Overall, 74% of companies accelerated plans to move to the cloud more than a year, abandoning legacy technologies and operating models to adopt data and applications, according to business analysis firm ZK Research.
A key part of this transformation was based on the use of applications, usually in the cloud, that integrated applications and data with low-code functionality to create more efficient workflows, faster than ever. Low code is a software development approach to creating processes and features with little or no code, which allows non-software developers to create applications.
Companies that structure daily workflows around these so-called “composable applications” (often called composable companies) have a much closer relationship between technology and business units and can quickly bring together new applications and services in a fraction. of historical cost.
Modular applications offer a way to build or add applications in a simple way: think of building blocks: the work is already done and additional functionality can be added to the basic capability.
This flexibility is necessary for today’s job variability and economy, says Zeus Kerravala, founder and senior analyst at ZK Research. “We’re moving into an era where, at any given time, you could have everyone in the office, no one in the office, or all the reasonable combinations in between,” Kerravala says. “You can have all your online shoppers, just a few, or, depending on your industry, no online shoppers and all possible combinations between them. The pandemic has created these dramatic changes in the way we learn, live and to work, based on forces that are out of anyone’s control. “
In terms of cloud infrastructure, companies have often pursued medium-sized measures, adopting them in a way that reinforces old business models, creating private clouds that mimic their local infrastructure. But composition offers companies the ability to adapt to changes in operations and their markets by creating new applications to support the workflows needed without hiring additional or external software developers to implement the changes.
Modular cloud services further free companies from relying on running their own instances of software just to customize the code to their needs. Modular applications bring together cloud, customization, integration, and workflow management, enabling companies to be flexible and innovate quickly.
When companies suffered pandemic disruptions to critical business functions, such as call centers, computer support, and medical administration, modular applications allowed companies to adapt and continue. In one case, a company needed to expand its call center system, which was hosted in a controlled environment, to allow employees access via web browsers running on an Amazon virtual machine, says David Lee, vice president of products for RingCentral, a business communications platform that has focused on composition. “They’ve had to make these changes work overnight in employees’ homes, and that was a big challenge for a lot of organizations, ”Lee says. “Companies well adapted to potential changes made these transitions very easy by composing new applications and workflows.”