Digitalising your business with application development that relies on minimal coding
The need for applications that support business activities is constantly growing, and these applications need to be deployed in ever-shorter timeframes. Business functions include many manual tasks and process stages that could be digitalised. At the same time, IT departments often have shortages of trained experts and resources because of constantly growing development queues and the difficulty of finding skilled professionals to fill vacancies. How do we resolve this problem?
One promising possibility is utilising low-code platforms that allow us to create applications and automations without “traditional” coding. In a nutshell, the idea behind this approach is that low-code platforms allow business representatives to bring their expertise into application development and to create applications without in-depth IT expertise. Low-code platforms give people interested in technology and experts who know the processes the opportunity to make use of their skills in building the tools they use every day.
Low-code platforms are very well suited to building both applications that fulfil specific business needs and broader, business-critical comprehensive solutions.
Survey of the Finnish low-code market
We surveyed the status of Finland’s low-code market, and the results surprised us – more than 40% of respondents had never heard of low-code platforms, and even many IT decision-makers had little awareness about the opportunities offered by such platforms.
What else did we find? Read about the status of the Finnish low-code market in our survey.
Application development without IT expertise
Citizen development and developers are terms that often come up in relation to low-code platforms. These terms all suggest the same thing: that anyone can now build their desired application to make everyday processes easier.
At Digia, we believe that the development of more complex applications will continue to require application development professionals. However, low-code development platforms offer everyone involved in business, industry and non-technical functions a completely new way of becoming involved in the building of their own tools.
Who are low-code tools for?
Low-code tools are suitable for personnel with skillsets ranging from citizen developers to experienced software engineers:
- No-code tools for enterprise users (“Excel power users”) who do not necessarily have coding skills but have a high degree of familiarity with processes and specific areas of operations.
- Low-code tools for professionals with a slightly higher degree of technical expertise but who may not have any coding skills.
- Tools for professional/full stack developers who want
How Digia acts as a low-code development partner
- We help the customer understand the capability of low-code platforms from the perspective of their own business activities
- We train the customer’s citizen developers
- We work with the customer in hybrid teams to develop solutions
- We help the customer build a management model to support their application development
- We deliver comprehensive solutions and expansions to existing systems in a cost-effective manner by utilising low-code platforms
- We also take over, maintain and support the customer’s low-code solutions and platforms
Typical areas of application include mobile applications for specific personnel groups, automation to reduce manual work or replacing paper/Excel-based entry needs with easy-to-use applications.
The most important benefit of low-code platforms for organisations is speeding up application development. New products and services can be rolled out faster without having to spend weeks or months on development. Application development, automation, analytics and bots can also be deployed with a single platform.
Power Platform – a versatile and easy-to-use development platform
Microsoft Power Platform is a cloud-based development platform that includes tools for everything from enterprise application development to reporting and automating business processes. Power Platform also integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 solutions and hundreds of other data sources, enabling the quick creation of effective business solutions.
A development platform for the needs of your business
Microsoft Power Platform’s tools offer a solution to situations in which the immediate need for effective and reliable enterprise applications is constantly growing. Microsoft Power Platform also offers a cost-effective solution in situations where there is a strong need for solutions that support business activities and where no off-the-shelf solutions that address your specific needs are available or investment in a large system development project is not possible.
Mendix – the tools and platform for easy application development
With the Mendix platform, companies can utilise the expertise and resources found throughout the organisation in application development. This allows the organisation to make the most of its personnel’s understanding of the customers’ real business challenges.
With Mendix, companies can build cloud-native applications that meet their customer-related needs while taking user requirements into account – all without compromising on quality. Applications built in Mendix can be installed in any public cloud environment (AWS, Google and Azure). On-premise utilisation is also supported. Mendix is based on Java technology and can also be used to implement complex, business-critical, tailored solutions.
Quicker and more efficient application development
With Mendix, application development entails only a fraction of the time that would be spent on it using traditional development tools. Application development is ten times faster and requires 70% less resources. A significant competitive advantage is gained by making experts who usually perform functions that are not related to IT part of the application development process. The IT department retains control over matters related to development, delivery, risks and conformance.
Case Inha Works
The core systems of Inha Works were generating a lot of data, but its reporting system needed updating. Together with Digia, Inha Works introduced a new data warehouse and reporting tool that creates new opportunities for utilising data.
The quality assurance system, implemented using Microsoft Power Platform, helps the manufacturer of Buster aluminium boats get everything right on the first pass.
Rapid application development with collaboration between IT and business
The correct applications can quickly be made operational where they are needed most on user-friendly platforms. Experts whose skills are outside IT can bring their process expertise into development projects without the need for coding. Low-code platforms allow for innovation and rapid change because personnel involved in the projects can utilise the applications in their work immediately.
As a low-code partner, Digia is able to approach application development in a versatile way. Depending on the customer’s needs, Digia can build the entire implementation from the ground up, or our experts can work with the customer’s personnel in hybrid teams. Digia’s other top-of-the-line expertise in areas such as integration and analytics make us a partner that can perform a wide variety of tasks in low-code projects. Digia is also able to offer customers excellent support services after the deployment of the system.