Traditionally, a company that required apps depended solely on the highly specialized skills and knowledge of coders to develop the apps they need. This resulted in long wait times for apps and significant operational inefficiencies that left organizations struggling to fulfill their needs.
Add to this the increased need for digital apps and shortage of developers in recent years and it becomes clear that IT teams need a way to build powerful apps quickly with the resources at hand. Fortunately, this is where no-code and low-code app development come in.
At first glance, no-code and low-code seem like the same thing, and they are often confused with one another. However, there are subtle differences between the two that you should know. With this in mind, let’s start by defining these types of app development.
No-code app development is a method of building apps that requires absolutely no coding knowledge or experience. This is a way for non-professional developers, such as employees outside of the IT department, to build the apps they need quickly and easily. These apps can be built using a visual interface and drag-and-drop building platform that contains all the elements required to build an app within minutes. Think of it as similar to a website-building platform.
In contrast, low-code app development is a more flexible method of building apps that still has the drag-and-drop visual interface for people who don’t know programming languages. However, there may be minimal hand-coding required, particularly when you want to customize these applications.
The greatest advantage of no-code app development is that it doesn’t require any coding to build an app. Anyone can quickly develop an app and launch it with the click of a button. This is the ideal solution when you need an app that will solve a specific problem within a department or a company, making it easy to address an immediate need without having to tap into your IT resources.
There are two major disadvantages of no-code app development to be aware of. The first of these is that the apps that can be built will be fairly basic. However, when they are needed to solve a specific problem, this is generally not a problem. The other disadvantage to no-code app development is that it can be easy for people within an organization to develop apps without proper consideration or supervision, resulting in possible security concerns, problems with integration, and compliance issues.
Low-code app development comes with several advantages. Apps can be developed quickly, which means there is no more waiting for app development when working on a larger project. In addition, app development costs less, increasing your ROI, while lowering your risk. And with a single click, an app can be deployed and changes to the app can be made as people interact with it.
However, like no-code app development, there are disadvantages to using low-code app development. Prime among these is the fact that with just a low level of coding knowledge, you will find there is a steep learning curve. Low-code apps are not easily suited to building enterprise-grade apps that offer the high performance, quality and scalability.
With the above differences between no-code and low-code app development, you might find it challenging to decide which one you need. No-code app development is ideal for simple front-end apps, such as those that can pull, analyze, report on and export data. No-code app development is also good for apps that perform repetitive tasks and for simple internal apps.
On the other hand, low-code app development is best suited to building standalone web and mobile apps that are more likely to be integrated with other systems and multiple data sources. This method of app development can be used for nearly any type of app, with the exception of highly sophisticated, mission-critical apps that need to be scaled and must interact with multiple systems and data sources.
Connect with a member of the Tangentia team today to learn more about how we can help you use no-code and low-code app development to get the apps you need quickly and easily, while easing the burden on your IT department.
Not so long ago, the only way to develop and build an application was to write many lines of code for each app. This meant it took software developers a long time to develop apps, forcing them to focus on apps that had the biggest business impact. Fast-forward to today and we are witnessing the modernization of app development, thanks to the low-code approach.
Low-code app development is becoming increasingly popular, and according to Gartner, it will account for 65% of all app development by 2024. And it’s no wonder. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the speed at which businesses and other organizations have had to adopt the use of mobile apps and remote technology.
Low-code app development has completely modernized the app development process. It is a method of developing apps that requires very little code to be written from scratch. Instead, app developers using the low-code approach to app development have access to a graphic user interface that makes app development intuitive.
Enterprise-grade apps can be developed primarily through the use of a visual drag-and-drop process that requires very little hand-coding. Low-code app development also makes it possible to automate many aspects of app development, increasing the efficiency of the development process.
There are several advantages to low-code app development that organizations can benefit from. At the core of these advantages is the fact that apps can be developed more quickly and easily than ever. Here is a closer look at how low-code app development benefits organizations:
Organizations of all kinds have an increasing need for apps—both customer-facing and employee-facing. By adopting a low-code app development strategy, you will simplify and revolutionize the way your organization develops the apps you need, getting the right apps in front of the right users faster than ever before.
Connect with a member of the Tangentia team today to learn more about how we can help you use low-code app development to streamline your app development process.
More and more women are entering the tech industry every day, and their presence is being noticed. And while it’s no secret that gender equality in the workplace has been hard-won for women, progress is being made. The overall representation of women in tech has grown over the past few years, from under 26% to nearly 29%. Of course, this means there is plenty of room to grow, and there is good reason for companies to increase their gender diversity.
