Research Shows Low-Code and Service Partners Are Accelerating European Businesses: an IDC Infobrief Sponsored by Appian

Erik De Haas, Vice President, EMEA APAC Partners
July 19, 2022

Low-code is fast becoming the go-to tool for organisations across Europe as they seek to rapidly transform digitally and solve critical business issues. Low-code platforms offer a new way to unite IT and business, with the ability to extend automation solutions and digital apps enterprise wide. They offer a user-friendly workflow interface that lets both professional developers and non-technical business users work together on solution design and development.

Outdated, manual processes are inefficient and don’t provide the data-backed insights and automated workflows organisations need to stay competitive in the digital age. A good low-code platform and the right service partners can help.   

IDC Infobrief: Low-Code & Service Partners Accelerating European Business

What’s holding back business agility?

The digital transformation potential of too many European businesses is being stalled. Legacy systems may be partially to blame, but there are other challenges at play, too. IDC conducted a study to uncover the main reasons today’s businesses are struggling to digitise. They found three overarching barriers to modernisation: 

  1. Manual systems and processes are slow and overburdened
  2. Data and applications are poorly integrated into business processes.
  3. Relevant digital skills are lacking.

How low-code can help.

Low-code platforms are designed to make business processes, app development, and data integration faster and easier—no coding skills required. Here’s just some of what low-code lets you do for your business:

  • Build apps with unprecedented speed. Low-code is a fast, user-friendly approach to development—you can use it to create functioning apps in just weeks, not months.
  • Integrate data from anywhere. Low-code data capabilities simplify managing data spread over many different systems. Leading low-code tools will offer intelligent API integrations, making data from anywhere accessible in a single view, no migration required. 
  • Automate your workflows. The best low-code platforms offer built-in automation tools, like robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, intelligent document processing, and smart services. So the apps you design to support your business processes can automatically run those processes, freeing your employees from administrative tasks and letting them spend their time on more innovative, high-value work.
  • Democratise digital innovation. Low-code is accessible to everyone, from the tech-savvy developer to the non-technical business user. Good low-code platforms have intuitive, drag-and-drop design interfaces, meaning building apps is as easy as point and click. The components are prebuilt, so all you need to do is drag them into place.

How service partners maximise low-code potential.

The rapid pace of innovation and change in the intelligent process automation sector makes it very hard for an organisation to stay on top of product capabilities that are not its core function. Service partners have a critical role to play in helping customers navigate the complexity of designing, building, managing, and orchestrating digital transformation initiatives involving low-code. 

Appian partnered with PwC Switzerland and Accenture and their clients to support complex, end-to-end projects with low-code. Read the full IDC infobrief to learn more about Appian’s partnerships with Accenture and PwC and how low-code service partners are accelerating digital business outcomes across Europe.