Posts Tagged: ‘Volt MX’

Why Domino Is Not “Alcatraz,” My Continued Kitchen Saga, and Why I Want Your Opinion

24. Januar 2022 Posted by Henry Bestritsky

If you haven’t done so, please read my first blog in a series about low-code called, “I Remodeled My Kitchen, and I Joined HCL. (One of These Things Was a Bad Decision.)” to see how Domino relates to me and my decision to get a new kitchen.  Yes, this time , I was going to write about the Ford Pinto and how it relates to Outsystems (read previous blog), but something happened during the last two weeks that I had to write about. And, frankly, I need your advice. 

We had waited for four months for the final two appliances for our new kitchen — a coffee machine and a dishwasher. When we called for an update from the company, we were told that shipment was delayed until February (the global supply-chain issues discriminate against everyone). So, we canceled the order and decided to keep the appliances we had — ones we’d had for years and were high-end when we first got them. We called a technician to see if someone could inspect them to make sure they were still in good working order, and upon inspection, everything turned out to be in perfectly good order. We were told they needed a bit of regular TLC and that they would last forever because they were designed and built to last.  The kitchen still looks great, and we saved thousands of dollars. 

The combination of the old and the new made me think about how the parallels could be drawn between my kitchen and HCL Domino. Just like my older appliances, Domino was built to last, has been rock-solid from the beginning, and when it’s integrated with more modern technologies, it produces an IT solution with amazing results — that is far less risky than a whole “rip and replace” — with an overall lower total cost. 

As I research Domino competitors such as Mendix and Outsystems, one thing becomes very clear.  They are not, in fact, a “full kitchen” solution. They are merely a “single appliance.”

Those companies are basically one-trick ponies with one product, while a company like HCL has dozens of products that can be integrated together to build an amazing “kitchen” that’s exactly to your specifications.  This means that companies like Outsystems and Mendix need to rely on third-party products over which they have no control, which makes them inherently insecure, and we all, unfortunately, know what can happen in that scenario.

For example,  Outsystems is a 20-year-old company that decided to leverage the Apache Cordova plugin framework to support its core technology. This is a direct quote from their website: “Since our applications are built using Cordova, you can either use one of their many available plugins or build your own.” The problem is that today Cordova is pretty much going into retirement and is fundamentally risky, and by its plugin nature is susceptible to hacking.  For example, it was found out in 2020 that Android applications developed via Cordova are vulnerable to illegal configuration alterations. 

In short, Outsystems uses an antiquated plugin framework that is inherently insecure, which brings me back to HCL Domino and HCL Volt MX both owned by HCL and both have rock-solid security.

Volt MX which is not based on Apache Cordova — is HCL’s multi-experience low-code platform that is high up on the Gartner Magic Quadrant and directly competes with Mendix and Outsystems.

Imagine having tighter integration between Volt MX and the legendary Domino, so you can easily create mobile and progressive web apps (or even wearables or kiosk experiences) that connect to your essential core back-end business apps and workflows.

Imagine quickly and effectively modernizing and further extending your existing Domino apps by allowing your organization to create apps of the future on any device with Volt MX — which leverages all modern technologies — while still being able to rely on the security, governance, and workflow of Domino.

As I brought this up to my colleagues, some of them wanted to put me in front of a firing squad, screaming heresy! Yes, we have a lot of “yellow tree huggers,” as I call them, and we should.  Their reasoning is that we have invested a ton into the product in the last few years, and a heck of a lot more is coming.  I don’t disagree in the least, but, let’s face it, thanks to Domino’s previous owner, there are quite a few companies out there that still view Domino as if it were an aging prison like Alcatraz: stuck in the past and if you try to escape, you will have more than a bad day!

I see Domino has the critical power behind a composable, modern “kitchen” with the addition of some key, amazing “appliances” from HCL’s extensive product line to really elevate your game and get your business “cooking.”

This powerful combination would create a key competitive advantage.  More importantly, I want to excite any IT decisionmakers who may have given up on Domino, or are still on the fence, and show them the bright Domino future that we all know exists. 

Well, that is exactly what HCL is able to do.  Check out how Domino forms convert to Volt MX forms and how Domino data can be accessed and surfaced (as can any other data source)We are escaping Alcatraz!

Tighter Integration Between Volt MX and Domino

All of this leads me to my humble request from you.  Do you think that Domino and Volt MX is a good idea?  Please answer the LinkedIn Poll question below and please, please, please put something into the post’s comment.  As you probably know, you can see the poll metrics in real-time.

What do you think about using Volt MX, HCL’s Gartner Quadrant multi-experience low-code platform to modernize Domino applications?

Thank You!

11 Reasons to Switch to a Multiexperience Development Platform

20. Januar 2022 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Covid-19 has disrupted our world and deprived us of human interactions, but successful businesses have transformed their products and services into digital experiences interconnecting employees and customers. These are the digital powerhouses that have mastered the multiexperience strategy.

One of the world’s largest direct sales companies attributes a two-percent increase in revenue in part to its investment in digital transformation and a multiexperience strategy. The company switched from in-person meetings, printed catalogs, and paper-based orders to doing everything with smartphones.

Now, the company’s individual business owners are ready to make their sales from anywhere at any time. They have progressive web and native mobile apps that can be reused globally, including augmented reality and voice recognition features for immersive digital experiences.

The company’s vision was to engage and support their individual business owners and their customers, and their digital experiences are propelling the company forward.

Multiexperience development aims to support such digital user journeys across various devices, apps, and interfaces (wearables, web or mobile, conversational UI) using different modalities (voice, touch, gestures).  Multiexperience Development Platforms, or MXDPs, provide developers with a set of front-end and backend tools and services to build unique, consistent, and scalable experiences for their users. These tools cover the whole app lifecycle from its design, development, testing, distribution, to maintenance, management, and user data analysis.

The aforementioned direct sales company chose the industry-leading MXDP HCL Volt MX to implement its multiexperience strategy. The platform helped to centralize the organization’s development, enabling teams in different parts of the world to easily build and share cutting-edge apps, reducing project times and costs by half.

Learn more about Volt MX, and schedule a (free) demo  Read other success stories of how global organizations have transformed their businesses

Whether your business is only beginning its digital transformation journey, or you have adopted another low-code platform, here are the top reasons to switch to (or add to your technology stack) an MXDP:

  1. MXDPs offer a simplified and accelerated design process.

For instance, HCL Volt MX includes a visual design canvas with pre-wired components, templates, and sample apps. Reusable code and real-time preview help to brainstorm and design apps faster.