According to McKinsey, research has proven that companies with gender-diverse teams are more innovative. This is because diversity makes these teams better able to anticipate changes in what consumers need and want in their technology products, ensuring new products and services are continually being created to meet market demand. Ultimately, this makes diverse companies more competitive.
McKinsey also reports that gender diversity increases a company’s profitability. In 2019, companies in the top 25% for gender diversity had a 25% greater chance of reaching above-average profitability. When it comes to women in executive roles, companies with the most gender diversity were 48% more profitable than those with the least gender diversity.
Add to the above benefits of innovation and profitability, there are a whole host of other benefits to having gender-diverse tech teams. These include:
Increasing gender diversity within a company means bringing women onboard at every level. For startups, this means hiring women in leadership roles, as well as other roles within the company, right from inception. This sets a precedent for gender diversity within the company.
Established companies can begin hiring more women in all roles and promoting women to all levels of management. The value of women seeing other women in management roles will only help to increase gender diversity because it will encourage more women to apply for jobs.
Other ways companies can increase gender equality in the workplace is to:
At Tangentia, we are committed to gender equality and supporting women in tech. This is why we have worked hard to reach a 50% representation of women in all roles and at all levels within our company. Plus, we have received the Great Place To Work India Award for 2022.
One of the amazing women we have working at Tangentia is Ashwini Hedge, Practice Head of Delivery and Automation. Ashwini is an integral part of our team, working closely with her colleagues and with clients to achieve the very best results. In addition, Ashwini does public speaking events highlighting automation and the future of the workplace.
If you are interested in applying for a position at Tangentia, visit our career page to view the opportunities we have available. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Tangentia is proud to announce the expansion of our North American sales and leadership team. We understand the value people bring to our organization and it has been our goal since expanding into the USA. to create job opportunities for professionals throughout North America who want to be part of the quickly evolving artificial intelligence and automation industry.
We are excited to announce that Robert Lye is joining our leadership team as Vice President & Chief Evangelist – Automation. Robert will bring thought leadership and transformational thinking to Tangentia customers to aid in building and growing successful intelligent automation programs and accelerating value realization.
Seasoned by hands-on real-world experience, Robert offers great insights into the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation and will be an integral part of ensuring our customers have the tools and support they need to navigate the fast-paced world of automation.
“I am honored and humbled to be joining the Tangentia Family and to work alongside a remarkably talented team,” Robert says. “I am extremely excited for the journey ahead and look forward to enhancing the success of Tangentia customers.”
Also new to the Tangentia team is Joseph Saad, who joins us as our new Sales Account Executive based in Montreal, Canada. He speaks English, French, and Arabic and comes with a very experienced background in sales. Joseph has already embarked on his journey at Tangentia, and we look forward to building a robust Montreal-based team in the near future.
We are also pleased to welcome two new members of our executive sales team in the USA. Shawn Bakos is our new Sales Account Executive based in Delaware, USA. He comes with many years of experience in the IT field besides being in the US Navy. An avid sports person who played competitive ice hockey, we are pleased to have Shawn Bakos flying the Tangentia flag on the US East Coast.
Mike Fox is our new Sales Account Executive based in San Diego, California. Mike is an expert in sales farming, hunting, and fostering profitable win-win deals, and he has a passion for building long-lasting customer relationships. We are excited to have Mike on board and besides bringing on board the warm California sun, we are confident his experience will stand us in good stead on the US West Coast.
Vijay Thomas, Founder and CEO at Tangentia said “It is fantastic to have Robert Lye, take the plunge from being a customer of Tangentia to joining our senior leadership team. It is a ratification of the Tangentia strategy of growth and value creation for our customers.”
George Bennett, VP Sales at Tangentia mentions “ Alongside Bob, we are really excited to have Joseph in Montreal, Mike in San Diego and Shawn in Delaware join our team. It's full steam ahead from now on.”
Tangentia is passionate about bringing the best people onboard, so we can provide top-tier value to our customers through collaboration and innovation. We have been certified as a Great Place to Work for 2022 and we have been certified by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council as an aboriginal and minority business enterprise.
As one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing American Companies in 2018 and one of Growth 500’s fastest-growing companies in Canada 6 years in a row, we are always looking for top talent. Visit our Careers page to find out more about how you can become part of the Tangentia team.
Legacy business process management is obsolete.
Not that it worked particularly well to begin with. Per The Harvard Business Review, too often when reengineering a process, businesses fail to focus on how the process currently performs. While charting out the way they want things to work, they lose sight of the inefficiencies, bottlenecks, and performance problems within their existing ecosystem.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are the businesses that embroil themselves too deeply in analyzing their existing processes. In the absence of any effective process management tools, they spend inordinate time and resources on interviews and qualitative observation. The end result is the same.
