Many organizations trying to accelerate their digital transformation are turning to low-code technologies to respond quickly to the constant market changes. Low-code technologies facilitate application development by offering drag-and-drop components that require little to no hand-coding. Low code creates a seamless integration between cloud platforms, tools and utilities.
As low-code applications increasingly become a shared responsibility between IT and business units, it’s incumbent upon IT to ensure changes are delivered consistently, reliably and without disrupting end users — no matter who makes the change.
In this Q&A session, Prodly CEO Max Rudman answers a few questions about low-code applications and change management.
Max is one of our distinguished speakers presenting at Low Code Today Virtual Summit. During his session, Max will discuss how to implement an agile change management process to low-code applications and accelerate time to value for low-code apps.
How do low-code applications boost productivity?
The simplest answer is: It’s just faster to configure and make changes to low-code applications. Low-code apps leverage declarative programming, meaning you assemble a solution by dragging and dropping predefined components together like Lego blocks instead of writing code line by line. Everyone knows how to use Legos, which brings us to the far greater productivity benefit of low-code apps — they expand the number of people on your development team.
Low-code applications have given rise to the citizen developer — someone who deeply understands the business problem and how to design the desired solution but previously lacked the programming skills to make it a reality. With low-code applications, business analysts, project managers, operations teams and other business users are empowered to implement solutions for themselves. Consequently, technical developers have more time to focus on projects that require specialized skills. Because developers are now able to focus on tasks that really do require programming expertise, they become more productive, too. It’s a win-win for both IT and business.
How does low code drive change management? How can you carry out an effective change management process?
Low-code applications highlight the need for change management within an organization, especially as application configuration and maintenance becomes a shared responsibility between IT and lines of business. This should not be a free-for-all approach to application development where anyone can make changes to applications at any time. More and more businesses rely on low-code apps to manage critical and often complex business processes, like revenue and customer service. Changes must be made in a predictable way that mitigates the risk of errors, downtime and other disruption to users. At the end of the day, users don’t care if an application is built with code or clicks, but they do expect it to work reliably and securely for them to do their jobs.
Change management processes address these issues and foster greater collaboration between IT and the business. The low-code revolution has accelerated the pace of change, and it’s causing organizations to rethink their change management processes to accommodate non-technical developers to participate. It’s an opportunity and a responsibility of IT to establish the guardrails and guidelines to empower citizen developers to move fast without breaking things.
What can we expect from your session?
We’ll be discussing the implications of low-code applications on existing change management practices and why that’s causing IT leaders to rethink the people, processes and tools for managing change. Attendees will get practical tips for change management strategies that decrease application time, accelerate time to value and mitigate risk. We’ll also dive into how to give CIOs and IT managers the visibility they expect into the change process.
To learn more low-code adoption and change management, attend Max’s session at Low Code Today Virtual Summit on Nov. 19. To check out the full agenda or to register for free, visit the Low Code Today website.