“低代码”是什么?低代码平台如何助力企业实现数字化转型?(What is “low code”? How can low code platforms help enterprises realize digital transformation?)

更快、更敏捷、更高效!

如今的大多数公司都在努力遵循这句话。

他们努力使自己的业务合理化,以便能够对不断变化的客户需求做出快速反应,迅速适应新的市场条件,并通过更迅速的反应和灵活的方式在竞争中取胜。

在快速加入不成功就失败的数字转型运动的过程中,大多数企业都担心自己可能没有正确的技能和工具组合来获得成功。然而,公平的竞争环境和民主化的数字化过程不一定是一个未来主义的乌托邦世界的想法。事实上,它现在完全触手可及。

虽然“企业数字化转型”一词对不同的人有不同的含义,但其本质是跨行业和跨地域的公司都在试图寻找方法来优化其IT系统,以帮助他们实现业务目标。这些努力的形式可能是用设计为更好的可用性、可扩展性和性能的新平台替换遗留系统;从本地数据中心切换到基于云的数据中心,以降低维护和运营成本;或者使用持续交付实践更改应用程序的构建、部署和管理方式。

为了支持这些变化,组织需要通过自动化和集中竖井手工过程和操作来转换许多现有的过程。尽管如此,许多公司仍然对业务流程自动化的想法感到不满,认为(通常是正确的)实现基础设施和安全自动化需要由一群专业的熟练程序员编写和维护数千行专门的定制代码,这使事情更加复杂,增加了成本。

因此,现在我们面临着一个两难的境地,应用程序所有者面临着对更快的发布周期不断增长的需求,他们不想等待传统的变更管理过程,包括所有繁重的过程、审批门和已知的延迟。但是组织仍然不愿意自动化他们的应用程序交付过程,通常是由于缺乏合格的程序员,并且难以构建和维护能够使这些过程变得敏捷的代码。

一、什么是低代码自动化?

低代码和无代码自动化背后的思想很简单,让那些不精通脚本或编码的用户能够轻松地自动化某些任务,而不依赖于IT或客户开发。这种方法使用可视化建模来创建工作流,而不是逐行手工编写指令。

当然,底层命令仍然是基于代码的,但代码本身是从最终用户抽象出来的,允许非程序员通过使用可视化工具(如带有直观和状态感知函数库的拖放gui)的自助服务来构建业务流程工作流。它是在企业规模下完成的,工作流程是完全可重复和可重用的。低代码自动化平台将单独在数字化转型的民主化中发挥巨大作用。

二、减轻IT的负担,一次一个工作流

每个IT领导通常都有一长串由于资源限制而无法参与的项目(简而言之,IT和安全领导都有10个战略愿望清单要做,5个需要时间,3个需要资金)。由于NetOps、DevOps和SecOps的工程师们忙于“点亮灯”——支持例行更新和执行基本配置更改,只是为了保持现有应用程序的运行,因此即使是必要的数字转换工作也往往无法向前推进。有了低代码自动化的力量,应用程序所有者可以启动按需启动所需更改的工作流,从而将IT工程师的时间解放出来,专注于推进更多的战略计划。

无需填写请求、创建票据、获得批准和排队等待等典型流程,就可以自由地协调网络和安全更改,这是令人振奋的。毫不奇怪,许多it领导都想一次跨设备和任务实现多个流程的自动化。当然,就像大多数变化一样,做得太多太快会引起混乱和怨恨,产生新的问题而不是解决现有的问题。最好的方法是大步推进自动化,一次只关注一组设备和流程,测量和记录新发现的效率,并在继续前进之前进行必要的航向修正。证明的成功,即使是小规模的成功,也可以是一个伟大的工具,帮助说服即使是最坚定的团队自动化的好处。

一个可能的开始是通过自动化简单的操作,如应用程序启用/禁用重路由流量或旋转虚拟实例进行测试。一旦应用程序团队掌握了这些任务的自我服务,而不依赖于网络工程师,并看到服务票据的减少,他们将更有可能承担更复杂的自动化任务,如备份、回滚、迁移或设备配置。

低代码自动化解决方案使用现有设备配置的模板,这些模板可以用新的参数进行更新,并自动推送到其他设备,消除了为每个负载均衡器或交换机手动编写配置代码的需要。当手动执行这些操作时,这些操作不仅耗时,而且可能容易出错和有风险,可能导致成本高昂的长时间宕机。通过自动化,特别是使用可视化的、基于模板的、低代码的方法,公司将节省时间和精力,但也增加了系统的可靠性和弹性。

