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As business impacts of COVID-19 became apparent in early March, the GlobalTranz technology team moved quickly to allow our workforce of over 1,000 employees in our 11 office locations across North America to seamlessly transition to working from home. To facilitate this shift, and to ensure our team members could maintain productivity and security while working from home, GlobalTranz supported team members taking computer hardware home. The team needed to quickly develop a simple, low-resource method for staff across our branches to check out the hardware, and for the technology team to maintain a record of the borrowed equipment.   

To do so, the team leveraged low-code technology to facilitate the rapid deployment of an app. Low-code allows technology groups to quickly create applications utilizing a graphical interface rather than traditional coding. Russ Felker, GlobalTranz’s CTO, recently spoke to Agam Shah, business technology writer at the Wall Street Journal, to discuss the advantages of this approach. “There’s plenty of software that does this. But to buy, negotiate and implement it, no way we could have done that in two days,” said Felker.  

“The development of true enterprise-grade tools, even with low-code tools, is still an IT function at GlobalTranz,” continued Felker. “We look to involve our business users as engaged stakeholders, while maintaining security, scalability, and dependability by employing the same development processes we use for traditional coding to low-code projects. Low-code still generates actual code, which must be housed in a repository, versioned, and managed through deployment pipelines to be truly effective as an enterprise tool.” 

To learn more about how technology-enabled businesses such as GlobalTranz are using low-code to speed application development, please read the full article (subscription required).