We help our clients to identify the possibilities that low-code can offer to create an agile and future-proof organization with customer centricity.
In today’s fast-changing environment customers are better informed, better connected and more demanding than ever before. Digitization is no longer a choice, it is indispensable. More and more processes and customer interactions are primarily or even exclusively digital. As a result, organizations are experiencing an increasing demand for software solutions from within the organization. The legacy systems that organizations are struggling with are often no longer compatible with the latest technologies and, moreover, are no longer easy to update. To export data from legacy systems and transferring it to a new system is very complex and cost-inefficient. The demand for experienced software developers who can implement applications quickly is high, but the realization of the requested application which adds value to users and products or services is not going fast enough.
The relevance of low-code
According to recent studies (such as by Forrester), Enterprise applications are often complex, large and crucial for business operations and are increasingly being built on low-code platforms such as OutSystems. IDC FutureScape even predicts that by 2024, 20% of developers in Europe will build applications without having to write code, which can significantly speed up digital transformations.
Application development with a low-code platform such as OutSystems can offer a fast and efficient solution for this. On the one hand, because low-code offers a technical development platform on which the IT landscape of the organization can be standardized. On the other hand, with this platform applications can be realized in a faster and more agile way. The low-code platform thus offers the possibility to speed up the digital transformation and to limit costs.
Low-coding platforms distinguish themselves by emphasizing the use of (visual) modeling tools to realize and abstract business functionality while visualizing the underlying software code. This is in contrast to more traditional application development where the software is displayed in text form. It increases the speed of software development and shortens the time to market.
When is a low-code platform suitable?
The principle of low-code development is to make use of the built-in low-code platform functionalities as much as possible. Software engineers can extend the low-code platform with (traditional) code to support the required functionality, for example for complex systems integrations.
In short, low-code development platforms address the growing demands of the company and the traditional IT capacity related problems. It is often unclear for organizations to determine whether low-code platforms are suitable within the organization and which steps need to be taken to successfully use low-code platforms to get the most value out of it.
KPMG helps you applying low-code
By using the five steps in our low-code journey, we provide advice on the possibilities and applicability of low-code within the organization of our customers.
- Step 1: Discover. Together with our clients, we experiment and investigate how low-code can be applied in their organization. For this we can use Proof of Concepts (PoCs) to clearly identify the options and showcase the value which low-code can add to the client’s organization.
- Step 2: Vision. We help our customers to define the low-code vision that fits their (digital) business strategy, sector developments and other technologies in order to realize the digital transformation.
- Step 3: Sketch and mobilize. After experimenting with low-code and developing your low-code vision, it's time to translate the client’s vision into a more formalized plan and start with pilots. In this phase the client will learn what the value options are and what the impact will be on its business model.
- Step 4: Implement and realize. As soon as the previous steps are completed, we support our clients with the organization and implementation of business integration and implementation based on low-code platforms.
- Step 5: Scale and improve. Lastly, we provide advice on the possibilities to scale up and expand. For example integration with ERP systems, existing databases, APIs and other technologies.
If you already have an OutSystems development line and you want to control the quality and flexibility of the developed applications, KPMG's Software Quality Services offer a solution. Based on a software quality review, we help you to get more insights in the quality of your current software and provide concrete advice to be future proof, so your organization can develop reliable and usable applications that your business needs.
Since 2012, KPMG has had an OutSystems Center of Excellence, with KPMG being named ‘Most Valuable Partner’ in 2018. We have a dedicated team with OutSystems-certified software engineers who help our customers realize both simple and more complex enterprise applications.