Extending the digital enterprise

By Carly Cohen

Becoming a digital enterprise is more important than ever for business growth. With the need for faster, better, and more production, businesses must turn to digitalization to move into the future. But what does that mean exactly? A digital enterprise is a business that fully incorporates digital tools and technologies across all aspects of their operations, from ideation through realization to utilization. Basically, a digital enterprise is the end goal of the digitalization journey.

How do you get to that end goal? Let’s start at the beginning. First, you need to look at your challenges and start implementing solutions by filling digital transformation gaps. Once you have systems in place, in order to fully gain the power of digital transformation, you need to connect them, allowing devices and products to talk to each other and share data.

Extending these efforts across all of your products and platforms is no easy task, but there are solutions available to ease your journey to becoming a digital enterprise.

Product and production, two sides of the digital enterprise coin

Digitalization transforms business models and creates new opportunities by merging product development and production planning with physical production and operational support. By converting data assets into digital formats and automating business processes with scalable technologies businesses can use and contribute to those assets. After you’ve connected your products and production, you can then extend your digitalization journey with low-code development.

Low-code applications allow you to easily develop unique personalized applications without expensive and lengthy development. Low-code development isn’t just a lot easier and more accessible; it also allows you to break down traditional silos of business users and IT development. With applications that are simple to develop, you can create new, purpose-built apps faster, with less resources, making it possible for organizations to design and develop tailored applications that meet very specific and unique needs of the business.

We’ve got an app for that

Our customers are implementing low-code applications for their industry-specific requirements, bundling information from supply chain, planning, scheduling, order management, and shop-floor resource availability to create accurate delivery forecasts.

In our webinar, Extend the Digital Enterprise with Low-Code Applications, we discuss a round-up of applications and use cases for low-code development that have made the digital enterprise a reality for some of our customers. One example is an application that provides a portal for customers to file and review complaints. This application includes a native mobile extension, which means that even without connectivity, users can review, edit and progress complaints using their cell phones. Another example is an application developed to read inspection test and control plans from any source with the intent to use a mobile tablet device to execute the test and monitor for trends.

Other applications created through low-code development include operator clock-in to a plant, supervisor allocation to jobs or machines based on skills, execution of quality tests, and offline sampling and sampling registration for laboratories.

What’s next?

Watch our on-demand webinar to find out more about how you can extend the digital enterprise. Learn how to:

  • Access data where and when it is needed while keeping the existing ecosystem in place 
  • Extend existing systems and solutions using low-code
  • Create personalized experiences for employees, partners and customers
  • Identify business and operational trends and gain insights through low-code apps

Click here to watch.

Learn more about low-code applications and development:

Crush your digitalization challenges with low-code solutions

Strategic benefits of low-code applications in retail

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