Having worked in the Information Technology industry for many years, I have seen many new concepts, tools and frameworks evolve that have changed the way we create software. We have moved from basic graphical user interactions to web services allowing us to interface multiple disparate applications and landed on smart phone technology enabling us to walk around with a literal personal computer in our pockets. Each change has forced us software developers to adapt the way we create our applications to incorporate these new technologies. Nothing has had as much of an impact on my personal application development journey than the latest to join the ranks of the new frameworks, low-code application development in the form of Outsystems. The Outsystems platform can assist CIOs address this new digital transformation requirement.
Making changes to critical custom-built applications is an enormous risk for any organisation. These applications are key to the way the organisation operates. Unavailability of these applications can affect the profitability, competitiveness or even daily operations of an organisation and as such, are staunchly defended by the users or departments that rely on them. In my experience, users and even internal IT departments, will resist any potential changes out of fear, more than the need for a technology, security or user experience upgrade.
Generally, these custom-built applications have been long time investments by the organisation, often over decades. Knowledge of their complex business rules, interfaces, structure and source code are held by a small number of IT professionals or have been lost to the business completely. It is not uncommon for the technology that these applications are based on, to be no longer widely used. This makes the availability of technical resources for modernisation projects extremely limited. Changes to traditional long code development platforms are costly, slow and rely on many IT resources and their cumulative knowledge.
Faced with these considerations, a CIO must navigate potential transformation projects to ensure their organisation can maintain their market position or even better, improve it. So how can Outsystems help?
Executive approval of digital transformation projects is usually dependent upon a phased approach that aligns technology paths with strategic business direction. Outsystems has embraced this forced evolutionary change and created an alternative for CIOs that bring many benefits over the traditional long code paths.
Reduced cost, risk, and delivery time that accompany Outsystems development aid the need for organisations to make modifications to legacy applications. It is now possible for an organisation to implement software solutions that can quickly react to market factors. The Outsystems platform is an enabling framework that will kick start any application modernisation project. It is not a silver bullet, but the rich integration capabilities empower CIOs to approach application modernisation through a phased lens, while also reducing risk. By adopting a Low-Code approach to application modernisation, CIOs can address many of the concerns facing them during the digital transformation process and ultimately reduce their overall technical debt.
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