How Kony Quantum Kicks Low-Code Without Limits into High Gear

For small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), attempting a digital transformation can feel like trying to win the Daytona 500 in a Volkswagen bug. You quickly run into the limitations of your IT team’s budget, time, and skillset, especially as they are being asked to build increasingly sophisticated apps. What attention your developers do have is focused on customer-facing, mission-critical apps, while internal apps never get the same level of focus. The backlog builds up, your business falls farther and farther behind the competition, and you’re left with the same old pen-and-paper processes or simple spreadsheets. In the long run, developing streamlined, digitized processes is a money-saver, but it’s also an enormous challenge at a time when there is a massive shortage of qualified coders, and hiring new talent can take months.

Enter Low-Code

Low-code development platforms (LCDPs) sprang up in response to the need for businesses to rapidly build and deploy new apps. These simple drag-and-drop interfaces allow people who aren’t classically trained developers to create more apps, more quickly. By definition, low-code is not merely designed to assist developers, but to provide value to the business by onboarding and producing results quickly. As digital raises the expectations for what apps should be doing, low code makes it easier to build apps that replace manual processes.

In recent years, the low-code approach has rapidly gained popularity. A 2018 Forrester report found that 20 percent of North American and European developers had already implemented a low-code solution, and a further 20 percent planned to do so in the next year. Forrester’s number one complaint about building apps with traditional frameworks was that they made it “difficult to meet business requirements on time,” with overtaxed developers struggling to keep up, much less innovate. But among surveyed low-code developers, 91 percent reported that the platform helped to address the issues associated with traditional, code-intensive development.

The Challenges of Low-Code

Unfortunately, the simplicity of traditional low-code platforms has often imposed limitations on what they could accomplish. Businesses could use low-code to build a large number of simple apps, but as the app requirements inevitably became more complex—with the addition of updates and new features—low-code apps hit a wall. Their architecture was fundamentally unable to evolve with new technologies, because it was based on web application needs from fifteen or twenty years ago. The resulting products lacked richness, a native look and feel, and the ability to employ classic development techniques. When businesses wanted to take advantage of exotic technologies, such as augmented reality (AR) or speech recognition, they were forced to throw away their low-code apps and start over from scratch. These limitations gave rise to the myths that low-code is only suitable for employee-facing apps, and that it hampers developers’ ability to use open source and APIs.

Low-Code Without Limits: Delivered by Kony Quantum

The idea behind the Kony Quantum platform is that low-code development shouldn’t be mere stopgap solutions, but foundational components that enable enterprises of any size to innovate. The key differentiator of Kony Quantum from other low-code development platforms is its modern digital architecture. Kony Quantum has the simplicity of low-code’s visual drag-and-drop tools, but it’s powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Unlike outdated low-code architecture, Kony Quantum can go far beyond simple apps to create enterprise-grade digital solutions.

Here are a few of the unique capabilities Kony Quantum provides:

  • Harnessing new technologies Putting advanced technical capabilities in the hands of employees can yield incredible results, but many midsize enterprises assume they’re out of reach and out of budget. However, with Kony Quantum, the most exciting tech solutions can be implemented quickly and affordably. Now, any company can build a mobile augmented reality app in weeks or days. Wearable technology and hands-free voice recognition can let field workers record data hands-free, and instantly transmit it back to the office—instead of trudging back with a clipboard and entering it manually. The kind of enterprise-level digital transformation that Fortune 500 companies are undertaking no longer require millions of dollars and teams of highly specialized developers.
  • Jumping on the PWA bandwagon One of the most significant changes to the web in recent years is the advent of progressive web apps (PWAs), which offer the speed of the web but the superior experience of native. In the past, a lack of advanced developers has meant that only massive enterprises could afford to build PWAs, but Kony Quantum offers the tools for citizen developers to create them.
  • Easy native experiences Other low-code platforms merely simulate a mobile experience using web apps, but Kony Quantum enables developers to design true mobile and web apps across iOS and Android from a single code base. The difference is enormous, providing a pixel-perfect user experience with far less code.
  • Employee and customer-Facing Low-code is almost always associated with building employee apps, but with its native capabilities and leading edge technologies, Kony Quantum is equally suited to customer-facing, mission-critical apps.

At Kony, we believe that low-code without limits is the key to democratizing digital innovation: combining the ease and speed of low-code with the power and innovation of digital. Kony’s goal is to allow the masses to innovate and bridge the digital innovation divide. So even if your business is starting with the IT equivalent of a Jetta, Kony Quantum doesn’t force you to immediately sell it for scrap. Instead, you can continually upgrade your system, adding more and more high-performance capabilities, with no limits on how powerful it can become. Before you know it, you will have transformed that Jetta into a Maserati.