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More and more processes and customer interactions are taking place primarily or even exclusively digitally. As a result, businesses are experiencing increased demand for software solutions from within the organisation. In many cases, the legacy systems organisations are having to work with are no longer compatible with the latest technologies and, moreover, they are not easy to update. Exporting data from legacy systems to a new system is extremely complex and cost inefficient. The demand for experienced software developers able to quickly implement applications is high, but the delivery of requested applications that can add value to users and products or services is not happening fast enough.

The relevance of low-code

According to recent studies (by Forrester, for example), Enterprise applications are generally complex, large and crucial to business operations and they are increasingly being built on low-code platforms such as OutSystems. IDC FutureScape even predicts that by 2024, 20% of developers in Europe will be building applications without having to write code, which will enable digital transformations to be significantly speeded up.

Application development with a low-code platform, such as OutSystems, can offer a fast and efficient solution in this regard – on the one hand because low-code offers a technical development platform on which the IT landscape of the organisation can be standardised, on the other hand because the platform can be used to create applications in a faster and more agile manner. As such, the low-code platform offers an opportunity to accelerate the digital transformation and limit costs.

Low-code platforms are different because they emphasise the use of (often visual) modelling tools to deliver and abstract business functionality in order to visualise the underlying software code. This contrasts with more traditional application development in which software is represented in text form. The low-code approach increases the speed of software development and reduces time-to-market.

When is a low-code platform suitable?

The principle of low-code development is to make as much use as possible of out-of-the-box platform functionality. Software engineers can supplement the low-code platform with traditional code in order to support required functionality, for example for complex integrations of systems.

In short, low-code development platforms address the growing requirements of the business plus classic IT capacity-related problems. Companies are often unclear on whether low-code platforms are suitable for their organisations and which steps are needed in order to make successful use of low-code platforms and reap the benefits from them.

KPMG will help you apply low-code

By using our five-step low-code journey, we provide advice about the possibilities and applicability of low-code within the customer organisation.

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Step 1: Exploration. Together with the customer, we experiment and explore what low-code can do for their organisation. To this end, we use Proof of Concepts (PoCs) in order to clearly map out what the possibilities are and what value can be added to the business.
Step 2: Defining a vision. We help our customers define a low-code vision which is in line with their digital business strategy, sector developments and other technologies in order to achieve the digital transformation.
Step 3:  Sketching and mobilising. After experimenting with low-code and developing the low-code vision, it is time to translate the customer’s vision to a more formalised plan and start conducting pilots. In this phase, it becomes clear what the value options are and what the impact on the business model will be.
Step 4:  Execution and delivery. As soon as the previous steps are finished, we support the customer in executing business integration and implementation based on low-code platforms.
Step 5:  Scaling and improving. Finally, we provide advice about the opportunities for scaling up and expanding. For example, integration with ERP systems, existing databases, APIs and other technologies.
 
If you already have an OutSystems development environment and you want to control the quality and flexibility of the applications you develop, KPMG's Software Quality Services are the answer. Based on a software quality survey, we help you chart the quality of your existing software and further improve it with concrete advice to make it future-proof, so that your organisation can develop reliable and usable applications that your business needs.
 
KPMG has had an OutSystems Center of Excellence since 2012, and we were named 'Most Valuable Partner’ in 2018. We have a dedicated team including OutSystems-certified software engineers who help our customers achieve simple and more complex enterprise applications.

Contact our specialist

Alex Brouwer
Partner Digital Advisory
brouwer.alex@kpmg.nl

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