Low-Code Platform: Why Is Everyone Opting for Low-Code Platforms?

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An article by Forbes back in 2012 cited Coding as a necessary skill of the future, as the tech industry start to progress from growth to maturity stage. The thought of having to “code” or “develop” apps seem like a daunting task to many, but have since been made much easier thanks to the growth of different user platforms, specifically low-code platforms.

What is low-coding? Our partner, OutSystems, defines low-code as a method to develop and design softwares with minimal hand-coding. This allows for a faster and more efficient way of app development and implementation. At BAYPM, we’ve partnered with OutSystems to develop and implement mobile and web applications for our clients, mainly due to these following reasons:

 

  1. It’s faster to develop and implement applications

Many of our clients may not have the digital capability or a big IT team to develop and manage applications from scratch. So, they need something that is user friendly, can be managed by people with basic knowledge of coding (i.e., HTML, CSS, etc). Focusing more on a visual design, with a drag and drop format, users can focus more on how they want the app to look like and its functions rather than worry about the nitty gritty of the back-end look. Think of how you would like to draw a picture, you need not worry about the tools (e.g., pen, paper, ink) but rather can go straight to the drawing board with all the colours and tools ready for you.

  1. Cost efficient

Not having to build a large IT team, means that users get to maintain a lean operations, with no high overhead cost having to contract a web and app developer and pay a fee for every small change. With easy access and usability, users can make small changes easily and at a much faster rate – which means less adhoc costs and time spent on web and app development!

  1. Promoting innovation and collaboration

Everyone has their own specialisation and capabilities, but what makes a low-code platform better to use for all is that it focuses more on the big picture. People can give their opinions and be able to see and make changes very quickly, making the decision making process much more seamless. This means? Less back-and-forth with developers and your mobile or web app goes live much faster!

What’s not to love about low-coding? Not much we think.

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The tips above are general guidelines based on BAYPM’s experience and observations with current and former clients. We would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitise manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations, and the needs of their different factories.

 

Preparing for Digital Transformation: Implementing and Changing Processes to Suit the Digital World

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In middle to large organisations, we know that it takes time to change and implement new processes, especially when you are so used to the current systems in place. The manufacturing industry was first revolutionised with the introduction of the assembly line by Henry Ford, reducing production time and increasing efficiency. Gearing for the implementation of Industry 4.0, current insights have shown various trends potentially impacting the manufacturing industry – especially with the emerging internet of things (IoT) and big data in the last decade, data collection processes and analysis can be done quicker to provide actionable insights for manufacturers to act on. Not only that, advanced robotics and machine learning provides opportunities to increase efficiency whilst lowering operating expenses.

Knowing that changes are coming our way, the question really is: what can companies do to prepare for Digital Transformation?

  1. Assess your digital capability and potential to support further initiatives

Research done by the people from MIT Sloan School of Management suggests that companies should assess their digital advantage position by first identifying their digital maturity on the basis of digital intensity and transformation management intensity. What this really means is that companies need to be honest and ask themselves “Do I have the resources to support new digital initiatives? Will the management allow me to use more resources? Are they willing to take on these initiatives?”

  1. Learn from others – be aware of the competition and industry trends

If your company is a little more risk averse, you will still need to be on the lookout for what your peers or competitors are doing. This will mitigate risks of losing out to the competition too late, and ensure that you are able to plan things ahead. Not only that, by being aware of trends and what the competition is doing, you will also be able to learn from them – both the good and the bad!

  1. Decide on implementation approach

Another big consideration to make is – do you introduce new systems gradually across all locations (assuming you’re in multiple locations) or departments? Or is your implementation on a larger scale? Here are also some other considerations to think of:

  1. Do you build new applications and technologies?
  2. Can you use your existing infrastructure and legacy systems to create new applications?
  3. Will the new application work with your existing system?
  4. Do we need new applications, or can you just upgrade the existing system?

The tips above are general guidelines based on BAYPM’s experience and observations with current and former clients. We would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitise manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations, and the needs of their different factories.

 

Why we develop our SaaS solutions on OutSystems

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My co-founder Luis and I have been developing tailored solutions for years. One of the topics we specialise in is Contract Management. We have developed 4 different tailored contract management solutions for 4 different company and industry in the U.S. These development and implementation processes taught us a lot about why a company needs contract management solution and how it can benefit from it.

