October 12, 2022/ Low Code, Not-for-Profit /by Vagisha Arora

While powerful digital technology, data analysis and enterprise application development platforms are now more advanced than ever before, they can still be inaccessible for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with limited resources to accelerate productivity. However, low-code platforms can help NGOs leverage the power of available technology without utilizing large amounts of financial or human resources.

Low-code development refers to a visual approach to software and application development that enables citizen developers with little to no traditional coding experience to design, create and deploy powerful enterprise applications. According to a recent study conducted by Redhat, low-code solutions can reduce development time by up to 90%.

Therefore, NGOs must understand how they can leverage the power of low-code development to significantly increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.

How NGOs Can Leverage Low-Code Technology:

1) Digital Transformation

Digital technology plays an extremely important role in the success of any NGO. Therefore, NGOs must consistently search for new ways to facilitate effective and successful digital transformation initiatives. However, recent developer shortages have resulted in an inability to meet growing development requirements across all industries.

Therefore, low-code development platforms can help NGOs facilitate digital transformation by empowering citizen developers with little to no traditional coding experience to build powerful and advanced enterprise applications. Low-code platforms are equipped with numerous features such as pre-built visual components, pre-configured features, customization tools and scalability capabilities that can help NGOs implement successful digital transformation through accelerated development. Low-code technology can also enable your NGO to create significantly more enterprise applications faster than ever before.

Research indicates that approximately 70% of organizations either already have a digital transformation strategy or are currently working on one. Therefore, low-code development platforms can help your NGO develop a comprehensive and holistic digital transformation strategy that can help achieve organizational objectives and foster overall growth.

2) Automate Manual Processes

As modern organizations are expected to achieve much more in significantly less time, automation is key. Low-code development platforms can be extremely beneficial for organizations that are currently aiming to automate various time-consuming and repetitive manual business processes. Automating manual business processes can not only increase efficiency and productivity but can also enable employees to work on higher-level, more intellectually stimulating processes.

Low-code platforms can help businesses automate various manual business processes as well as help develop a standardized process for the orchestration of automation strategies. Low-code automation can enable your organization’s employees to build and automate numerous processes and workflows using a user-friendly visual interface.

Therefore, this can empower your organization to scale up operations and expedite development cycles without utilizing large amounts of scarce organizational resources. Low-code automation can help significantly reduce the length of the enterprise application development cycle, reduce manual employee workload, eliminate the risk of human error and facilitate effective risk management and governance.

3) Process Standardization

User interfaces and experiences are pivotal factors for the success of any modern organization. User interfaces and experiences are extremely important for helping NGOs build intuitive donor experiences, increase public awareness, increase employee satisfaction levels, improve response times and process overall organizational operations.

Low-code platforms can enable NGOs to create a clear path for business process standardization that is necessary for consequent automation and orchestration. When departments within your organization develop unique and distinct operational processes, it can not only become extremely challenging to undergo various security and compliance requirements but it can also lead to the creation of avoidable data silos.

Process standardization can also enable your organization to create effective strategies to automate various complex organizational tasks. This can also help reduce the risk of human errors and avoidable inaccuracies.

4) Cost-Effective Development

Since low-code development platforms can help develop significantly more enterprise applications in less time, they can be extremely beneficial for increasing efficiency and productivity as well as for reducing operational costs.

Furthermore, since low-code enterprise application development platforms are more user-friendly than traditional development methods, your business can reduce its dependency on skilled software developers by facilitating citizen development. Studies have shown that 80% of organizations have stated that citizen developers have given IT departments more breathing room.

This can have an extremely transformative impact on the overall productivity of your NGO in the long run as it can not only increase profitability but also reduce the length of the enterprise application development cycle.

5) Expedited Maintenance and Innovation

One of the most crucial steps of the enterprise application lifecycle is consequent maintenance and updates. However, NGOs with scarce financial resources and manpower can often find it challenging to accommodate maintenance costs and modifications over time. Furthermore, bug fixes and updates usually result in increased downtime, hence potentially compromising productivity.

Therefore, low-code development platforms can help your business rapidly update enterprise applications and software without resulting in downtime or the utilization of large amounts of organizational resources. Low-code platforms can also accommodate integration with third-party data sources, devices and operating systems.

Innovation is also a crucial process for any data-driven organization. Therefore, low-code platforms can help NGOs leverage visual approaches to development to create complex solutions and systems. Low-code platforms are equipped with pre-configured templates, drag-and-drop builders and visual editors that can make innovation and complex software development much more accessible.

Planet Crust — Increase Your NGO’s Productivity With Low-Code Technology

Low-code platforms can be extremely transformative for helping NGOs with limited organizational resources to significantly increase productivity. NGOs can leverage low-code to facilitate successful digital transformation initiatives, automate various manual business processes, standardize various organizational tasks, encourage cost-effective enterprise application development and expedite maintenance and innovation processes and strategies.

Corteza, created by Planet Crust, is a 100% open-source low-code platform that can enable your NGO to do more with fewer resources. Corteza is equipped with numerous powerful features such as API connectivity, data harmonization, customizable user interfaces, cloud-to-cloud data federation, role-based access controls, advanced search functionality, pre-configured customizable templates, inclusive design and much more.

Try a trial now so that your NGO can take advantage of the wide variety of benefits of low-code technology to increase efficiency and productivity.

Tags: Low-code, Not-for-Profit, Productivity

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Planet Crust is the creator and driving force behind Corteza, a 100% open-source low-code, rapid app development, business process and integration platform.