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SMART Digital Factory

The SMART Digital Factory, Even faster

Technology is an important factor of any digital initiative, but certainly not the only one on which the business outcome depends.

The truth is many companies are focusing too much on technology. Other factors such as culture, people, and processes play just as critical a role in determining ultimate success.

What is the SMART Digital Factory?

At Mansystems, we’ve captured years of professional application development expertise in a way that is simple for organizations to not only comprehend, but also to operationalize their low code challenge easily. We call this framework the SMART Digital Factory. It’s a new chapter in the world of low-code development that provides organizations with a framework for automating application development and deployment in a way that is specifically optimized for the Mendix platform. The SMART Digital Factory makes it possible to monitor and analyze the entire development and deployment process on an end-to-end basis within the context of a set of defined business goals. As a flexible framework for consistently building applications quickly, SMART Digital Factory provides a proven set of 6 components based on well-defined best practices that enables teams to take low-code development to a whole other level.

Digital Strategy

Digital business transformation is all the rage these days. Thanks to being able to better exploit digital processes, companies such as Tesla, Uber, Netflix, and Airbnb have been able to disrupt entire vertical industries. At the same time, behemoths such as Amazon and Google are leveraging innovations to expand aggressively into adjacent markets. Not surprisingly, business leaders now spend a lot of time on crafting digital business strategies in the hopes of being able to both defend and expand the organization’s existing streams of revenue.

Organization

Technology is an important factor of any digital initiative, but certainly not the only one on which the business outcome depends. The truth is many companies are focusing too much on technology. Other factors such as culture, people, and processes play just as critical a role in determining ultimate success. Digital business transformation starts with organizational culture. Matching business goals to strategy and technology platform is as much art as it is science.

Process

Whenever an organization decides to launch a digital business transformation initiative there’s naturally a lot of focus on determining what platform to adopt to build these applications. What most organizations don’t spend nearly enough time on is determining which application development processes are the best fit for the applications they need to develop. As any team that has embarked on a digital business transformation journey already knows, decisions regarding what processes have as much impact on the success or failure of a project as the platform employed to build those applications.

Skills

Organizations typically adopt a low-code platform to accelerate the rate at which application code can be generated. However, just because something can be done faster it does not always mean that it’s better. Organizations that take the time built cross-functional teams to build applications consistently enjoy more success, especially when building digital business applications. In fact, one of the primary reasons to adopt a low-code platform is that it makes it simpler for end-users with the domain expertise to directly participate in the application development process. It’s the ability to eliminate the iterative cycles required using legacy development processes that make low-code development platform the superior solution for delivering real business value.

Tooling

Low-code platforms clearly play a critical role in accelerating the development of any single application. However, low-code platforms can also be too much of a good thing, especially when organizations don’t have the right processes in place to manage the development of lots of simultaneous complex applications that need to be deployed at scale.

Continuous Integration/Continuous Development
Easily deploy and trigger any part of SMART Digital Factory Toolset automatically.
Application Code Review
Ensure future-proof, secure, understandable, and clean code based on Mendix best practices.
Application Test Suite
Functional test automation quickly pays off. The more automated tests, the less time you spend on regression testing.
Application Load Testing
Measure performance before it becomes a bottleneck. Put demand on your application.
Application Performance Diagnostics
Address performance issues, detect problems in your application, and identify root cause problems quickly.
Application Model Security
Identify and prevent data leaks that may impact your company’s information assets or customer details.
Low-code

The highest priority when selecting a low-code development platform is to obviously make developers happy. After all, if developers don’t enthusiastically embrace a platform they are not going to be as nearly productive. There are, however, additional important considerations when selecting a low-code platform that need to be taken into account; including how flexible the underlying architecture is, how secure the low-code platform is, and how easily can the organization’s culture adapt to it.

Summary

Digital business transform is all about becoming a software company to gain and maintain a competitive edge over existing and, just as significantly, potentially unknown rivals that may be preparing to move into an adjacent business category. In the face of all that competition, it’s critical for organizations of all sizes to be able to turn ideas and concepts into tangible applications as quickly as possible.