Digital business transform is all about becoming a software company to gain and maintain a competitive edge over existing and, just as significantly, potentially unknown rivals that may be preparing to move into an adjacent business category. In the face of all that competition, it’s critical for organizations of all sizes to be able to turn ideas and concepts into tangible applications as quickly as possible.
The fastest way to achieve that goal is to adopt a low code development that makes it possible to build applications orders of magnitude faster than traditional legacy approaches that measure progress in months and years versus days and weeks.
Organizations that are consistently successful when it comes to launching and completing multiple digital business transformation projects all have one thing in common. They all embraced a guiding set of best practices for executing their strategy that goes well beyond the low-code application development platform itself. In fact, the challenge all these organizations overcame is that as the volume and complexity of the applications being developed started to increase, they implemented a set of best practices to make sure the rate at which applications are developed is not in any way hampered by a set of antiquated manual processes that can’t keep pace.
At Mansystems, we’ve worked with the organizations on developing those frameworks. We have now leveraged all that experience to create a SMART Digital Factory framework that packages our knowledge and best practices in a way that can be easily consumed by any size organization.
Every successful digital business transformation project encompasses six phases. This first phase focuses on assessing the feasibility of the initiative. The next phase determines the optimal organizational structure, followed by defining the processes for the need to be developed, implementing a testing and management structure, evaluating the knowledge and skills of the staff, and finally, determining what best practices to implement around a low-code development platform. Collectively, these six steps all but guarantee application development success without compromising quality or the rate at which applications can be developed.
The important thing to remember is all these steps are closely inter-related. When there is no urgency driving the development of an application, the inertia surrounding the current organizational structure and associated processes often prove too great to overcome. If the organization structure is rigid, chances are good new processes will not fit well. If the combined team fits together perfectly, but the training is not geared to the right level of knowledge, progress will be painful. If you do not teach team members to master a low-code tool, application development will never be nearly as fast as it should be. The tighter all these activities become the more successful the digital business transformation ultimately becomes.
In general, we see there are three primary levels of maturity organizations pass through on their way to create a digital business transformation center of excellence. Most companies today are still in the "start" level. As more applications are built, most organizations grow into the next “structure” level where they start to organize their process. The third "scale" level is when the organizations entire digital business transformation strategy is driven by tools and processes enabled by a low-code platform.
The SMART Digital Factory from Mansystems is relevant at every level of maturity. Even on start level, it’s important to lay the right foundational processes to move on to the next level as quickly and smoothly as possible. Organizations that ignore those process issues at the start often find they need to start over when trying to develop more complex low-applications at true enterprise-wide scale.
Mansystems helps organizations trying to execute on a digital business strategy gain the clearest picture possible of where they stand on the low-code maturity curve. Implementation, organization, processes, personnel, tools, and platforms are all analyzed. Questions concerning everything from the business need for the project and what processes are impacted to what IT architecture and development tools are needed are all considered and evaluated within the context of the digital business strategy.
Mansystems for many years has been using the Smart Digital Factory as the framework for driving thousands of successful application development projects. We assess where organizations are in their digital transformation journey and then fill in the gaps.
Our goal is to make it possible for customers to self-sustain their digital business initiatives on their own as soon as possible. Our primary focus is to help organizations achieve that goal by helping them set up low code competency centers based on the best practices defined in the SMART Digital Factory. That approach not only reduces costs over time, it also makes sure the organization is able to retain its own intellectual property. Once that occurs, it’s not too long before the force multiplier effect of being able to rapidly develop high quality applications is felt and appreciated by employees and customers alike.
We’d be happy to discuss how the SMART Digital Factory can be put to work for your organization starting tomorrow.
Has your organization launched a digital business transformation project that needs to be accelerated? Do you need a proven structured way to tackle these types of projects, or maybe you're just curious about what is possible? Mansystems has already helped numerous of organizations to achieve their goals. Download the eBook here or contact us now.