Get the proper use case for your first low-code application

Mendix OutSystems Low-code

There are many ways to get started with low-code. Besides choosing a technology, it is a conscious decision for a new way of working to enhance innovation and agility within your organization. 

Although we always suggest starting small, having the bigger picture in mind is essential. Working from a long-term strategy and agile roadmap is vital to make the right decisions for now. But how to set up that roadmap? And specifically, how to decide with which use case to start?

Make an impact from the first app

All applications you build aim to be successful. However, making your first low-code application a success is elemental. Not only for the benefit of one app but, more importantly, because your first application helps adopt the low-code platform. Therefore, we always choose a use case that has a strong business case and solves a real pain. This way, when the application is a success, it is easier to communicate the impact of the work to the rest of the organization. So, when choosing a use case, ask yourself: is this problem at least keeping one person up at night?

Limit complexity to increase the chance of success

Many companies that adopt low-code are entirely new to software development practices. These organizations must go through a learning curve to adopt an agile way of working like scrum or SAFe. You can still build a successful application while your organization builds up these competences. However, starting with a complex application often means more integrations and stakeholders and, therefore, more places to go wrong if managed poorly. So, we always map use cases on their complexity and pick the first application with a high impact and limited complexity.

Create an overview of your goals through a use case portfolio workshop

And, of course, we can also support you in deciding which use case is suitable to start. At LINKIT, we have developed a workshop to define the different use cases in your organization. Then, we’ll brainstorm other areas like core systems and customer engagement apps to create a complete overview of possible use cases for you. Once we have an outline, we map the different use cases on impact and complexity. Finally, we can place the use cases on a roadmap and select the perfect place to start. 

Compare Mendix, Outsystems, or other low-code platforms

Some use cases are a better fit for certain low-code or no-code platforms. LINKIT knows the OutSystems and Mendix platforms and can advise you on your decision. During our use case portfolio workshop, we help you understand how low-code impacts your business and whether Mendix, OutSystems, or something completely different is most suitable. 

Ask help from low-code experts

It is essential to realize that you are one of many to make this decision. Use the expertise and experience of the low-code vendors, potential implementation partners, and reference organizations. LINKIT has a team of 60+ Low-code experts with expertise in various organizations. We are happy to support you in your journey or to bring you in contact with comparable organizations. If you want more research, check out our low-code page here.

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