A business process is defined as a set of activities and procedures undertaken by an organization to achieve short-term and long-term goals and objectives. The structure and efficiency of your organization’s business process can significantly impact the productivity and profitability in the long run.
Well-managed business processes can help your business establish a benchmark for quality standards, reduce potential risk, avoid damaging human error, improve opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration and implement effective communication. Research has shown that effective business process management can improve customer satisfaction levels by up to 30%.
However, many business processes can be time-consuming, repetitive and tedious which can lead to employee dissatisfaction and disengagement. It may be difficult to effectively and accurately monitor and keep track of manual business processes. Therefore, many businesses are beginning to leverage the power of low-code solutions to automate various manual business processes.
Low-code automation is a visual approach to automating business processes that requires little to no coding and instead focuses on graphic on-screen guidance and drag-and-drop tools. Studies have shown that 49% of organizations that use low-code solutions have stated that they have the greatest ability to automate business processes.
Benefits Of Low-Code Automation Tools
1) Cost-Effective Development
One of the biggest goals for any modern organization is reducing existing costs and fostering cost-effective development in the long run. However, performing certain repetitive and time-consuming business processes manually can utilize a substantial amount of financial and human resources. Therefore, low-code automation tools can enable your business to avoid costs associated with performing certain business processes manually, such as initial training costs and hiring skilled software developers.
Furthermore, since low-code automation tools can significantly reduce the risk of human error, your business will be able to avoid having to allocate scarce resources to addressing mistakes and errors. Low-code automation tools also have the potential to improve speed-to-market times and hence increase Return On Investment (ROI) levels.
2) Improve Productivity Levels
Performing certain repetitive and tedious business processes manually not only utilizes a large number of organizational resources but is also extremely time-consuming and impractical. However, low-code automation tools can enable your business to take advantage of robust tools such as drag-and-drop tools, on-screen guidance and other visual development features to automate business processes and achieve organizational goals much faster than ever before.
Furthermore, low-code automation can automate certain repetitive tasks which would have otherwise required an organizational employee to perform manually. This will then enable organizational employees to work on higher-level, more intellectually stimulating business processes and hence increase employee satisfaction and engagement levels.
Low-code automation tools also have the potential to help businesses reduce the length of application development cycles, which will consequently improve rates of productivity in the long run. Research indicates that low-code platforms have the potential to reduce development times by up to 90%.
3) Easier Documentation and Compliance
Studies have shown that regular compliance audits have saved businesses an average of $2.86 million. Therefore, one of the most time-consuming but crucial business processes that every organization must undergo is documentation and compliance procedures.
Instead of manually keeping track of large amounts of paperwork, your business can depend on low-code automation solutions to make documentation and compliance procedures much easier than ever before. Low-code automation tools can automatically collect data from documents, create new documents and send records to relevant organizational bodies and government regulatory organizations.
Furthermore, low-code automation solutions can enable your business to take advantage of pre-made templates that can be automatically filled using cloud-based databases.
4) Less Dependence on Software Developers
A citizen developer is defined as any employee that creates enterprise applications and software with little to no traditional coding experience. A study conducted by Gartner concluded that the number of active citizen developers in large enterprises will be approximately four times the number of professional developers by the year 2023.
Low-code automation solutions can help empower citizen developers to create their own complex and custom enterprise applications through the use of drag-and-drop tools and on-screen step-by-step guidance.
Therefore, the rise of citizen development can help your business reduce dependency on skilled software developers. This will not only enable your business to substantially increase efficiency and productivity levels but will also enable citizen developers to address prevailing issues without requiring the interference of a skilled software developer.
5) Increased Agility and Update Speed
Low-code automation tools can enable businesses to substantially increase the agility and speed of development and updates. When performing certain tasks manually, your business would usually require a skilled software developer to make changes to complex lines of code to update and develop certain enterprise applications.
Low-code automation solutions can empower citizen developers to make necessary changes and updates in real-time without having to wait for the assistance of a skilled software developer.
This increased agility will also enable your business to keep up with changing market trends, consumer expectations, regulatory changes and seasonal fluctuations without wastage of organizational resources.
How To Use Low-Code To Automate Business Processes
First, you must define the various steps of your organization’s business processes. Then you must clearly define the data that will be handled by the low-code automation software as well as the predetermined set of criteria for analyzing data. Lastly, your business must connect and integrate any required data sources with the low-code automation solution.
Planet Crust’s Corteza – Leverage Powerful Low-Code Solutions To Automate Your Business Processes
Planet Crust’s low-code platform Corteza is an all-rounder solution to all your app development and automation problems. It comes with powerful automation tools that allow you to standardize and automate your business processes with only a few simple steps. Corteza also helps you create complex, integrated apps that can be instantly deployed.