Low Code Software Solutions for Business: QuickBase and beyond
The recent purchase of QuickBase by a private equity company heralds what IT insiders claim to be a major milestone of credibility for the low code paradigm. With businesses in every industry re-thinking their relationship with Information Technology, low code software platforms offer an interesting way forward. Low code platforms likeQuickBase and ServiceNow are designed to create a bridge between existing, in-house IT programs while providing added functionality and agility. Choosing the right low code platform for your business requires careful consideration and largely depends on your most pressing IT needs as well as your company and market strategy. Here are a few features of low code systems.
- Low code design systems allow users to easily and quickly create apps (a fancy word for customized programs) tailored to their unique business operations. Most of these platforms come with template apps, for common business processes.
- More interestingly, many low code solutions offer some form of crowd sourcing, where citizen designers, essentially users with little or no coding background, can produce and share applications.
Leaders take note: low code platforms promote an unprecedented mingling of business minds. Non-tech stakeholders in multiple areas of an organization are increasingly part of the IT process, a trend that bodes well for disruption, efficiency and innovation.
- These cloud platforms can extend the functionality and life of old legacy systems, and eventually replace them as organizations go through “legacy system modernization”. These efforts replace inflexible and often expensive-to-maintain or enhance legacy systems with these new agile, no-code/low-code applications. It is also an opportunity to optimize processes and workflows and take advantage of the new capabilities these new platforms have for taking the business operation to the next level.
- Most platforms offer both customer-facing and internal process app functionality. QuickBase, for instance, is essentially an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with infinite functionality, including CRM. Analogous to previous-generation data base programs like Microsoft Access, QuickBase has no native functions. Instead, the program is a highly flexible database that comes with customizable template apps for common business operations. Other platforms, like ServiceNow, started with a specific functionality in IT Operations Management and are expanding in to ERP.
- Once implemented, low code software is accessible to non-tech users, but businesses must not assume the new platform takes the place of IT. Most systems require expert programming to deploy and maintain. What will change is the players involved in the creation and implementation process, with a greater input from non-tech, business persons.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the flexibility and power of low code software platforms, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choice. We recommend starting the decision process by outlining your current needs as well as strategic goals. Contact us for expert assistance outlining your scope of work and targeting the designers that make your software platform what it needs to be.