In this current time of disruption, technology leaders face intense and urgent challenges. The rules of the game have shifted. The timeframes and expectations around digital transformation have changed. The days of focusing on the ‘big rocks’ projects, rolling out over the next several years are *over* – your organization is looking to you for immediate solutions to complex problems in a highly dynamic situation.
This is where low-code platforms come in, as they empower CIOs and IT leaders to sustainably drive innovation and agility to the edge of the business. Here are 3 ways CIOs can use low- code platforms to adapt in these unique times.
Set New Normal Expectations on Timeframes
In this environment—days matter. Stakeholders across your organization need to adapt to new, important, and highly dynamic workflows, and the clock is ticking. Enterprise grade low-code platforms offer businesses the agility and flexibility they demand, and the IT governance, security, and manageability capabilities that IT requires. This combination enables fast and controlled innovation at the edge. With this capability, you can safely reset expectations of a ‘new normal’ that new software solutions can be built and rolled out in hours or days.
Fortune favors the fast.
Make Democratizing Innovation Mainstream
If we are learning anything in this crisis, it’s that we need as many hands in the pile as possible to adapt and solve the challenges in front of us. Applying this learning to our ‘new normal’, winning companies will seek and push to democratize innovation throughout their organization. Innovation won’t be the purview of a small group in the ‘core’ of the business. Instead, winning organizations will seek and build capabilities and strengths by nurturing and repeatedly delivering innovations across all functions, distributed at all levels and across the entire organization.
In this future, low-code platforms play a key role. Low-code platforms enable a full and diverse spectrum of subject matter experts to collaborate to quickly build and continuously adapt the software solutions they need to further improve their business. The winners in the future will embrace a new normal where innovation at the edge will be mainstream, and now is the time to start planning strategically to build this capability in your organization.
Rethink Process Innovation with Integrations
While low-code application platforms offer the promise to accelerate innovation to the edge of your business, low-code integration capabilities offer the opportunity to rethink process improvements and innovation with integrations. Integrations provide the opportunity to connect disparate SaaS-based and on-prem systems to both unlock data and real-time insights.
With low-code integration capabilities, the promise is a bold one—you can adapt your existing systems to map to the ideal process your company needs, as opposed to adapting your process to the systems you have in place. In today’s highly dynamic environment, newfound flexibility is an important and meaningful capability unlocked with the rise of low-code platforms.
There is a great deal of momentum in the low-code market, and the current COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the interest and questions around what low-code means and how it fits in an enterprise computing context. These tips aim to help you adapt to your new normal in a manner that will help you in the here-and-now and set you up for an optimized future.