One day, we were in Asentex office in San Diego and chatting about the benefits of contract management and how it would be if we create an SaaS solution for companies that can’t afford a tailored solution to benefit from. This was 3 years ago, before wet met OutSystems. We had been using some other RAD tools and developing custom coded solutions back then but, RADs had significant constraints and custom coding was not an option to develop such a comprehensive solution. This had stopped us from making the next step.

Meeting OutSystems was the turning point. After creating a few applications to evaluate the platform capabilities, we realised it was the tool we needed to create the app we dreamed of. Our developers adopted the platform in a short time and it provided us all the abilities and ease to create the first phase of the application while designing the future of the product with confidence. In October 2017, we released the first version of eContractHub including the mobile app.

OutSystems reduced our development costs and saved considerable development time to enter to market. It helps us to shape the future of the product by effectively managing changes. As a partner and a customer of OutSystems, we trust OutSystems’s vision and build our product strategy on top of it.

Please visit econtracthub.com and create a free account to see what we built using OutSystems. eContractHub is a product of BAYPM.

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How OutSystems improves customer relationship

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Each software development project starts with joy and excitement for both development team and client. As a service provider, the final deal is made and here you are for the kick off of the project. There are the project owners sitting on the other side of the table. They made their managers believe and got a budget approved to solve a problem, to make a difference. It’s always great to feel the energy of kick off meetings.

Let’s get it started. What should you do? Ask about their goals. Understand the pain points and desired outputs. What’s the value generated at the end. Dive into detail. Try to understand each aspect of the solution they imagine. “Users will fill this form, this value will be calculated, this user going to approve and he or she will be notified.” You listen and create the structure in your mind, think of missing details and try to bring missing details to light. Be a master of the job described as well as they are.

The analysis process described above is already a difficult task, but understanding the job is not enough. You also must be able to look from the developer glass. Can it be done? Yes, you’re sure. Do the developers think the same? So, what are the technical constraints?

If you are following classical development methods, you must be very careful about what you approve. Every word that the client says matters. It can’t get very far from the estimate provided before project kickoff. Are you going to build the solution or be lost in the details?

Before we’ve become an OutSystems partner as BAYPM, we have been developing custom coded projects and using other low-code ( we understood how this word was miss used until we met with OutSystems) platforms which had significant constraints. I remember the requirement gathering process those times. We used to sweat. Literally! “I want an excel alike experience when I’m entering these values. I want this button to scroll with me when I’m scrolling down. I want to be able to select the columns of the tables which I have on my dashboard. Etc..” Sounds simple but, increases coding hours significantly. If you are developing apps on OutSystems, you don’t get anxious. Surely, someone else faced with a similar request before and there must be a solution for it in application store (Forge) or support center.

Since we met with OutSystems, we are be able to say “ Yes, we can” with no fear. Development is already simple, only focus on challenges. Expand the application with custom coding if some else already hasn’t. With OutSystems you can make your client and your developer happy. Developers don’t need to hide from clients any more. They are in the process. They are proud of the solution they created in a shorter time comparing the classical development methods.

Solution delivered. “Can we also add these features?”

Yes, we can. No problem!

BAYPM attends OutSystem NextStep Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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BAYPM attended OutSystem’s NexStep Conference as an official sponsor in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. During two days, we learned the latest trends of from the Low-Code platform.
We also had the chance to present our newest SaaS application: eContractHub, a contract Management application.

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Founder Arif Bay at the Partner Reception

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Presenting eContractHub, a Contract Management application developed on OutSystems

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Meet Leader Low-Code Mobile and Web App Development Platform OutSystems

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Wednesday 23rd August at 7 PM

BAYPM Ofis, Beylerbeyi İskele Caddesi, Arabacılar Sokak No:8/6, Beylerbeyi, Istanbul Map

We have been developing applications on OutSystems for more than two years and we are working on raising awareness in Turkey. Would you like to see how we speed up the development times by up to six times with the OutSystems Low-Code platform?

During this Meetup, we will demonstrate you how to quickly develop, deploy and orchestrate Web and Mobile applications effortlessly on the OutSystems platform.

JOIN AND RSVP


İki yılı aşkın bür süredir OutSystems üzerinde uygulama geliştiriyor ve Türkiye’de bilinirliğinin artması için çalışmalar yapıyoruz. OutSystems Low-Code platformu ile development sürelerinin 6 kata kadar nasıl hızlandırdığımızı görmek ister misiniz?

