By Attila Ambrus, COO of Lowcono Inc.
Low-code is everywhere, and there is plenty of reasons why – businesses are flocking to these platforms at an exponential rate. Low-code business application development platforms offer unparalleled speed advantage in development and delivery of services; they make digital transformation of legacy business processes a simpler task by offering pre-built building blocks. They offer flexibility and a level of easiness that allows non-programmers to develop, deploy and even maintain their own application, within weeks or even days, instead of months.
What is a Single Platform Solution?
Most commonly businesses start with a few disparate, single-purpose cloud applications which are connected through “integrations”, often provided by another cloud service, acting as an intermediary between these platforms. When you look at these solutions, stitched together from multiple vendors, running in separate clouds, a well-designed common interface can make it seem like a single platform – but behind the interface the web of these standalone app is very convoluted, more expensive, much slower, and far less flexible than a truly all-purpose, enterprise-grade Single Platform Solution. If you have an army of applications charging monthly or annual fees, chances are you have these “integrated” standalone apps, and you are getting a subpar return for your money.
A single platform for multiple applications means that the platform is designed and built to be able to host all your applications, without any external “integrator”, it uses the same, shared data backend, provides the same, consistent user experience, using unified design language. The shared data backend can serve a wide range of business applications, reducing latency and complexity, strengthening security. To put it simply, an ERP, a CRM, an HR solution or sales and marketing applications will all look the same, will be working together seamlessly, using the same data sources.
Who needs a Single Platform Solution?
The answer is not complicated. Most businesses do not start with large funds invested into the company right away, having a perfect infrastructure with flawless business processes from the get-go is not even an option most of the time. Businesses are born as a result of problem solving, and they go through stages of evolution trying to reach their most efficient operational state.
Problems are solved using one application after another, sometimes different departments using different applications to solve the same problem. After a while this ends up as a pile of disparate applications, where the flow of information is often incidental, and communication between these apps is clunky and inefficient at best. The result of this “jungle of apps” is almost always more manual labor, more room for errors, or even data loss. Few things costs more for a modern-day enterprise than human labor, but incorrect data and making decisions based on that incorrect data can have far greater financial consequences.