In the past, when businesses needed to look beyond traditional business process management, they were forced to develop their own applications from the ground up or rely on a third party. Traditional BPM can only provide high control applications that require the skills of an IT department and often the center of excellence. These are necessary for system business functionality, however, they don’t address all the needs of a growing business in today’s environment of increasing demands and expectations of customers, partners, and employees.
More recently, with the convergence of IT and business goals, business models have shifted, creating a demand for fast development of applications that best fit an organization’s needs and processes. These apps then need to be able to be quickly and easily changed and updated, all while integrating and extending existing systems.
This has resulted in much less time-consuming, labor-intensive hand-coding. Instead, low-code development platforms allow visual app creation and configuration. The most innovative of these platforms enable companies to quickly translate fast-moving ideas into low-cost working apps that they can deploy and test in the market.
Because IT often can’t keep up with the rapid business demands, providing businesses with a low-code development platform empowers all employees to create their own tactical apps, while maintaining safe and secure data and reliable systems.
TIBCO Cloud Live Apps is an excellent example of such a platform. It is a low-code, browser accessible application platform that empowers citizen developers to build fully functional business applications in minutes. The platform prides itself on the visual, easy-to-use, and intuitive environment that makes creating smart enterprise-grade applications possible.
This blog series is filled with real-world examples of TIBCO Cloud Live Apps implementations to leave you inspired to create smart apps that best serve your business. Keep reading to see how Live Apps can work in the oil and gas industry.
Why is Live Apps a good fit for an oil and gas field technician scenario?
In this instance, TIBCO’s Insight Platform is already used to monitor electric submersible pumps in real time. The business uses streaming and predictive analytics to predict when their equipment is going to fail in order to prevent downtime.
A new scenario arises when field engineers encounter a problem with their equipment that they have never experienced before. In cases like this, the engineers must get in contact and collaborate with the manufacturer. In the past, this was done ad-hoc and the solution becomes untraceable resulting in the engineers being unable to recognize repeat issues. This solution also requires access for resources both inside and outside of the company through a timely onboarding process.
The engineering team knows they need a means to collaborate with the manufacturer and quickly onboard partners. With TIBCO Cloud Live Apps, this is possible. They can easily translate their requirements into an app through the out-of-the-box 5-step interview process. Because it’s likely the scenario will continue to expand over time, it’s important to note that Live Apps allows for simple expansion and evolution as processes change and understanding is gained.
Watch this video to witness the design of this solution within TIBCO Cloud Live Apps. It is clear how quickly an application allowing collaboration between a field engineering team and a supplier can be implemented, how using TIBCO Cloud Integration with built-in VPN engineers access both internal data and external data sources seamlessly without IT, and given the highly regulated industry of oil and gas, the business can easily stay compliant with full traceability.
Why are you excited about using Live Apps?
Business users often have great ideas that developers wouldn’t necessarily appreciate immediately in terms of importance or relevance. It can take a long time to collaborate with IT on these ideas to realize them as systems, and unfortunately, many ideas are lost due to lack of time or too much effort to automate.
TIBCO Cloud Live Apps ensures that business users’ ideas can be transformed into real apps in minutes, allowing realization of innovative ideas and ensuring opportunities are not lost in an IT backlog. This eliminates the dependency on IT that often results in lost or forgotten ideas. But innovation isn’t limited to initial deployment, Live Apps is also ready to handle changing business needs by allowing for on the spot changes.
When all of this is integrated with an existing ecosystem consisting of analytics, BPM, and your other businesses systems that can be leveraged by anyone the potential is nothing short of exciting.
Try out TIBCO Live Apps for yourself and stay tuned for more inspiration via the next blog in this series. Join us or follow along with coverage at the upcoming Houston Energy Forum to learn more about analytics for the energy sector. Use #EnergyForum17 to catch all of the action!