Gerçekleştireceğimiz Meetup ile OutSystems platformu üzerinde nasıl hızla Web ve Mobil uygulama geliştirebileceğinizi ve geliştirdiğiniz uygulamaları zahmetsizce nasıl yönetebilceğinizi uygulamalı olarak göstereceğiz.

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Low-code Platforms and the Convergence of Modern App Dev

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The market for low-code application development has skyrocketed in the last 18 months. Why? The business drivers are clear and include the increased pressure on IT teams to deliver faster solutions, the shortage of developer talent across the globe, and the increased need for business agility. At the same time, the benefits and success stories of low-code development are also making news: doubling developer productivity, driving down total cost of ownership, and even reducing technical debt for old legacy systems.

Throughout 2016, and so far in 2017, interest in low-code platforms as the next evolution in modern app development has been exploding around the world. Yet despite its proliferation, many IT professionals simply aren’t yet aware of this revolutionary technology. They don’t yet know that it’s a highly effective way to help IT teams that are otherwise underwater deliver new web features, mobile apps and even conversational bots to the business.

If low-code platforms are proliferating, then why hasn’t everyone heard of them? One reason may simply be a matter of terminology. There are lots of different ways to refer to this technology, including:

  • Rapid application development (RAD) is the traditional term for the technology. While it stems from the 3GL software languages, more recently it has morphed into the world of cloud and continuous delivery when coupled with DevOps.
  • Rapid mobile application development (RMAD) is a term that Gartner coined to describe some low-code vendors focused on mobile UI and light integrations.
  • High-productivity aPaaS (application platform as a service) is another term from Gartner that denotes that market demand in the PaaS (platform as a service) space is now geared toward rapid app delivery rather than IaaS (infrastructure as a service).
  • No-code platforms are typically geared for specific development scenarios. App UI development is accelerated with pre-built components and some configuration, but capabilities can be quite limited and a “no-code” experience is not always guaranteed.
  • Low-code platform is our preferred term. It was originally coined in the 2016 Forrester Low-Code Platforms Wave and today it’s the dominant term used in the industry.

So now that we’ve cleared that up, what exactly is the promise of a low-code platform and why so much hype?

What Is a Low-Code Platform?

Essentially, low-code app development platforms help developers by automating all of the stages of the classic software development lifecycle. In doing so, they maximize velocity when it comes to things like delivering new functionality for web, mobile apps, and even micro services or APIs. Low-code platforms are able to deliver this because they have several core features:

  • Full-stack visual development
  • A wide variety of application types (e.g., transactional, workflow, mobile, headless)
  • The ability to integrate all data formats, protocols, and channels
  • One-click automated deployment with continuous integration and delivery

While some of these features have been around for a while, until low-code platforms there has never been a holistic app development platform that brought them all together, allowing app developers to turn ideas into high-quality apps faster and easier than ever before.

In case you’re wondering, low-code is a great way to develop all kinds of apps. There are many progressive organizations using a low-code platform to turbocharge their IT team as they tackle a variety of digital transformation challenges. Here are just a few examples:

  • Americares built a mobile app in three weeks to deliver aid in hurricane disaster areas.
  • US Acute Care Solutions hospital and emergency services IT team rapidly develops applications including governance, compliance, and controls to pass health care-specific audits.
  • Healthcare system Jose de Mello-Saude deployed 20 patient portals in nine months along with real-time scheduling.
  • The Worcestershire County Council redesigned local service delivery, transforming the customer experience, making services more cost-effective and accomplishing more with fewer resources (ROI = 442 percent).

As you can see, with a low-code platform it’s possible to develop serious core systems either as a standalone system or on top of existing ERP / CRM systems. That helps explain why there is a revolution taking place across the entire app development tooling market, and why there are such high expectations for this technology. Last year, Forrester predicted that the market would reach a total size of $6 billion by 2018. Currently, there is an arms race among business process management (BPM) vendors, API vendors, and others to rush into this market. Now, it’s quite possible that by 2020 the market could scale up to $25 billion, taking into account the various subcategories.

