However, those that succeed with digital business transformation are rapidly embracing new digital technologies and processes.
There’s a lot of discussion around low-code development and outsourcing software development.
What are Low-Code Platforms?
While the build option allows businesses to utilize their internal resources, or outsource the software development to a third party, it is normally associated with long turnaround times and high costs. In contrast, buying off-the-shelf solutions can lower time to market. However, these one-size-fits-all solutions cannot always address the unique operational needs of a business, and almost always come with a hidden time cost of configuration and integration.
“We are the only organization to have all four badges on OutSystems platform and now one of the largest and most recognized services teams in the world”
But, there is an additional option for building that does not carry the long turnaround times that traditional coding does: low code. Low code application platforms abstract traditional coding frameworks, offer out of the box automations and governance, and greatly simplify the building and maintaining of custom code. Low code, however, is not a “silver bullet,” it just greatly accelerates part of the solution. To best leverage the increase in delivery productivity, organizations must still maintain IT discipline from Project Managers, Business Analysts, Architects, Designers, and Testers.
Low-code development platforms provide the abstracts and automate application development steps to reduce complexity and accelerate development speed. These platforms help with coding and the quick setup and deployment, and more people can contribute to the application development process.
This is where Netlink Digital Solutions—with more than 23 years of experience in the software delivery business—has stepped up. The company is changing how its customers are able to accelerate clients’ digital and cloud transformation initiatives with low code technology solutions.
Netlink Digital Solutions is a pioneer in providing Low Code professional services. It established its low-code practice in 2012 as a delivery partner for the OutSystems low-code platform and has since expanded to additional low-code platforms. OutSystems is a key part of Netlink Digital Solutions due to its position in the low code market.
Netlink Digital Solutions is one of the pioneers of providing Low Code professional services. It established its low-code practice twelve years back as a delivery partner on the OutSystems low code platform, and has since expanded to additional low code platforms. OutSystems is a key part of Netlink Digital Solutions due to its position in the low code market. OutSystems was founded in 2001, and is a leader in Gartner’s low code Magic Quadrant. With over 20 years of development, OutSystems is a mature low code product that not only accelerates development, but offers robust security, governance, automation, DevOps, and other capabilities critical to enterprise application development.
But Netlink Digital Solutions doesn’t just work in low code delivery, they are transforming it.
Addressing a Long-Standing Industry Problem
Low code development initiatives often rely on external resources, because many organizations don’t have the flexibility to hire developers in a new technology, along with people of other required skillsets. Other than developers, business analysts, and quality experts, companies also need specialized skills, normally only for a short period of time, such as UI/UX architects, enterprise architects, security architects, and performance and infrastructure experts. Many of these experts are extremely expensive and scarce in the market.
“We knew that there must be a better way to deliver exceptional results with cutting-edge people and technology,” states Makwana.
Netlink Digital Solutions found a better way, by utilizing its large resource pool of industry experts to provide clients with the right skillsets, at the right time. This enables the company to significantly improve efficiency while reducing cost to customers, and eventually became known as their flagship Software Factory-as-a- Service (SFaaS).
A Perfect Complement to Low Code Platforms
Today, Netlink Digital Solutions’ SFaaS allows businesses to innovate faster and meet the market demand for developing new software quickly and frequently. Not only does the service offer experts in OutSystems, among other technologies, but the service also removes secondguessing from IT projects using flexible and just-in-time allocation of skilled resources. Organizations can ensure seamless and continuous project delivery at a lower cost by optimally utilizing variable skills as desired.
If you haven’t experienced how low-code can quickly transform your business, it is worth looking into it now. Low-code is the future
SFaaS perfectly complements low code platforms, such as OutSystems, to deliver high-quality solutions with variable roles and skills at a fixed price. Customers only pay for a fixed capacity for the duration of the project while having complete transparency on resource and skill allocation. They get a holistic understanding of different project phases with real-time dashboards and status reports.
Low-code Subject Matter Expertise
Netlink Digital Solutions has a fantastic focus on developing people and partnerships. For example, they run bootcamps and training courses to spread knowledge about low code development, especially for OutSystems. They also have experts who make free YouTube videos on how to rightly utilize OutSystems, as well as experts who write blogs and documentation, and answer questions on forums.Netlink Digital Solutions also enjoys to build long-term partnerships with not just customers,but also vendors. While OutSystems is their largest vendor partnership in low code, they also partner with Temenos, Volt MX, and Neutrinos.
All these capabilities and partnerships have enabled Netlink Digital Solutions to serve a plethora of clients over the years. For instance TODO1, a SaaS company with a twenty-year history of developing digital banking solutions for retail and commercial banks in Central and Latin America.
In another example, a large U.S. based telecommunications company needed to migrate applications from their existing legacy platform to avoid a significant license renewal, and to modernize their tech stack. They leveraged OutSystems’
“OutSystems was founded in 2001 and is a leader in Gartner’s low code Magic Quadrant. With over 20 years of development, OutSystems is a mature low-code product that not only accelerates development, but offers robust security, governance, automation, DevOps, and other capabilities critical to enterprise application development.”
Professional Services to make this happen in mid 2019. In October of 2019, OutSystems reached out to Netlink Digital Solutions to assist, due to the quantity of applications needing to be migrated, and asked Netlink Digital Solutions to rebuild 11 of the applications (including five high complexity applications), test them, and deliver them to production in only two months. With Netlink Digital Solutions’ unique SFaaS model, the right people with the right skill sets were deployed to the project, and all of the applications were delivered to production ahead of schedule.
Another great partnership that Netlink Digital Solutions has built up is with Aetna (CVS Health), and their subsidiary bswift. Aetna is one of the largest U.S. based health insurance companies, and bswiftoffers benefits management software and services to companies looking to offer benefits to their employees. Bswift needed an OutSystems partner that could enhance their existing benefits portal, and chose Netlink Digital Solutions due to their low code expertise, as well as their focus on UX, UI, and Accessibility. They worked together to create a simplified user experience that allows their customers’ employees to easily manage their benefits, while keeping the portal configurable and re-usable for other customers of theirs.
Low-code is the Future
In the coming years, low-code technologies will continue to evolve, and Netlink Digital Solutions will be right there, training people, accelerating development, and helping to transform low code delivery. The company plans to be on the edge of identifying best practices as the industry changes, and use this knowledge to build more capable teams,to train customers, and to help lowcode technologies to continue to move forward. Netlink Digital Solutions also plans to offer pre-built components for OutSystems that can be used to accelerate software development. The company has already built a few, including the “Digital Banking in a Box,” which has pre-built and packageable components that map to various functions within digital banking. Netlink Digital Solutions’ roadmap includes expanding such components to offer a wide range of capabilities to clients in various industries.
“At Netlink Digital Solutions, we look to share our years of knowledge through our training programs, delivery centers, and through any other open lines of communication,” says Sandeep. “If you haven’t experienced how low-code can quickly transform your business, it is worth looking into it now. Low-code is the future.”