Low Code

Make Low-Code your New Year’s Resolution

There are many words we’ll associate with 2020, but alongside sanitiser brands and tv streaming platforms, some strong contenders will include change, disruption and innovation. At times it’s felt like the only thing we could bet on was that we couldn’t bet on anything at all.

The scale of transformation in organisations has been astonishing. We’ve seen institutions move to remote learning models almost overnight, brands halt production and pivot to making face shields and sanitiser, and whole organisations forced to move operations online and leave the office not knowing when they’d be back (RIP all the office plants that didn’t make it through that first lockdown).

While we all hope for a less chaotic 2021, the mindset of rapid improvement will most likely outlast the vast majority of our New Year’s resolutions. This year, leaders have had to think on their feet and rapidly adjust working practices in the face of unprecedented circumstances. Better still, in amongst that chaos, many have emerged much more digitally mature than they could possibly have dreamt of becoming in such a short space of time.

So, what’s changed?

The disruption we’ve seen this year has made leaders rethink how they architect business processes, favouring low-code alternatives that will give them the agility and flexibility they need to rapidly add and update business applications to suit changing needs of their staff.

For many processes, it’s no longer workable to make a change request and have this added to the back of the queue of IT tasks. To keep up with the pace of change that has been set as a standard by 2020, organisations need to democratise the power to create and update their business processes among their colleagues.

Throughout this year we’ve helped organisations re-engineer their cumbersome, paper-based processes that simply wouldn’t work with all of their staff working remotely. Without the option to continue printing, completing, scanning and sending forms and documents, many saw this as an opportunity not just for a stop-gap, but to make things better.

One such process was a resource booking app. Previously this organisation had kept a track of their fleet of vehicles using a paper booking scheduler located in their offices. Wanting to streamline this process and remove the need for employees to head to the office, the organisation engaged us to design a Power App that would manage these vehicle bookings. Now, not only can bookings be made smoothly from anywhere, but notifications can be triggered automatically to notify the relevant people should the vehicles be found in an unsatisfactory condition or have a fault. Confirmations can also be sent automatically to the booker, saving time and ensuring that appointments aren’t missed and resources are maximised.

The place for low-code going forward

Now that we’ve seen what is possible to achieve when we think outside the box, there’s going to be more demand than ever on businesses to optimise and digitise processes. The pandemic has brought to light the number of processes that require trips to the office, rely on equipment such as printers and scanners, and generally just aren’t as efficient as they could be.

It’s clear that low-code will play a crucial role in ongoing business application development. With 500 million apps predicted to be built in the next 5 years, organisations will simply not have the resources to keep up with these requirements using traditional development methods. In fact, Gartner predicts that 65% of enterprise application development will be in the low-code category by 2024.

Once things are brought into something like a Power App, it’s not just the process itself that becomes more streamlined- having the data available in a usable format opens up a world of automation and analytics possibilities. The possibilities with low-code are endless, and it might surprise you how quickly you can get things up and running.

We hope in future years to look back proudly at what was collectively achieved in 2020. There are lots of things we’d like to forget about 2020, but this mindset of innovation is something that is definitely worth taking with us into the future.

How to find out more

If you’d like to find out more about what Power Apps can do for your organisation, take a look at our new Power Apps Spotlight webinars which introduce the technology and focus on the benefits and considerations for a wide range of sectors in turn.

Alternatively, you can sign up for one of our popular, immersive PowerAppathon sessions by visiting www.powerappathon.com.

If you’d like to speak to our team directly, just get in touch by calling 01628 519 000 or emailing info@pythagoras.co.uk.