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Encanvas executive Briefing 2017

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In this executive guide to Encanvas Applications Fabric, the company has brought together a series of articles that form a useful overview for executives on why code-less software is so important to businesses wishing to 'go digital'

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Encanvas executive Briefing 2017

  1. 1. Encanvas Applications Fabric An Executive Briefing Coding is a manual task. When humans code applications they engineer in the bugs that cause them to perform sub-optimally. It’s also time consuming. And humans don’t always apply what they learn. A better solution would be to have a robot build perfect applications. But we’re not there yet. A level of trial and error can be expected for any creative activity but the excessive risks of software authoring are born out in studies both in terms of slow time to market and burgeoning costs. The article ‘Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier Than You Think’ by HBR (November 2011) followed a survey of 1,471 IT projects with an average spend of $167m and found:  The average overrun was 27%  One in six projects studied experienced a cost overrun of over 200%.  Almost 70% of black swan projects also overrun their schedules. While the pitfalls of coded software developments are well documented, the IT industry has been unable to overcome them. With digital organizations now seeking to lever business advantage from disparate sources of data, the need to reliably produce applications right-first-time has never been greater. For organizations wishing to move ahead with their digital transformation plans adopting codeless design, Encanvas’ Applications Fabric is delivered as a cloud service so there’s no need to install IT on-site. This guide examines the demand, methods and tools behind adoption of agile software tools. Why codeless software design makes good business sense SERVING INFORMATION TO CURIOUS MINDS – How organizations are employing Services Oriented Architectures to cut IT costs In this guide CAAD – A fresh approach to applications authoring that keeps up with business transformation and de-risks software development 3 5 REMOTE[SPACES] – How Encanvas turns the cloud into a place to innovate 6
  2. 2. 2 An Introduction to Encanvas Application Fabric and CAAD Software Development Methods “Institutionally, the ability to be agile enough is the gut issue in leading an organization today.” James McNearney - CEO, Boeing Leaders are coming to realize the pivotal role digital technology can have to deliver value to customers. For a hundred years management thinking has valued mechanization over creativity… ..but after decades of automation, the core business processes of organizations are pretty slick – that is until markets change and business models need to realign. Then concepts of operational excellence evangelized by management consultants sound hollow. As the very structure of markets change, smaller, more nimble companies benefitting from closer ties to their customers, and a clearer understanding of their value, are able to steal a march on vendors 100 times their size. Even global brands aren’t safe - new aggressors can emerge from a different industry altogether to take a big bite out of a market they see as fair game in an open, global market-place (such as retailers venturing into the car insurance market for example). Organizations that could once survive without reviewing business models more than once a decade are now forced to re-assess annually. The new mantra of business excellence is agility – to create an enterprise that can adapt to always win in its most addressable markets. Key to the drive for agility is the need to empower middle managers; people with the energy, skills and curiosity to question why processes work as they do and find new ways to distil customer value. Leaders are coming to realize that leadership at all levels of the enterprise is vital. This critical tier of ‘corporals’ demand systems and tools to understand and adapt their assets and resources to fit internal processes to the ever changing business landscape. This is driving demand for a new tier of applications that harvest data from existing sources to create new applications that response to new situations (‘situational applications’) as they arise and align IT systems to better fit constantly evolving processes. Nick Lawrie CEO, NDMC Consulting
  3. 3. 3 An Introduction to Encanvas Application Fabric and CAAD Software Development Methods “Middle managers spend more than a quarter of their time searching for information necessary to their jobs, and when they do find it, it is often wrong.” AIMS survey on information management, 2007 Disparate silos of data across the enterprise - a known problem that has faced organizations for decades, but how do you fix it? Services-Oriented Architecture is a term that describes the design and use of information services to support business needs; a coherent enterprise- wide method of organizing how computer systems present information to other systems so the data they manage can be accessed more easily without compromising systems performance or security. For business people, the major benefit of organizing information through SOA is the prospect that data held in disparate silos across the enterprise can be re- used to create new applications that produce smarter processes. To consume Web Services requires applications able to bring data together while fashioning new data structures, web portals and forms- based applications to view, edit and update data. Demand for these new applications increasingly comes from communities of workers that, while small in number, are essential to process innovation and creativity – things that create competitive advantage in the 21st century business world. The conceived wisdom of building large lumbering enterprise applications for the majority at the expense of the few, no longer fits the reality of what these critical communities of information workers either need or expect. The high quality of software people now use in their homes and on their mobile phones has raised the bar of what business users expect. The digital native generation dismisses applications that require a manual or that ask them to live with inhospitable reporting tools. Releasing the true potential of curious minds. Andrew Lawrie CTO, Encanvas
