Main Causes of Application Delivery Delays and How to Solve Them

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The demand for innovative software has seen nothing but exponential growth over the last ten years, culminating in 2020: a year that saw many IT teams gasping for breath. The push to automate business processes became mission-critical in many cases, rather than nice to have, thanks to the overnight global swing to more remote working environments.

But there’s no respite, no time to rest, and certainly no letup in the demand for new apps.

That’s because in 2021, while customer demands for digital services continue to rise, the number of remote workers will stay at a high level and organizations will need to provide a fresh set of new business apps in order to support and enhance productivity.

On top of all this, organizations will be looking at new growth opportunities and revenue channels that could be seized upon through digital business transformation efforts.

It’s no surprise, then, that IT teams are already feeling the pressure to address all of these needs. And it certainly doesn’t help that all too often, that innovative new app that everyone’s excited about gets put on hold for one reason or another.

Process Application Delivery Delays

Typically, traditional development and change cycles run into a couple of common problems that can set timelines back on your projects.

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Unclear or changing specifications can be one of the most infuriating reasons for delayed deliveries. This is because hand-coding an application is a time-consuming task at the best of times. When developers are given an unclear or incomplete set of requirements, this can lead to delays on even getting started as developers seek out the information they need. Worse still, if the developers feel pressured to get started despite unclear requirements, this can lead to whole sections of code being written that turn out to be unfit for purpose and need to be fixed.

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The low bandwidth of technical teams is another common issue. Technical teams are often overloaded, with the majority of their time and budget devoted to maintaining legacy systems. This means that when a great idea for a process application arises, it could take longer than it needs to build and implement. The overloaded technical team might add it to their queue of things that need to be addressed, but they may never get around to it if it is continually buried under new projects that are perceived as more urgent or critical.

How to Overcome Delays and Accelerate Application Delivery

One way of relieving pressure on your IT team and your developers is to accelerate app delivery across the organization by adopting a fresh approach.

Low-code technology can take a lot of the stress out of the applications development process, since it takes a lot of the “heavy lifting” out of it. Developers no longer need to hand-write thousands of lines of complex code for every new application. After all, many process applications can be created using similar reusable elements, such as data input tasks. Low-code automates the code creation necessary to build and connect these elements, drastically speeding up the development process.

On average, the Aurachain low-code platform enables organizations to deliver new process applications 80% faster than traditional development methods.

When an organization combines the power and speed of an enterprise low-code platform with a collaborative, democratized style of development, it allows the IT department to rollout more applications across the business at a much faster pace than traditional methods allow.

Democratized development means that business and IT actively take part in the development process together. A big supporting factor for such an approach to work is a low-code platform that will automate a lot of the necessary code, in order to both accelerate delivery and reduce the technical knowledge required to create an application.

Unclear specifications are less likely to become an issue since collaboration is fostered throughout the development process and both business and technical experts can contribute their expertise directly to a common platform at any point. Furthermore, the low bandwidth of technical teams becomes much less of a hurdle to overcome when everyone is collaborating effectively in this way. Handovers are less rigid, and the number of documents being passed back and forth is drastically reduced, making the entire app building experience smoother.

This democratized style of development, supported by a low-code platform, enables organizations to become more agile and responsive to market changes and new demands; as well as empowering IT departments to innovate faster and deliver real business transformation for both efficiency gains and new revenue streams.

A democratized style of development, supported by an enterprise low-code platform, can help your organization to become more agile and enable you to deliver competitive advantages and drive growth.

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