THE FUTURE IS APPIAN

“Power and speed be hands and feet”.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Business transformation is driving the pace of innovation to ensure the continuous delivery of business value. Traditional IT organizations need to adopt new sets of practices and tools to meet the market and customer demands. With the increasing competition and changing customer satisfaction-metrics, every organization in the IT wants to cater to its customer even before the competition plans to. With the new normal in place, organizations are adopting the mobile-first strategy with more customer-intuitive applications. Changing customer demands take organizations into a new dimension to portray customer loyalty. Transforming the functionality of business through Low-Code Application Development is the future.

Research shows that in the period between 2020 and 2023, the adoption rates of low-code in building enterprise applications will increase from 11 to 30 percent. Although most IT firms are clouded by the myths about the irrelevance of low-code, studies state that experienced developers feel that low-code is a more mature technological development in the business transformation space. Hence, most developers are investing in it today.

According to the IT leaders and professional developers, the culture of work in the IT space and a lack of business collaboration comprise more than 50 percent of the barriers to digital success. When businesses are incapable to meet the business demand for new applications and features, gaps in their digital portfolio arise, forcing organizations to settle for low-performing applications, which eventually become a technical debt to the organization. IT leaders and experienced developers state that technical debt caused due to the technical-portfolio gaps can be countered only by finding new ways to accelerate the application development process.

Every organization faces hurdles in offering better solutions than its competition, delivery timelines, and data security & integrity. Low-code Application Development addresses all these concerns. Low-code application platforms, instead of using conventional programming languages and custom-code to create applications, use declarative development tools to allow businesses to create custom applications much faster than the former. Simple development experiences help developers to fasten the time to market, by reducing the amount of time invested in code review and testing. This functional benefit offered by low-code development platforms like Appian is much needed to meet the fast-drifting customer behavioral patterns.

The Appian Delivery Methodology

Low-code application platforms like Appian are built to enable speed and power. The Appian Delivery Methodology eliminates several constraints imposed by the high-code environment. The Appian Delivery Methodology consists of four brief stages including Initiation, Build, Release, and Optimization. The model accelerates development cycles and allows organizations to test more rapidly and leverage smaller, cross-functional teams to collaborate.

The Appian market is extremely promising with a 5-year (2018-23) ROI of 509 percent. Appian exponentially increases developer productivity by directly involving business functions in the application development process. Applications developed on low-code platforms like Appian are immune to technical debt, as they can be easily altered, are more portable to the cloud, more integrated, and more secure. Appian offers some exceptional customer and technology benefits, as jotted below.

• Security & Reliability

Applications running on Appian inherit the underlying reliability and security functionality of the platform. These include SLAs for uptime, high availability features, superior levels of security, and highly scalable architecture.

• Automation

Appian offers all the necessary features to design high-levels of automation into every application built. This enables the creation of smaller applications that provide users with intelligent decision support, automate tasks, and improve operational performance.

• Integration

Appian offers rich integration with its drag-and-drop interfaces for declarative integration development. It builds the latest no-code integration standards in the development ecosystem.

Feuji’s Appian services are a combination of experienced professionals, best practices, and robust implementation methodologies. Our services help organizations to adopt Appian as a development platform by fostering cross-functional engagement and high automation of business processes. Low-code application development platforms like Appian are destined to become the next enterprise trend because of their efficiency, uptime, security, and reliability, ensuring the best-in-class quality and the fastest possible time to market.

The repository of whitepapers (https://www.appian.com/resources/) from Appian’s official website has been a great source of reference for this article.

An article by Meghna Mulinti, Manager, CEO Office, Feuji, Inc.