1984 marks the Lotus Notes year of birth, and many companies are still using it. However, a lot has changed technically in these 35 years. Thus, the construct “server-based document database” no longer works properly today. Users want to be much more flexible than when Lotus Notes was invented. Data is supposed to be available at all times and everywhere, not only on-premise (i.e. on the server), but also in the cloud with all its advantages.
Therefore, it is hardly surprising that even large companies such as Continental are switching from pure Lotus Notes application development to a form of programming that is currently making a lot of waves: low code programming. The term “programming” does not quite fit the bill, though, since the special feature is the possibility to “rebuild” Lotus Notes applications with the help of low-code tools – without having to have profound programming skills. The result: Fewer software developers (who are difficult to find anyway) are needed, and the project can be implemented in a fraction of the time.
What more could a company ask for?
What is true for Lotus Domino can be applied to Microsoft’s database application Access in at least the same way. Access has also become a little long in the tooth. Its size limitation of 2 Gigabytes alone sees to it that this database is no longer “state of the art” in times of Big Data and Co. But is that reason enough to send all the elaborately programmed database applications completely to the digital hunting grounds?
The correct low code implementation can help solve this dilemma as well. It can be used to generate a database that meets today’s requirements. This includes access via smartphone and tablet as well as the integration of the database into the preferred cloud environment. So regardless of whether this is to run on your own “private cloud” or in one of the numerous public cloud environments – low code applications represent the right mix of a convenient development environment and a modern application environment.
A question that users of Excel and Access might ask themselves: How can existing Microsoft applications actually be integrated into a low code process. Keywords here are above all existing databases and Mindsphere. In many cases this can be done quite easily thanks to existing interfaces.