2. MXDPs let you build one app for any device with one source base.

There’s no need to hire hundreds of developers — experts in various platforms, operating systems and multiple programming languages. An MXDP helps your existing team to develop one unique cloud-native app across multiple channels using a single code base and deploy it to any device.

3. MXDPs cut down time to market.

Such platforms enable rapid prototyping of immersive experiences that are visible to the C-suite and other decision-makers. This shorter feedback loop and out-of-the-box functionality significantly decrease time to market. HCL Volt MX, for example, promises a built time of weeks instead of months, and an over 60 percent reduction in time to market.

4. MXDPs digitize processes and automate deployment.

In a true plug-and-play manner, multiexperience platforms automate testing, SAP back-end integrations, and DevOps — they digitize your operations. They also include a fully distributed deployment system and provide a solution to deliver apps without publishing in an app store, an essential want for internal enterprise apps.

5. MXDPs increase your operational efficiency.

Low code removes complexity from everyday tasks. It offers a simpler way to build backend processes, and it serves as a central system to incorporate and manage different complex workflows. Plus, it empowers people closest to the business create the solutions.

6. They free up your IT team to focus on the bigger picture.

Free from manual tasks of writing and rewriting code, maintenance, or solving data discrepancies and backend mistakes, your developers will be able to concentrate on enterprise-level systems and strategic initiatives. Working on those initiatives is easier when an included custom and prebuilt data analytics platform measures your success.

7. MXDPs improve security.

One of the strongest selling points of these platforms is the security and peace of mind they offer. They include out-of-the-box API management and data and identity protection capabilities. Your IT department has one platform to manage all of your apps, devices, and services, used by the entire enterprise. This minimizes risks of third-party installs and shadow IT.

8. They empower employees.

As a boost to employees’ wellbeing and productivity, MXDPs celebrate and empower citizen developers. Using simple visual assembly, even non-coders are capable of developing apps to fit their (and organizational) needs. These platforms also promote cross-team cooperation and collaboration to find and build best solutions.

9. MXDPs help you stay ahead of the curve.

Multiexperience platforms facilitate innovation and provide unique first-hand access to cutting-edge technology to drive user adoption, engagement, and retention. HCL Volt MX, for instance, provides a single platform that supports AI and machine learning in conversational apps, wearables, virtual and augmented realities experiences, and more.

Why You Need a Smart MXDP Strategy. Now. 

10. MXDPs save you money.

They lower the total cost of ownership in the long run by automating so many development steps, increasing efficiency, reducing time to market, and significantly cutting maintenance, infrastructure, and development costs. Adopting this single software suite helps an organization of any size to digitally transform and offer the latest engaging experience to their customers and employees.

11. MXDPs help to create the ultimate user experience.

An average American has access to more than ten connected devices in their home, according to Statista research. People aren’t just interacting with their phones but with the evolved apps and interfaces, such as immersive experiences and chatbots, wearables and kiosks, native mobile and progressive web apps. So, organizations have to invest into solutions that meet their users in all of those.

Leading multiexperience development platforms, like HCL Volt MX, help businesses solve this challenge of addressing the needs of their customers through numerous channels and different modalities. After all, in this rapidly evolving digital world, addressing these needs by building and maintaining apps on your own is beyond the scope of most organizations. Instead, switching to an MXDP is an obvious answer to the challenge of achieving digital transformation and creating the scalable and competitive digital experience.

How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the App Development Process

10. Januar 2022 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are bringing powerful benefits to the app development process, signaling one of the next new phases in the digital transformation of the workspace.

Competing In the Age of AI, a book by two Harvard professors detailing the potential of artificial intelligence on business operation, begins with a stunning example: Created in 2014, Ant Financial Services Group had seen such explosive growth to its dizzying array of business services that by 2018 had a valuation of $150 billion dollars.

How could a company handle such tremendous development in such a short amount of time?  By building around a digital core that features artificial intelligence.

The potential power of AI on business operations is obvious: According to a study by Forrester, 71% of respondents claimed that AI could improve business efficiency, while 59% said it can improve scalability.

But it’s way more than potential these days.  It’s a reality.

Check out our latest low-code app dev platform that lets you build next-gen experiences — today: HCL Volt MX

A research study by Accenture found that 84% of C-suite executives believe they must leverage AI to achieve their growth objectives, while companies already strategically scaling AI reported a 3x return on investment.   What’s more, the same research shows that 3 out of 4 of those same executives believe failing to adequately scale AI in the next 5 years could put their entire business at risk.

Embracing a modern approach to app design and development is crucial for any company striving — not only to operate at peak efficiency and productivitybut to drive innovation and attract top talent with the core-business apps of tomorrow.

How are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning connected?  

Often used interchangeably, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are interconnected technologies.

AI refers to the larger project of creating computer systems that can predict and simulate human behaviors, accomplishing tasks typically associated with human intelligence and thought.

Machine learning is one of the many branches of AI, dealing specifically with computer programs designed to gather data, identify patterns and make decisions on their own or with token human assistance.

Many artificial intelligence systems are powered by machine learning, which aims to improve at a task on its own without having to be programmed for that specific task, saving untold amounts of coding time and analysis.   ML tools are some of the most in-demand AI-powered tools for businesses, based on their capacity for translating massive data sets into pragmatic next step solutions.

These solutions are everywhere.

Virtual personal assistants — think Siri and Alexa — use machine learning AI to continuously “learn” how to respond better through the constant gathering and applying of data.

ML is what redirects your GPS to a faster route while you’re driving, recognizes a face when you post on social media, filters out your spam emails and refines your search engine results.

And it’s present in everyday life in all types of other ways: from how banks determine possible fraudulent activity, to the way retailers customize the customer experience, and even in how healthcare is delivered to patients.

The aim of AI isn’t simply to automate repetitive tasks through simple learning; it’s to respond intuitively, not with clumsy predictability but instead with hyper-specific insights based on accumulated knowledge. In finding patterns and pinpointing regularities in data, AI algorithms can develop a specific skill that predicts and reacts according to the moment.

Developers and designers already recognize these technologies as hugely influential tools that are saving time and cutting costs for the forward-thinking companies that have embraced them and are looking for ways to apply them to app development.

