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BA and Beyond 18 - Gert Vonck - The business analyst is undoubtedly the low code citizen developer of the future


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The business analyst is often referred to as a "miracle worker". Building bridges between business and IT, supported by various tools, methodologies and competences, he/she is often critical for the success of a project.

What if, thanks to the trend of low code development, the stakes have just increased and the impact of the business analyst can increase to unseen heights? Gartner, Forrester and real life use cases have shown that a business analyst is the ideal "low code" citizen developer, as they obtain the ideal skills to take up this responsibility.

In this session I want to:

- Explain the context of low code development and the citizen developer, and why it's an evolution that is here to stay.
- Elaborate on the countless amount of benefits that can be achieved through it, and why the business analyst will play a key role.
- Inspire business analysts to give low code development a try.

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BA and Beyond 18 - Gert Vonck - The business analyst is undoubtedly the low code citizen developer of the future

  1. 1. The picture can't be displayed. Join the low code revolution Digital transformation challenges Low code platform Benefits of low codingWhat is low coding The business analyst is the ideal citizen developer What is a citizen developer Competences matrix Match with the business analyst Time to be disruptive and get started Subscribe for a trial Challenge your organisation Traditional IT development has reached its limitations: • It’s very expensive to customize complex applications • Due to the complexity, long delivery cycles can be expected • Many coding standards exists but the overall development capacity remains the same • Real agility is a huge challenge when it comes to these complex backend applications • A lot of organisations struggle to close the mobile gap Low coding is a company-wide strategy to accelerate digital transformation. It allows business and IT to work together and persue innovation. To be successful, low coding requires an implementation strategy, an organisation that supports low coding, and an underlying platform to deliver low code solutions Enables rapid delivery of (mobile) business solutions with a minimum of hand-coding and lower upfront investment in training and deployment than for traditional application development. Typically consists out: • Business data model & out-of- the-box integration (connectors) • GUI driven build & automation interface • Business driven analytics capabilities Some of the benefits that can be expected through low coding: • Lower Shadow IT by reducing the amount of excel sheets and access databases run by business without support of IT • Additional IT capacity by empowering the citizen developer • Faster speed to deliver through real agile development • Mobile readiness thanks to its native, mobile ready, character A citizen developer is a key role in the organization who actively assists in creating business value, through the usage of a low code platform. They are seen as hands on path finders, burning the box while doing things. You could say that they are: • Not your typical IT developer • Not yet your typical business stakeholder So let’s find those who are between business and IT: The business analyst Do you have what it takes to become a citizen developer? What if, next to the amazing skills you have to challenge your business, elicitate requirements, and push the status quo of IT to deliver the project, you could master another crucial aspect of the BABOK: Solutions. Go ahead and re-read this bible through your low code sunglasses and check the sections on: • Prototyping • Data Flow Diagrams • Data Modelling • Interface Analysis You’ll notice that as from now, there is no reason to believe that a business analyst should push his own boundaries when it comes to delivering IT projects… Are you triggered but not sure where to start? Let us guide you: 1. Take a look at the different low code development platforms. They are in fact called HPaPaaS, the official category used in Gartner’s magic quadrant. 2. You’ll notice that many big companies such as Salesforce, Microsoft, Outsystems, Mendix, have a low code platform. 3. Get grip an a low code platform of your choice. Take a free trial, build your first app or automate your first process. No matter what you do, thing disruptive and master the low code skills Once you are familiar with low coding, it’s time to convince your business in getting started with it. How? Below some examples: 1. Organise a hackathon and create awareness in your organisation 2. Find the low hanging fruit: a case with high value and low effort. You’ll be amazed how many you can find when really searching 3. Assess your business stakeholders and find out how much they use their own Excel sheets and Access databases, how big their mobile gap is, and how happy they are with the applications that are sanctioned by IT Business knowledge 27% Low code platform 27% Advanced formulas 18% Data modeling 14% UX Design 14% +32 473/46.68.41 @appfieinfo Gert.vonck@appfie.comLow coding rocks