Nothing gets done.
Even in organizations where roadmapping and analysis are well-balanced, there is a lack of visibility. A lack of connectivity between processes and the business's enterprise information system. Process mining represents the solution to that problem.
Process mining is essentially the intersection of data science and business process management. The basic idea is that in a modern context, every business process leaves behind a series of digital footprints. Although these are not always visible to data scientists, these footprints can functionally serve as 'breadcrumbs' through which an organization can gain a more complete picture of how its processes and systems intersect.
Process mining isn't actually a new idea. Although the technology to enable it only recently became available, it has existed as a theoretical field of research for over twenty years. The concept was first introduced in 1999 by Will van der Aalst, a Dutch computer scientist who is widely regarded as “the godfather of process mining.”
Process mining can typically be broken into six stages. Note that not every process mining platform applies all of these techniques.
It's important to understand the process mining is ongoing. It is not a project that one can simply mark as finished and forget. There will always be new efficiencies to discover, new bottlenecks to address, and new opportunities to leverage.
Typically, process mining is most commonly applied for one of the following purposes:
The first, most obvious benefit of process mining is that it provides direct, objective insights. It looks 'below the hood' of a business, automatically mapping each process from tangible data. In addition to being less biased, process mining is considerably more accurate than legacy techniques such as surveys or workshops.
The second major benefit is tied to automation. Compared to legacy business process optimization, process mining is significantly more efficient. Because it doesn't require any manual work, this also means it's more cost-effective, as well.
Most process mining platforms also run without interrupting existing systems and processes, meaning you needn't worry about interrupting workflows or having to implement any complicated workarounds.
The application of process mining, as one might expect, can also improve a business in a multitude of ways:
Business process optimization has long felt like an uphill battle, but it no longer needs to be. With the advent of process mining, businesses can leverage data science and analytics to gain a level of visibility into business operations which would have previously been impossible. And through that visibility, they can make better, more informed decisions.
And more importantly, they can do so in a way that allows them to clearly demonstrate their efforts to senior leadership, both justifying their budget and providing executives with peace of mind.
Technology has always evolved to adapt to a changing world and the changing needs of the people who live in it. That fact couldn’t be more evident than it has been in the past few years.
The shifting expectations of consumers and employees, fueled by the increase in hybrid and remote work environments and online shopping over the past couple of years, demands solutions that make working and shopping easier than ever. This has given rise to predictions for the top tech trends in 2022.
Boomi’s 2022 Tech Trend Predictions outlines the top tech trends to follow in 2022. These tech trends include:
With these trends in mind, let’s take a closer look at integration and the customer experience, particularly when it comes to ecommerce.
There is no industry where speed is more important than in the ecommerce industry. In the past 10 years, consumers have come to expect immediate connectivity and service at lightning speed. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the expectations of consumers as more and more people have turned to online shopping.
In the U.S., 52% of people are shopping more online, including grocery shopping, a domain that was once strictly a brick-and-mortar shopping experience. The UN reports that globally ecommerce has grown into a $2.9 trillion industry thanks to the pandemic.
What this means for ecommerce companies is that integration is critical to maintaining market share. This is just as true for brick-and-mortar retail companies that have an online presence as it is for strictly online ecommerce businesses.
The goal behind integration is to connect systems within your company, as well as integration your own systems with those of your partners. This includes not only your ecommerce platforms, but all supporting applications, such as inventory management, CRM, content management, digital marketing, and financial information. This will ensure that you are able to:
The result of this integration is that customers will be able to shop whenever and wherever they are and via any channels they wish. They will experience a seamless purchasing process and receive instantaneous communications and timely updates on orders so they will always know their status, thanks to:
However, in order to make this a reality, your ecommerce integration has to be of the highest quality.
The very best quality in ecommerce integration will ensure that your finances and inventory processes are all automated and fully integrated with your ecommerce platform. Boomi offers the first 100% cloud-based platform and is an industry leader in integrations.
Boomi’s simple, instant integration between on-premise and cloud systems requires no coding, and you will have your automation up and running in no time, with pre-built solutions that help accelerate ecommerce integrations.
What this means is that you don’t have to invest heavily in IT to implement full integration. Instead, you will have easy access to your integration platform without the need to install or maintain additional software or hardware.
Tangentia is proud of our partnership with Boomi, which will allow our customers to build faster integrations and reduce the time they spend on development by weeks or months, enabling a quicker digital transformation.
Reach out to an experienced Tangentia team member today for more information on how to enjoy the full potential of Boomi.