How Outsystems built 60 Apps in 20 months for Schnider Electric with Low code platform.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation, and software to its customers.
With OutSystems, Schneider Electric transformed its IT landscape by setting up a "Digital Factory" that produced more than 60 new apps in its first 20 months.
Reining in Runaway Processes
Building the Factory Foundation
1. They introduced an agile mindset in developers and business stakeholders
2. Establishing a consistent UX for web and mobile apps
3. Setting up the right team structure, processes, and standards
4. Creating a governance system to prevent the proliferation of unwanted and poorly designed apps
They built a rich repository of reusable components specific to Schneider's needs
Schneider Electric set up the factory foundation in four months and started hitting on all cylinders at the eight-month mark. They adopted a federated operating model that enabled local IT teams to develop apps on their own while ensuring that developers complied with governance rules and quality standards laid down centrally.
Schneider Electric instituted a Center of Excellence (COE) team to govern and manage the digital factory and support all development teams building apps on the platform. The COE team provides best-practices, knowledge transfer, expertise, expert guidance, and reusable assets to improve the success of project teams and the enterprise as a whole.
The COE supports application development across each initiative's lifecycle, from evaluating projects to provisioning apps, managing access, performing architectural reviews, conducting security checks, deploying apps, and monitoring performance.
Establishing robust governance was key to the foundation of Schneider Electric's digital factory. With the OutSystems tools and capabilities like Architecture Canvas, The 4 Rules for Correct Application Composition, and its built-in lifecycle management and DevOps capabilities, maintaining and improving the quality of apps became much easier and more efficient.
Additionally, Schneider Electric focused on evangelizing the platform and increasing adoption. The company launched an internal campaign promoting the benefits of developing apps on OutSystems to key business and IT stakeholders.
In just six months, Schneider Electric increased its OutSystems developer community from 20 to more than 100. The company accomplished this feat by conducting training and on-boarding sessions across geographies.
Outsystems has helped businesses like Schneider Electric launch 60 apps in 20 months, with most delivered in just 10 weeks. And Ricoh replaced their legacy systems, resulting in a 253% ROI in 7 months.
Process improvement and optimization are often the key focus areas for low code development. Automation and integration tend to yield rapid ROIs, making low code an enticing platform for small and large businesses alike.