The African technology sector is seeing a tremendous change in the way software applications will be developed, deployed and consumed. Low-code, rapid application development platforms are breaking down the traditional software development lifecycle spans by a dramatic eighty percent. This means businesses can go live with custom apps in days. And, this means new hope for the African economy to shift gears with more businesses in the financial sector adopting affordable models of easy-to-deploy technology applications.
Technology vendors are bringing to market rapid application development platforms for businesses that are looking for swift digitization initiatives that will help them harness the power of today’s in-the-palm device-based computing. Jatahworx, an emerging technology startup in Johannesburg is one such provider that is giving Africa its first breakthrough low-code, rapid application development platform. “We are talking tremendous lowered time frames and costs for drastic visualization of mission-critical results. We are talking enterprise-grade plug-and-play business apps,” said Ishalen Govender, CEO Jatahworx.
The vendors of such platforms are on the rise and the market is waiting to embrace the same. Industry analysts predict that by 2018 most businesses will empower their employees, devices with apps that they can prototype and use themselves, under corporate norms. It is clear that this is going to change the way work has ever been done.
Businesses in the Banking, Insurance, Financial Services, Healthcare and Retail industries can reap remarkable results by adopting low-code technology. And, this in turn can help steer ahead the current economic landscape in Africa. It becomes important now to note some core features a business needs to look at while investing in a low-code, rapid application development platform.
Many Devices. One Interface.
Low-code app development platforms allow delivery of applications through multiple devices. This means that businesses can hand to employees the ability to create, use/manage enterprise applications across desktops, mobile and other hand held devices. Build once deploy on any device.
Visual Interface Driven Application Development
Businesses can create custom apps using their own resources with little or no dependence on IT. The low-code platforms offer easy drag and drop tools to create data structures, user interfaces, API services and security. Highly expressive tool design integrated with controls and administration bring to the table ease of use and faster development scenarios.
Free of Hardware
Low-code platform vendors manage the infrastructure needs of businesses wanting to host applications on these platforms through cloud technology. This saves on hardware investments and time, while allowing business to focus primarily on the app to be developed.
Easy Data Storage
No-SQL architecture allows for schema-less data modeling. This means data can be stored, managed and migrated without complex data structures.
Cloud Based: On-premise, off-premise or hybrid models
Apps created can be stored, managed and accessed by multiple users on private, public or a mix of both cloud models.
Rapid application development and delivery comes with worry-free integration with almost all existing systems. So, adopting to these low-code platforms is easy without compromising on interaction with other systems that are critical to your business. Further, all data accessed is displayed in a single comprehensive view for better data consumption and business decisions across processes.
Businesses that invest in these low-code platforms for small apps can easily scale to larger, more complex apps supporting many processes across multiple departments. Each enterprise can have custom themes, too.
Big on Analytics
This truly is the final high on low-code platforms. They allow you to harness the power of big data to heuristically view business-critical insights. Develop real-time reports using visual point-and-click tools to gather information across enterprise data, processes and view it on any device accessing the platform through cloud. Connect the dots between internal processes and sales plans to dramatically improve performance.
With all such features in tow, low-code platforms are here to stay. They’re the way of the future for enterprises to digitize everything from internal processes to performance monitoring to customer facing solutions. Africa has tremendous scope in embracing this new technology. Beehive, a breakthrough low-code platform, homegrown in Africa by Jatahworx, renders beautiful interfaces, custom themes, code-free environments, on the cloud and across-devices, bringing new promises to the way technology will be consumed by enterprises in Africa.