The challenges facing app developers in the future

As digital transformation restructures how businesses approach traditional work, new methods of app development are putting AI into the spotlight, showing off the benefits of increased integration of AI into software design and delivery.  Which is needed, because developers today are under intense pressure to produce.

Developers today face an onslaught of challenges: 

  • Time pressure to produce and maintain complex web apps  
  • Cost concerns of testing, fixing and updating these apps
  • Matching the interoperability and interface needs of a diverse workforce and customer base who use a range of software and devices
  • Constantly meeting raised expectations for performance and design which demands responsive innovation

Designers have to balance the demands of creating apps that satisfy various employee and customer needs while accounting for pragmatic pressures of the development process.  All within an enterprise context that is embracing customizable content production on dynamic platforms that are ever-evolving.

A shift toward multi-experience development platforms (MXDPs) that allow companies to more quickly scale and deliver their apps is mirrored in how the apps are being built.

Speed and flexibility are crucial, as developers must be able to adjust in hours instead of days, with a range of tools that allow for intuitive collaboration.

Why businesses are adopting AI and ML tools into app development

The need to meet these demands — and be positioned for success going forward — has companies integrating AI into their operations more and more.  This increase in adoption is driven by access to high-quality learning models, and the necessity of steering away from investment in slow and expensive infrastructure for data management.

And the pace of adoption is only increasing.  A recent Forbes article said that more than half of organizations would spend between $500,000 and $5 million on AI technology and talent — up by more than a third over last year.

Projected spending on AI technologies will be $98 billion by 2023, according to IDC — a yearly growth of almost 30% between 2018 and 2023.

Companies are gravitating towards AI-technologies because they speed up development, integrate efficiently and safely, and make scaling effortless.  AI algorithms can automate many painstakingly arduous tasks that previously would have sidetracked developers for hours upon hours, freeing up time to focus on more high-value tasks.

Increasing velocity through a streamlined process

Creating velocity in both app development and adoption depends on a fast design process. From concept to prototype to iteration to approval, app development has to move quickly while maintaining peak standards. AI-powered machine learning infuses design software with new tools that gives developers newfound freedom to create and test with speed and precision.

AI gathers and processes data on a whole new level, automates development and puts ML-tools to work.  These tools aren’t pushing talented developers aside, but rather extending their capabilities by providing better source code analysis, automated help with code production, and rapid prototyping.

New low-code design software, aided by AI, lets designers build and integrate more easily with a variety of relevant digital technologies such as intelligent chatbots, wearables and conversational apps.  Thus, app development software meets the needs of audiences that are embracing textured, interactive and customized online experiences.

So, while lots of coding still requires laborious, line-by-line work by developers, AI-powered low code software is cutting down on expensive design bottlenecks.  This not only saves time and money, it reroutes developer energy to the constant innovation of new online experiences rather than the maintenance of old ones.

This includes the development of platforms like MXDP’s, the utilization of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), and the embrace of design ecosystems like intelligent development environments and OpenAI.  These tools are changing how businesses operate, and how customers engage with them.

ML-powered algorithms and AI-driven analytics provide not only deep insights into how apps are being used — and can be improved — but they also connect to other tools that are revolutionizing how businesses design innovative systems.  Developers are using AI to build apps that fit into a modern business ecosystem and solve modern business operation challenges.

The next step in the ongoing digital transformation of the enterprise workspace is continued integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Resistant companies that disregard AI do so at their own risk.  Embracing and integrating AI into core business operations might not result in a valuation of $150 billion within five years but ignoring the clear signs of change could result in no business operations in five years.

Learn more about our industry-leading low-code app-dev platform, HCL Volt MX, which features an AI-powered built-in test recorder that generates test cases to be executed on the cloud as part of the continuous integration/continuous delivery, or CI/CD, pipeline. 

Why Low Code Will Not Kill DevOps – It Makes It Stronger

6. Januar 2022 Posted by Andrew Manby

While its roots can be traced back to rapid-application development (RAD), low-code application development started to gain serious momentum about three years ago; some of the DevOps community had initially dismissed the trend as the plethora of approaches from no-code to low-code for professional developers started to enter the market.

At the time, enterprises of all sizes had embraced agile software development processes, moving to cloud infrastructure for some critical workloads and using test automation tools widely. DevOps emerged as an essential discipline.

In a recent report, Gartner predicts that the low-code development market will increase by 22.6 percent, to a total of $13.8 billion in one year, so it’s clear that the obituary for low code was premature.

With thousands of medium to large enterprises either already adopting or are planning to adopt low-code for professional development, and DevOps’s growth continues. Rather than expecting Low code platforms for professional development to replace the DevOps model; instead it places an emphasis on a robust software development lifecycle working with the business and IT to increase the velocity of transformational digital experiences. Here’s how:

1. The Need for Speed

During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations were compelled to accelerate their digital innovation to adapt their business activities to the new norm, or find new ways to compete against nimble competitors to stay afloat. In order to deliver their services to more customers and employees, they began to switch to low-code development platforms to deliver solutions faster.

Low-code software is easy customizable, can fit any organizational needs, doesn’t require in-depth coding skills, and speeds up development. Low-code platforms feature a host of pre-made tools to develop an app in a matter of hours, instead of weeks or months.

The low-code development platform HCL Volt MX, for instance, features integrated DevOps services and automated testing capabilities (like an AI-powered built-in test recorder that generates test cases to be executed on the cloud as part of the continuous integration/continuous delivery, or CI/CD, pipeline).

It doesn’t replace developers, but rather helps to automate their work and lets them focus their time on new features and big ideas, rather than on coding repetitive, but essential, tests, or on figuring out the backend complexities.

2. A Confidence Booster

With a low-code platform, DevOps teams get automated tools for testing, deployment, security, data management — all of the backend development — plus frontend and design. This is a set of very different skills and expertise, but such a simplified development process allows almost any developer to work on an app through its full life cycle.

Even if an aspiring coder from the organization’s marketing team builds an internal app, DevOps team won’t have to worry about build validation or version control because low code enables a continuous process.

One small DevOps team can efficiently and confidently manage building and deploying an app from any developer. It can also deploy these apps across multiple devices — with very little learning of different programming languages required. Low-code platforms, like Volt MX, include pre-wired components, templates, and sample apps for smart speakers, wearables, AR, PWA, native mobile, and others.  