For those least familiar with this space, we recommend checking out these resources:

  1. The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 16
  2. Gartner Magic Quadrant for High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service 2017
  3. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms 2017

When evaluating what separates the leaders from the pack in these analyst research reports, you’ll discover that it essentially boils down to:

  • The maturity of the platforms and vendors in supporting full-stack visual development (i.e., they’re not just UI WYSIWYG).
  • Creating run-times optimized for performance.
  • Supporting a community of pre-built components that can easily be included in the dev process.
  • Having holistic automation between development and DevOps stages, including deployment automation that provides speed with quality.
  • Out-of-the-box features that address non-functional requirements for enterprises, such as security, scalability, reliability, traceability, governability, etc.
  • The vendors that score the highest across these factors tend to be the ones more highly rated by customers in their digital transformation journeys.

Having been rated a leader in the last four Magic Quadrants and Waves related to low-code, OutSystems is recognized as the leading vendor. We’ve been pursuing our vision for 10 years with profitable growth and are focused on creating value for our customers.

Why not start by experimenting with the free edition of OutSystems platform? It’s free forever!

Lopes, M. (2017, June 22). Low-Code Platforms and the Convergence of Mobile App Development. Retrieved from http://www.outsystems.com

The Age of Mobility

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I was talking to a friend who works in IT department of a company a few weeks ago. He is living in a non-central location of Istanbul and I wanted to know how many hours he was spending commuting every day. The answer was striking. 2 hours one way! This means 4 hours a day spent on the road every day. 20 hours a week and roughly 80 hours a month. Isn’t that crazy? He spends more than 3 days a month of his life commuting for a job he could perfectly perform at home.

Now ask yourself, how many people you know around you in the same situation? At the age of mobility, can’t we work smarter? In the past years, we have faster and more stable internet and mobile devices 24/7 closer than any other thing. Time has came to turn this to an advantage for companies, especially the ones located in big cities with crazy long commutes like Istanbul.

Here at BayPM, we have been working mobile for the past three years. I personally lived in Spain and United States during this time and I am now spending 2 weeks a month in London. We have clients abroad that we provide service every day and our team is working mobile most of the time. We gather once or twice a week to touch base with the team for our weekly meetings.This could also be performed on web, but I think is positive to keep in touch face to face when possible. The rest of it, totally mobile! Every project is  tracked, every time spent can be reported and team members are in touch like we are in an office,

World is going mobile, no doubt. Each day tech companies are creating new business solutions that fit our needs. I don’t claim every person in a company can perform their job remotely but, there is definitely some positions that can be performed remotely. This means money saving for the  company and life quality for the employees.

If you are still thinking your company is not eligible to work remotely, you are just not aware what is doable with technology.

We are at the age of mobility. Take advantage of technology and work smarter.

Mehmet Arif Bay
Founder of BayPM Software & Business Process Management

CIO Grup Event hosted by BayPM and OutSystems

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We believe that good starts are important, so BayPM’s team decided to host one of the most important events at the very beginning of the year. This last January 12th, 2016 BayPM in partnership with OutSystems hosted an event at the Wyndham Grand Hotel to present OutSystems Platform to CIO Grup, one of the most active and important groups of IT in Istanbul, Turkey.

CIO Grup members belong to the most important and influential companies in the country, they share their expertise and try to seek for solutions in community, so we felt it was our duty to let them know about OutSystems Platform: Rapid Application Delivery Solution for the Enterprise. The Event was a success, we filled out the seats and meet our attendance and engagement expectations. We must thank profoundly to OutSystems’s team, specially to Fernando Matos and Pedro Oliveira to make such a great presentation: accurate,  instructive and effective. We want to thank all CIO Grup members for attending the Event it was great meeting you, we hope this can be the beginning of a great relationship.

To all of you reading this article that still wondering what is all the fuss about OutSystems Platform, Contact us here and we will get back to you as soon as possible with more information.

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Pedro Oliveira, Arif Bay and Fernando Matos in charge of the presentation.

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CIO Grup members arrive to the event.

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BayPM Co-Founder Arif Bay share a moment with the cameras for an interview in charge of CIO Grup.

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Meeting starts with BayPM and OutSystems Presentation. All the seats are full, total success!

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Pedro Oliveira gives technical inside about OutSystems Platform.

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Best way to end the night, dinner time.

BayPM launches new logo

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We are thrilled to announce that BayPM has a new corporate image, starting with a new logo from the hands of Creaconic, an Istanbul based studio design with who we trusted to design our new image. BayPM’s new logo identify  Information Technology and Software Development industry and matches all our expectations.

Thanks to all our team and Creaconic’s team to make it possible 

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