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10 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Low-Code Automation Platform: The Definitive Checklist

Agility. Employee Empowerment. Simplicity. The Low-Code Automation Platform (L-CAP) has revolutionized the way business process applications are designed and built. By making it easier for non-technical users to execute projects that once relied heavily on input from skilled developers and software engineers, companies across all industries are cutting costs, saving time, and boosting productivity.

Of course, as more and more businesses embrace the benefits that L-CAPs offer, the number of competing software solutions has ballooned. To help you select which is right for your needs, we’ve compiled the following list of 10 vital features to look for when making your decision:

 

1 - Ease of Integration

A low-code application, no matter how elegantly and efficiently it has been designed, is only useful when it can be seamlessly integrated with your existing legacy systems. The L-CAP you choose should be able to offer connectors and API’s that allow you to easily deploy apps across your enterprise’s entire tech infrastructure. 

 

2- Security & Compliance

In today’s complex and ever-evolving business environment, it’s vital to know that your processes have been modeled, documented and automated according to established security practices and current compliance requirements. A good L-CAP will provide the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can monitor and amend apps simply and quickly when the need arises.   

 

3 - Visual Modeling/Drag & Drop Interface

At the heart of the Low-Code revolution are Visual Modeling and drag-and-drop interfaces. These intuitive and easy-to-use tools allow those with little or no tech expertise to become “Citizen Developers” who are highly competent in the areas of process modeling and app creation. You can learn more about various standards for Business Process Modeling here.


Discover more about adopting a low-code approach in our 'Ultimate Guide to Low-Code Automation'.

 

4 - Broad Process Modeling Capabilities

A good L-CAP will be able to accommodate virtually any type of Process Modeling challenge, from a simple employee request for time-off to a highly complex task that requires a deep understanding of the relevant business logic and extensive documentation. While not every company needs this degree of flexibility, larger organizations will benefit by implementing a single, highly versatile platform.

 

5 - Customer-driven Pricing

There are various compensation models in the L-CAP space, ranging from traditional per-seat/per-user license fees to the more innovative, client-centric “Shared Success” approach. The latter (which we use at Bizagi) is tailored to fit an organization’s existing needs, but designed to keep pace as demand increases. The idea is to charge you for only what you use, without imposing unnecessary costs for excess capacity.

 

6 - Scalability

The over-arching goal of any business is to succeed. And, almost invariably, success brings growth. It’s important to choose an L-CAP whose suite of software and services can grow along with you. A robust and scalable platform allows a business to evolve organically without the potential disruptions that often arise when a company is forced to make a major software system change.

 

7 - Cross-device Functionality

Gone forever are the days of “One user, one desktop computer.” Today, your employees are working from a variety of devices, in various locations, at all hours of the day…or night! Your L-CAP partner should be able to provide a design/build low-code solution that allows team members to be as productive on their phone, laptop or home computer as they are at their desk.

 

8 - Reusable (Out-Of-The-Box) Components

The word “shortcut” gets a bad rap in the business world. But, in Low-Code Automation shortcuts can be a good thing: they save time, reduce frustration, and let your Citizen Developers concentrate on the “longcuts” that ultimately improve an organization’s overall productivity. A good L-CAP will let you create consistency across the enterprise, and offer a simple way to repurpose and customize boilerplate content such as application and process policies.

 

9 - Analytics & Reporting

“Continuous Improvement” is a mantra that’s often heard as you walk the halls of any successful company. Your L-CAP should strive to be a partner in the ongoing – and never ending – pursuit of perfection. By allowing you to easily monitor the performance metrics that inform process improvement, a good low-code platform will deliver tangible returns on your investment…continuously.

 

10 - Try Before You Buy

A strong L-CAP partner will encourage potential customers to take the software on a free test-run before making a commitment. This makes perfect sense: If the vendor is confident enough in their platform’s ability to make a difference under real-world conditions, they’ll be comfortable giving you an opportunity to try it for yourself before you sign up.
 

 

If you’d like additional info about Low-Code Automation Platforms and how they can benefit your organization, click here to download our eBook “The Ultimate Guide to Low-Code Automation”
 

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