与所有数字转型项目一样,网络自动化不是一套简单的步骤,也不是一刀切的处方。这是一段旅程,有很多活动的部分,目标和里程碑。虽然大多数组织都有类似的高层目标和期望——变得更加敏捷,减少低效,提高安全性和遵从性,并对不断变化的市场条件做出更快的响应——但每个团队最终都会找到自己独特的成功之路。需要记住的重要一点是,低代码自动化的最终好处是使网络管理民主化,并使所有人都能访问它,而不管编码能力如何。当应用程序所有者可以使用低代码自动化进行自助服务时,组织可以从他们的数字转换计划中看到具体的结果,这有助于他们的操作具有前瞻性。

三、织信低代码平台的价值

1、帮助企业降低成本

提高企业效益以往系统应用开发的成本主要来自于人工,而“低代码开发”则降低了技术准入门槛,不需要配套齐全的专业开发技术人才团队,从而降低了人工成本和运营成本,降低企业系统应用在后续维护上投入的资金和人力。

2、低风险高回报率

适用性更强传统开发方式需要面临高昂的开发、人力和时间成本,而织信低代码平台可以让一个零基础的非IT人员,在短时间内掌握开发应用的要领,在专注业务的同时,开发出一款符合业务场景的应用,并快速投放使用,无论是对于企业还是个人来说适用性更强,风险率也相对要低很多。

3、安全更有保障

织信低代码平台支持私有化部署,可以将系统搭建在本地服务器上,并且可以拥有独立的服务器,ip,存储,可用自定义域名,通过企业自身设置的账户密码才能登陆系统,确保系统的独立性和安全性。

4、灵活部署、快速开发

除了前端采用vue技术+可视化搭建方法外,织信后端开发采用java开发语言+可视化拖拽创建来实现,这种组合方式能实现其他产品所做不到的功能,无论是对表单功能的扩展和增强,还是对外部数据的获取,外部接口的对接,还是对于数据的复杂运算、计算,都可以使用织信低代码平台来完成。

5、强大的数据分析功能

支持所有录入的数据进行分析汇总,并且还能通过可视化图表来展现,从而实现对历史数据的趋势分析,预测出未来的产品销售趋势、分析客户喜好,进而根据这些数据指导产品采购和活动推广,促进企业利益的最大化。

6、应用场景多元化

功能齐全企业需要的系统不只一个,如果采用传统开发模式则很难在同一平台实现。而通过织信低代码平台则覆盖了企业所需的所有数据应用场景,无论是OA协同、CRM客户管理,MES管理系统、ERP进销存、财务人事管理等都可以在一个系统中进行管理,对于企业而言非常便利,利于提高工作效率。

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Faster, more agile and more efficient!

Most companies today are trying to follow this sentence.

They strive to rationalize their business so that they can respond quickly to changing customer needs, quickly adapt to new market conditions, and win in the competition through more rapid response and flexible ways.

In the process of quickly joining the digital transformation movement of failure or failure, most enterprises worry that they may not have the right combination of skills and tools to succeed. However, a fair competitive environment and a democratized digital process are not necessarily the idea of a futuristic utopian world. In fact, it is now completely within reach.

Although the term “enterprise digital transformation” has different meanings for different people, its essence is that companies across industries and regions are trying to find ways to optimize their IT systems to help them achieve their business goals. These efforts may take the form of replacing legacy systems with new platforms designed for better availability, scalability and performance; Switch from local data center to cloud based data center to reduce maintenance and operation costs; Or use continuous delivery practices to change how applications are built, deployed, and managed.

To support these changes, organizations need to transform many existing processes through automated and centralized shaft manual processes and operations. Nevertheless, many companies are still dissatisfied with the idea of business process automation and believe that (usually correct) realizing infrastructure and security automation requires a group of professional and skilled programmers to write and maintain thousands of lines of specialized custom code, which makes things more complicated and increases the cost.

Therefore, now we are faced with a dilemma. Application owners are faced with the growing demand for faster release cycles. They don’t want to wait for the traditional change management process, including all heavy processes, approval gates and known delays. However, organizations are still reluctant to automate their application delivery processes, usually due to the lack of qualified programmers and the difficulty in building and maintaining code that can make these processes agile.

1、 What is low code automation?

The idea behind low code and no code automation is simple, allowing users who are not proficient in scripting or coding to easily automate certain tasks without relying on it or customer development. This approach uses visual modeling to create workflows rather than manually writing instructions line by line.

