Posted on February 1, 2021

How to bring out untapped talent and innovation within your organization?

How can you get untapped talent in your organization to contribute? What needs to be done to put innovation high on the list of priorities?

How can you get untapped talent in your organization to contribute? What needs to be done to put innovation high on the list of priorities? What does your organization need to launch new products and innovate on a regular basis? Many organizations struggle with this challenge. Our daily life is bustling and it often feels like a rat race. This can hinder innovative ideas and talent within your organization.

Do you recognize the following situation? There is this meeting and a really good idea arises; the energy flows, the team comes up with a solution and several colleagues would love to hop in. The meeting comes to an end, tasks are divided, and everybody gets back to work. The excellent idea is placed on the backlog or a task list, but clients’ work is still on top of the list. 

IT departments often have extensive backlogs and lack the time to discuss and pursue innovative ideas from the business. This is why only about 10% of the innovative ideas see the light of day. Can an organization leave this rat race and put innovation first? The answer is simple, yes you can. But like any opportunity, there are a few preconditions that an organization must meet.

Innovation does not arise in the boardroom. The best ideas emerge on the work floor, where colleagues encounter inefficient processes and develop solutions. Where colleagues have daily contact with customers and end-users, and come up with entirely new products.

What can you do to get all these innovative ideas from your organization and actually put them into practice?

Creating an innovation sandbox or incubator

Business users and software developers are not happy with the pace of innovation in their companies. They find it hard to understand numerous processes and limitations that stop them from moving faster. In some cases, this results in “shadow IT” . While the intention can be good, the path may prove not to be.

The Internet is full of stories of things gone wrong with Shadow IT. The worst of all is when sincere efforts at innovation end up in wasted resources and frustrated talent.

This necessitates an IT-sanctioned platform that not only encourages enterprise innovation, but also makes innovation application projects effortless as much as possible.

The right platform as an incubator.

Innovation and digital transformation have become inseparable. For organizations that want to put innovation high on the list of priorities, the first step is to identify their needs and select the right tools. Tools that support processes in your organization, save time, and give colleagues the freedom to work with an entrepreneurial mindset.

One of the tools that can help you bring out the untapped digital talent and innovation power  is using a no-code or low-code platform. A no-code or low-code platform enables an organization to develop an application up to 8x faster. Traditional programming is replaced with an interface allowing developers to visually configure an application. An often used analogy describes low code / no code development as selecting, connecting and configuration of pre-composed blocks. The dragging and dropping of blocks describes the no-code aspects while the low code aspect is an extension of these blocks using traditional coding. 

What are the benefits of a no-code or low-code platform?

A no-code or low-code platform’s significant advantage is that you need far less programmers. By example in a small development team of five persons, you will only need one professional programmer.  Digital savvy colleagues can use this system; this includes colleagues who encounter problems themselves or who come up with an innovative idea. Platform providers often provide a digital learning environment and extensive manuals.

With the right preconditions, you won’t need the shadow-IT. Instead, it gives colleagues the possibility to develop solutions within safe structures, and the IT department is given a controlling and coaching task. By providing these tools and putting the process owners or domain experts in a leading position, the developed solution will precisely fit the business needs.

Colleagues can organize processes more efficiently and design solutions without making heavy demands on the IT department. The purchase of a no-code or low-code platform saves time and ultimately money; this means the investment quickly pays for itself. 

Should all innovative ideas see the light of day?

The IT department’s controlling tasks are of great significance for implementing a no-code or low-code platform to run smoothly. It is not realistic to optimize all processes with a no-code / low-code platform; because the underlying processes are not always efficient or even necessary. Therefore, before you start, take a good look at what the application is being built for, what problem you want to solve. Is this application, in this place, the right solution?

What do you need to innovate faster?

Before you get started, there are some things that need to be taken into account.

Investment

Purchasing a platform costs money but has a quick return. There are different price levels and pricing methods for the different platforms. In most cases, more applications means fewer costs (TCO). Additionally, an important advantage, expensive developers have more time for necessary tasks that their skills are really essential for.

Training on the job

Non-programmers still need the experience of programmers. You cannot prevent the risk of unsafe situations by blocking all possibilities, but you can brief colleagues and offer them the right tools. What you need is an established platform combined with training for you and your co-developers. 

What are the benefits?

  1. Work happiness
    Developers no longer have to perform repetitive tasks and are given the opportunity to get involved in new assignments. They have more time to get started with complex processes. And also, colleagues who would like to work with IT but are not programmers are given the opportunity to develop solutions.
  2.  An innovation leap
    Are only 10% of innovative ideas and projects reaching the finish line in your organization? You can increase this considerably by investing in the right tools.
  3. Distinctiveness
    Fast innovation and happy employees not only ensure a growing and thriving organization. It also enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition. Innovative companies can become market leaders and attract talent because they are engaging employers.
  4. Future proof
    Standing still is going backwards. You do not invest in a no-code or low-code platform because you want to peak on the short term. Of course, you can bring applications and solutions to the market faster, but it is essential that your organization innovates and grows and therefore, will still exist in the future.

Would you like to have a look yourself? 

An application developed with a no-code or low-code platform does not necessarily mean that it is a basic application. At fizor. we have been able to create numerous complex and advanced applications for clients in recent years. Do you want to see what they look like? We are happy to give a demo. Click on contact and send us a message when would be the best time for you for a virtual meet-up!

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