Unleashing the Fantastic Power of Digital Transformation

Imagine, if you will, a world of wizardry…in a time not so long ago… in a place not so far away.

A low-code wizard comes to town with a magical platform, and discovers a tribe of skeptics (called no-low-coders), who fearfully hide from the frightening menace of digital disruption. 

It turns out that the wizard’s platform is one of those way-way-way-faster, low-code app development platforms. Which helps the no-low-coders unleash the power of digital transformation, and defeat the digital disruptors. Sounds like the plot for a JK Rowling movie, right? 

But here’s the thing. The transformative power of low code is not magical thinking. It’s the real deal. It has a bright side, an environment that allows businesses to innovate faster than ever before. But, the power of low-code has also sparked a parallel explosion in the dark side of digital disruption, with ripple effects that can be more disruptive than the original disruption itself, according to Gartner.

Back in the day, you could make products and services incrementally better and cheaper, and pretty much bank on business success. There was no sense of urgency. No digital wave. No mobile lifestyle. No Internet of Things. No algorithms driving the behavior of billions of people. But those days are long gone. Today, there is a constant acceleration in the pace of innovation… and consumer expectations.

And the disruptors? They can now take away market share, in no time flat. Shake up entire industries. And drive sales and revenue from bupkis to billions, with little more than a website and a proprietary algorithm. In other words, no matter your line of business…How large your brand…Or how long you’ve been in business… You are a potential target for digital disruption.

Which may explain why 90% of business leaders expect their industries to be disrupted by digital trends, according to researchers at MIT Sloan and Deloitte. As a digital transformation leader, if this sounds familiar…If you find yourself worrying about digital disruption, then perhaps it’s time to invoke a low-code solution.

The alternative is to end up on the wrong side of the digital disruption curve. Better to take a low-code approach that enables you to innovate faster, work smarter, and move at digital speed. Imagine the value you could create, if you could accelerate time to market, speed time to revenue…outthink and outmaneuver your competitors.

Like the major wireless carrier that put 5,000 vehicles on the road across 30 major cities, and brought the retail experience directly to customers. There was a real sense of urgency about this story. Company officials wanted to implement — and scale — an innovative retail program before competitors got wind of it.

Powered by the Appian Digital Transformation Platform, company officials took the program from concept to implementation in just three weeks. One week later, it was expanded to two cities. Then, to 30 cities shortly after that.

This is the kind of digital transformation you need to compete and win in the digital economy…to overcome the challenges, threats and risks posed by digital disruption. Of course, there will always be the skeptics, naysayers, and wait-and-see’ers. Those who will continue to seek refuge in no-low-code systems, designed for yesterday’s economy.

The story of a major Life Science company is the opposite of this. The company wanted to accelerate clinical trial start-ups, a key competitive advantage for getting new drugs to market. With the help of the Appian Digital Transformation Platform, the company was able to reduce clinical trial startup times from six months to just two months.

Back to the allegory of the low-code wizard.

As a digital transformation leader, if you fear the constant acceleration of expectations, then you are on the wrong side of the digital disruption curve. And no business model is safe there.

Of course, there is no world of wizardry to escape to. But like the low-code wizard, savvy digital transformation leaders can invoke the fantastic power of  low-code platforms… to accelerate digital transformation…  And defeat the scary beast of digital disruption… like Bing, Bing, POW!  

Roland Alston