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 Modern Application Platforms Help Companies Build Software that Make a Difference

Leonard Tan | Today's Manager
March 1, 2021
Companies should leverage on Information Technology (IT) software to boost business.

Recent global events have highlighted the ongoing and growing need for enterprises to build applications quickly. The pandemic underscored this need, but ever-increasing developer workloads and rapidly changing business needs are driving the demand for a new approach to application development in the enterprise. We see more and more businesses adopting rapid application development solutions, like low-code and other visual development platforms, to speed up and simplify their digital transformation journeys.

In addition to the pressures brought on by the pandemic, customer’s growing demands for tailored products and services creates additional pressures on ​or​ganisations to rapidly extend, transform, and adapt their existing systems to be faster and more reliable than ever before. This is where solutions like OutSystems step in to address these needs. Designed not only to help organisations rapidly build new applications that are scalable, secure, and reliable, the OutSystems platform is built from the ground up to enable applications that rapidly and dynamically shift with business requirements. Whether applications require updates to workflows, user experience, back-end integration, support for new mobile devices, or new infrastructure technology—OutSystems helps developers adapt solutions to meet their organisations’ latest challenges with unprecedented speed.

According to the recent
Speed of Change report conducted by OutSystems, demand for applications has been increasing, with 41 per cent of respondents from IT organisations in South-east Asia having more than 25 applications scheduled for delivery in 2020, and 27 per cent of respondents said that they have plans to deliver 100 or more applications in 2020.

Modern application platforms help organisations build new applications with scalability, consistency, security, and most importantly, agility in mind. An IDC study found that 39 per cent of APAC IT leaders depend on visually-guided development tools. OutSystems provides IT leaders with the potential to bridge silos, streamline processes and enable teams to collaborate and focus on core innovation. In supporting better collaboration between business analysts and the rest of the development team, truly collaborative platforms like OutSystems, include specialised tools for defining workflows that are integrated with all the other development and design tools. This more holistic approach ensures that each participant in a multidisciplinary team optimises their contribution to the process effectively.

he platform also facilitates faster innovation cycles and future proofs organisations. It provides a rich set of AI-powered tools for architects to analyse portfolios for technical debt and to find opportunities to refactor applications and modules to eliminate duplication of effort. This dramatically reduces the time required for building applications—and that speed helps promote agility.

An example would be business advisory group UBT. As part of their charitable organisation Rapid Relief
Team (RRT), UBT needed to get food boxes to COVID-19 affected families across New South Wales fast. The company deployed an “Uber-Eats” style app that was built in under 12 weeks using the OutSystems platform. Before this, RRT primarily used E-mails and spreadsheets to manage their logistics. However, with increasing deliveries, they required an automated system to manage the process, and they needed it up and running as quickly as possible. Since April, RRT has delivered over 4,000 Food Boxes to people affected by COVID-19. With the app, they scaled their Food Box delivery and exceeded service level requirements of government and partners, making them ready to expand into other countries to help those in need.

isually-driven development is definitely the future of coding. But it is critical for both business experts and IT professionals to collaborate to ensure that applications meet business needs and adhere to all of the governance requirements that assure high-security, scalability, and reliability in order to unlock strategic value.

eonard Tan is currently the country manager for OutSystems in Singapore, where he has helmed projects to drive adoption of OutSystems in the ecosystems. As a thought leader in leveraging technologies to drive deep culture change in organisations, he takes pride in ensuring that he tailors a solution that is relevant and crucial to all clients to help them achieve their business goals.


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