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How to Accelerate Enterprise App Development — 3 Steps to Success

Whether it’s enhancing collaboration, improving customer service, or boosting productivity. For large businesses, enterprise app development has become foundational to their continued progress — and keeping pace with competitors.

But many of the leaders we speak to share a problem — they’re struggling to deliver new enterprise apps at the speed and scale their business requires. So why is this the case? And how can you speed up the process in your organization?

 

What’s delaying enterprise application development?

In truth, the problem is multi-faceted. But app development times are largely being slowed by the following three issues:

Developers are in short supply

Companies are struggling to hire top tech talent. According to estimates by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, American companies will face a 1.2 million shortfall in developers by 2026. This talent deficit will continue to slow the pace of enterprise application development.

There’s a spiralling IT backlog

App development is also being delayed by a backlog of IT projects. In a report last year, The Economist Intelligence Unit found the average backlog for planned IT projects was between 3-12 months. Delays of this scale leave businesses perpetually on the backfoot, because they’re unable to fully invest in solutions they need right now.

Project requirements are often unclear and changing      

Ever-changing requirements are part and parcel of enterprise app development. Projects may need to be adapted (or scrapped) due to a myriad of reasons, from new market demands to regulatory updates. App development can also be hindered if leadership teams are vague about the goal or problem they’re looking to solve.

 

How to speed up enterprise application development

Given the challenges outlined above, here are three ways to accelerate enterprise app development in your own business.

Create a fusion team

Fusion teams have become a smart solution to the tech talent shortage. By combining the domain expertise of business users, and the technical expertise of IT, fusion teams allow organisations to build enterprise apps faster — and in direct response to a clearly articulated goal from end users.

Low-code platforms are fundamental to this process, as they allow both technical and non-technical users to collaborate on app development in a single place, maximizing resources and speeding up time-to-value.

Establish your own Centre of Excellence (CoE) 

A CoE involves creating a team of experts that are responsible for providing best practices, support and momentum around a specific area of focus. Applied to enterprise app development, a CoE can help you overcome technological bottlenecks, reduce production costs, and experiment with different ways of working to increase efficiency.

Orchestrate systems

In contrast to automation (which generally refers to automating a single task), orchestration involves the automation of multiple tasks. IT teams can use orchestration to automate all of the processes and workflows behind their applications centrally. This coordinated approach can help to reduce security risks, lower costs and speed up cycle times.

 

Digitizing underwriting at Generali

Insurance firm, Generali, wanted to create an application to revolutionize their paper-based systems into efficient workflows, while increasing productivity and efficiency in their underwriting process. Using Bizagi’s low-code platform and an agile methodology, they were able to take development in-house, reuse components and easily integrate Robotic Process Automation (RPA). This enabled them to speed up deployment and automate 38 processes in just six months.

 

Take a low-code approach to enterprise app development

Modern enterprises risk getting left behind if their software development cycle is slow and siloed. A low-code platform can help solve that problem by allowing technical and non-technical teams to collaborate on app development, all in one place.

Bizagi’s low-code platform makes it easy for everyone in your organisation to build customised applications at scale. You can find out more right here.

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