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No code vs. low code platform

Today’s duel in the ring:

No code vs. low code platform!

After the low code platform has become more and more popular with companies and developers, a new word is now appearing in the scene. No code applications. What is behind this term? And is it different from the previous low-code models?

The boxring bell rings

In one corner: No Code and in the other corner: Low Code

After the first rounds there is no clear winner and the spectators do not get an overview of what the two opponents really are. For the time being, both have tactical features and seem to have the same goal.

Perhaps more can be learned by direct comparison:

 
Low Code
No Code
Main user group Developer and Power-User Standard users
Main goal Acceleration of development, savings of time & resources Simple operation, easy adaptation of certain structures
Code required As required No code required
Customisability Fully customizable Prefabricated templates can be easily adapted
Type of applications Individual and complex applications Simple applications

 

The exchange of blows is over – the referees agree and clarify:

Although no code and low code models are used in different ways in a company – the mission of both is the same: to improve the creation of business applications and provide the freedom to quickly implement individual requirements. Without long communication channels and know how transfer.

It’s not so much about including code in some places or not, but rather what kind of people use the platform to build or customize the applications.

This gives non-traditional developers the opportunity to make their own adjustments and to integrate themselves into the ranks of professional developers to a certain extent to the benefit of the entire company.

In summary, no one emerges from the ring as the clear winner – no-code applications are a further development based on the principle of low code platforms. Developers can build custom applications based on the low-code model that end users can use as a no code platform. They can then adapt certain functions and structures as required, without having to involve IT or development specialists.

Project control – a tightrope act

Success through project control

“Then we just push on”. This is how the six-year shift in the opening date of Berlin Airport began. In the rarest cases, the project control of large projects is completed as it was initially planned. The fact that further ideas, requirements, challenges or interests develop in the course of project implementation is part of intensive project work. The art is not to lose sight of the feasibility.

Project control means planning, monitoring and controlling

The project control consists of three main steps. Planning, monitoring and controlling. But the first step already hides a dilemma. By definition, planning is the mental anticipation of future action. But how come that plans are not respected? How often has BER Airport CEO professor Engelbert Lütke Dalkdrup been asked this question? How can a construction project such as Willy-Brandt-Airport in Berlin be miscalculated by five billion euros and delayed by almost ten years? Planning is more than the definition in the textbooks. Planning is also justification for the costs, time and resources needed for a project. Planning thus becomes the basis of the external image vis-à-vis the stakeholders. No wonder, then, that the interests of the stakeholders are taken into account in the project management and the feasibility of the project is thereby neglected in some places. The effects are evident every day in failed construction projects, delayed opening dates or multiplication of the planned budget.

Project control as a management task

Target-oriented project management is essential for the success of a company. The competition is merciless. Delays or misplaced financing plans can mean the end for a company. This makes project management a management task and must be aligned with the company’s strategy. Companies need to be flexible in this ever-changing market. That is easier said than done. How do you manage it anyway?

Project control made easy

A valuable help is the appropriate software support. These are often missing especially in smaller projects. Frequently, however, common project management tools are too extensive and overwhelm the users. Not everyone who is responsible for a project has a project manager training, let alone the time to deal with escalating tools. With the Project Reporter from Business App, projects can be structured, monitored and controlled simply and clearly.

Manage projects successfully with the Project Reporter

The focus is on concentrating on the essentials and easy coordination with colleagues and supervisors. For each project, the topic, contents, problems, solution options and decisions can be recorded. In addition, tasks, conversations, notes, notifications and related documents can be created. Thus, the responsibility is clearly regulated and the work processes are clearly structured. The automatically generated protocol shows what was done last.

Here you can find more information about project control with the Project Reporter

Increase in productivity

Less is more – better work in less time

Productivity is still a central issue in the economy. Business processes are put to the test and scaled down in order to achieve more in less time with the same resources, in short, to become more productive.

But what is the key to productivity?

And why should companies increase their productivity?

Rocket launch for your productivity!

