Generally speaking, this is the Low Code Platform concept: Projects that used to be soley the domain of web designers, programmers and developers, can now be done at home, with excellent results, a lot of speed and in exactly the way the customer wants: Just by dragging and dropping some elements. Consider sites like Wix, Webdone, Weebly and even WordPress as examples.
The same principle applies to Low Code BPM: an analyst with some BPMN knowledge can model processes and even automate them if they have the appropriate BPM tool preferably cloud-based and an SaaS model.
Low Code Platform and Low Code BPM: Everything you need to know
Before we talk about the 6 advantages of the Low Code platform and how BPM has stood out in this context, let’s go deeper into the subject.
Low Code platform concepts have been used extensively in application development to be a quicker and faster option because they allow analysts without a lot of code knowledge (and no formal training in the area) to quickly integrate into projects and, with the help of drag and drop tools, idealize apps more intuitively.
Even the logic of the application, not just its design, can be created with this type of Low Code platform.
In the case of Low Code BPM, there’s already a previous history of visual tools, but things have reached a much higher level now, precisely because months of training are no longer necessary, reducing to only a few days what was previously performed in months in Traditional BPM platforms or development environments focused on programming and codes.
When we use the expression Low Code Platform, or Low Code BPM, in a specific case, we aren’t just talking about reducing the number of codes, but reducing time and costs to speed up the delivery of a solution, usually with the help of the cloud and without a very large dependency on the internal infrastructure of a company.
So that you will have a better understanding of the subject, we have taken this testimonial from Rubens Stulzer, from VivaReal, the largest real estate portal in Brazil.
According to Stulzer, low code platforms are indispensable in the routine of those who seek to grow their business or product. He exemplifies:
“Even within VivaReal, we use low-code platforms to place some landing pages and measure the traction of new ideas. In addition to using the event pages that VivaReal promotes, the cost of allocating an engineer’s time to coding such pages would end up being high, where a low-code platform solves the problem, in the blink of an eye”
Today, VivaReal’s Product and Engineering team has almost 100 people working exclusively in this area, but this has not always been the case, says Stulzer:
“When I arrived in 2015, we had just over 30 people. And it has always been common to use low-code platforms, especially by non-tech personnel such as Product and Marketing”
As the company grew, VivaReal ended up using other third-party services, and most of the time it was necessary to integrate with third-party software, non-tech personnel were able to make integration’s without much difficulty, which saved a lot of company resources.
6 Advantages of the Low Code Platform
1- A shortcut to productivity
Today companies are much more focused on meeting the demands of user requested features during application development. And this process must be fast and agile, before time is lost.
Less training and development time, of course, are great allies at these times.
2- Intuitive and visual
The drag-and-drop models are much more assertive in setting up applications, even with the help of templates, as opposed to the extensive use of codes.
3- Less risk and lower costs
After acquiring your Low Code platform, a few days of training is enough to form a project team, get it started quickly and complete everything in less time even from a home office with the help of remote access.
4- Accessible to all
Low Code platforms are so easy to understand that it’s soon possible to get feedback from employees and users who don’t understand code at all, introducing great insights to the developers and making project presentations to various levels of the organization with more understanding on the parts everyone plays.
Like any SaaS platform, a Low Code platform can be sized for both small businesses and teams as well as organizations with a much larger and more demanding structure, providing both long-term and short-term solutions.
6- A high degree of engagement
They’re easy to use and understand, enjoyable, intuitive, inexpensive and affordable. Acceptance and engagement rates on Low Code platforms tend to be much higher than in traditional development environments.
Cloud-based BPMN software has proven to be an important ally of companies that care about maintaining continuous process improvement in an agile and efficient way.
In this context, Low Code BPM is a solution that should be in your company sights, if you too share the same continuous improvement objective and also desire agile reactions to changes.