3. Strategic Focus

Once low code frees the organization’s DevOps teams from repetitive tasks and lowers workloads, they can concentrate on more complex problems, like upgrading and maintaining existing enterprise-class apps — enterprise resource planning comes to mind — or work on other high-value digital and operational strategic initiatives.

When a European energy giant decided to future-proof and digitize operations, it turned to HCL Volt MX. With a vision to lead the industry by focusing on renewables as well as providing energy to those who lack it, the company’s digital team chose to develop a suite of apps — for employees and customers — to foster this transformation.

Instead of hiring a small army of software developers to build and deploy apps — varying from SaaS for energy plants to spare parts collaborative solution — the company took advantage of a single development platform to save both time and money.

Long Live DevOps and Low Code! 

Low code for professional developers is best suited for developing consumer-grade mobile and multi-experience apps. Whether an organization is trying to digitize an old process, or create new ways to engage with consumers, business partners, customers or employees, low-code development helps organizations be more responsive and agile — just like a good DevOps culture. With the ever-rising demand of a digital-led economy and the subsequent shortage of development talent,  by adopting the velocity of low-code development approach we can enhance the power of the developer (and the DevOps) models to meet the next business challenge.

See How Low Code Can Scale up Your Business

9. Dezember 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

When it comes to growing your business, achieving scale at the right time is essential — and one of the trickiest and most expensive challenges there is. Low code helps scale your IT systems and resources and this allows your business to grow and innovate in a sustainable way. Achieving scalability allows companies to serve their audiences better, no matter the size, and increase sales and productivity without suffering in other areas. Low-code development is making this more attainable than ever.

Organizations that use low-code platforms, which increase developer productivity and speed to market, ensure that they can expand and grow as necessary to meet the needs of the business.

Check out HCL Volt MX, an industry-leading low-code platform that makes creating enterprise apps at scale — fast.

Here’s how low code can help scale up your ops and resources to drive business and economic growth:

1. Build once, deploy anywhere

A major feature of HCL’s low-code platform is its seamless cross-platform deployment, which gives developer teams the flexibility to scale as needed. By designing apps with a universal language, they can deliver dynamic user experiences over multiple devices and operating systems.

Your existing developers don’t have to become overnight experts in iOS, Android, or other operating systems to quickly build and deploy impactful experiences from a single code source. Low-code platforms help businesses to deploy with complexity and speed — and achieve scale in the process — for a wide variety of applications, from native apps to PWAs, from wearables to kiosks and beyond.

2. Integration without limits

By removing backend complexity, the Volt MX platform unlocks existing data and business processes, giving developers the ability to connect diverse systems and datasets with ease and efficiency. This not only drives scale but can reduce time-to-market by more than 60%.

This low-code platform also bridges functionality to legacy systems. Seamless integration with these often complex and antiquated systems allows companies to extend their capabilities and drive value from their existing investments. Not having to do extensive and expensive data migrations, or rewrite millions of lines of code, means that your developers can focus on your organization’s app user experience and the customer or audience demands. If you are looking to scale, isn’t it better to focus on the market needs rather than on hand-knitting together ancient databases?

Seamless integrations and bringing your backend processes and data forward in an elegant app, helps businesses maintain efficiency and extend the lifespan and productivity of their existing systems. In turn, this fuels ROI while creating more opportunities to properly scale.

3. Improving IT processes

Scaling is only possible if the IT systems and processes required for optimized operations are functioning smoothly. Those processes must be constantly maintained, debugged, and upgraded — and low-code makes this easier.

Extensive coding, debugging, and testing is time-consuming and draining on the creative and problem-solving capacity of dev teams. It’s not surprising that enterprises are eager to embrace tools that allow their professional developers to focus on more important and higher-level tasks.

With pre-built modules and a visual UX featuring drag-and-drop features, Volt MX frees developers from hand-coding and gives them the autonomy to focus more on the digital solutions that will grow your business. Low-code platforms empower companies to focus more energy on higher-value projects, through automation that saves time, reduces cost, and allocates resources efficiently.

4. Expanding capabilities while creating excellent customer experiences

Many businesses adopt a low-code platform to help address challenges of digital transformation and achieve results faster than traditional solutions. For example, a major health insurer with premiums of more than $1 billion needed to expand its digital offerings to include mobile in order to meet customer needs.

Using Volt MX it launched a mobile app that extended the hours of customer service and delivered a new level of convenience and functionality to its users, all without overwhelming IT teams or swamping the bottom line. An extensible scalable mobile experience is helping this company to stay connected with its customers wherever they are. 

5.Solutions for urgent challenges

When a power and electric utilities company in Ireland needed a new system for its field service technicians and needed it fast, it turned to Volt MX. 

Maintaining the existing system meant bridging outdated legacy hardware and software to a mobile platform that could carry it into the future. With Volt MX the company was able to quickly update its mobile technology stack and deliver better efficiency for its workforce without suffering any slowdowns or service lags. It was able to urgently scale its operations and deliver better services to its customers. 

Helping businesses grow 

Growth can quickly become problematic if the resources needed to sustain it ― both financial and human ― overwhelm the entire enterprise and create a burdensome cycle. Healthy growth must be sustainable, and low code technology gives businesses a modern path to scalable operations.

Forward-thinking leaders know it needs to be a fundamental part of any future technology strategy. Are you ready? HCL Volt MX, an industry-leading low-code platform, helps you deliver enterprise mobile apps at scale. Try it out — free — with our trial.

How Low Code Delivers High Cost-Savings

29. November 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

See how low code can inject major savings into your business

When it comes to app development, time costs money. So does recruiting talent, performing maintenance, debugging and testing apps, upgrading infrastructure, and…. you get the point. If you’re not careful, costs accumulate faster than apps are designed and deployed, leaving your company in a vulnerable position.

However, if you have a dynamic multi-experience low-code platform that efficiently streamlines the app-development process, you can reduce spending and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) with dramatic results for the entire enterprise.

That’s what low-code platform HCL Volt MX delivers for enterprises looking to innovate with a low-code solution: speed and efficiency throughout the app-development cycle that results in significant savings that can be funneled toward innovation and future strategy and investments.

Here’s are 4 ways low-code development helps to save money:

1. Helps avoid expensive recruitment costs

The competition for tech talent has increased dramatically in the past two years, due in large part to companies scrambling to accommodate employees and systems that can work remotely from the cloud. Don’t expect that to change: according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,  employment of developers is projected to grow by 22% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Finding, hiring, and retaining developers remains a major issue for tech companies, which makes hiring your way out of project challenges a risky and expensive approach. Instead, companies should invest in their own developers by supplying them with tools that simplify their job and free them from burdensome and rote tasks that get in the way of their natural design and development skills.

