Imagine if the lines of business in your organization could build applications on their own. Applications that not only reduce costs and increase technician productivity, but also follow IT guidelines that span enterprise-grade scalability, integration, application use, and security compliance.
Low-code application platforms (LCAPs) are the vanguard of digital transformation. The term, coined by Gartner — a leading IT consulting firm — enables organizations to develop custom applications faster. Their speed is enabled by the low-code drag-and-drop abilities that allow employees close to processes to build apps without coding experience.
This is a big deal for IT teams. Forbes notes how the development of traditional enterprise apps often takes up to six months, a dozen people, and two million dollars to build and deploy. With low-code platforms, those figures can be cut, with some apps taking a single person and mere minutes to build. By shifting app building to those who know their processes best, it opens IT’s bandwidth to tackle larger value-adding projects.
Low-code platforms keep IT agile
At the beginning of 2019, CIO digital magazine talked with tech leaders about their biggest challenges.
Accelerating digital transformation and losing ground to competitors ranked as top worries for IT executives. Scaling innovation was seen as a key way to meet those worries.
Low-code development tools solve many of the headaches associated with getting software deployed quickly and scaled across multiple business lines. An excellent example of this is using LCAPs to rapidly build and deploy proof-of-concept prototypes that are controlled within the bounds that IT sets. The ability to get a clear picture of what’s working from prototypes means the design of that software can be tweaked, deployed, and then scaled quickly. These rapid design iterations enable organizational agility on a whole new level, resulting in dramatic cost saving in IT projects.
Eliminating tech stack gaps
Even the best field management software has gaps. Whether that’s collecting rich media in the field, analytics, or mobile workflows management, LCAPs are flexible enough to connect your current tech stack together and feed field data through it. Out-of-the-box integrations link field activities with FSM, EAM, apps, and legacy and cloud systems.
What’s more, connecting back-office data closer to the field brings the executive team and line of business leaders more operational visibility and better customer insights. This ultimately allows them to build more contextual apps within the organization within guidelines set by IT.
The best mobile LCAP tools on the market
When it comes to organizations with field teams, these IT-orientated benefits become even more pronounced with the right LCAP solution. As field service teams shift from cost centers to revenue generators its critical to have a field-focused LCAP that is agile and integrates with legacy and cloud systems.
Look for a system that:
- Offers a reliable solution for use in IT tech stacks,
- Delivers enterprise grade capabilities, security, scalability, single sign-on, and multiple use case deployment,
- Lets LOB users build apps that are configurable and flexible enough to make integration into the company’s centralized system of record easy,
- Requires minimal IT time which means more time for value-driven work,
- Guarantees data is complete, accurate and in the right format,
- Reduces or eliminate costs associated with redundant software solutions, and
- Speeds up data collection in the field, data sharing in the office, and powers decision-making table with seamless integration that connects a field worker’s personal smartphone or other mobile device with the company’s back end operating system and programming language
Curious about what else LCAP has to offer IT? You’re in luck! Join ProntoForms’ CEO Alvaro Pombo and Manager of Commercial Sales Chris Allen on November 21st at 1 pm EST as they discuss what makes LCAP a game-changing tool for IT teams connected to fieldwork.