How to Build an App in 10 Days: The Future of Enterprise DevOps

How to Build an App in 10 Days
Your business needs to establish regular and effective communications between the app's stakeholders and your IT team. And without the right development platform, that can be harder than you think.

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It's funny — since the world went digital, you've been able to "tell" how successful a company is based on the way its website looks. Flashy designs were a sign of adoption and a desire to move forward, while sites trapped in the late 90s were indicative of companies trapped in the late 90s.

Today, there's a new wrinkle to the aesthetic of the best websites: Applications — data and rules-based functionality built into a site that can help the user complete tasks. Even stone-age websites had applications, make no mistake, but these days, the best enterprise apps have a new feel. The best ones are simple and nimble, and they make the user's life better, not harder.

But building a best-in-class app isn't just about having the best coding money can buy: Your business needs to establish regular and effective communications between the app's stakeholders and your IT team. And without the right development platform, that can be harder than you think.

Luckily, there is a way to streamline the development of your enterprise applications, making it possible to quickly adapt to the changing needs of your business.

To be upfront, you may not be able to make an app in 10 days; it may take you 30 days. But then again, it may take you just one. Here's how.

Leverage complexity and turn it into a competitive advantage

The year is 1999, and if you don't have a coding samurai on your team, your web apps are doomed. But let's say you are lucky enough to have one, maybe even several coding experts, your business is still facing a major problem.

Like building a house, developing an enterprise application requires an incredibly detailed blueprint, and after that blueprint is established, you're in the dark until months and months later when the finished product is revealed. What's more, while the app may have been designed to be cutting edge, by the time it's actually delivered to you, it may not meet the needs of an evolved marketplace.

That's the nature of coding: It's a long and intensive process with minimal communication between business stakeholders and IT developers. As a result, it's nearly impossible to quickly adjust to evolving business needs and tweak app functionality to remain relevant and useful. Worse yet, it shows: It's easy to spot an app that fails on experience and is disconnected from the core, value-generating operations of a business.

That's where the complexity of the traditional DevOps model becomes a serious problem for your business.

Fast-forward to today. Due to advances in cloud-based web development, the heavy coding work can be done for you by Pega. What you're left with, instead of complex Java programming, is a simple, visual platform that lets you work alongside your IT department to create enterprise applications in record time.

Imagine selecting every piece of app functionality from a drop-down menu — from creating rules-based formulas to designing user experience. That's what Pega delivers. Using a 100% visual interface, you can create a powerful app, optimized for all channels, without months and months of dev time. In fact, Capgemini says that launching an app with the Pega Platform is 6.4 times faster than coding with Java, and updating your Pega-built app is eight times faster.

That's a huge disruption to the old-world IT model, across both the public and private sector. At Pega’s annual PegaWORLD conference, the CIO of the State of Maine stood on stage and told the audience about the transformational effect that the implementation of the Pega 7 platform and the Pega Cloud is having across all parts of the state’s governmental processes. In effect, implementing Pega has allowed the State to reduce multi-year process improvement projects to a one-week development period.

The impact of these 40-hour apps is not limited to the improvement in project or employee efficiency, either — they’re already making life better for citizens. As is true with many states, Maine’s unemployment claims system used to be highly manual, resulting in claims delays of up to a month or more. Now, with Pega’s help, the average claim is processed in only 4 hours. For someone out of work, the difference between receiving same-day peace of mind and facing uncertainty and stress for 30 days is monumental.

So when your bank decides to change how it manages customer service requests, or your governmental agency recognizes an opportunity to streamline a manual process and eliminate red tape, your IT team won't have to spend days — and risk system failure — combing through millions of lines of code in order to update a small piece of programming. All they'll have to do is select a new option from the visual menu.

Enterprise apps can get pretty complicated, but don’t worry: Pega can help

The Pega 7 Platform is at the forefront of non-coded enterprise application development — allowing your business to stay ahead of the competition and quickly adapt to the changing needs of your customers. Using Pega can simplify IT processes and help deliver valuable cross-channel experiences with ease. Experience the difference yourself with a 30-day guided demonstration via Pega Express, the fastest and most intuitive way to build enterprise applications: www.pega.com/express.

And to relive the best moments and keynote addresses from PegaWORLD 2015, visit: www.pega.com/about/events/pegaworld.