2. Shortens development time

Low code injects blazing speed and productivity into the development process, in a number of ways:

  • Rapid, visual assembly of pre-made components and templates eliminates a dependency on labor-intensive hand coding and hastens development time
  • A platform like Volt MX enables quick and seamless integration with back-end data, pre-existing applications, and legacy systems; this accelerates time-to-market
  • And, most importantly, experienced developers — freed from many of the operational burdens of development — can focus on addressing higher-level business goals and complex design ideas that ultimately boost the entire production cycle

3. Enabling an agile process

Low code lowers costs while modernizing high-maintenance apps.

For a major health insurer paralyzed by a siloed development process, a major change was needed to bolster its presence in the mobile space. 

The company adopted the Volt MX low-code platform and found success across a spectrum of outcomes, including a new agile methodology and the reallocation of IT resources that resulted in saved time and huge cost savings.   

4. Meeting ever-changing business needs more quickly 

Low code can respond with lightning-fast solutions that save money in the long-term.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a Vermont-based power company needed a tool to connect its employees and make up-to-the-minute health information easily accessible to the entire company. It turned to Volt MX and within a week had a health and safety app that helped monitor the overall health of the entire workforce, in a timeframe, and at a cost no legacy system could come close to.

It’s safe to say that digital transformation is speeding up every aspect of how businesses operate. Keeping pace means valuing time and not wasting opportunities to maximize the talent of your workforce or the systems of efficiency they use.

HCL’s Volt MX is an industry-leading low-code platform, recognized both in Gartner’s July 2021 Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms and in The Forrester Wave: Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021. Don’t waste time or money. Use a low-code platform that optimizes both.

Learn more about Volt MX and schedule a demo to transform your business.

The Low-Code Advantage: Efficient Innovation

23. November 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Enterprise app development is evolving at an unstoppable pace and the stakes are high for organizations that want to adapt. To meet the relentless demands of the marketplace, organizations are incorporating low-code technologies that kickstart productivity and enhance efficiency throughout the development lifecycle.

Low code allows businesses to launch innovation to new levels. Without resorting to an army of developers, low-code app development can be done in-house, with professional developers using low-code platforms and taking the reins to accelerate innovation.

According to Gartner, 75% of enterprises will use a multiexperience development platform to build digital products by 2026, up from 20% in 2021. Additionally, Gartner predicts that by 2025, 70% of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020.

This explosive — and expected — growth in low-code adoption is powered by the need for flexible innovation that isn’t wasteful or time-consuming. The capabilities of a low-code platform such as HCL’s Volt MX makes peak productivity the norm, and expands how teams across the organization solve problems, integrate data streams, and collaborate on innovative new products.  

How low code saves time

  1. Low code saves time on debugging. In a recent study, researchers from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, found that programmers spend an average of 48% on debugging — and that they stop coding to debug about once every eight minutes.
  2. Low code accelerates app delivery, leading to significant overall savings. A global consumer goods firm needed quality mobile apps that could deliver customized experiences to consumers around the world — and needed them fast. The company used Volt MX to reach localized markets in over 30 countries, with over 50% savings in app dev costs as a result.   

App development is in a transformational phase, evolving from an opaque process handled strictly by skilled developers to one defined by accessibility and speed. With a powerful tech stack that utilizes drag-and-drop features, pre-made reusable modules and a visual interface, Volt MX reduces or eliminates altogether many time-consuming processes.

By lowering the learning curve necessary to design and deliver functional apps, low code platforms frees developers from the burden of arduous hand-coding and staying on top of every single new operating system or platform. This creates space for experienced developers to focus on higher-level system architecture, strategy, and the needs of the business. The time, experience, and skills of the entire organization are better leveraged to build more apps in less time, resulting in a productivity boost that extends throughout the enterprise.  

How to boost productivity from within the enterprise 

Leveraging developer expertise is even more crucial in the face of a growing tech talent shortage that has made hiring new developers harder and more expensive. While the reasons are plenty, as this Forbes op-ed explains, the end result is that complicated design and development projects can’t be so easily solved simply by recruiting new developers.

According to a study from Korn Ferry, a global HR company, by 2030, there will be a worldwide talent shortage of more than 85 million people. That talent shortage could result in about $8.5 trillion in unrealized annual revenues.

While some organizations may be able to hire more and more new talent to tackle future challenges, those with fully productive developers using flexible architecture and robust integration and orchestration services will be prepared for those challenges without having to rely on recruiting new waves of personnel.

Low code makes that possible.

The Volt MX platform unleashes an efficient development operation without sacrificing any data integration or security protection. Plus, the streamlined app dev process maximizes the talent you have, letting you build the applications you need the way you want to. It also allows you to deliver your goods or services as fresh solutions across the full range of devices and data environments.  

Faster, simpler, smarter

Finding a low-code platform that combines an efficient development environment and an enterprise-grade backend of services is tough. Especially when you factor in the range of other capabilities necessary in today’s competitive landscape: a cloud-native system, integration without limits, data that’s easily unlocked, accessibility across devices and channels, and governance at scale.

HCL’s Volt MX is an industry-leading low-code platform, recognized both in Gartner’s July 2021 Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms and in The Forrester Wave: Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021.

The unique blend of accessible tools and enterprise-grade backend support provide organizations with an ideal mix of modern features, putting dynamic apps into the hands of consumers, customers, employees, and partners — faster than ever.

Maximize your efficiency and productivity with a low-code platform designed for today, and built for tomorrow.

Learn more about Volt MX and start your 30-day free trial today!

Questions (and all the Answers) about the Newest HCL Volt MX

17. September 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

We recently hosted a presentation about the latest version of our turbocharged low-code application development platform, HCL Volt MX 9.2. It was well attended, and there was a lot of excitement around the latest features and capabilities. There were some great questions asked, which we’ve recapped here — along with all the answers. You can always watch the replay here and all Volt MX resources are always available in our community here.

For customers who want detailed insight on planning your upgrade, please join our webinar on September 23, 10 AM ET. >> Register for the Upgrade webinar here.

Before we recap the Q&A, make sure you check out this lively and informative overview video about this game-changing product!

