Speed, Insight, Agility: three mandatory platform capabilities for today’s digital world

Model-driven, ‘low-code’ business process application development platforms bring three core capabilities to organisations that are a perfect fit to help enable real digital transformation.

12 Sep 2016 - antoine.mottier

Organisations that are aggressively embracing digital technologies and platforms have a very specific attitude to change: they see change as needing to be continuous; part of ‘business as usual’. They see that change needs to be incremental and driven by experimentation, rather than being periodic and planned in isolation from operational reality.

Model-driven, ‘low-code’ business process application development platforms bring three core capabilities to organisations that are a perfect fit to help enable real digital transformation.

 

Creating a ‘digital thread’ through your business

Digital transformation is a subject on every executive’s lips – no matter what industry they’re in. Organisations from sectors as diverse as financial services, retail, utilities and logistics see the threats posed by new digital natives entering their marketplaces. They want to find ways to protect against those threats – while at the same time improving the experiences they deliver to customers, improving their operational efficiency and agility, and driving more innovation into their products and services. However, even though a great many executives consider digital transformation as a top priority, in our research work we’ve found very little real agreement between executives – even between executives in the same organisation – about what ‘Digital transformation’ actually means.

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The value of a model-driven, low-code platform

To recap: to really enable digital transformation in your business, you need a platform that will enable you to weave a ‘digital thread’ through your customer-facing activities, through your operations and platforms, and enabling employees – ensuring that people can share knowledge and co-ordinate work at scale. You also need a platform that will give you speed, insight and agility when you’re delivering new business capabilities. Good ‘model-driven’, low-code development platforms fulfil all these requirements. Because they work from logical, usually visual, models of application behaviour – rather than requiring developers to write thousands of lines of code – the applications they deliver can be developed in the open, and collaboratively. What’s more, making changes to the behaviour of applications – whether at the user experience, workflow, business rules or data management level – is easier to do with confidence, at scale and speed than it is if you rely on extensive custom coding.

 

Download this white paper to see how. You can aslo see the author, Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors, discussing some of these ideas in the companion video.

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