Implementing a low code platform within an enterprise can present a unique approach that differs from traditional methods or, surprisingly, share similar aspects. This applies to both off-the-shelf solutions and custom solutions provided by external vendors. The key lies in comprehending and effectively leveraging the capabilities and concepts of the low code platform.
Engaging Citizen Developers in Low Code Platform Implementation
One crucial aspect of such solutions, which sets them apart and holds significant importance, is the ability to actively involve business users like analysts, product managers, or users in the software development process. This allows them to contribute actively to the creation process, distinguishing low-code solutions from traditional approaches where a clear separation exists between programmers and business representatives.
A similar distinction also applies to the utilization of IT specialists. Traditional approaches predominantly focus on skilled programmers, whereas low-code solutions enable the creation of systems by so-called Citizen Developers. These individuals are typically acquainted with IT and may possess basic programming skills such as SQL. Moreover, they are often already part of the IT teams in target companies.
Three Implementation Scenarios for Low Code Platforms: Cautious, Hybrid, and Independent
The optimal balance of involvement between business users and Citizen Developers during the creation and implementation process of low-code solutions determines the flexibility and range of possible deployment models. In general, three distinct scenarios can be identified:
FIRST SCENARIO: CAUTIOUS MODEL
Many companies unfamiliar with low-code solutions often opt for a “cautious” model, where the system implementation is predominantly handled by the platform provider or their partner. In this model, the implementation process closely resembles the traditional approach, with minimal participation from the recipient during the creation process. A ready-made system is installed in the target environment. If the provider also handles further system development and maintenance, this model closely aligns with the familiar approach. However, even within this variant of implementation, the capabilities of low-code platforms can be effectively utilized, placing significant emphasis on Proof of Concept (POC), prototyping, and Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which are naturally supported by such tools. This leads to reduced time and costs for system implementation.
SECOND SCENARIO: HYBRID MODEL
An interesting modification of the previous model occurs when the provider implements the system, limiting its functionality to MVP or even POC, while the customer handles subsequent development and maintenance. This is a highly advantageous solution when the customer has a team of future Citizen Developers who lack experience. The delivered system already possesses a basic architecture and essential functionalities, often focusing on areas that may pose particular challenges. Consequently, further development becomes more manageable, enabling error avoidance. Moreover, it serves as an effective way to provide practical training to employees. Experience shows that customers quickly become comfortable with implementing additional functional extensions and often create new systems independently from scratch.
THIRD SCENARIO: INDEPENDENT MODEL
The third model involves a scenario where the customer desires and has the capability to develop the system independently right from the start, granting full flexibility regarding feature selection, development pace, etc. Without being bound by an implementation contract with an external provider, the project can proceed in line with the business environment, allowing for acceleration, deceleration, or even suspension. Prototype-based functionalities can be modified and improved multiple times based on end-user expectations. In this way, numerous systems can be created to meet both small and large-scale needs within the company.
Tailoring the Implementation Model to the Organization’s Specific Needs and the Low-Code System
In summary, the approach to implementing and deploying low-code in a company can encompass any combination of the three models mentioned, depending on factors such as the type of system, functional scope, employee availability, and complexity level. VSoft, a company specializing in solutions based on the archITekt platform, supports all the described scenarios, enabling the versatile use of low code in various ways. Whether your preference lies in a traditional approach or the introduction of innovative solutions, VSoft will assist you in fully harnessing the potential of the low code platform.
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