WEBINAR Q&A

New to Volt MX

What are the skill sets needed/advised to leverage Volt MX within very small teams?
One of the main benefits of our platform is no longer needing separate teams and expertise when building for different platforms. The main skill needed from your team is JavaScript.

What are the primary architecture considerations before deploying Volt MX?
HCL offers Volt MX as a managed service on AWS, or within your own cloud, or on-premises with containers.

Will there a training available to onboarding new developers?
Yes, we have a Developer Community and three types of training resources available:

  1. HCL Software Academy for training courses
  2. Documentation and tutorials
  3. Embedded training within Volt Iris. Get fully guided tutorials on how to build your first mobile or web app by clicking on the “Hikes” icon on the left navigation toolbar in Volt Iris

How can we learn more about Volt MX or be able to meet the community?
Yes, you will see a ramp-up of events for the Volt MX. Please stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our developer resources and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information on new content, webinars, and events.

How can I purchase Volt MX today?
Fill out our form here to be contacted by a representative and check out our newly launched pricing page for pricing information.

Volt MX Customers

When will be all Temenos cloud accounts be transferred to the Volt MX cloud?
Our Volt MX CSM team will work with their respective clients on their plan to upgrade to Volt MX and the Volt MX Cloud.

Can Temenos v9 customers be upgraded to HCL Volt MX v9.2?
Yes, please contact your CSM account manager for help. Please note that we are asking customers to refrain from upgrading to Quantum v9 SP3 and remain on SP2 to ensure that your projects will be compatible when migrating to Volt MX v9.2. Sign up for our upgrade webinar here.

Where can I find a list of identified bugs and status on when it’ll be fixed?
Please see Defect Articles (DA) here. A DA is a type of knowledge article that capture and track reported defects. HCL Support regularly updates the status of these articles. Customers can use the unique DA number to track defects or subscribe to individual DAs to get notifications whenever the DA is updated.

Volt MX Features

How do animations interact with existing elements in a form?
Volt MX supports animations for a lot of widgets in the form using animation API. Refer to doc here. Here the animated widget is a regular widget. Lottie animations are displayed using a component that you can import to project from marketplace which internally uses a NativeContainer widget and uses some NFI functions. The component exposes some events to which you can configure logic to perform when event occurs.

When will HCL Volt MX App Preview arrive in Google Playstore?
The Volt MX Preview App will be available in the app stores the week of September 27.

Google launched the Android App Bundle in May 2018. Will that affect Volt MX?
Volt MX currently supports Android App Bundles, please refer to our documentation here.

Will Foundry still be available as a public docker container for on-prem hosting of it?
Foundry docker container (single node) is available for customers to download and use from HCL License and Download portal for development purposes. We will be making new Volt MX containers available for GCP, AWS and Azure in JFM 2022 as a preview. Also, we will be adding support for Volt MX in HCL SoFy in early 2022.

Are headless event driven connected workflows possible just within Foundry without a need for an app?
Yes, that’s correct. A client app is not required for workflows to be executed. The corresponding services and events used by the workflows must be defined in Foundry apps and published to the Foundry server, post that invoking the API directly via REST APIs or Foundry server-side events will move the workflow through the stages as it would, if the same were triggered from a client app. You can even have an external application raise the event invoke the workflow service in Foundry by producing or listening to events in external event distribution platforms like Kafka.

Is the windows app store covered as a native app experience within VoltMX?
Volt MX 9.2 does not support building Windows native, however building windows 10 native app will be supported in a future release in early 2022.

I would like to see renewed services predefined in Volt MX. For example, the ability to easily connect to M365 offerings, Zoom, Dropbox, etc.
In addition to the pre-built integration adapters in Volt MX which already support M365 using LDAP and Oauth connectors, we have lot of pluggable adapters in marketplace.  In fact, we are refreshing the components and adapters available on the Marketplace.

Will Domino be the future backend repository service of Volt MX?
The strength of Volt MX is connecting to any enterprise application, process and data source. Domino is one of our many data sources we support. See the Volt MX toolkit here and learn more from this blog. We plan to strengthen that integration using Project Keep when its available in Domino as Domino REST APIs. 

 

Disclaimer: HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here. 

A New HCL Volt MX Is Here

31. August 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

I’m excited to announce HCL Volt MX v9.2, our professional low-code platform for mobile and multiexperience app development.  Since we premiered Volt MX at our Digital Week event last November, we’ve been hard at work to improve it, built new resources for our developer community, and have been actively working with analyst firms, Gartner and Forrester.

Whether you’re new to Volt MX or an existing customer, you’re invited to join our webinar on September 8 to learn more. You’ll get to see Volt MX in action with demos of several new features and we will be there to answer your questions.

>> Register for 9.2 Webinar now. September 9, 10 AM ET >>

HCL Volt MX is available to customers starting today!

HCL Volt MX 9.2 is ready to enable your organization to create game-changing apps, unlock the power of any device, and increase your team’s velocity across the software delivery lifecycle. In this release, we are providing exciting new features such as: 

Beautiful apps that drive your digital business 

  • Native and web frameworks enhancements, including 5G network API support  
  • Support for any third-party web widgets/component in Iris 
  • Embed vector animations built using LottieAnimator  
  • New AppleSignIn widget  

Multiexperiences that you build once, deploy everywhere  

  • Alerts on Apple Watches using Haptic feedback 
  • Enhanced augmented reality capabilities (e.g., real-time image recognition)  

A complete solution to get more done 

  • Event-triggered Workflow services
  • RedHat PAM integration for externalized business rules  

Existing customers can download the latest version on the HCL License and Download portal. To get the full details of the release, please visit the new Volt MX documentation and 9.2 release notes. 

If you’re new to Volt MX and you want to learn how your organization deliver mobile and Multi-Experience apps fast and at scale, you can schedule a demo today! Stay tuned for our brand new free trial experience and a marketplace with sample apps, user widgets, and custom integrations next month. 

Recognition by analysts and the media

HCL has brought significant investment, innovation, and leadership to Volt MX and we have established ourselves in the low-code and MXDP markets. I’m proud to share that with our strong product vision and strategy, we’ve recently earned stellar spots in the Forrester Wave (Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021) and Gartner Magic Quadrant (Multiexperience Development Platforms) — both for the first time.

HCL with Volt MX are featured vendors in the SD Times’ Low Code Buyers Guide and DZone Low Code Trend Report.

