High-productivity platforms with a Low Code approach help IT teams get project delivered. And now that they support everything from innovative customer applications to re-platforming legacy systems. Utilising a combination of Salesforce AWS, Mulesoft and Tableau we create rapidly deployed, low risk solutions for your business. Using our expertise in bespoke software and system integration we can extend our Low Code solutions to meet even the most demanding requirements.
What Are Low Code Platforms?
Applications built using Low Code Platforms are largely built using visual design tools to assemble data capture forms, process flows, business rules, reports etc using drag and drop based visual designers. Typically, little bespoke software is required and applications can be built very rapidly with a high degree of functionality provided out of the box such as auditing and security, identity management, search, dashboards, self-service reporting etc. All platforms have limits to their Low Code capabilities but all the platforms that we work with can be extended using bespoke software (our heritage of nearly 20 years) to provide functionality that is required and not present in the platform. That is a condition of us selecting the platform for delivery by TEKenable.
The 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Low Code Platforms is shown opposite and shows Salesforce and Microsoft as Leaders and Visionaries in the space.
Salesforce and TEKenable, a winning combination
Salesforce is the leading CRM of today’s world, helping its clients have the right conversations at the right time, making most of the leads, increasing efficiency and growth, maximizing ROI, and the list goes on. Whether you are a start-up, small business or a large enterprise, we have a solution for you. The regular updates on the platform ensures that you have access to the best always.
Salesforce - Integration, Analytics and more
Our low-code first approach ensures that we create a solution which is easy to maintain and doesn’t cost the earth to implement. Following Salesforce best practice, we implement the simplest solution. However, we are also aware that simplest solutions may not always suit every need, our experienced developers a solve complex business problems giving results you want.
Of course, Salesforce provides tools for system integration (Mulesoft) and Analytics (Tableau) as part of our kit bag. We are also uniquely positioned with expertise in Microsoft Dynamics to work on projects involving both platforms.
Low Code Platforms v Bespoke
|Point of Comparison||Low Code Platform
|Speed of Development||Quicker||Slower|
|Functionality Delivered||Out of the box features such as Search, Dashboards, Charts etc plus Application specific functions||Application specific functions only|
|Risk of Errors/Extent of Testing Required||Lower risk of errors, business functional testing||Higher risk of errors, business and technical testing required|
|Training Needs||More complex platform needs a bit more training to get the most from it||Business functionality training only|
|Self-Service||You will be able to make minor adjustments yourselves (add new fields to a form, report, add validation rule, change form layout etc)||None. All changes must be via IT provider only|
|Cost to Develop||Similar but more functionality delivered out of the box||Similar|
|Cost to Maintain||Lower as some changes are self-service capable and low code nature make changes quicker and lower risk||Higher as more IT labour intensive to make the change|
|Licensing Costs||Essentially per user per month, as low as €10 per user for single app||None for .NET/Java|
|Hosting Costs||None, included in license costs as are database fees||Azure/AWS hosting costs plus database costs|
|Vendor Lock-in||Low vendor lock-in high platform lock-in. . Building on a Low Code platform is a strategic decision as moving away from the platform afterwards would entail a rebuilt of the application(s) but it is not a vendor lock-in as there are many competent vendors with the necessary skill sets in the market place if you need to switch vendor.||Medium vendor lock-in high platform lock-in. Cost to switch vendors is medium as it can be hard to reverse engineer another company’s application even with documentation. Switching platform from .NET/Java would be a high cost but unlikely to be needed as plenty of suitably skilled vendors exist to provide these skillsets.|