The lever to increase productivity

Productivity is a central approach to ensure and improve the competitiveness of a company in the long term. It is becoming more and more important to save costs and to generate fast implementation of market requirements. Through higher productivity, employees want to be able to leave work early, have less time pressure or a steeper career path. The key to productivity lies in saving time. The faster one task is completed, the more time is left for the next one. An increase in this factor almost inevitably leads to higher profits. For this reason, increasing productivity is a central task of every company management and requires great attention. However, this is more difficult to implement than expected.

The productivity killers

A common problem in increasing productivity is that more and more people find it difficult to set priorities correctly. Phone calls, meetings and constantly new e-mails: it is not easy to concentrate on all these tasks without losing sight of the essential to-do list. This is because developers in particular often struggle with the problem that they overestimate their assessment of the complexity of a feature and spend significantly more time on it than originally expected. Companies and employees alike suffer from these productivity killers. So how can an increase in productivity lead to a reduction in working hours?

Increased productivity with the right tool

An important driving force for increasing productivity is the low code platform “Business App”. It is the optimal support on the way to more productivity. The modular system allows the user a new way to work creatively and individually without having to write code (= low code principle). The simple organization of business processes makes it possible to work faster and more efficiently by hiding or postponing distractions or outsourcing work completely. In this way, potential can be recognized immediately, resources can be managed more efficiently and deadlines can be met even during peak periods. In addition, the technical support leads to more transparency in company management, which in turn has a positive effect on employee productivity. This leads to an improvement of the working atmosphere and ultimately to motivated employees and satisfied customers.

Lack of software developers

Why software developers are so rare:

The entire software industry complains: “Software developers and programmers with sufficient know-how have become rare.” The shortage of developers seems to be growing, especially in Europe. With inquiries on Xing or LinkedIn, however, no senior software developer can be lured behind the oven these days, especially since many are not registered in these networks at all.
Lack of software developers - not with Business App
However, there are also repeated voices from the developer ranks that the salaries and perspectives offered are often unattractive and thus the will to bind themselves to a company is not very pronounced.

“Many companies have great problems finding IT specialists.”

As in every year, Bitkom determined the number of missing IT professionals last autumn. The result: 38,000 vacancies are currently vacant, 10,000 more than a year earlier.

Many are freelancers out of conviction

The increasing demand for IT experts is also having an impact on their earning potential. According to one study, the salaries of specialists and executives rose by 4.5 percent last year. With a gross annual salary of around 60,000 euros, IT employees are doing well in industry comparison. Even energy suppliers or in vehicle manufacturing, which are generally regarded as very well-paid industries, earn less.

But a comparatively good salary is not enough for many IT professionals. More and more of them are exchanging the security of the employee’s existence for the unboundness of a freelancer. There are up to 80,000 freelancers in Germany. Their numbers are increasing continuously, but not disproportionately compared to employed IT specialists. Most freelancers work freelance because they appreciate the freedoms they have as their own boss – but not because they have no choice.

Developers on average 44 years old

Nevertheless, many freelancers initially work in a permanent position and only become self-employed once they have gained sufficient professional experience and contacts in the industry. Software developers are particularly in demand. Their average age is astonishingly high: according to a Gulp evaluation, they are 44 years old and have 20 years of professional experience.

Developer shortage? No problem with Business App!

To create a business application with Business App, you don’t need a large team of software developers. Depending on your business application requirements, a configurator and an administrator are enough to create and maintain a workable application.
If you want your own design, it makes sense to consult your web designer or graphic designer, so that he can make adjustments with CSS and HTML, for example. A programmer is only necessary if the application is to be extended with program code due to special needs.

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Business Applications for the Future

Future-oriented Business Applications for all Business Sectors:

Numerous companies worldwide generate annual billions of sales. In Germany alone, there are strong sectors such as retailing with 358 billion, the automotive industry with 308 billion, and the energy sector with 212 billion.
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Sellings or targetes of this kind need certain cornerstones to be able to act on the market. Every company tries to know the market and its customers. They gather and store all possible information. What do I have to offer my customers? How do I make my processes more efficient? How can I gain market shares?

