Low-Code Allowing for Development Delegation
Low-code application development platforms are establishing new operational paradigms that alter the way IT departments operate. The ability to create proprietary apps or customize third-party solutions without having to write extensive code changes the development game, allowing IT teams to get a wide range of users involved in the process. According to a recent DevOps Digest report, this ability to delegate development tasks is transforming longstanding IT bottlenecks and freeing IT teams to become innovation centers for businesses.
Legacy Development Methods as an Innovation Barrier
The report explained that IT departments have long been so bogged down trying to keep up with day-to-day management tasks, such as maintaining email systems and servers, that they are limited when it comes to development. Creating new apps has long been a time-consuming process, and one that IT teams have had to forgo in favor of supporting day-to-day operations. If IT gives non-tech users more authority to choose solutions to drive innovation in areas where the IT department doesn’t have a good option in place, then shadow IT departments will emerge and limit the IT team’s ability to govern and regulate operations.
“Low-code lets IT give up some control without risk.”
This is where low-code is so beneficial. By making development easy enough for non-tech users to handle—they won’t be creating complex apps, but simple, secure solutions are in their reach—low-code lets IT give up some control without risk. Low-code platforms provide a foundation for secure, reliable app performance while giving IT control over key functions such as data management. From there, business users who identify operational problems need only go into the platform and create an app. The news source explained that users can establish apps to automate processes, share data and otherwise improve operations with relative ease.
The key to success in all of this, according to the report, is to balance freedom with collaboration and governance to ensure that work doesn’t become redundant or create risk.
Considering BPM’s Role in App Platforms
Leading business process management (BPM) software providers are extending functionality to incorporate app platform capabilities into their solutions. The result is an operational climate in which process management tools and low-code solutions intertwine to give users a greater degree of visibility into operations as they design apps. The result is a greater degree of precision in app creation, allowing users to not only quickly develop innovative solutions, but do so in line with existing process frameworks.
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