Democratizing App Development Using Pega’s Application Studio

10/10/2022

Low-code application development platforms (LCADPs) have transformed the building blocks of an app from textual to visual elements. They are revolutionizing and simplifying app creation with a model-driven, drag-and-drop interface, moving away from a highly technical and often complex coding environment. With LCADPs, anyone, including business users, can abstract and automate all steps of the application lifecycle and leverage special features to expedite the development process.

People with any level of software development skills in an organization can seamlessly use LCADPs to build mission-critical enterprise apps, giving rise to a whole new group of “citizen developers.” This new-age, low-code-driven dev team may include experienced programmers, novice developers, subject matter experts, C-suite executives, and business stakeholders, who collaborate to build apps that hit the business sweet spot within a significantly shorter duration.

Besides the intuitive interfaces that help users to increase productivity and design diverse apps, the model-driven development in these platforms helps to visualize how an app will work even while it is being built. The platforms have reusable components that skilled developers can tailor and scale.

Challenges in democratizing app development

While most LCADPs provide solutions for different audiences and use cases, some are devised to support business users with no coding experience. They allow these citizen developers to build an app without involving professional developers. On the other hand, a few that, despite being “low-code,” are meant only for experienced programmers and may be too complicated to be used by non-technical users without training.

Irrespective of which side of the spectrum such categories of LCADPs stand on, they could be used with a siloed approach in software development projects complicating IT administrators’ jobs of managing the enterprise infrastructure and diluting the very purpose of using low-code techniques. This runs in direct opposition to the fundamental idea behind using LCADPs, i.e., making the app/ software development process synergetic and eliminating technical hurdles associated with coding-intensive processes.

How Pega’s App Studio addresses these problems

Pega’s App Studio is a leading low-code solution with features for an integrated and inclusive app development process. It brings together different users in a familiar and collaborative environment to make workflows seamless and quick, even if the team members have different skill levels and/ or the use case to be managed is complex.

App Studio democratizes the development process by allowing subject matter experts and business developers to contribute their knowledge, expertise, and experience in building feature-rich, secure, and purpose-driven apps. Team members who are well aware of the functionality that an app should have can actively participate in the development process and respond to changing business needs in real time. And the developers can simultaneously focus on the technical side of app building.

In addition, the Pega App Studio comes with built-in tools for user stories, feedback loops, messaging, and revision tracking. Its visual nature enables all users and developers to speak in the same development language. What’s more, the complete development process remains compliant with the regulations set by the business IT team for data security, ensuring that the app stays secure and ready for future upgrades.

Other features that make Pega App Studio’s environment ideal for coordinated and scalable software development include:

Expedited process: Participants in the app-building team can easily define the critical elements of the application in terms of data, target users, and expected outcomes. In-built relevant app templates make it easier to start the work and accelerate the entire process.

Smart automation and workflows: The Pega App Studio provides ample flexibility to control a wide range of intelligent automation tools that automate rote tasks and reduce unnecessary manual inputs while making the processes more productive and optimized.

Highly engaged user experience: The solution empowers application builders to onboard effortlessly and rapidly develop user-friendly products that offer highly engaging digital experiences. They can also configure the developed applications on any platform—web, mobile, email solutions, and messaging apps—with a click.

Optimized DevOps: The DevOps model combines established practices, ideologies and tools to improve a team’s ability to deliver applications quickly. The Pega App Studio makes this process more exciting and fruitful with its tools that can be integrated with external DevOps systems to meet customers’ or end-users demands more accurately. It also helps to launch fully functional applications faster in the market.

With a proven low-code platform like Pega App Studio, business leaders and IT heads can outpace traditional software development schedules to reach the outcomes they envision promptly. The platform enables them to work collaboratively and scale up confidently while future-proofing their innovation journey.

At Aaseya, we help global clients delve deeper into the potential of world-class low-code platforms while reducing their application and software development costs with Pega App Studio.

If you are looking to enhance your business performance with innovative apps and eliminate friction points in the development process, contact us to know how we make it easier.

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Krishna Chandran

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