All departments deal indirectly or directly with these questions. Futhermore each industry has individual needs and tasks.

For example:

Industry & Manufacturing

• Device and machine management
• Overview of maintenance, maintenance and disposition of machines or similar
• Reports for analyzes and reports

Real Estate

• Creation and management of new and existing objects
• Correspondence with tenants, buyers, owners
• Damage management

Services

• Event organization and participant management
• Advice and support
• Building management

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In order to be able to implement all these tasks and processes, one of the most decisive pillars of operating success is business software, which supports the company and employees in all processes. But often it is not just a system that must be used in everyday work. Often, it is a chain of many systems and applications that need to work in parallel and smoothly.

Due to ever-growing technologies and the increasing demands of the market, a developed and future-oriented business software is essential as a stable support.

How do I make Software fast and easy for the future?

Easy to use with Business App: thanks to the application designer with an integrated framework, you can adapt your system to the needs of the market and your customers.

Regardless of whether trade, mechanical engineering or pharmacy – Business App creates the freedom to incorporate branch-specific requirements and cover them.

In order to link all necessary applications with the business software, various interfaces to other necessary systems can be set up quickly and easily. For this purpose, multilingualism allows e.g. At international locations, to provide employees with all necessary information in the desired language.

 
In which industry are you active? Learn how Business App has the right thing for you.

What will you choose? – Cloud or Server?

“To Cloud or not to Cloud“:

Cloud, this is a term that is often heard. Whether it’s Microsoft’s advertising campaign “in the cloud!”, or from Apple, whose iCloud is published everywhere. On your way to work, you can see endless posters everywhere that say nothing but “cloud computing”. Most people do not know what the cloud is. For most people, the cloud is a synonym for the Internet itself, and when you talk about SaaS products, its basically right. But when it comes to cloud computing, it is more complicated.
Cloud or Server? Pros and cons. What will you choose?

“In the field of information technology (IT), cloud computing provides new prozesses for providing IT resources. Resources that support companys in electronic data processing (EDP). For example, servers or software applications. “

For many users and companies wonder: Are we going to go into the cloud? Or do we keep our data and applications on our own servers?

When you start a new SaaS project, you usually have some minimal requirements. You will need a web server and probably a database server. At the beginning a small number of users will use the application, but the number of users will rise more and more. The number of users will determine the load on the server, and the server data will determine when the maximum number of users is reached.

So, where to start? With a dedicated server or directly to a cloud server? Here you find decision support:

Cloud Pro

• Don’t have to buy / maintain hardware
• Unlimited instance scaling
• Unlimited memory scaling
• Dynamic scaling
• You pay for what you use
• Redundant

Cloud Contra

• Bandwidth limited and expensive
• Memory is expensive
• SQL memory is expensive
• Lower performance in many cases
• Lack of control

Server Pro

• Full control
• Planty storage space
• Cost-effective storage space
• Bandwidth is cheap
• SQL memory is cheap
• High performance
• Room for growing

Server Contra

• You always pay for the maximum performance
• Limited physical space
• Physical scaling limit (vertical)
• Hardware error
• Non-elastic
• Configuration and administration

Costs for a cloud and server

To define the costs of setting up a cloud server is quite difficult. Each platform has different pricings and other factors that determine the cost.
A dedicated server in a datacenter is easier to calculate, the cost per month for a decent server (quad-core xenon, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB disk, Linux OS) is about 150 € per month.
In comparison, a much weaker small cloud with Microsoft Azure (1.6GHz CPU, 1.75GB RAM, 100GB of memory) would cost about 60 € a month, with less than half the server’s performance.
The important difference is that you may not need all of the power that the server provides, so you could save 90 € per month until the number of users rise on your application.

Cloud or own server

Whatever your decision is: with Business App, you have all the freedom in the platform choice. Choose whether your applications run on your own server (on premise) or in your preferred private or public cloud (e.g., Amazon, Azure, Telekom, Google). A change is possible at any time. Business App leaves you all freedom to make the right choice.
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