Resolve shadow IT: Develop valuable business applications with low code

Digital makeshift solutions in business departments, with which data is processed decentrally and beyond the applicable company IT standards, sometimes cloud-based, form the so-called shadow IT in companies. How do shadow IT and low code influence each other? The path from the macro via the micro-app to the integrated business application is possible, but there are pitfalls.

In short

  • Shadow IT poses problems for integration and security
  • Low-code applications embedded in enterprise IT can transform makeshit solutions into applications
  • Integrated applications emerge instead of isolated applications

Whitepaper about Low Code for individual enterprise software

As a software company mgm has been developing individual enterprise software for over 25 years. The core idea of A12 is based on a series of recurring observations from various projects.

A12 is an enterprise low code platform for the development, integration, maintenance and operation of enterprise applications in complex IT landscapes. It combines a low code approach, where business experts can create an application without programming skills, with professional custom software development and system integration.

This is an excerpt from the white paper “A12 Low Code and Co-Innovation for Individual Enterprise Software”. The whole whitepaper can be downloaded here.


How can low code influence shadow IT?

Many business applications have their origin in pragmatic makeshift solutions of individual departments. The classic are Excel spreadsheets, which start small and already take on an application character through the successive expansion and use of macros. The disadvantage of this pragmatic approach (“shadow IT”) is the high risks with regard to data protection and IT security.

Low code platforms aim to eliminate this break from a makeshift solution to an application. They enable the business department to build real applications – while taking into account the company-specific IT guidelines. This step lends itself to a subset of makeshift solutions that promise potential.


Most low code platforms fail at this point

For another subset of micro-applications – usually precisely the most business-critical applications – another challenge arises: they must be integrated into a heterogeneous IT landscape. Most low code platforms come with ready-made solutions for typical integration scenarios. However, they encounter limitations. Individual developments and professional system integration are inevitable.

A12 addresses not only the transition to micro applications, but also the evolution to integrated business applications. It is precisely here that in the long term the greatest expenditure in the development, maintenance and operation of business applications occurs.

Read the whole whitepaper now and learn more about innovative software development based on Enterprise Low Code. Download it here.