Guest presenter, Principal Analyst Clay Richardson, focuses on winning the innovation race via low-code development platforms
Mountain View, CA—April 6, 2016—AgilePoint, an established leader in the low-code BPM space, recently staged a webinar focused on the need to accelerate software innovation in the “age of the customer.” The event, which attracted nearly 300 registrants, featured Clay Richardson, Principal Analyst with Forrester Research. Other presenters included Kevin Brown, CIO of East Lake Capital Management; Niraj Tenany, CIO of Netwoven; and Adnan Qureshi, Development Manager for Dril Quip, each of which discussed his own organization’s successful applications of low-code technology. For a recording of the event, click here.
The term “low-code” was originally coined in a June 2014 Forrester research report in reference to an emerging technology class, which, as Forrester defines it, includes “platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding, and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.”
“Given the rapid evolution of the IT industry,” commented Jesse Shiah, CEO of AgilePoint, “traditional development methods, including old-school BPMs, simply aren’t capable of building and delivering applications suitable for today’s multi-channel, multi-device environments at the speed at which enterprises require them. This technology shortfall has catalyzed the emergence of low code and will establish it as one of the most important technology classes for the coming years.”
Richardson, who led off the event, presented compelling evidence for the need for low-code platforms. Richardson pointed specifically to the inability of traditional BPM suites to satisfy emerging requirements, commenting that BPM projects often take too long, cost too much, and yield apps that are difficult to adapt to changing conditions. Richardson then detailed characteristics of low-code platforms that make them better suited for today’s requirements, including
- Low-cost experimentation on new ideas and low-cost testing of new apps
- The ability to deploy and scale apps in minutes
- The ability to generate mobile apps from older apps
- The leveraging of non-technical knowledge workers to build new apps
Kevin Brown, CIO of East Lake Capital Management, focused on his company’s need for “rapid development of business apps that would result in faster “M&A value. Brown detailed the characteristics of AgilePoint NX that enabled East Lake to meet its requirements, including scalability, flexible licensing, and integration capability.”
Adnan Qureshi of Dril Quip outlined the challenges of process automation faced by his company, which experimented with SharePoint 2013 as a workflow platform. Dril Quip quickly learned Workflow Manager was incapable of enterprise-class, business-process capability, which led to the company’s adoption of AgilePoint NX, which not only provided enterprise class low-code BPM but, also, the ability to span on-premises SharePoint farms and Office 365.
Niraj Tenany, CEO at Netwoven, a SharePoint-focused system integrator, detailed a user story, an enterprise that had been creating business cases using Excel files with an email-based approval process. Netwoven replaced the error-prone process with an AgilePoint NX workflow that provided advanced, built-in BPM capability.
Forrester Research, Inc. “New Development Platforms Emerge For Customer-Facing Applications: Firms Choose Low-Code Alternatives For Fast, Continuous, And Test-And-Learn Delivery.” Clay Richardson and John R. Rymer. June 9, 2014
AgilePoint, a leading provider of Low-Code Business Process Management (BPM) software products, has 1,400+ on-premise and cloud deployments in 25+ countries. AgilePoint enables its customers to build enterprise applications that connect people, content, and systems. By leveraging tools they are already familiar with, such as SharePoint, Office 365, Salesforce, Oracle, NetSuite, Dropbox, Box, One Drive and Google Drive, AgilePoint customers can build self-adaptive applications in half the time it takes to build traditional, rigid applications using competing BPM products. AgilePoint’s key industries include manufacturing, energy, legal services, financial, insurance, healthcare, and government.