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A Buyer’s Guide to Enterprise Tool Development

It is still commonplace to find many companies launching well thought-out customer apps, while the employees in the same organization still use excel for most of their ERP. They are still to implement any custom app or automation tools to manage consumer data, employee data, approval workflows, and dashboards. 

Internal tools have for long been an afterthought,  often driven by people manually with lots of paper and email trails. But times are changing. 

With the rising demand of digitalization of business, organization leaders have started to appreciate the impact and value of internal tools. 

What exactly are internal tools? 

Internal tools that organizations build can be bespoke technical tools, platforms and repositories to increase the productivity of the teams or CRUD interfaces to enable customer support management. Conventionally, before moving on to more complex tools like a CRM or an HRMS, businesses start off with non-trivial flows to automate repeating business processes like approval cycle automation. These tools are highly tailored to a business and are built when there isn’t a cost-efficient ready solution available.

The internal tools help yield higher productivity by enabling the employees with innovative technology and tools they need to be successful at their jobs

Internal tools empower frontline workers who are transforming the dimensions of organizational landscapes.

Internal tools reflect the internal business processes of an organization. Right tools can help to make your business even more efficient and effective by optimizing the workflows and reducing errors.

The capabilities of your employees are critical for business success, but the tools they use in their work also make a significant difference. Selecting the right tool will help them to make their work easier and quicker. 

Internal apps will become the norm to solve customers’ problems or deliver great customer experiences

According to Gartner, by 2024, 30-year-old Generation Z IT leaders will be driving innovation and trying to self-disrupt enterprises every three months. Everything around the enterprise is changing: the technology, employee and customer expectations, and ownership. As the role of enterprise application leaders continues to go through changes, adopting new, more effective ways of working with business stakeholders in order to deliver critical internal apps will become the norm to solve customers’ problems or deliver great customer experiences. 

Great internal tools help businesses provide a consistent, high-quality customer experience in an efficient way.

This is very explained here, “For instance, think of using a drill to drive in screws instead of using a screwdriver. The former makes work go faster and smoother. On the other hand, imagine an internal utility that’s confusing to use. To help a customer get unstuck, a Customer Support Representative might use it, attempt a change, and inform the customer about it, only to leave them more frustrated because the change didn’t take effect as the Support rep expected.”

Prioritizing internal tool development

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The reason we develop internal tools is not unique from developing any other piece of software- to automate and simplify internal business operations. But the road to the development of internal tools is not an easy task due to various constraints on budget, timelines, and available resources. One needs to prioritize internal tool development for these four primary reasons: 

  1. Internal tools boost employee productivity – They facilitate overall productivity by cutting down on trivial, redundant processes 
  2. Internal tools empower frontline workers – Empower remote and field teams with the adoption of smartphones and tablet-based solutions – powering them with resources needed to conduct business wherever they are
  3. Advanced Analytics helps to build smarter apps – Ready enterprise data and analytics results in smarter application development
  4. Creating internal tools has never been so simple – Building enterprise apps has never been easier with the increasing access to RAD methodologies like low-code platforms and marketplaces

The question rises – how do enterprise application leaders realize internal tools in their organizations?

Right tools can help to make your business even more efficient and effective by optimizing the workflows and reducing errors.

Low code platforms have been enabling employees to create their own custom tools to facilitate business processes. These platforms are giving businesses and IT leaders a shared place to align and collaborate to build solutions for employee-facing processes. Opting the low-code development strategy improves active involvement and productivity in two ways: Business processes will become more efficient and employees will learn how to use new internal tools.

Creating internal tools has never been easier

Low-code tools come in all varieties, from installable IDEs to cloud-based platforms. Understandably, thorough research is always a good idea as only after trying the platform can you determine its true value to your organization and how it solves your purpose. The aim of this article is to help enterprise IT Leaders bypass some of the evaluation steps in less time or declutter the prospect list. As you weigh your options, consider this simple evaluation tool as it sets the base for basic as well as critical considerations, and a method of rating the considerations based on the speed and ease the vendor provides.

The road ahead

Enterprise customers evaluating low-code platforms to build internal tools in their organization need platform capabilities that go beyond customer-facing platforms. These tools are highly specific to the business problem. This article provides an overview on how critical internal tools are and how to assess low-code platforms to build these apps. Build approval systems on top of your databases, extend your existing systems, automate your business processes, integrate apps with your legacy software, databases and various third parties using ready connectors and APIs. You can read through the following article or get instant access to this buyer’s guide on Internal Tool BuildersBring more efficiency into how you work.

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