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Low-code developments

Fast solutions 

IT is playing an increasingly important role in our lives. We do most of our banking via the Internet and we use an average of 30 different apps per month. Although we’re already used to that digitization in our private lives, this is far less the case in the workplace. IT departments often work with complex, cumbersome systems, as a result of which they have a hard time keeping up with the business’s wishes. Low-code development offers a solution: quickly develop applications with building blocks without coding. By combining the blocks with location intelligence, you can seamlessly integrate geo-information with business applications.

What is low-code development?

With low-code platforms such as Betty Blocks, Mendix and OutSystems , you can develop applications without in-depth knowledge of programming languages. They are programs with a kind of inbuilt, prefab code. A pre-programmed drag-and-drop system ensures that you can add all necessary functionalities to your application as configurable building blocks. This means that employees who previously developed Excel or Access tools can now build business applications themselves, without writing hundreds of lines of code. That type of employee is also sometimes called a citizen developer (source: Gartner). When a citizen developer has a good idea, they can translate this directly into a first version of an application. This lets you test the feasibility of your idea at low costs and with a short lead time. 

Think days instead of months. In this rapidly changing world, that’s ideal for companies that want to keep up with the digital age. An additional advantage is that the Excel and Access tools used to be completely unmanaged and that low-code applications run in a managed cloud environment.

Low-code and location intelligence

But how does location intelligence play a role in low-code? Ilco Slikker, Business Development Manager at Geodan: 'Geodan is the first geo-IT company in the Netherlands to work with low-code. By now, we have gained experience with various clients in making geo-functions available as building blocks for low-code platforms. We’re working on this together with our partner Betty Blocks, among others. ' Several building blocks from the GeodanMaps cloud platform are already being deployed on their low-code platform. 'By using our building blocks, services, and expertise in the field of geo-information, it’s now possible to develop applications quickly.' This allows end users to use applications in which geo-information, in the form of a map or functionality, and business application are seamlessly integrated with each other. In the past, it was often necessary to switch between a business application and a GIS application, losing lots of time in the process. With low-code, that’s history. The end user gets access to geo-information within the business application and it’s available in the right context, leading to process optimization and an improved user experience.

 

Geodan is the first geo-IT company in the Netherlands to work with low-code.

Ilco Slikker, Geodan

Low-code in practice

When Eneco came up with the idea of improving its excavation work monitoring in the vicinity of its heating networks, it only took 4 days to build the first prototype. Ilco: 'Together with Betty Blocks, we created a Klic oversight application that exactly meets Eneco's wishes. A nice collaboration between a low-code platform and a geo-low-code platform.' But private individuals can also benefit from the rapid developments. 'For a project at the RIVM (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), Geodan helped developer Holder add geo-information building blocks to a Betty Blocks prototype application in 2 days. With this application, the institute can warn sunbathers when it’s time to apply sun block. Given that the UV index is location-dependent, geo-information plays an important role in this.' In addition to being a socially relevant case, this is a good example of what low-code can do in minimum time.

LOCATIONS

Geodan has two branches in the Netherlands

One location in Amsterdam and one in 's-Hertogenbosch. The general mailing and visiting address is President Kennedylaan 1, 1079 MB Amsterdam.

Directions

GPS Lat/Lon:Geodan ‘s-Hertogenbosch
51º
51.69174 5.299683
GPS Lat/Lon:Geodan Amsterdam
52º
52.342346 4.91305

Geodan ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Buitenhaven 27-A
5211 TP ‘s-Hertogenbosch
 +31 (0)73 – 6925 151

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Geodan Amsterdam
President Kennedylaan 1
1079 MB Amsterdam
 +31 (0)20 – 5711 311

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