Forrester Wave report hails Low‑code platforms as a high-growth category.

We list five reasons MATS Low‑code should be on your shortlist.

Catching the Wave

Today’s publication of the Forrester Wave: Low‑code Development Platforms, Q2 2016 signifies the coming of age for this high-growth software category. It provides an in-depth assessment of 14 providers that Forrester considers the “most significant” in today’s market.

We’re tremendously proud that MATS Low‑code not only features among the 14, but is also rated a “Strong Performer”. If you’re looking for a Low‑code platform to accelerate and expand application development in your organization, below are five reasons to put MATS Low‑code on your shortlist.

1. Beat the digital skills shortage

Businesses that want to build new customer-facing apps fast face a huge barrier: the digital skills drought. Gartner estimates that from 2015-2017, demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT teams’ capacity to deliver them. In the UK, digital developer talent is so scarce it’s been added to the government’s Shortage Occupation Lists.

With so few skilled developers available, businesses need a new approach – and with Low‑code, they get it. MATS Low‑code emphasizes visual configuration, making it easy to use for people with few or no formal technical skills. Business users with knowledge of Excel, MS Access or process mapping can very quickly start using MATS Low‑code to design and develop working apps – rapidly expanding the internal developer pool without needing to find or hire digital talent.

2. Start fast and develop fast

Unlike other Low‑code platforms, which take time to learn and master, MATS Low‑code gets you started fast. Digital and business improvement teams have become proficient with MATS after just a week’s training – from a standing start with no previous application development experience.

That significantly reduces the amount of time and cost (and therefore risk) traditionally associated with experimental prototyping. It means organizations can very quickly build a minimum viable product (MVP) to understand if an idea can work. If it looks promising, the team can take the prototype to a budget-holder to seek funding for further development, and if it doesn’t, they can go back to the drawing board wiser rather than poorer.

Today, leading organizations like HP Enterprise, Vodafone, Thomas Cook Group, Nationwide Building Society and Barclaycard are all using MATS Low‑code to design, build, test and refine new prototype apps very quickly.

3. Co-create with customers

MATS Low‑code comes into its own for organizations that want to co-create new services with the people who will use the service – typically customers.

Using a design thinking approach to take an “outside in” view of a problem, an organization can get a group of its customers into a room with MATS Low‑code developers to design a solution together.

A prototype can literally be built in the room, and tested on the spot with the very people who will use it. That can slice months off the development process and means customers are closely involved all the way, ensuring the app or service stays closely aligned with their needs and expectations.

4. Experiment with more ideas, faster

MATS Low‑code doesn’t just speed the application development process in the way that, say, an Agile or DevOps approach does. Because it can be used by more people (not just developers), and because it makes it very quick and cheap to build prototypes, it means many more ideas can be transformed from abstract concepts into minimum viable products.

With MATS Low‑code, digital teams with an idea for a new app or service can design it and build a testable prototype in a matter of days. And because our licensing is highly flexible, they can use it as an Innovation Lab; a central environment to prototype and test new apps at a very low cost.

The ability to experiment with more ideas greatly increases the chances of finding a solution that answers customers’ needs better than any competitor. It also makes it far easier to demonstrate the viability of an idea to C-level executives, who are often far more enthused by a prototype than by a written business case or funding request.

5. Scale up and scale out

Once you’ve developed a game-changing new app or service, you’ll want to roll it out fast. MATS Low‑code is cloud-based, enabling you to get your app into production straightaway and scale it effortlessly to meet user demand.

And once you’ve built one new service with MATS Low‑code, you’re sure to see opportunities to develop more. MATS Low‑code is designed to be used as a central platform for rapidly developing a wide range of apps and services. Nationwide Building Society, for example, has built more than 30 customer-facing apps and services with MATS to date – and continues to develop more.

See MATS Low‑code in action – ask us for a demo

MATS Low‑code empowers digital teams, IT teams and business improvement teams to get new digital services tested and built, fast and at low cost. If this is the kind of solution your organization is crying out for, ask to see a demo today.

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