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Zero Code App Development Can Accelerate Your Mobile Transformation Journey

Making Business Process Management Easier
A discussion has been raging over the years in the Business Process Management (BPM) community regarding the zero-code phenomenon. The question is can they be run without coding? Zero-code claims that non-technical people can define already analysed processes. The discussion should practically be about how business knowledge can be inferred from what the business performers are doing and how such knowledge can be continuously improved. It is about the feasibility, not desirability, as currently conceptualized; we have detailed control rather than individuals self-organizing to perform work.shutterstock_1261505991

I understand Zero Code BPM as a Business Process Management system that can be customized to meet an end-user’s requirement without appending even a single line of code, neither in terms of typed words nor in terms of using drag and drop symbols.

A system making recommendations autonomously
What BPM Could do Without Customization?
Pick up any application software available in the market and scan its features and applications. Take an extra mile to analyse the functions incorporated in such a system. You cannot deny that to create a perfect fit for a given situation, you will need at least some customization features in some form. It is practically not feasible to design a software that takes care of almost infinite permutations and combinations resulting out of a given situation. Customization is one of the most important features that makes a BPMS adaptable to any given case scenario. On a second thought, we may argue that why not put all the possible permutations and combinations in the complete BPM product by embedding all the functions which are required to manage different types of business processes.

No two organizations in the world are similar to each other, neither in the form of structure nor in the form of functions. As soon as you think about the integration of BPM with other systems, the inclusion of customization code becomes a necessity. On the other hand, when you talk about Zero Code BPM, you are blocking the whole concept of integration. The true essence of BPM and the concept of Zero Code BPM appears to be contradictory. When you try to achieve one, you are compromising the other.

Rapid application delivery platforms

There is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less. While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery of a wide variety of enterprise apps.  Yet they remain so diverse that they are difficult to categorise or segment.

When these rapid development tools arose due to the frustration with traditional software delivery, some analysts predicted a revolution where armies of business experts or citizen developers would build complete applications without any coding, ergo without professional developers.  That particular aspect of the revolution hasn’t seemed to materialise. More often, professional developers are utilising these tools alongside end users, albeit to deliver solutions much faster with less code than ever before. Still, getting from the drawing board to the app store can take several months.

We are in complete agreement with this point of view.

Some may still want to prevent managers from defining business processes themselves, saying it is too complex a job and should be left to specialists. That may be true right now, but it won’t be by the week after next. Its cited that the Spreadsheet is the paradigmatic example of empowering business users. The spreadsheet is a simple yet eloquent example of a useful paradigm shift. The convenience and low cost of the breakthrough was so striking that it led to the PC revolution in business. The spreadsheet could not have been successful had it not been for the fact that personal computers, a standard based commodity were spreading like wild-fire elsewhere in society. To the business, the PC loaded with a spread-sheet meant a radical simplification of routine calculations, transferring to the everyday business person a function that had once required special programming skills.

Where there is no code, there is transformation

Zero code app development is a rapidly emerging technology that deserves a place on the IT strategy session agenda.  It holds tremendous promise for larger organisations that have already adopted low-code playbooks and opens the door to small and mid-sized firms that are still on the side-lines.

For larger organisations, they can get an open, custom multi-purpose app for a fraction of the cost, literally in minutes, without sacrificing control of their IT architecture.   For smaller players, they can overcome the traditional barriers of software development to improve operations and customer service with mobile capabilities for the first time.   For innovative organisations everywhere, zero code platforms will be a game-changer, empowering end users and enabling IT to focus resources and budgets on strategic impact areas.

Fully Configurable with RACE™ Zero Coding

Rapid App Configurator Engine–  RACE™ toolkit
Fully configurable with RACE™, it gives you unparalleled flexibility to zero in on the specialized, industry requirements that can turn your company’s asset management into a competitive advantage.
RACE sits on the SAP Netweaver Gateway and works as the backend that lets you activate or deactivate specific transactions, add or remove data fields, map custom fields and much more with simple clicks pertaining to any app that you want to customize. The net result is you have an app with a customized UI ready that perfectly matches your business requirements. And the best part is you need not change a bit of the code – no need to have any technical knowledge of SAP ABAP or OData or UI development skills. This simplicity in customizing SAP mobile solutions provides a strong value proposition and dramatically improves the overall TCO and ROI, thereby enhancing the overall customer experience to the next level.

With Race, you

  • Drastically decrease implementation timelines and cost – go mobile in less than four weeks.
  • 40% rise in productivity to drive higher operational efficiency.
  • Minimize on-going support and maintenance costs.
  • 8-10% direct cost savings through enhanced productivity.
  • Eliminate the need to hire additional skill sets (Mobile UI/UX designer, iOS, Android or Appcelerator developer).
  • Receive OS upgraded versions for iOS, Android, Windows, etc. at no additional cost.

Simply stated, RACE empowers your IT teams to manage your evolving unique business requirements across core lines of business such as Sales, Finance, Supply Chain, Operations and Field Services. Irrespective of the size of your enterprise or the type of the infrastructure that your organization currently maintains, we at Innovapptive will help you fuel your business engine and stay ahead of your competitors.

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