Mike Beckley Discusses Low-Code Programming and Robotic Process Automation

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My guest for this episode is Mike Beckley–co-founder and CTO of Appian. Appian has established itself as a leader in intelligent business process management systmes (iBPMS), dynamic case management (DCM), digital process automation (DPA), and low-code development. With the recent acquisition of Jidoka, Appian is now also in the business or robotic process automation (RPA).

Our conversation revolves mostly around low-code development–dispelling some myths about what it is and how it is used. I have written previously about the power of low-code development for empowering citizen developers and giving individuals the tools to build the apps and solutions they need rather than trying to figure out how to make off-the-shelf tools do what they need. My view of low-code development platforms was based solely on this perspective, but Beckley enlightens me on the value of low-code development even for large enterprises and seasoned developers. It streamlines and accelerates development and simplifies the process of patching and updating.

We also talk about the Jidoka acquisition and the value of robotic process automation–or automation in general. Organizations have embraced DevOps culture and one of the core tenets of DevOps is the drive to automate those things that can be automated so people can focus on bigger problems and innovative new solutions.

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