Low-code platforms are the big news in process automation and transformation right now. They have grown from tools for simple departmental applications, into strategic development platforms that enable digital transformation, changing the way users work and interact with information.
I recently had the opportunity to explore this topic in an interview with Richard Harris of App Developer Magazine. We discussed how low-code development is a fast growing market because it is making it easier to build and bring applications to market. The bottom line is that low-code significantly reduces the need to write new code for every application. Plus, it enables business users and subject matter experts to play a direct role in developing applications for digital transformation. The result is faster time to market with more effective applications.
OpenText’s approach to low-code development centers on how information is used and acted upon by users. The “move to applications” is really to make the information captured across the enterprise more accessible and actionable. Our information-centered approach empowers enterprises to build applications that are purpose-built to address varied and specific productivity and governance issues. These targeted applications need to be “built for the user” so that the business users can easily act on information from multiple sources (repositories, systems, applications, etc.) — essentially breaking down the information silos that have been blocking true digital transformation.
Our low-code journey started with Process Suite 16 and our ongoing focus has been to make low-code development more effective and the resulting applications more powerful. In 16.2 we added major enhancements to improve low-code development capabilities, allowing greater control and ease in developing the user experience for an application. Additionally, we deepened the integration with OpenText™ Extended ECM for Process Suite and added new reporting functions to support the critical need of connecting processes and content, especially for case management applications. Release 16.2 also improved integration with external systems to support a key need for case management: the ability to follow the case across applications and systems.
Release 16.3 is the latest step forward in delivering the platform to support this type of application development. New functionality and capabilities enable both the novice and expert developers alike to participate in all stages of application development. With an information-first approach, they can focus on the policy or business process and the information that needs action versus working around a rigid programmatic development process. As a result, organizations can quickly build, test, and adapt their digital business automation applications.
In Release 16.3 we again deliver significant advancements in low-code development, enabling richer and more sophisticated applications to be built more rapidly. Our latest advancements are focused on increasing UI capabilities, driving intelligent process automation with business rules improvements, additional security options at multiple stages of development and new APIs for expanded integration capabilities. Additionally, Process Suite 16.3 delivers compliance with key government accessibility regulations.
The most critical advancement is the release of the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) and Database frameworks. These expand the integration capability of our EIS connectors by providing frameworks to connect to APIs, REST services and database schemas and translate the objects from other systems (applications like SalesForce or SAP or an Oracle database) into usable entities to build an application. Now, information can truly be brought together and acted on without needing to move it from its host system, breaking down the barrier of disparate and siloed information.
Process Suite 16.3 makes it even easier for organizations to rapidly develop and deploy case-centric, content-centric and process-centric applications. Low-code development offers organizations the most efficient way to connect users (and systems) with the right information in the context of the tasks they’re performing or processes they’re completing. To learn more about Process Suite 16 and how low-code can help your organization, check out Process Suite on our website or contact us today.