low-code application development

According to the sector you’re working in, you may need one or more apps that can help you through your activities. Finding the right one is not easy, you may entrust on the most famous ones or the ones that your competitors are using, but they could not fit your specific needs. Every company is different from the other, therefore having a customized solution is an essential quality, so what’s the best practice? Many firms adopt a low-code application development in order to have personalized apps in a fast and simple manner.

First of all, let’s describe what low-code application development is: when we talk about low-code technology, we refer to the possibility of creating apps with a very low use of code. In this way, anyone can do it, even those who don’t have any programming knowledge, so you don’t need to ask to professional developers to create an app for you. In fact, this technology aims to make the app creation process simpler and, above all, faster by allowing people to visually create the apps and by focusing on their aesthetics rather than on the syntax of the code.

This high level of accessibility makes possible to have final users of these apps who become the developers, so they have a deep knowledge about the business needs. As a result of this, you have more specific and pertinent applications because they now collaborate with the IT department. Moreover, low-code application development marks the entrance of citizen developers who can create much needed apps, thanks to a simpler development path. This approach allows the launch of new ideas which can be iterated more quickly.

Speaking of faster creation of the apps, we want to report some data analyzed by Forrester Research, one of the most important company that offers a variety of services including research, consulting, and events with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), which studied in one of its research that “the vast majority of companies reported that their low-code platforms helped them accelerate development by five to 10 times. […] Companies shared that visually configuring new applications using these platforms has helped speed up development and allowed the businesses to provide real-time feedback on the resulting applications’ functionality”.

This data underlines once again the importance of adopting a low-code application development since it guarantees you to respond quickly and promptly to the market changes. As a matter of fact, a rapid availability of the apps consents to make changes in a faster manner and, if there’s something wrong, to immediately adjust it. A benefit like this can be very helpful for any company that operates in any sector, from maintenance operations to an e-commerce.

Creating apps for your Workforce with TDox

As we said, a low-code application development consents you to create apps more easily and this technology can be adopted by any company, no matter in which sector it operates. The low-code platforms can have various uses as Mary K. Pratt, IT journalist for TechTarget, reports, actually “these platforms can be used to develop apps aimed at operational efficiencies, such as computerizing manual and paper-based processes or contributing to business process management efforts. They can also be used to modernize legacy systems, thereby helping organizations advance their digital transformations, further their migration to the cloud or support their use of newer innovative technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence”.

Add to these uses, there’s another use of low-code technology that is the one to create apps to facilitate workforce activities. It’s the case of TDox, a multi-experience development platform (MXDP) which allows to digitize business processes in low-code mode and make them available on different devices, such as smartphones, tablets, computers, smart glasses, rugged devices, and barcode driven devices.

TDox’s aim is to offer solutions to the employees in order to simplify their activities through the use of immediate apps with a simple and clear interface. To do that, TDox makes these apps available on various devices for companies that operate in these sectors:

  • Construction Industry
  • Logistic Sector
  • Quality Control Activities
  • Maintenance Operations
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A Super App that includes many apps

Thanks to the chance of creating many apps, TDox can be considered a super app (read the article where we talk about the concept of super app here), so basically it’s a repository of apps where all the applications that you need are in one single place. This avoids any dispersive organization without opening a multitude of apps for every activity you need to perform, you just to get access to TDox.

From web app, you can visually create the apps that you need by simply dragging-and-dropping the various functionalities you need for a specific task. To do so, TDox puts at your disposal some functions, such as:

  • Camera integration. TDox is integrated with the camera of the mobile device, so operators can take pictures of the construction site or notify anomalies and damages. These pictures can be easily attached to the form and thanks to the time stampTDox is able to record the exact moment when the picture is taken. This integration also makes possible to read barcodes, a helpful tool that can be used to identify tools or specific material. 
  • GPS Detection. With the GPS tool you can communicate to your operators the exact itinerary they have to follow which can be helpful, for instance, if you work in the logistics sector and you have to manage your transporters.
  • Checklists. Create your own checklists with the material you need to check. For instance, you may need a checklist to check the activities to be done during the day or to control that the state of the equipment (if they need to be sent to repair, for instance), a solution that makes this activity even faster and reduces human errors.
  • Digital Signature. Certify your documentswith a digital signature, so you won’t have the problem to look for a pen anymore, you just need your finger!
  • PDF Preview. A simple tool that allows to show a PDF preview to the client, so he’ll be aware of what he’s going to sign.

With these functionalities, customers create many apps for their workforce activities, here some examples:

  • Construction Site Inspection Report
  • Equipment Management
  • Inspection Checklist
  • Maintenance Test Report
  • Proof of Delivery (POD)
  • Work Order
  • Bill of Lading (BOL)
  • Expense Report
  • Order Picking
  • Products Traceability
  • Purchase Order Request
  • Sampling Reports

With TDox you adopt a low-code application development to create apps for your workforce and you have all of them in one single super app. Additionally, thanks to its multi-experience feature, they’re available on disparate devices, so employees can work with ease anywhere they are.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us to know more about TDox and what it can do for you. Furthermore, if you are interested in seeing what TDox looks like in action, request a free demo, and discover a new world of opportunities.
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