Business Process Management (BPM) and Low-code application development are two distinct technologies that have gradually evolved to offer a complimentary set of features and capabilities. While some features are common among BPM and Low-code, both technologies have their own distinct offerings.

Some technology vendors offer BPM and Low-code in a single platform. This allows the standardization and automation of business processes while building an app quickly with a few resources. It is important to note that the app built using this platform is modern, responsive and has enhanced UX. The low-code capability also allows organizations to update and enhance these modern applications rapidly in response to ever-changing business needs.

The case for BPM

Business Process Management (BPM) helps in transforming business processes by making them efficient, agile, measurable, transparent, and scalable.

BPM’s disciplined approach of Model, Execute, Measure and Improve has helped business leaders transform their processes since the late 90s. For the first time, BPM gave business leaders a high level of control over processes. Through this control, leaders gained important insights over time that helped them make processes better.

Powerful BPM software platforms have transformed important business processes leading to lower running costs. More importantly, it has improved customer experience and operational efficiency. BPM software platforms have empowered business leaders with the tools and techniques to monitor, evaluate, and maintain their processes.

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In highly competitive environments, the final goal for organizations has been to move towards full process automation to reduce costs.

The case for Low-code

Low-code is an approach where apps can be built quickly with minimum hand-coding. A Low-code application development platform helps to create modern applications that come with a rich and responsive user interface. Instead of writing code, this is made possible using visual and declarative techniques. Low-code applications are typically built quickly, at lower costs, and with minimal training.

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Using Low-code, business leaders can innovative quickly. Low-code application development platforms come with features to build apps that are modern and mobile enabled. With Low-code, apps take less time to be built, tested and deployed. So, leaders can focus on delivering a great experience to it’s customers without worrying about the cost.

The synergy between BPM and Low-code

Low-code platforms are not really a replacement for BPM, but a powerful enhancement to its capabilities.

While Low-code platforms can help in building apps quickly, that alone is not enough. So, to be able to deliver superior customer experience, the underlying business processes must be highly efficient, predictable, measurable, and mature. A BPM platform can enable this.

On the other hand, an effective business process is not enough. It must be accompanied by an application that can help get the job done and modern by user experience standards. Leaders in BPM realize this and so, we see many Low-code features included in their products.

Low-code platforms provide the ability to model processes, apply business rules and adapt to complex events. It helps in embedding processes to apps easily during the development phase using a declarative mechanism. The end result is that a modern application that has been developed quickly. As a positive bonus, it also comes with a mobile enabled user experience.

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By combining the principles of both Business Process Management and Low-code application development, great applications can be built quickly. What’s more important is that the application is backed by strong business processes to help deliver great customer experience.

Conclusion

BPM is a collection of principles and expertise gained over time in making processes better. Business leaders in growing organizations rely on the domain expertise of BPM consultants or a BPM Implementation Partner to streamline their processes and make them efficient.

Low-code is enabling organizations to create applications which are efficient and transparent from a process perspective. Organizations gain the additional benefit of opening up these processes to automation in the future. All of this possible with low investments today. Low-code has proven to be a powerful driver of innovation and disruption in a highly competitive environment.

Utilizing the combined strength of BPM and Low-code, organizations can build applications with low costs and resources. Organizations are guaranteed applications backed by robust business processes which are also mobile ready. In a highly competitive environment, rapid innovation is the key to success and this combination checks all the boxes.

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