New resources for the Volt MX community

We have created all-new resources such as education courses and easy-to-use documentation  so our customers have everything they need to innovate and build apps on the Volt MX platform quickly.

  • Documentation and tutorials: Documentation is now made available in a public Github. Enhance our documentation by opening issues, providing sample codes, or creating pull requests 
  • Training courses: All technical education and training content are now available on the HCL Software Academy for Digital Solutions 
  • Forum: Help build our new Volt MX community! Use this forum to ask questions and share information
  • Ideas portal: Have an idea on how to improve the product or want to see new features? Submit them to our Ideas Portal

We are all very excited about Volt MX and we hope you are too! 

 

Disclaimer: HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.  

A New HCL Volt MX Is Here

31. August 2021 Posted by Suhas Bhat

I’m excited to announce HCL Volt MX v9.2, our professional low-code platform for mobile and multiexperience app development.  Since we premiered Volt MX at our Digital Week event last November, we’ve been hard at work to improve it, built new resources for our developer community, and have been actively working with analyst firms, Gartner and Forrester. 

Whether you’re new to Volt MX or an existing customer, you’re invited to join our webinar on September 8 to learn more. You’ll get to see Volt MX in action with demos of several new features and we will be there to answer your questions.

>> Register for 9.2 Webinar now. September 8, 10 AM ET >>

HCL Volt MX is available to customers starting today!

HCL Volt MX 9.2 is ready to enable your organization to create game-changing apps, unlock the power of any device, and increase your team’s velocity across the software delivery lifecycle. In this release, we are providing exciting new features such as:

Beautiful apps that drive your digital business

  • Native and web frameworks enhancements, including 5G network API support  
  • Support for any third-party web widgets/component in Iris 
  • Embed vector animations built using LottieAnimator  
  • New AppleSignIn widget  

Multiexperiences that you build once, deploy everywhere  

  • Alerts on Apple Watches using Haptic feedback 
  • Enhanced augmented reality capabilities (e.g., real-time image recognition)   

A complete solution to get more done 

  • Event-triggered Workflow services
  • RedHat PAM integration for externalized business rules  

Existing customers can download the latest version on the HCL License and Download portal. To get the full details of the release, please visit the new Volt MX documentation and 9.2 release notes.  

If you’re new to Volt MX and you want to learn how your organization deliver mobile and Multi-Experience apps fast and at scale, you can schedule a demo today! Stay tuned for our brand new free trial experience and a marketplace with sample apps, user widgets, and custom integrations next month.

Recognition by analysts and the media

HCL has brought significant investment, innovation, and leadership to Volt MX and we have established ourselves in the low-code and MXDP markets. I’m proud to share that with our strong product vision and strategy, we’ve recently earned stellar spots in the Forrester Wave (Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021) and Gartner Magic Quadrant (Multiexperience Development Platforms) — both for the first time.

HCL with Volt MX are featured vendors in the SD Times’ Low Code Buyers Guide and DZone Low Code Trend Report.

New resources for the Volt MX community

We have created all-new resources such as education courses and easy-to-use documentation  so our customers have everything they need to innovate and build apps on the Volt MX platform quickly.

  • Documentation and tutorials: Documentation is now made available in a public Github. Enhance our documentation by opening issues, providing sample codes, or creating pull requests 
  • Training courses: All technical education and training content are now available on the HCL Software Academy for Digital Solutions 
  • Forum: Help build our new Volt MX community! Use this forum to ask questions and share information
  • Ideas portal: Have an idea on how to improve the product or want to see new features? Submit them to our Ideas Portal

We are all very excited about Volt MX and we hope you are too!

 

Disclaimer: HCL’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and at HCL’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Performance is based on measurements and projections using standard HCL benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput or performance that any user will experience will vary depending upon many factors, including considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user’s job stream, the I/O configuration, the storage configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve results similar to those stated here.

Why Providing a Consumer-Grade App Experience is So Important

19. März 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Would you pay for content from a streaming service that required you to read a detailed manual in order to find and then watch any shows you picked?  Would you use Instagram if it meant grinding through a series of hour-long tutorials on how to post a photo?  Could you comprehend ponying up the cash for a smartphone if you knew it would take months, maybe even years to figure out how to use it properly?

You no doubt answered “no” to these questions because you value your time, and you have a clear expectation of what certain products offer and will require in return.

For many years the gap between the enterprise app-experience and a regular consumer app experience was cavernous — enterprise software was not expected to be user-friendly, it was expected to be complex and robust enough to carry out functions on a large-scale.  But a shift has occurred, and a new paradigm has emerged.

A consumer-grade experience is now integral to building enterprise app software, what users expect, and is mission-critical for companies interested in maintaining a position of strategic leadership in their respective industry.

What is a consumergrade experience?

Simply put, if you can intuitively operate a product with little or no training required, you are having a consumer grade experience.  You can open a box or download an app, press a button and bam. In a few minutes you’re on your way to using a product you have never used before.

Typically, a consumer-grade product or experience will offer the following features: 

  • Simplicity: processes are streamlined allowing users to take action with limited steps
  • Aestheticallypleasing: users not only enjoy the experience more but are comfortable and confident when the visual presentation is appealing and engaging
  • Intuitive: users become adept more quickly with a product or service if the user-experience patterns are familiar and the learning curve builds on a previous knowledge base
  • Accessible: can integrate on multiple platforms without any loss of usability or engagement, can be connected to regardless of location or setting, and is usable by anyone

Conversely, a professionalgrade experience — which enterprise software historically has been — is one in which the technical requirements demand training, onboarding and immersion before the product can be operated and adopted to its full potential.  It’s not opened and mastered instantly.

And that’s for a very good reason:  Enterprise software is incredibly complex!  Perhaps one day navigating an enterprise system responsible for operating a supply chain — to pick one example — will be as direct as ordering a pizza from your phone, but until then there’s a level of sophistication impossible to ignore.

Enterprise software has to handle enormous loads of data and integrate information across a sprawling network of systems, applications, people and channels. The complex nature of what’s required in an enterprise operation could only — until relatively recently — be properly addressed with complicated, professional-grade developers tools.

In short, enterprise applications were previously used begrudgingly, out of necessity to perform tasks no consumer grade software could handle.  That has changed.

