Innovation Projects

Development and implementation of a holistic approach to digitizing processes in industrial companies using low-code software (Pro-LowCode)

Digitization of company processes without deep programming knowledge

Due to the digitization and optimization of processes, there is an increasing demand in companies for company-specific software applications. Currently, IT specialists in particular are required to create and adapt these applications. Since there is a shortage of IT specialists in many companies and IT departments are usually working at high capacity, this approach is cost-intensive and associated with long deployment times. The project 'Pro-LowCode' is working on an alternative. Low-code programming makes it possible to create software applications without deep programming knowledge using a graphical user interface. The code is generated automatically in the background. 

The advantage: Customized solutions can be developed because employees from specialist departments can participate directly in software development with their expert knowledge.

However, the platforms are largely unknown in application companies to date and there is a lack of research into the application possibilities and limitations of this type of programming, particularly in industrial applications. In addition, it is currently not transparent to potential users which platform is suitable for which use cases. Another challenge is the integration of programs developed using low code into existing IT systems. The aim of the project is to identify technical, organizational and personnel requirements for the application of low-code platforms in industrial companies, to develop a methodological and software-technical framework and to demonstrate all this in prototype form.

Facts

Project: Development and implementation of a holistic approach to digitizing processes in industrial companies using low-code software (Pro-LowCode)
Project duration: 01/03/2021 to 28/02/2023
Project volume: EUR 1.46 million