  4. 4. 4 An Introduction to Encanvas Application Fabric and CAAD Software Development Methods Encanvas releases corporate information assets so that curious minds can lever business advantage - without the risks and costs associated with traditional business intelligence tooling. Disparate silos of data across the enterprise - a known problem that has faced organizations for decades, but how do you fix it? Services-Oriented Architecture is a term that describes the design and use of information services to support business needs; a coherent enterprise-wide method of organizing how computer systems present information to other systems so the data they manage can be accessed more easily without compromising systems performance or security. For business people, the major benefit of organizing information through SOA is the prospect that data held in disparate silos across the enterprise can be re-used to create new applications that produce smarter processes. To consume Web Services requires applications able to bring data together while fashioning new data structures, web portals and forms- based applications to view, edit and update data. But how do organization produce this myriad of applications affordably? Demand for these new applications increasingly comes from communities of workers that, while small in number, are essential to process innovation and creativity – things that create competitive advantage in the 21st century business world. The conceived wisdom of building large lumbering enterprise applications for the majority at the expense of the few, no longer fits the reality of what these critical communities of information workers either need or expect. The high quality of consumer software people now use in their homes and on their mobile phones has raised the bar of what business users expect. The digital native generation dismisses applications that require a manual or that ask them to live with inhospitable reporting tools. To meet the demands of this new consumerized user community, the only viable solution is to produce applications at a faster pace and at lower cost and risk. This demand has led to the innovations found in the Encanvas code-less cloud platform.
  5. 5. 5 An Introduction to Encanvas Application Fabric and CAAD Software Development Methods Computer Aided Applications Development (CAAD) is a rapid code- less method of designing and deploying situational applications for workgroups and teams. CAAD Project Phases and Stages Tom Adams Project Consultant Applications Development Methods Creating better software applications faster, at lower risk and cost Computer Aided Applications Development (CAAD) is a rapid method of designing and deploying situational applications for workgroups and teams. It’s computer-aided because applications are authored using a platform that supplies pre-formed building blocks of technology, negating the need for the majority of coding, testing and re-working associated with former methods of software authoring. The ability to develop applications in near real-time (largely during workshops with users and stakeholders) not only makes applications ‘better-fit’ to the community of users and beneficiaries they’re intended for, but reduces the time, cost and risk of applications developments – all but removing testing, tuning and re-working costs. CAAD methods and tools dramatically reduce the skills-portfolio needed for authoring applications which means that one individual can reasonably discharge the entire lifecycle. The fact that applications are authored ‘faster’ does not remove the need for quality gates or pre-qualification of the use-case, user needs and benefactor outcome expectations. Developments are by necessity heavily pre-scoped using formalized analysis methods comprised of:  Outcome Driven Innovation (ODI) based User Role, purpose and job worth analysis  Value Innovation based strategic value analysis  RPRS based applications attribute analysis
  6. 6. “Many CEOs today want a vibrant, creative workplace that attracts and retains the best talent.” Jenny Turner – CEO Ling Turner Talent Management Creative clouds Perhaps the most game changing associated technologies made possible by Rich Internet portals is CLOUD COMPUTING. The term ‘cloud’ is a metaphor for the Internet and describes a multi- tenant computing model where users access their preferred portfolio of information services from anywhere, through any device with an Internet browser. Cloud technologies include: 1. The virtualized hardware and operating systems 2. Platform administration systems 3. Application design and deployment systems Cloud computing enables the outsourcing of hosting hardware, operating systems and data storage platforms required to support business applications. It means organizations can all but remove investments in IT infrastructure, cut IT support overheads and reduce energy consumption. It’s likely most applications required by your business will operate in future on a SECURE cloud. The ‘cloud-space’ may ultimately be the place where you and your colleagues will share ideas, innovate, enter data and consume information services. ENCANVAS has developed Remote[Spaces], a unique containerized approach to creating, replicating and operating public and private cloud spaces from a desktop administrative cock-pit. It means desktop PCs and laptops can securely maintain remote cloud spaces through an intuitive control panel. Encanvas Dove Cottage Offices Abingdon Road Marcham Oxfordshire OX13 6NU United Kingdom t. +44 (0) 1865 392150 e. info@encanvas.com

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