Of course, the underlying commands are still code based, but the code itself is abstracted from the end user, allowing non programmers to build business process workflows through self-service using visualization tools, such as drag and drop GUIs with intuitive and state aware function libraries. It is completed on an enterprise scale, and the workflow is completely repeatable and reusable. Low code automation platform will play a huge role in the democratization of digital transformation alone.

2、 Reduce the burden on it, one workflow at a time

Each it leader usually has a long list of projects that cannot be involved due to resource constraints (in short, it and security leaders have 10 strategic wish lists to do, 5 need time and 3 need money). Because the engineers of Netops, Devops and secops are busy “lighting up” – supporting routine updates and basic configuration changes, just to keep existing applications running, even the necessary digital conversion work often can not move forward. With the power of low code automation, application owners can start workflows that initiate changes as needed, freeing it engineers’ time to focus on advancing more strategic plans.

It’s exciting to be free to coordinate network and security changes without typical processes such as filling out requests, creating tickets, obtaining approvals, and queuing. Not surprisingly, many IT leaders want to automate multiple processes across devices and tasks at once. Of course, like most changes, doing too much and too fast will cause confusion and resentment and create new problems rather than solving existing problems. The best way is to take a big step forward in automation, focusing on only one set of equipment and processes at a time, measuring and recording the efficiency of new discoveries, and making the necessary heading corrections before moving on. Proven success, even small-scale success, can be a great tool to help convince even the most determined team of the benefits of automation.

One possible start is to test by automating simple operations, such as application enabling / disabling reroute traffic or rotating virtual instances. Once the application team has mastered the self-service of these tasks without relying on network engineers and sees the reduction of service tickets, they will be more likely to undertake more complex automation tasks, such as backup, rollback, migration or device configuration.

The low code automation solution uses templates configured by existing devices, which can be updated with new parameters and automatically pushed to other devices, eliminating the need to manually write configuration code for each load balancer or switch. When these operations are performed manually, they are not only time-consuming, but also error prone and risky, which may lead to costly and long-term downtime. Through automation, especially the use of visual, template based and low code methods, the company will save time and energy, but also increase the reliability and flexibility of the system.

Like all digital transformation projects, network automation is neither a set of simple steps nor a one size fits all prescription. This is a journey with many activities, goals and milestones. Although most organizations have similar high-level goals and expectations – become more agile, reduce inefficiencies, improve security and compliance, and respond faster to changing market conditions – each team will eventually find its own unique path to success. It is important to remember that the ultimate benefit of low code automation is to democratize network management and make it accessible to everyone, regardless of coding capabilities. When application owners can use low code automation for self-service, organizations can see specific results from their digital transformation plan, which helps their operations be forward-looking.

3、 Value of Zhixin low code platform

1. Help enterprises reduce costs

In the past, the cost of system application development mainly comes from labor, while “low code development” reduces the technical access threshold and does not need a complete professional development and technical talent team, so as to reduce the labor cost and operation cost and reduce the capital and manpower invested in the follow-up maintenance of the enterprise system.

2. Low risk and high return

More applicable traditional development methods need to face high development, labor and time costs, while Zhixin low code platform can enable a zero based non IT personnel to master the essentials of application development in a short time, focus on the business, develop an application in line with the business situation and put it into use quickly, which is more applicable to both enterprises and individuals, The risk rate is also relatively much lower.

3. More secure

Zhixin low code platform supports privatization deployment. It can build the system on the local server, and can have an independent server, IP, storage, user-defined domain name. It can log in to the system through the account password set by the enterprise to ensure the independence and security of the system.

4. Flexible deployment and rapid development

In addition to the front-end using Vue technology + visual construction method, the back-end development of Zhixin adopts java development language + visual drag and drop creation. This combination can realize the functions that other products cannot do, whether it is the expansion and enhancement of form functions, the acquisition of external data, the docking of external interfaces, or the complex operation and calculation of data, Can be completed using Zhixin low code platform.

5. Powerful data analysis function

It supports the analysis and summary of all entered data, and can also be displayed through visual charts, so as to realize the trend analysis of historical data, predict the future product sales trend, analyze customer preferences, and then guide product procurement and activity promotion according to these data, so as to maximize the interests of the enterprise.

6. Diversified application scenarios

Enterprises with complete functions need more than one system. If the traditional development mode is adopted, it is difficult to realize it on the same platform. The Zhixin low code platform covers all the data application scenarios required by the enterprise. Whether OA collaboration, CRM customer management, MES management system, ERP purchase, sales and inventory, finance and personnel management, etc. can be managed in one system, which is very convenient for the enterprise and helps to improve work efficiency.