What is Low-code?
Low-code is the answer to the traditional challenges that occur during software development. By defining and designing software in a graphical manner, instead of programming millions of lines of code, it becomes possible to build manageable and fast applications that exactly align with the working methods within your company.
Being able to anticipate and react to developments in the market or the changed requirements of your customers is of vital importance in this digital age. Software should not be an obstacle for process improvement and innovation; on the contrary it should encourage it. But traditional software development is manual work and therefore error-prone and expensive. In addition, due to the long duration of a project, the software is often already outdated by the time you start using it.
Why go Low-code?
Traditional software development involves manual activity, and is therefore error prone and expensive. Furthermore, due to the length of time required for a project the software has often already become outdated by the time it is installed. Low-code does away with traditional software development and ensures unprecedented high productivity. Low-code can be deployed in many different ways; from developing simple apps to a complete ERP system for large companies.
Modeling software instead of writing programs makes it far easier for the business to become fully engaged and even cooperate on creating the solution! The benefit for the IT specialist is that it removes repetitive and often boring tasks, so that they can focus on the unique functionality that actually creates added value for your organization. Results are quickly visible and it connects the business and IT.
Speed and flexibility
Projects that previously lasted months or years can be carried out in a fraction of the time with low-code. And this speed is also maintained after you implement the software! You no longer have to wade through a quagmire of code and worry about interdependences. You change the model and the application is automatically modified.
A low-code platform gives you the opportunity to make complex applications and projects manageable. You can also get rid of "shadow IT". Low-code software has built-in security features and data is stored correctly in the right place in the cloud or on-premise.
Low-code apps versus Low-code for core systems
The deployment of Low-code has many benefits. However, the manner in which you deploy it and what you want to use it for determines which platform is best suited for your organization. There is a major difference between the development of an hour registration app and a fully comprehensive ERP system. Most Low-code platforms only focus on adding apps to a (legacy) core system. On the other hand Low-code for core systems is used to build an application that actually replaces the traditional core system. In this respect, the Thinkwise Platform has a unique focus. Using the Thinkwise low-code platform, you can create sizeable business applications that seamlessly integrate with all your business processes.
Core Systems versus Apps
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Creating simple web apps versus large-scale business software
When building software in low-code, it is important to think about the goal. Do you want to build large-scale business software? Or do you want to create simple web apps with limited functionality?
Most low-code platforms are deployed to develop apps and solutions that are supplementary to a (legacy) ERP system. This solves the pain, at least temporarily, but there is a danger that soon you will not only have an outdated core system to maintain but also hundreds or thousands of low-code apps with associated links.
Therefore, there are also other low-code platforms that focus on these "core" applications. By this, we mean for example applications for stock management, production, logistics, or even a complete electronic patient file. This requires different knowledge: it is not the business that develops these kinds of applications, but IT professionals.
Discover 10 times faster with low-code for core systems
Both Low-code for apps and Low-code for core systems offer a solution for the problem: the slow delivery speed of business applications. With a low-code platform, programming is limited to a minimum and a lot of functionality no longer needs to be developed from scratch. Unlike thousands of lines of code, the models are very easy to modify and automatically know the interdependencies.
The Thinkwise Platform provides the highest software development productivity, even for large and complex projects. This is also clear from independent research carried out by QSM. This not only applies during the development process, but also after going live. The models are easy to modify and they automatically identify any mutual dependencies. The user interfaces, database, and services are automatically modified after a change of the model.
Software with an infinite lifespan
More and more companies are becoming aware that low-code business software could be a solution to their legacy problem. However, applications that are built with low-code platforms will also become obsolete. The Thinkwise platform is an exception.
Applications built with Thinkwise are completely independent of technology. You deploy them on a platform of your choice, for example in the cloud as a mobile app, but next year you can simply switch to the newest technology.
Thinkwise users from the very beginning have never had to rebuild their applications in the past 20 years. They seamlessly survived different technologies. They went from Visual Basic in 2002, to C#, to ASP.NET, Java, and finally in 2021 to React. This last language will also become obsolete in a few years' time, but Thinkwise guarantees that what has been built will also work in the future, for example voice-activated, User Interfaces. That's how you stay ahead as an enterprise!
Jumpstart your digital transformation
Unique among the low-code platforms, and very powerful, is the Thinkwise Upcycler. This built-in tool enables you to easily replace obsolete software.
The Thinkwise Upcycler allows you to read in the existing application and derive meta data from it. Items such as tables, references, screen structures, translations and notifications. Based on this meta data, the platform creates the foundation for the new solution. It is therefore not necessary to rethink everything and you make a jump start for the project.
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Which technologies we offer an Upcycler for?
The Upcycler supports more than 50 legacy technologies such as RPG, Cobol, Oracle, Uniface, and many more. But also modern technologies such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics or even other low-code platforms such as Bettyblocks can be automatically read into Thinkwise. This is particularly interesting if the applications in those platforms have become too complex, and when there is a need for a low-code platform that can handle large volumes and complexity. In practice, the Upcycler works with 95% of all systems that are submitted to us. Not sure if this is possible for your system? Feel free to contact us for the possibilities.
How does Thinkwise reduce the risks of vendor lock-in?
It hardly ever happens but Thinkwise minimizes the lock-in to an absolute minimum by offering open standards. We don't have a so-called Thinkwise programming language and the entire model you build and the database are openly accessible outside Thinkwise. You can use your own cloud or servers and you can even deploy the business logic at a location of your choice. If you really want to stop using Thinkwise, everything can be saved or reused, including code comments.
Our extensive integration options?
With the built-in service layer in Thinkwise, you can easily link to any other system. As soon as you start modeling, REST APIs are automatically created for you with which all your data and functionality can be offered to external applications. Importing data is therefore not a problem at all. Standard connectors are available in the platform and the ThinkStore community for frequently used links.
“There are a lot of low-code development tools available. The drawback is that these are usually only suitable for front-end applications, such as apps. Thinkwise distinguishes itself by also supporting the back end. This means that you have a fully managed development environment for client, web and mobile."
"I wholly subscribe to the ideas and vision of Thinkwise about low-code. The entire software world is growing in that direction. As a business architect, I used Thinkwise to create applications by myself faster than I could explain them to a programmer.”
"The move to no-code development was an important step forward for our company. However, these solutions sometimes fell short in developing large software solutions to support the primary business process of our larger customers. Thinkwise’s low code platform proved to be the missing link in our proposition”.