The shift toward user choice of software within enterprise companies 

The evolution of enterprise software reflects how powerfully digital transformation has impacted the way these applications are bought, integrated and updated.  The early days of enterprise software was marked by a top-down approach:  software was purchased by the C-suites and pushed onto employees to learn and use, regardless of whether they liked or benefitted from the user experience at all.

As enterprise software has evolved and expanded over the past decade, so has the decision-making process for choosing software.  The top-down approach has been upended as companies have realized a powerful truth: if users, customers, and teams don’t like an app ‘s user experience or software, if it’s not intuitive, responsive and accessible, they will not fully embrace it. That can result in an avalanche of squandered time, stunted collaboration and diminished productivity.

Adoption is key to productivity and organizational success and reduces the risk of people going to “shadow IT” (unsanctioned and possibly risky technology) to get work done. The users, once an afterthought in choosing enterprise software, are now the ones driving adoption and looking for systems that include the dynamic user capabilities of a consumer-grade experience.

Take enterprise messaging tools, for example. Often, they were not pushed upon individuals by higher-ups.  They were selected and requested — demanded even — by teams who had either tried it for themselves or heard about it through word-of-mouth and were convinced it could improve workflow communication for their company.

Why consumergrade UX is essential for mission critical apps 

Enterprise companies are aiming not just for peak performance but to establish and enhance their reputation for strategic leadership.  And rightfully so.  Gaining an edge in hyper-competitive industries is about productivity, sure, but it also hinges on continual innovation and internal cohesion that only an engaged and connected workforce can achieve.

Nurturing those qualities includes giving developers app platforms and software that they can master quickly and build seamlessly with.

Finding a comprehensive platform that can create digital experiences across all channels with a consumer grade user interface can improve critical areas of need: 

  • productivity boost from development tools such as low code that speed up app delivery for professional developer and empower less experienced developers or business users to problem solve on their own 
  • Simplified integration of data that connects systems and processes easily — and can foster collaboration
  • A bottom-up innovation pipeline which empowers designers by giving them software they like rather than software they merely tolerate
  • A fully realized modern approach to app design that fuses the capabilities of enterprise software with the engagement power of consumer grade experience
  • Embedded security that protects against system compromises and attacks

Give your workforce a platform that lets their design talent flourish without sacrificing any of the integration, scaling or security demands of an enterprise system.  Give them a consumer grade experience on a professional level.

In order to bring a product or service to light and do this for hundreds — or even millions — of users, you need to empower your developers to provide beautiful, meaningful, and innovative experiences and engage and interact with your users in new ways. The last great experience a consumer has is the one they expect next.

You need serious tools with serious capabilities. HCL Volt MX is an industry-leading low-code app-dev platform that empowers professional developers, enterprise architects and digital designers to rapidly deliver consumer-grade apps. HCL Volt MX lets you build, deploy and deliver beautiful, powerful, consumer-grade experiences and applications the way you want.  

 

Build or Buy? The Answer Is Key to Digital Transformation. Are the Resources It Takes to Build Worth It?

22. Januar 2021 Posted by HCL Volt MX Team

Companies worldwide are developing new technology strategies and solutions, and there is a fundamental question that can keep CEOs awake at night: Build or buy?

Choosing whether to buy or build has historically depended on the type of tech that a company needs to implement. But in an environment in which more people than ever are working remotely and app developers need to cater to more user modalities (such as mobile, wearable, and desktop devices) than ever before, a clear shift is emerging in favor of buying.

Build consumer-grade multiexperience apps — fast — with HCL Volt MX

The hidden costs of building

It’s understandably tempting to build new solutions  companies have teams of talented developers and want to maintain control over their costs as well as their technology. However, what initially seems like the cheaper, more reliable option can be riddled with hidden costs.

Organizations tend to underestimate both the time and money it takes to maintain security and operations when building new tech — plus it’s hard for development teams to control or push back against “scope creep” when those requests to add features or functions come from upper management or the head of IT. There are often many more building steps required before deployment than companies often realize when they first plan projects and solutions. 

The time and IT support that building internally requires can slow the deployment of new tech drastically. We are living in a time when time-sensitive information and updates are as important as ever, and remote working conditions make it impossible for IT teams to address company tech issues in person. Once an app or other technology solution is built, the journey is far from over — development teams have to maintain and update it to keep up with the needs and demands that can come from employees, partners, and/or customers.

Enterprise organizations bank on success by choosing to buy

A recent Forrester study interviewed five companies with revenue from $5 million to $6 billion and found the net financial benefit of buying new tech (over building) to be $1,686,884, with an average ROI of 207%. While building new tech might initially seem attractive because it may have fewer up-front costs, the numbers show that, over time, companies tend to save significantly by buying.

Gartner also pointed out that IT spending is predicted to drop 7.3%, while companies refocus that budget to software solutions. CIOs are investing in subscription products and cloud services, which lower upfront costs while setting organizations up with scalable, long-lasting solutions.

2020’s IDC Spending Guide showed that despite pandemic-induced setbacks, digital transformation is still a key priority across industries. Brands will continue to pivot toward bringing on and using external technologies like HCL Volt MX that deliver scalable, low code, integrated and omni-channel solutions with quick adoption time and reliable security.

Watch this video that showcases the power of the possible with HCL Volt MX

Achieving digital success by choosing your technology wisely

In the rapidly evolving digital ecosystem, companies need to invest in multi-channel solutions that meet users wherever they areMore and more companies are realizing that to stay competitive and meet the needs of their audiences, that they need to use multiexperience development platform, or MXDP, to solve challenge and create solutions. The complexity in building multiexperience apps, let alone updating and maintaining it, is far beyond the scope of most enterprise’s in-house capabilities. You would need an army of developers to make sure that your solution works across multiple devices, operating systems, and is constantly being updated. Buying becomes the clear choice when looking to adopt highly complex, secure tech that can run onpremises or in the cloud with a quick adoption and onboarding processes.

AI-powered data analytics and tools like smart chatbots are also factors to consider when adopting new technology. Maintaining advanced technical offerings is often beyond the scope of many remote IT team capabilities, so investing in a solution that promises this kind of operational support is a major factor of the current digital climate. 

When it comes to advanced tech solutions, it’s ultimately worth enterprise organizations’ time and resources to invest in a low code app dev platform that offers the control, flexibility, and scalability required. In order to make the most of digital transformation efforts, one thing is clear: More enterprise leaders need to embrace buying rather than building to make sure their digital transformation and consumer experiences are scalable and competitive.

Find out more about HCL Volt MX