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Recently Forester has published a study on low code development which shows both the increase in importance and how things will evolve in the future. 

The pandemic only came to speed things up when it comes to adopting low code development platforms as companies recognize the potential impact of low-code capabilities on mobile innovation priorities. 

A better mobile experience is a significant priority for over 72% of decision-makers surveyed, and 68% of these respondents see low-code development as essential when it comes to how fast their mobile apps evolve.

Though low-code is on the rise, there is still a lot of room to grow. 58% of respondents reported that their organizations are currently implementing or expanding their low-code development capabilities but less than 20% of the apps are developed low-code. 

When it comes to mobile, low-code seems to be the way to go. An average of 52% of respondents stated their companies will use low-code development more over the next two to five years, as it’s quite a helper when it comes to mobile development.

The decision-makers which were surveyed pointed out that low code development proved to be quite handy when it comes to innovation strategy and how the mobile apps needs are being met. 

78% percent of respondents have indicated as top priority innovating and improving  their organizations’ access to customers with 80% considering mobile as a key point of innovation and customer engagement. 

Forrester report

Needless to say, the IT priorities need to meet those needs, 72% of responders wanting to improve the mobile experience across customer, business partner, and employee-facing applications.

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In this time and age acting fast is the way to go. You need to be on top and adjust both the scale and speed of how you develop and improve your apps. 69% of responders to the Forrester study have agreed that these are the top priorities for their companies.

Low code is seen as a solution since it enables increased speed and scale for developers. 68% of decision-makers are considering low-code development one of their top IT priorities.

As expected it’s not all about speed of delivering new apps but also costs as well. Low-code helps reduce the development cost while being effective when it comes to improving productivity and efficiency. Most of the firms that were interviewed have admitted that low-code has helped with cost reduction as well as improved productivity.

There is a need for companies to develop Agile capabilities more. 58% of organizations rely more on detailed and specific requirements document or set specifications in developing their application development capabilities (65%). Being as flexible and agile as possible when improving existing apps or developing from scratch is a thing to be considered. 

App development capabilities

One other thing that low-code helps with is that it borders the development  capabilities.  63% of respondents also admitted that both people and processes are based on external subject matter experts rather than developing internal expertise. 

You also need to keep in mind the regulatory compliance and technology capabilities when considering digital innovation. 57% of respondents mentioned that compliance with different regulations are limitations of their mobile innovation development. 51% on the other hand say that the speed of their mobile development has been influenced by outdated tech and lack of integrations.

Companies need to make sure their digital solutions remain agile and innovative so they can adjust to the ever changing customer demands. Low-code capabilities have enabled developers to better react to the changing business needs. In order to make the most of low code development there are some things that a company needs to take into consideration: 

  • Embrace custom development.  The time for generic commercial apps is coming to a holt, leaving more room for cloud services and low-code.
  • Develop faster. Considering the dynamic of the software industry companies need to be able to put new installments out there for their customers faster. Low code can help with that if it’s applied as a first-class development option.
  • Play the long game by measuring low-code’s platform impact on strategic challenges. Low code is not only a temporary fix but can be shaped into a great tool for improving development productivity. Companies need to analyze how low-code can become a tool for the long run.
  • Use low-code as an avenue to develop a larger innovation culture. Low-code capabilities enable shorter development cycles and lower risk experiments for innovation efforts. These features can help with the adoption of emerging tech in mobile app development.

How Low Code actually helps: Accelerate Digital Transformation at Major Chemical Company

Challenge:

This major European chemical company wanted to streamline operations through a digital transformation that gave employees the tools and apps they needed to be more efficient. 

The company’s purpose was to improve its shop floor operations by making them easier, more efficient, and more engaging for the shop workforce to use.  Low-code was the considered way to go since the solution needed to be implemented fast.

A team was assembled to identify the needs of the workers and come up with a solution. This approach helps with the user resistance issue a lot of companies are experiencing when implementing new apps. 

One issue that the team identified was the use of “paper,” for documenting and tracking workers operations. Apps that could replace this paper trail were on the want list of the workers. Of course they needed to be engaging and easy to use as well as able to facilitate the necessary functions that the 60K workers expected them to when used.

The management team soon determined that it would be more efficient to replace this “paper-based” process of emailing in a form with a web app for conducting health checks and providing guidance to the entire organization that the employees could access from anywhere.

Solution:

HCL Volt MX was selected because it integrates easily with back-end systems and data and allows apps to be built once and then deployed everywhere. 

The team has evaluated some low-code development solutions and the winner was HCL Volt MX because it proved to have flexibility on deployment, ability to integrate with other apps/systems/data, and it’s low-cost compared to other low-code platforms. One other thing that weighed a lot when choosing the platform to use was all the help that HCL has offered:  HCL was quick to help when the company needed new app components that weren’t “in the box” and did co-development work to build those components out for repeatable use.

Initial versions were quickly iterated and those were handed to the users for some early input. From that point forward the team was able to do fast iterations on the apps  to build out more functionality, bringing the workers with them every step of the way to provide feedback and giving them the opportunity to see reports. 

Once apps were deemed ready for broader use they were rolled out to the other factories, accessible by shareable iPads. This is helping grow awareness and adoption and spread the word about the apps to a global workforce of 60,000.

The positive impact from the Volt MX digital applications is being recognized by other departments, from the shop worker to the top-level executive management team.

Results:

This company rolled out 15 low-code apps to 60K users in the first year. Employee participation and feedback — and HCL partnership — was key to this success. 

How Low Code actually helps: a High-Energy Solution for an Australian Company

Challenge:

To excel in the fast-moving, complex energy market, how could this energy giant deliver information to customers — presented in a new, modern way? 

The Australian energy industry is fast-moving and complex, and energy companies are obligated to keep stakeholders and consumers informed about all the latest developments and innovations in the energy world. To stay competitive, as well as foster better energy literacy overall, these companies need to be able to present this information in a variety of formats and incorporate various levels of complexity so it can be consumed by audiences with broad levels of expertise.

In addition to getting current and accurate energy information to its audiences, this firm was committed to delivering it to them via a modern digital platform that would help unlock new value for consumers, improve transparency, create access to data, improve the user experience, and enable flexible new service offerings.  

Solution:

This Australian company had been using HCL Volt MX for a while so they were already familiar with its low-code capabilities and ease of use for developers.

The dev team was able to utilize the simple output check boxes contained in Volt Iris, the low-code development environment for rapid, visual assembly using pre-wired components, templates and sample apps for an 80% reduction in code, and the Flare engine to build and manage a single set of code with a single toolset that allows teams to design apps for any audience.

With these building components and “out-of-the-box” capabilities, the company was able to deliver applications to the respective app stores (iOS and Android for phone and tablets) on schedule.

The apps have dashboards that provide access to the following content:

  • Media releases
  • Podcasts
  • Innovation and tech updates
  • Energy explained
  • Search capabilities
  • Market notices
  • Data dashboards for electricity and gas markets
  • Fuel mix dashboards
  • Notification functionality

Results:

Far exceeding the initial 12-month delivery goal, the team designed and delivered apps for both iOS and Android in just 6 weeks with Volt MX.

Low code development is here to stay and it has proven its capabilities and what it can do when a company is looking for a way to deliver mobile applications at a never before seen pace. 

HCL Volt MX is the way to go if you want a complete solution to help you with your low-code development. Shoot us an email if you have any questions.