As the retail industry turns increasingly digital, customers are now more well-informed and connected than ever before. To take on this challenge and drive significant customer engagement, retailers need to blur the lines between offline and online.
Low-coding application development platforms have seen a surge in demand in recent times. Organizations are switching to low-code Rapid Application Development (RAD) platforms largely due to reduced development time and vendor dependence.
Low-code RAD platforms help organizations save valuable time spent developing applications when compared with conventional coding. Furthermore, you do not need a high technical skill level or a large team to build an enterprise-grade application using a RAD platform. For instance, to build an enterprise-class application on the Axpert platform, you just need SQL skills and domain knowledge. Deep and lengthy coding is completely eliminated by using a RAD platform.
Less vendor dependence is a critical factor that works in favor of low-coding RAD platforms. You can have your in-house IT team build and manage the applications without depending on any vendor. This reduces costs and saves time. With RAD platforms, applications can be built to match the exact requirements of the business, rather than the business changing the processes to match the capabilities of the system.
Many large organizations find it difficult to replace their existing ERP applications due to the enormous number of transactions and the implications of changing the ERP on operations, even though there are deficiencies and gaps in the application. They are either forced to live with the problem or go for never-ending modernization in the traditional way. Low-code RAD platforms can come to the rescue in such a scenario. The legacy systems can be migrated to the RAD platform quickly, or the organization can build and integrate the applications and modules required to mitigate the gaps and deficiencies.
Selecting a RAD platform could be tricky. The basic parameter should be how quickly the modules and applications can be built and what amount of training is required to start working on the RAD platform. The major question is how long the platform has been around and whether it has stood the test of time. It will be worth looking at the current users of the platform and the mission-critical applications built and running on it.