How many valid change requests for your information systems got dismissed – as you couldn’t justify their development costs? How many data shadow systems and spreadsheets does your organization have?
Information systems are the backbone of any organization and these challenges compromise them. Today we will discuss their cause, impact and ways to overcome them.
We’re all capable of innovation
Leading organizations cultivate a culture of innovation in every process of their operations and adapt to change first. You must have heard more than once from any system user at your organization, “If we could only add this”, “optimize that”. You are likely fortunate to have more innovative people than you might think.
IT strives to empower its organization and optimize its workflows
IT is a power multiplier for other business operations. They provide information systems to retain, connect, automate and scale business processes. The systems crunch the repetitive and mundane tasks so that your employees can focus on maximizing business outcomes with as little friction as possible.
Information systems development is outpaced by business progress
Back when digital information systems were commercialized, they enabled their innovative adopters high efficiency throughout the organization and offered extreme competitive advantages. Today information systems are commonplace, we don’t consider having one (or worse, multiple) innovative anymore. For an organization to be competitive it must continuously maintain its information systems with the latest business processes and best practices.
And yet, the development of changes in an information system is technologically complex, costly, and time-consuming. Only specialized engineers can handle them, so IT only approves the most pressing problems for solution development, and the rest are left to bloat. By the time they deploy the changes, they no longer conform to the latest business best practices. It appears that it is practically impossible for IT to keep up with the innovation pace of their organization.
This results in many abandoned innovations, and disappointed and disengaged innovators. Business people struggle with the systems instead of focusing on their goals. These limitations force people to resort to data shadow systems and spreadsheets that lack security and integration with other business processes and hire additional shadow IT teams. These shadow solutions disrupt organizational communication, breed confusion, stagnates decision-making, and eventually reduce competitiveness in the market.
It turns out that traditional information systems have become innovation inhibitors.
Enable innovation via democratized information system development.
As technology advances, it abstracts complex technical processes and becomes accessible to non-technical people. From CLI to GUI, and from coding to visual builders. With simplified tools such as no-code information systems, your IT teams no longer need to fully own every little change in your information systems. They can share their toll with the entire organization and become a guiding force and moderators of change.
IT can partner with business people and help them breathe life into their innovations by empowering them to implement the stream of small changes that people request every day. Democratizing the responsibility of implementing innovation is a realistic way to achieve a continuous state of optimal organizational efficiency and push competitiveness to new heights.
Some of the benefits of using no-code information systems:
- Rapid ROI – change doesn’t require as much time, labor and skill, and your users always use the latest business processes.
- Innovation – the resulting economy means more initiatives can now pass the approval process, and your people get more engaged.
- Integration – easily chain and automate ALL of your business processes for speedy results. No more clerical grind, double input, or data silos.
- Personalization – business processes are not one size fits all. Easily personalize the system to each employee’s native workflow for maximum work efficiency.
- Confidence – changes are prototyped and tested for buy-in & adoption – as they are specified.
- Lean – don’t spend today’s budget on tomorrow’s problems. Build just in time when needs arise and when you know the most about what you need.
- Future Proof – modify your systems seamlessly on the fly.
- Educated – true single source of truth! Make the best decisions with ALL the information at your fingertips.