can’t find off-the-shelf software that meets your requirements
You have a growing pain in your organization, and you need to acquire software. Let’s say that you need a digital system to serve your customers.
Many IT leaders usually turn to off-the-shelf software or software as a service when trying to solve a problem. When a standardized solution offers exactly what you need, and you don’t expect your needs to change in the coming 3-5 years, this is often the cheapest and fastest solution.
If you are lucky, you find a perfect match. However, as companies and markets change, so do your system requirements. When these requirements change, so must your software. Suddenly off-the-shelf does not suit your needs and you need to add functions while you are paying for functionality you do not use.
A low code platform is a better and more sustainable alternative. It is in the same price range as off-the-shelf solutions but offers tailored functionality. It is the best of both worlds: Tailored and adaptable software, delivered with the speed and price of an off-the-shelf system.
You never have to worry about the low code platform technology, as it is separated from your solution. Platform updates and development are handled by the supplier, meaning you can update your business logic and change a process independently. Platform changes do not affect your business logic – and vice versa.
2. You need to modernize your core applications
Your challenge lies at the core of your IT architecture, a monolithic legacy infrastructure, where the underlying software is based on outdated technology and old business processes.
It is hard to make new or improved business applications fast enough and to keep up with innovation when legacy is holding you back. To upgrade or replace an old core system is often time-consuming, expensive, and associated with high risk.
Low code makes it easier to modernize your core applications. An architecture based on microservices and adaptable low code applications allow you to make changes fast, making your business future fit.
Whether you want to replace your core entirely or build a layer of systems on top of it, the low code approach has a proven track record. With a low code toolbox, you have access to the flexibility and scalability you need – and you keep costs down versus filling every gap with different off-the-shelf software.
3. You need to improve alignment between business and IT
Your field is changing fast, and you are growing. This puts strain on your core applications and dated business processes. Agile principles can reduce the business-IT gap. However, that requires tools that support an agile methodology.
With near real-time collaboration and alignment between business and IT, you can easily run frequent releases and quality checks with business requirements. It transforms the typical buyer-supplier relationship because the path from idea to execution is extremely short, and as a business developer, you can prototype a concept in no time.
4. You need to reduce costs and have a faster time-to-value
You have a new budget and need to cut costs. Acquiring, modernizing, and aligning software is both expensive and time-consuming.
Low code is a shift in application development, allowing you to deliver more functionality in less time. Compared to traditional methods, low code enables software delivery at 3x faster speed. With the right platform, maintenance and operations is also less expensive than a coded solution, and often also off-the-shelf alternatives. This means higher ROI, better responsiveness, lower long-term costs, and reduced backlogs.
5. You struggle to get the right talent
Good programmers are hard to find and expensive to recruit. Great programmers even more so.
With low code, you expand your talent pool by including what we call “Business Engineers”. They are tech-savvy candidates with a great business understanding, without any programming education. These candidates often come with a broader perspective and can be found in finance or other engineering disciplines.
The visual development interface of low code allows these Business Engineers to develop software without knowing the required syntax of traditional programming languages.
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