23 Apr Low-code tools and remote work
Low-code tools and remote working are a fantastic combination. In fact, many companies that are using these platforms to develop their digital transformation projects, are naturally shifting their model towards remote working without having to make changes to their digital processes or business strategies.
Remote working is not just working from home
In 1665 the University of Cambridge had to close due to the spread of bubonic plague. For this reason, Newton was forced to work from home, and it was precisely during this period that he developed the concept of gravity and put it into mathematical terms. But can we use this period of Newton’s life as an example of the advantages of remote working? Definitely not!
What Newton did at that time was take his work home with him, but at no time was he able to communicate with co-workers to discuss his success. Neither, could he submit the results of his work. As we can see, it was more of an individual action rather than a coordinated action with a common goal.
Remote work did not become possible until the 20th century, and it is linked to new technologies that allow us to virtually recreate our working model. It is true that not all tasks can be adapted to this new reality, but where it is possible, the trend is unstoppable.
The possibility that companies, employees, customers, suppliers, etc., can communicate regardless of their location, is an added value that contributes to the improvement of business and labour relations.
The following comment made by Carlos Pérez, Partner at The Valley, in relation to the Covid 19 epidemic, seems to be particularly relevant at this time and highlights a situation that has been caused by the lack of technological resources in the area of education:
“If public entities and society had considered that technology played an important role in improving people’s training, knowledge, competences and skills, we would probably be experiencing a different situation in terms of education right now. Instead of wasting time, students would be focusing on learning and improving”.
What do you need to work remotely?
In recent years, many companies have been forced to begin their digital transformation process to meet a growing customer demand for digital services. Ironically, these projects, primarily aimed at meeting customer demand, have contributed to a very significant change in the business organizational models and have set the foundation for working remotely.
Companies involved in advanced digital transformation projects are already implementing the necessary mechanisms to enable their employees to work from home.
But what are these mechanisms?
First, the organization needs to have a clear and consistent digital strategy that involves all levels of the company, from general management to every employee, including middle management and even external collaborators.
This strategy will include a time frame that sets out priorities to digitize the company’s processes and workflows. All activities carried out by the company must be recorded in a database, since they provide the information that the management team needs for informed decision making.
A digitalized company is a company that uses all available technologies to optimize its operations and satisfy the people with whom it interacts (customers, suppliers, employees, etc.). In addition, these technologies must be fully integrated with each other so that no information silos are created in the system.
How low-code tools can help your remote work
As we have already pointed out, digital transformation is our best ally if we want to shift our working model towards remote working.
We know that the digital transformation is not exclusively limited to technological matters, and that it includes other concepts such as business vision, organizational culture, strategy and process redesign. In other words, its final objective is to drive the company’s strategy towards a digital model that improves relations with employees, customers, suppliers, and any other stakeholder connected to the organization.
To achieve this goal, we need tools that allow us to rapidly develop the software for our new communication channels quickly, and that enable us to keep a record of our activities. In addition, they should allow us to plan new tasks, and to generate or visualize reports.
Low-code tools seem to be the most suitable tools to help us achieve our goals. These technologies simplify application development, and provide visual and user-friendly interfaces, which facilitate the creation of forms, automation, integrations, and any other element that we need to include in our software.
In addition, they are online platforms that build their processes based on a workflow, which establishes the order for task execution. Low-code platforms automatically send tasks to the relevant people at the right time, regardless of their physical location or devices used.
Digitizing all the tasks implies recording all the activities so that management teams can have the reports and dashboards that empower decision-making.
Some low-code tools like AuraPortal, offer built-in Document Management so that the task performers always have the necessary documentation to efficiently carry out their tasks or even update the document if required.
AuraPortal also offers a calendar view, which provides the employee with an easy and graphic way to identify and check task deadlines. This helps employees to manage their time and ensure tasks are completed on time.