How Business Application Software Is Changing IT


Guide

In a fast-paced commercial environment, it feels like there are new business management tools emerging every day. With such a vast number of systems, business apps and workflow solutions to choose from, it is no easy task to identify the best operations management software for your unique organization.

Some companies are reluctant to adopt new business application software because they believe that there is still some value to be gained from their legacy systems. This is understandable, given the amount invested in the enterprise software, as well as the time taken to train employees on this technology. Also, a complete rip out and replace approach can carry high costs, over and above the loss of valuable business hours during the migration to a new infrastructure.

For these reasons and more, companies cling onto outdated technology far longer than they should. Unfortunately, the risks of this approach can far outweigh the benefits.

When enterprise software does not keep pace with modern business demands, it can create a range of challenges. These include:

  • A lack of flexibility:
    Older systems are often incompatible with emerging technology that could keep your business agile, innovative and competitive.
  • High maintenance costs:
    Legacy computing resources may become costly to maintain and expand, especially when the vendor is no longer able or willing to provide support for the system. 
  • A lack of up-and-coming skills:
    The older the system becomes, the more difficult it will be to find next-generation developers who can still manage the programming language. This creates a knowledge gap when IT team members retire. 
  • Little mobility:
    Some older systems are not engineered for optimum mobile use, making it difficult for people to add value outside of the office space and traditional working hours.

What if you could leverage the power of existing software investments without the pain of custom development?

K2's business application software can fill in the gaps where enterprise software falls short. Instead of a complete migration to a new system, you can drive digital transformation with K2’s low-code business process applications.

This technology has been engineered to cut business application development costs, improve time-to-value and streamline business processes. These are a few of the reasons why more than 1.5 million users in over 84 countries — including 30 of the Fortune 500 companies — use K2 to improve operational efficiency.

K2’s application software program: 

  • Is inherently agile
  • Meets the varying needs of unique environments
  • Is designed with the end user in mind
  • Gives real-time access to offsite and onsite users alike
  • Achieves seamless integration with existing line-of-business (LOB) systems
  • Retains the security and integrity of underlying sources of information

Power collaborative, process-driven solutions 

K2's custom application platform gets more people across the organization involved in process transformation and success — resulting in the best business value. 

Instead of briefing a specialist in-house team to build an application to meet specific business goals, the people who put together the brief can get involved in the design and development process as well. 

The way it works is very similar to collaborating on a document or spreadsheet that is housed in the cloud. Team members can be given access to K2's low-code process designers to plan, build, test and modify the entire process together in real time. Essentially, they're sharing the work, learning from each other, supporting each other and building on each others' successful steps. This is all made possible through the use of visual drag-and-drop designers and wizard-driven interfaces. 

The end result is a business process application that is based on a deep understanding of business requirements, departments and systems. It is also a solution that has everyone's buy-in, because they all played a part in engineering it. 

When more people can rapidly build and deploy scalable, reusable, low-code applications — this accelerates the pace of digital transformation. 

And for those organisations that are still extracting value from their legacy IT investments, K2's business application software integrates seamlessly with many existing systems and reaches across the enterprise to connect people, data and decisions.

Essentially, K2 makes business application development more accessible.

Why stick with rigid enterprise software when you can access more choices with K2?

If you want to increase the mobility of your workforce, you can support them with apps that enable action-on-the-go, online or offline on any devices in a secure manner.

If rapid business process transformation is a key focus area for your company, you can make good use of K2's pre-built apps. These templates incorporate all the key elements of a process (forms, workflows and data integration) and can be customized to suit specific business needs.

You also have a choice when it comes to your deployment options. You can either build your business process apps in the cloud or on-premises. 

Automation without the complexity

In the same way that relying on an outdated legacy system for too long can hamper business growth, automating a badly designed process does very little for operational efficiency. 

However, this does not mean that companies need to invest heavily in complex business process management (BPM) platforms. Working with these platforms requires a significant time investment, as everything has to be carefully planned and modeled before it is rolled out. These types of solutions also require dedicated developers. In today's competitive talent marketplace, IT skills are in hot demand and can therefore prove costly to hire and retain. This drives up the costs of automation even further. 

K2, on the other hand, has approached automation from a completely different angle. These solutions leverage the best elements of BPM with very few of its intricacies. K2's process automation tools allow organizations to deliver innovation fast and adapt to change quickly. 

Commenting on this, K2 CEO Adriaan Van Wyk explains:

"In the modern world of automating work across people, systems of records and machines, the faster we can deploy solutions, the faster we can start optimizing them. The nature of modern platforms allows you to make in-flight changes and optimize solutions, reusing building blocks provided by other people in the organization. With K2, our process design approach leverages design paradigms that allow for frequent changes without having to rebuild integrations and processes from scratch. Open the visual designers, adjust your steps and actions, then quickly redeploy."

Are you ready to move forward?

The future of business application software is made up of fast, flexible apps that deliver solutions for a new world of work. 

The K2 process automation platform makes it possible for all types of organizations to build enterprise-ready apps that meet their unique needs. They can then scale the relevant apps to automate processes across the enterprise. 

Ready to find out why thousands of companies around the world have been using the K2 platform to build hundreds of thousands of applications?  

Read the e-book, Goodbye Enterprise Software, Hello Apps with K2, to find out why this is the best IT management software to meet multiple business goals.