For years, the development and management of software has been done using traditional programming languages and tools. But amidst a growing IT skills gap in recent years, the need to quickly design and deploy new solutions and customised automation workflows presents a difficulty for many companies.

However, the sun may well be setting on traditional development methods as organisations increasingly turn to low-code platforms to make the development of applications and processes more efficient, simple, and accessible. Gartner project that the worldwide market for low-code development technologies will grow by 20% in 2023.

What is Low/no-code development?

Low/no-code application development can accelerate digital transformation across industries. These tools make it possible for non-developers to develop applications without needing to write a single line of code. Instead, low/no-code development platforms allow users to utilise graphical interfaces, drag & drop features, and user-friendly settings to design and deploy solutions, processes, workflows, and applications.

The CARA Platform utilises the best aspects of low/no-code development and applies them to its vast configuration capabilities. This means that our platform can be configured specifically to meet your specialist requirements and processes, with little to no coding required, so users can make tweaks in-house to align with business needs and changing industry regulations without the involvement of Generis.

Below, we’ve outlined some of the key benefits of CARA’s low-code configuration to your business:

1. Reduced Costs

By easily managing the configuration of CARA to suit your business needs in-house, your organisation can greatly reduce costs. Generis provide full training to your employees to equip them with the knowledge to configure the platform, implement changes and fulfil new requirements. But don’t worry, the Generis team are always on hand to support with more complex matters, and provide guidelines for platform functionality, as well as release notes for every update.

2. Improved Productivity

One of the biggest advantages of using low-code configuration is the ability to streamline and reduce the time that it takes to deploy a new business process in CARA. As well as reducing the time spent on development, CARA’s low-code configuration makes it easier for teams to collaborate throughout the process, helping reduce bottlenecks and delays through improved communication.

3. Reduced Room for Error

Unlike traditional coding, the simplicity and visualisation of your configurations to the CARA Platform leaves very little room for error in the process. With compliance at the heart of CARA, all changes and configurations are traceable to maintain full auditability and ensure your organisation remains compliant.

4. Rapidly Prototype

‘Types’ in CARA provide the opportunity to create independent views each with their own objects (content or data), security, lifecycles, workflows, versioning rules, interface, and folders. This means that users can implement an infinite number of processes on the same platform, enabling rapid prototyping of new processes, views, dashboards and more without impacting different areas of the system. With over 40,000 configuration options, users can build anything from a rocket-launch-data management system to a traditional best-of-breed DMS.

Citizen Automation & Development

As the democratisation of technology continues, the practice of citizen development comes to the forefront. Citizen development and automation allows non-developers and subject matter experts in a business to create solutions to complex business problems, automate, and continually improve upon already-adopted digital solutions, without extensive technical knowledge.

Often, those without the technical knowledge are the ones who use systems and solutions the most, and therefore have a greater understanding of the requirements and the ways processes can be optimised. Low code development provides these individuals with opportunities to unlock the potential of these systems; when they see how simple it is to configure a new workflow or automate a process, it leads to huge gains in productivity and reduces the time required to innovate and enhance.

What we are witnessing is an era of breaking down silos, both in IT and in terms of a business’ workforce. By equipping your people with the tools they need, you can turn the expertise and insights from users across the organisation, into quickly deployed workflows, automations, and overall improvements to operational efficiency.

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