Fueling innovation at all levels of a company is a powerful way to help drive business success to new heights. So why are the tools to enable it often kept out of reach, and what can you do to change “no” to a “yes”?
Some of the most successful companies today are the ones embracing innovation as an enterprise-wide strategy. Innovation catalysts—like web-based no-code development platforms in the hands of those closest to your business operations and customers—can be one of the most progressive, empowering things you can do for your company. With them, your staff can more easily share data, collaborate, and essentially streamline and automate any part of their job that is inefficient or labor intensive.
Yet not everyone is convinced it’s a technology they should adopt.
Reasons behind the resistance
No-code platforms are often viewed by IT in much in the same way as the “Bring Your Own Device” trend was perceived a few years ago. Alarmed by headline-grabbing breaches, lingering concerns about cloud security and the specter of “shadow IT”, both business and IT leadership are naturally cautious to adopt anything that may be a potential threat to the business.
To counter concerns and successfully launch a business app development program, two things are needed:
- Make sure leadership and staff from both business and IT have a seat at the table so that everyone understands the objectives and opportunities of such a program. A willing and supportive organizational culture is critical for enterprise-wide innovation.
- Acquire a proven, highly secure, no-code application development platform, such as Quick Base.
Meeting needs on both sides
The best innovation initiatives are ones that leverage the skills and expertise of all stakeholders—from the data and process knowledge of business professionals in operations and Line of Business (LOB) to the platform, security, and compliance expertise of IT. To facilitate successful collaboration, both business and IT must work in ways that help ensure each gets what they need to support the best interests of the company.
- For IT departments, that means that all developers, both professional coders and those using no-code platforms, must adhere to IT guidelines and best practices regarding project scale, scope and risk management, so there are no surprises.
- For business professionals, it means access to their own self-service app development platform where they have the freedom to quickly turn their ideas into tailored, easily updated business apps to drive greater teamwork, efficiency and flexibility.
Some application building projects will be better suited to IT, others to business development, and some will be in the middle, such as a no-code app that requires the help of IT to integrate it with a core business system. No-code development doesn’t remove the need for IT but raises it to a more strategic role.
Putting a no-code development platform in your hands sooner
The right platform can go a long way toward securing IT’s blessing. Make sure the one you are proposing has the following attributes:
- Requires no infrastructure procurement or IT staff to maintain or scale the environment. Everything is monitored and managed by the service provider in the cloud.
- Features military-grade physical security; fully redundant architecture for high availability; and geographically diverse data centers for full recovery in the event of a disaster.
- Aligns with industry regulations for security and compliance (e.g., SSAE16 SOC 2, HIPAA, PCI, Sarbanes Oxley, e-Discovery, etc.) as well as encryption standards for data in motion and at rest.
- Supports strong governance and control over roles, permissions, and access rights.
A few more talking points to help cinch the deal
Reduce project backlogs: Most IT teams are not staffed or budgeted to adequately keep up with the overwhelming demand for new business apps flooding into their departments. In fact, many cite growing project backlogs and the friction caused by long lead times to be some of the most challenging issues they face.
Solve your own challenges—An IT sanctioned, no-code platform in the cloud changes all that by putting business operations and LOB professionals in a position to innovate and solve their own challenges. They get the custom apps they need when they need them, and can quickly and easily update those apps to improve agility and responsiveness without requiring assistance from IT.
More time for core infrastructure—The IT team is freed from the unrelenting pressure of too many projects in the pipeline and too few hours the day. Instead they can dedicate more time and attention to core infrastructure and system responsibilities and even carve out time for special projects.
A tool for IT efficiency—A no-code platform is not just a tool for the business professional. It can also be leveraged by IT to provide an easier, faster, and less costly way (than traditional development) to support such things as project management and help desk.
Driving positive change
Leaders of innovative companies know that when barriers for business-led application development are lowered, innovation across the entire enterprise thrives. And where no-code development platforms are part of the innovation equation, companies large and small are seeing some significant financial and competitive returns. For instance, they typically have:
- Happier, more motivated and productive employees, which helps lower costly turnover rates.
- More loyal customers who value the fast, personalized service they receive (and everyone knows a satisfied customer is one of your best advertisements).
- Increased agility for rapid adaptation to growing and changing business and customer needs.
- Greater access to timely business and market insights for better, faster decision-making.
“QuickBase is a natural fit in our evolving IT approach. It allows citizen developers to create database-driven apps to replace spreadsheet and paper processes without contributing to the IT backlog. But it has also let IT leverage its limited resources to do more good for the organization,” says Paul Carmouche, IT Director of Helm.
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