The low-code BPM revolution

BPM (Business Process Management) Low-code/No-code has important advantages for companies by allowing them to take astep back from their activities and to clearly visualize the processes of the different business processes.
If the modeling has been around for many years, the combination of BPM and Low-Code is a revolution for companies. A brief overview of the fundamentals of these tools and possible practical cases.

With Low-code: business functions at the heart of processes

The Low code wave started in 2011, before being identified under this name in 2014 by Forrester. The principle is simple, it is a work by graphical interface, with a maximum of 20% programming. The Low-code differs from the No-code, which, as its name suggests, does not offer programming at all.

For a non-developer audience, the No-code is obviously a more accessible solution, however, we observe that in a professional environment, the flexibility offered by the Low-code allows to combine the speed of deployment, with greater finesse and customization.

The use of a graphical interface for application design covers a set of advantages that bring a real competitive advantage :

  • Rapid deployment
  • Easy to pick up
  • Reduce costs
  • Collaborative applications
  • Reliability of the quality approach
  • PDCA (Plan, Do, Check and Act = plan, carry out, verify and act)

Of course, this revolution still has some obstacles, depending on the publishers, the solutions, and the degree of technological maturity of the company (especially the communication with aging IS). These include additional costs for integration, the price of some Low-Code platforms,and the proprietary aspect chosen by some publishers.

The Low-Code market is also expanding, and these aspects are also becoming less and less true, as new players emerge, forcing the entire market to innovate and rethink their business model.

Low-code, a booming market

The Low-code sphere are going wild, with impressive figures:

  • A market of 4 billion in 2017, and 27 billion in 2022 (projections made by ResearchAndMarkets).
  • 75% of companies will grow from Low-code in the next 5 years (according to Forrester).
  • The low code platform is ten times faster than the traditional way of development.

If so many companies are attracted by Low-Code, it is in particular because the return on investment is easy to see. The deployment can be carried out with less advanced technical profiles and the speed of development allows to mobilize less resources. A study conducted by Techrepublic, points out that a Low-Code project can reduce costs by up to 39%.

BPMN: several professions, a common language!

The second pillar of the revolution is the BPMN norm. It is a standardization tool for all the business processes of a company. There are three types of symbols that can be used to model any validation circuit: events by circles, activities are symbolized by rectangles, and gateways by lozenges (decision-making bodies that can be met throughout a workflow).

With this standard-standardized visual language,communication is simplified between business functions and developers, or between departments, or even between companies.

Low-code / No-code BPM: serving speed of execution

The BPM Low-code/No-code allows to schematize business processes by relying on theISO/IEC 19510 standard which is divided into six cycles:

  • Study
  • Modelization
  • Implementation
  • Execution
  • Piloting
  • Optimization

For piloting and optimization, Low-code BPM stands out for its simplicity and speed of action. When the need to change your process arises, there is no need to go through a development or project phase again. The modifications are integrated in real time by the framework.

If we take the example of a company wishing to obtain ISO 9001 certification, the BPMN standard was designed for this certification. In addition to having this modeling, the companies that use it will have a lot more finesse in their processes.

Low-code/No-code BPMs are revolutionary for companies that adopt them by allowing them to model, and then modify, their business processes on the fly. For the most advanced platforms, such as Axelor, the articulation between applications, BPM and Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is native.

To respond to internal and external pressures and enhance their business knowledge, companies gain with a low-code BPM, a very important competitive advantage by gaining unparalleled flexibility, combined with resource savings to devote to their development.

In fact, the expansion of low-code closely matches the one of the BPM, and the integration of these two innovations is opening up a new booming market.

In 2018, a RedHat survey found that more than 50% of companies adopting BPM are reducing their cost. Taking a concrete example: Adidas is now able to considerably reduce its lead-time. A priori, the BPM market should double from 2020 to 2025.

The BPM Low-code, a real Swiss knife for companies

There are countless cases of Low-code / No-code BPM applications: purchase request, recruitment process, medication management in hospitals, etc.

Thanks to the No-code aspect you can simply use your mouse to automate decisions during the process. Axelor BPM Low-code guides you through the creation of a process with a clear graphical interface. It is thus possible to comment one each step to mention a possible omission. You don’t have to see only one process at a time, you can see those connected to each other on one screen. You can even impose a timer within a process to make reminders by email, which can be used for tracking customer orders.

The wave of BPM low code, by combining two mature technologies, opens up a field of possibilities that extends to all the business functions of a company, or any activities (services,productions…) that require a validation circuit.

By increasing agility, while reducing deployment resources, the BPM low code is revolutionizing how business applications are designed in organizations.

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