As emerging technologies like AI and robotics have come onto the scene, businesses are feeling increased pressure to adopt and quickly incorporate them into their operational systems and applications. In many cases, however, this is no small task. Development may involve complex integrations and expertise, and deployment can also be a daunting series of testing and debugging – all delay the launch of new functionalities, slowing rapid innovation and business growth. So, how has application development changed in the last decade to prevent organizations from stifling innovation? More importantly, what’s the next step in the evolution of app dev that will help break down more barriers to innovation?
We have gone from waterfall development and quarterly releases, to Agile, iterative development and continuous delivery with DevOps.
The adoption of Agile methodologies and low-code/no-code development platforms help address development challenges. Agile practices and low-code’s visual, model-based tools allow organizations to bring business users into the development cycle. This increases the number persons collaborating on and developing an app, thus increasing the rate of change and speeding digital transformation. DevOps is taking us another step closer with continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) being set up and managed by developers to deliver applications to the market in weekly sprints versus quarterly release cycles.
But there’s a problem. The pace of development is faster than the pace of deployment.
Although we have enabled the business to supercharge app development, time to market is only as fast as our deployment resources, processes, and technologies can handle. Agile and low-code enables more resources, specifically business users, to be involved with development. This speeds feature creation, but organizations are still relying on IT and developers to complete the final step of delivering the application to users – creating bottlenecks at delivery.
No-Code DevOps solves this problem. It brings the business user into the delivery stage, further eliminating operational silos and creating a truly seamless and collaborative development experience for stakeholders from development through deployment – without the need to rely on IT.
No-Code DevOps is doing the same thing for delivery that Low-Code did for development.
Think “one-click” deployment that is easy and fast. It allows users with little technical experience to create a CI/CD pipeline and to automate and trigger all the sub-processes of traditional DevOps, such as branch merges, syncs with artifact repositories, and automated unit, functional, and UI testing. No-Code DevOps brings business into the delivery and deployment stage, continuing the developer/business/IT collaboration, and is the final step to end-to-end app development and delivery.
Technologies will always evolve.
Neither technology nor its development or delivery methodologies are stagnant – they evolve and move as quickly as the market requires them to. Leveraging advances in automation and intelligence, and advances in development/deployment can help organizations leap frog the competition with innovative solutions and, in some cases, turn an organization around.
And organizations are noticing this. In a recent Frost & Sullivan survey commissioned by Pega, we found that strategic adopters of DevOps were 55 percent more likely to have the competitive ability to grow profitably. In a separate Pega webinar survey, 83 percent of respondents said they are either kicking off DevOps, or have been using this approach during the past year. Simply employing DevOps, these organizations have achieved unprecedented growth. Imagine what these orgs can achieve once they evolve their delivery practices to include business stakeholders in app delivery with No-Code DevOps.
Your competitors are all looking to innovate faster. Wherever your team is along the app dev evolution journey, you can make moves now to take advantage of Agile, low-code, and DevOps – to leap frog the competition and supercharge application delivery with No-Code DevOps.
- Check out how Pega can help you get a jump start on your DevOps initiative and how to leverage our No-Code approach with our DevOps Made Easy webinar.
- Read the recent Wall Street Journal article that describes how Philips is using low-code to accelerate their app development.
- See how Alfa-Bank used Agile methodology to quickly implement a solution that connected the front and back office, resulting in a 400 percent decrease in servicing time for key corporate call center processes.
- Find out how Pega can help you unleash business agility with DevOps.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Justyna Kucharczak, senior product marketing manager, has more than a decade of experience helping potential clients discover the best technology to speed their digital transformation.