Start Small, Think Big, Grow Fast…

As your organisation has grown, you will have encountered many challenges and tweaked and improved the way your business works as a result.

AgilePoint – a “toolkit in a box” (copyright one of our customers) provides ways of doing IT that empowers businesses to do new things that they couldn’t do before.

1 Minimise Growing Pains
As organisations grow, so must the people, technology and processes. For founders of a fast-growing organisation, the hardest thing to do can be letting go of daily ownership of every process. There are no longer enough hours in the day, and your highly-capable workforce won’t appreciate your involvement – unless they ask!

Startup and growing organisations are leaning more heavily on cloud-based, subscription services for many or most of their line-of-business applications. While there may still be on-premise technology, this is increasingly rare. But how do you effectively incorporate your evolving processes to operate effectively across this virtual environment? We suggest that you identify your first key projects, the “low hanging fruit”. be clear on your objectives and how they are to be measured for success. Get buy-in and active participation from your first Business Process Owner. Identify your “Citizen Developers”, who will be key to successful digital transformation.

2 Be Ambitious!
The philosophy of “Start Small, Think Big, Grow Fast” is the best approach: we recommend you do not try to reinvent the wheel on your first project. Rather, empower yourself by creating the right teams to include business process owners and “Citizen Developers” – your key enablers, able to iteratively translate and prototype those business processes over a coffee and a conversation. Correctly supported by an IT team unburdened from day-to-day participation and an expert ecosystem of enthusiastic and knowledgeable experts worldwide, it is surprising and gratifying how quickly results can be achieved.

A great example of this is related in a previous blog – “THE POWER OF LOW CODE – MAKING WAIVES WITH AGILEPOINT“, in which we described an integration with a third-party AI/ML platform to create a functional automated Accounts Payable application in two hours.

3 Comply and Govern
Empowering your business process owners sounds terrifying. Who knows how many holes they could punch in your carefully-crafted security policies? What if you could provide business process owners with a guided, secure environment for application development, like a bowling lane with bumpers to help and assure maximum results? Low Code allows IT to quickly define the secure parameters for interaction with third party systems through end to end encryption, secure communication protocols, global and reusable access tokens and Single Sign On, using a number of proven providers. Management Consoles provide control of running workflows, access and applications.

4 Do more with Less
In this current age of uncertainty, it has never been more important to be responsive to change. Until now, it was extremely expensive and time consuming to develop customer or supplier facing applications that were both functional and pleasant to use. The best low code application development platforms allow for the development of device-aware, responsive user interfaces and native applications without any coding. Corporate look and feel can be achieved using CSS along with other standards-based style protocols.

5 Make Transformation Resilient
Unlike more fragile enabling technologies such as RPA (robotic Process Automation), the best Low Code application development platforms incorporate a stateless design, standards-based integrations and a host of reusable integration stencils (AgilePoint has 70+ integrations and 700+ methods at last count)

There have been hits and misses as your organisation has grown, happily so far the successes have outweighed the failures. But ongoing success and growth needs clarity. Organisations should make themselves clear about their desired outcomes and what it is they specifically seek to improve: This is best achieved by tying digital transformation initiatives to key performance indicators that can best determine the health of the business.

Contact Mark and Paul at ChartaPorta to discuss your plans for growth and how Low Code and Democratised Application Development might play a part.

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