Low Code / No Code Accelerates Digital Transformation

Introduction

Low-code/no-code platforms help business units create low-maintenance and spectacular visual applications they need in the way they need them. Low code platforms offer many benefits, such as increased productivity and efficiency by building custom business logic applications shared easily among business units at a minimal cost.  

Most of the applications can be created using simple drag-and-drop workflow design facilities, readily connecting data sources and APIs provided by the low -code/no-code platforms. These platforms have built in monitors, which identify and eliminate errors promptly to make it easy for non-coders. Minimal coding is required when you want to customize the applications specific to your business logic (which is not available in the pre-built cases). The code generation process and efficient SQL generation is all done by the platform itself with built in security.  

GUI is very easily created using the application themes and templates. Users can see the results immediately with no complicated deployment process. It is a perfect solution for agile development process. Many platforms can quickly interpret and build applications from database or spreadsheet data. 

Low code platforms promote a consistent development thereby reducing training costs and knowledge transfer cost. Low code platforms can be chosen for developers or general business users. Companies can choose one that fits their purpose the best. Each tool offers different functional areas including workflow and business process applications. 

Businesses can benefit by creating a portfolio management system which keeps track of apps that have been already built in the platform.  

Most platforms provide intelligent wizards to accelerate development with powerful data management and visualization components. The user does not need to be a software developer; however, it is important to note that low-code platforms do not replace developers. They simply allow them to focus on truly valuable tasks and challenges. Low-code development platforms enable users to build applications without having to spend valuable time on research, writing, and testing new scripts.  

Thus, Low code is a digital innovation that helps accelerating digital transformation by converting ideas to visual data and app development by any business user, easy integration of data, reduced dependency on hard to hir technical skills, reduced cost, and increased scalability, optimized and easy app life cycle management from a single point. 

Customers can choose any low code platform based on their requirement from the popular ones below 

Oracle APEX, VBCS (Visual builder cloud services) Visual LANSA, Retool, Quixy, Creatio, GeneXus, Zoho Creator, web.com, Appian, Kissflow, Mendix, out Systems, salesforce lightning, Microsoft PowerApps, Appsheet, Google file maker, etc. 

As a certified oracle partners, BTSS offers professional solutions to enhance business and management capabilities using APEX and VBCS to extend the capabilities of ERP and HCM to suit business needs. 

VBCS (Visual Builder Cloud Services)   

VBCS is a powerful agile, secure, and flexible tool that oracle offers to enhance its capabilities in low code development platform. Users with or without coding knowledge can make professional and secure web and mobile applications straight from the browser using Visual Builder, Oracle’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) low-code development platform as this is a natural extension of Oracle’s Cloud applications.  

It is imperative to use Visual Builder in addition to the Oracle Cloud to meet customers’ demands on user experience. Using Visual Builder, we can create engaging widgets and visually pleasing layouts and aesthetics to enhance any business user experience 

A pre-built library of UI components helps to speed up this process. Although flexibility in the user interface is important, we should not underestimate the value of a consistent UI that customers can interact with across multiple products. This means that training is only required on specific aspects of the process rather than every interaction between customer and product. 

Progressive web application technology can be used alongside Oracle Visual Builder to create an app that is installed on the user’s device rather than on the browser where the application requires heavy device capabilities. 

Oracle APEX (Oracle Application Express)  

Oracle Apex will do the heavy lifting for an organization to build powerful apps and solve real problems without the user having any expertise in web technologies. Creative wizards can be used to create instant applications and components, 

It is perfect for agile development teams as it provides intuitive, graphical, drag, and drop page design. It also provides themes and templates for structured professional business app development to enhance user experience. One can see the visual results instantly with no complicated deployment. The common components and the custom business logic packages can be easily shared and used across all apps and can be easily deployed with a single click of a mouse. 

Coding is only needed where necessary and minimally. APEX provides declarative conditions and navigation logic for a truly no-code experience with self-documenting capabilities, and it identifies errors well in advance with its Advisor capability making it a powerful framework to work with. Security is built into the APEX framework, and it encourages efficient use of SQL and thereby reduces security defects. It benefits business organizations by reducing development, deployment, and maintenance cost. 

How to choose between VBCS and APEX 

It depends on what your organization’s needs are. APEX is free with the database and supports data model whereas VBCS is a cloud service available for a subscription and supports business objects. APEX uses SQL and VBCS uses java script. One can choose based on the strength of the team’s capabilities. You can extend with plugins in APEX whereas Web components in Visual builder’s IDE. VBCS provides you with advanced development and deployment capabilities. Finally, the platform is chosen based on what is exactly needed by an organization.  

What does BTSS offer 

As a certified Oracle service partner, BTSS has expert APEX and VBCS Developers who will transform any business by digitizing data to improve business logic, workflows and processes into valuable business apps which can be easily shared and managed at a very minimal cost and at a reduced time frame with minimum Code to maintain.  

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