The demand for software platforms based on the “low-code” concept is on the rise. According to a recent study published by Gartner, this market is expected to move USD 13.8 billion by the end of 2021, which represents a growth of more than 22% compared to last year.

The lack of IT resources is a reality in many organizations. Low-code technologies emerge as an alternative, allowing some types of project, which do not present a high level of complexity, to be transferred to the business areas. As such, users who have no formal knowledge or training in software development can create their own solutions, as this type of tool requires little or no coding. Through intuitive graphical interfaces and configuration wizards, users can build applications much faster, compared to the traditional method, based on manual coding.

Also according to Gartner, for these reasons, about 65% of application development activities will be carried out through low-code tools by 2024.

Essential features in a low-code BPM solution

A low-code BPM platform combines development tools with business process management capabilities, allowing users to quickly create and implement applications, accelerating business process automation. Find out about the resources that cannot be missed below:

1. Process Modeler

Search for low-code BPM tools that offer an intuitive modeler based on the BPMN 2.0 standard, one of the best known in the market. This type of modeler allows users to create and connect activities, decisions, and events using the drag-and-drop feature. It is then possible to define deadlines, responsible and configure the properties of each element, through a simple and intuitive interface.

2. Electronic Forms (e-Forms)

Electronic forms can also be designed using low-code. Users can apply components such as text boxes, value lists, date and time fields, grids, without any line of code. The forms can then be coupled to the processes so that they are filled with business data during the execution of the workflows, and that at the end a result is generated.

3. Integration with ERP

In the corporate world, it is very common for business data to be spread across different systems, such as ERP or CRM. Duplication of information can result in errors and compromise team productivity. When selecting a low-code BPM platform, look for options that offer the possibility of access to external data sources and integration with other applications, using APIs or Webservices, and that can be configured through wizards that do not require lines of code or advanced technical knowledge.

4. Data Analysis

Once the processes are automated and the activities begin to run electronically, a large amount of data begins to emerge. Therefore, integrated Data Analytics tools are essential in low-code BPM solutions. They allow users to build their own analyses or reports, which help identify bottlenecks, delays and other points of inefficiency, directing improvement actions. Tools such as SoftExpert Analytics allow you to transform this data into dimensions and measurements, which can be used to build tables and various types of graphs, using the drag-and-drop feature.

5. Management Portals

It is essential that low-code BPM solutions offer the possibility of creating management portals, so that analysis and process indicators can be published and shared, ensuring leaders and managers easy access to data, process monitoring and decision making.

6. Mobile Access

The low-code concept is directly linked to ease and speed. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the execution of workflows and access to management portals can be carried out through mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. By ensuring that people have access to information, no matter where they are, a low-code BPM solution enables the company to operate more quickly and effectively.

To learn more about this topic, I invite you to SoftExpert BPM, process management software that improves the visibility and control of business processes through a low-code solution, with a friendly and human-centric interface. SoftExpert BPM manages all stages of its life cycle, from modeling and optimization to automation, execution and monitoring.

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Marcelo Becher

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Marcelo Becher

Specialist in Strategic Management from PUC-PR. Business and market analyst at SoftExpert, a software provider for enterprise-wide business processes automation, improvement, compliance management and corporate governance.

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