Multi-experience is a a powerful phrase, especially in the context of the possibilities that arise when using a low-code platform. Would you like to know what these are and when low-code platforms become multi-experience development platforms?
In this blog post, we explain the importance of multi-experience in the context of low-code, which platform fits best and which attributes it must have, and what advantages an MXDP (multi-experience development platform) offers to you and your company.
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As a result of the increasing use of different mobile devices for digital processes, more and more wearables (such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, etc.) are being used in addition to smartphones and tablets – even within companies. This is accompanied by an increase in the use of different technologies such as voice-controlled assistants, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Thus, there are more and more touchpoints along the digital journey. Therefore, it is becoming more and more important for companies to consider these touchpoints when developing applications to allow customers and employees to interact across these new interfaces. The keyword here is “multi-experience apps”.
Meanwhile, for many reasons, companies are turning to low-code platforms for their application development. Market researchers Gartner predict that by 2024, more than 65 per cent of all enterprise applications will be built using low and no-code tools. By now, there are many vendors on the market, but unfortunately not all of them are appropriate for multi-experience apps.
Which low-code platform is the right one?
The large scope of choice seems tempting. Nevertheless, companies should evaluate in detail which platform is fitting best for their individual needs. This is because just a few things that are considered to be low-code do not offer the complete capabilities of a low-code platform. Basically, low-code platforms combine the following four components in a perfectly integrated “Software as a Service”:
- Drag & drop design of user interfaces,
- visual modelling of (business) logics,
- application generation with one-click deployment as well as
- Standardisation, reusability & integration
However, many sub-aspects of low-code can also be found in tools such as Business Process Management (BPM), Robotic Process Automation (RPA) or even in web applications. In these low-code paradigms, however, the technology is not used along the complete application lifecycle. As a result, these alternatives can meet certain requirements and purposes, but are missing both necessary flexibility and multi-experience.
The solution: Multi-Experience Development Platforms (MXDP)
This is where multi-experience development platforms (MXDP), such as Simplifier, enter the game. True to the motto “multi-user, multi-integration, multi-device and multi-interaction”, these efficient development tools offer the full capabilities of a platform and thus the desired flexibility and multi-experience that is becoming increasingly important for application development.
- Multi-user: The simple integration of no- and low-code developers into the application development process broadens the pool of developers and allows requirements to be implemented more quickly in the business departments themselves. But professional developers (pro-coders) also benefit from an MXDP.
- Multi-integration: With MXDP, the integration of SAP, non-SAP and IoT systems is made easy. Standardised and configurable interfaces often streamline the integration with existing systems.
- Multi-device: smartphone, tablet, smartwatch or smart glasses – the applications created can be used with almost any device and operating system.
- Multi-interaction: The possibilities for interaction are also manifold. Based on new technologies, the user can interact with the app via AR, VR, 2D or 3D models, for example.
According to Gartner, multi-experience was already considered an important technology trend last year. The analysts stated that by 2023, more than 25 per cent of mobile apps, advanced web apps and conversational apps in large companies will be created or executed via MXDP.
The advantages of using MXDP
MXDP enable the entire lifecycle of an application to be managed (Application Lifecycle Management, ALM for short). Many aspects of application development are not that trivial that they can be handled by drag & drop functions or one-click actions alone. On the contrary: a look behind the scenes of a complete application lifecycle shows that certain tasks definitely require the skills of a professional developer. By covering the entire lifecycle, MXDP thus fully supports the IT governance of a company. MXDPs provide a standardised environment for communication and collaboration between IT teams with professional developers and the line of business, streamlining the application development and deployment process.
Even for citizen developers without in-depth IT and programming expertise, MXDP offers a convenient tool to quickly create customised apps that users can use across different digital touchpoints such as web, mobile, wearables, AR and VR. And that, with the right choice of platform, even in the SAP Fiori context. The task of IT here is primarily to prepare ready-made design templates, app creation wizards as well as connectors and thus to ensure that the apps are compliant with IT governance. Because without the support of the IT department in these matters, the business departments will be able to act only to a limited degree. At the same time, IT still retains control over the app-building teams, but also over the apps created. An MXDP therefore offers companies the flexibility and security in application creation that they need in the fast-moving digital age.