WEM APAC: Leader In No Code Low Code Platforms Across Asia Pacific

CIO Vendor Countries in Asia Pacific region have made rapid strides in becoming a `Digital Society'. In India, this push is driven by substantial penetration of internet at over 55 percent (756 million users), over 600 million smart phones users and the world's cheapest data rates at less than $0.09/GB. There has been enormous push by the government too, with most government services now available online over the web and mobile phones. With this supporting infrastructure in place, the challenge for government, society and corporates is to provide applications for citizens, customers and employees. This is true for most of the countries in the Asia Pacific Region as well as globally.

With the new normal and digital economy gaining momentum, traditional application development process is un-able to meet the exponential demand of new applications because of the time required for development, the costs in-volved, and the talent crunch. There is an ever-increasing gap between the demand for applications on time and availability of software developers. No Code Development Platforms which can cut coding time by up to 90 percent and enable non-programming people to write software, is therefore the need of the hour.

Sharing his insights on the emergence of `No Code Development' as a concept, Chenobu Thong, Managing Director, WEM APAC says, "Enterprises expect Digital Transformation to deliver four results ­ better customer engagement, more empowered employees, better operational efficiency, and quicker time to market. All this demands new thinking, and intuitive applications which align to organization processes.

This is where No Code Development Platforms come into the picture. The buzz around No Code Platforms has picked up over the last year or so, especially during the pandemic and we believe that the time has now come for widespread adoption of such a platform. All enterprises will need to have a No code adoption strategy".

Headquartered in Melbourne, with offices and partners across the region, WEM APAC is Asia Pacific's leading No Code Development Platform for enterprises, on benchmarking features, functionality, and price.

The Journey
WEM was founded in Netherlands in 2008. For the first 10 years, the company used the platform internally for delivering projects to various clients. It was only in 2017, that WEM was released in the European market as a commercial product. WEM APAC, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia was established in 2018, while India operations started in 2020. The organization is now in 45 countries and expanding in the Asia Pacific region.

In India & Middle East, WEM APAC, in a very short span of time, has been able to win prestigious orders from segments as diverse as Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Automotive, Healthcare, Telecom, Travel & Aviation. "Today organisations are moving beyond mere curiosity, and are taking calls to implement WEM no code platform. I believe speed and agility to deal with new business demands, and change requests for legacy applications are fuelling our growth in the region" says Harsh Dafre, Managing Director India & ME for WEM APAC.

WEM is the only platform for building complex enterprise applications without any coding at all. WEM is built as a mission critical enterprise application development platform. This feat of WEM has been recognized, not only by IDC, but also by strong endorsements from the global System Integrators.

WEM APAC has built a strong partner ecosystem with global system integrators like DXC, FPT Software, IBM, Infosys, Tech Mahindra as well as multiple mid-tier and smaller system integrators and development houses. David Lee, WEM APAC VP for channels says "We have seen large system integrators and partners wanting to have a solution, which can enable faster completion of projects, and have a short learning curve for developers. WEM does this very well, hence we have channel partners and systems integrators across the world working with us".

Addressing The Right Problems Of Traditional Software Development Life Cycle
Customers considering adopting No Code development platforms are looking not only at intuitive ease-of-use features but with no compromise, whatsoever, in terms of building highly complex business logic, security, and integration with other enterprise applications.

There has to be clear ROI for enterprises. More so, the learning curve for the platform should be short and easy, for even a non-professional programmer to pick up. "The idea is that business analysts and business executives, who understand business workflows well, can build their own applications," adds Chenobu.

Rightly so, WEM scores very high in terms of intuitive usage with simple drag and drop capabilities to build applications, zero coding and being the most versatile in terms of integration with other applications with support for all integration protocols. The platform is flexible to deployment on premises, on private cloud and public cloud, with the licensing terms being both ­ simple & transparent with exceptional TCO.

WEM is in fact leading the movement in redefining software development and addressing skill shortage by shortening the learning curve. A new developer can be trained on WEM in six weeks and will be in a position to build a complex application with all the levels of security required and integrated with other enterprise application.

Low code No code platforms have grown at an exponential rate since their inception due to the increased turnaround time required for development projects and the reduced number of skilled software developers available. One of the key features to WEM's success is the real-time preview of the application at any stage in development.

The platform also offers real-time publishing capability and has very comprehensive debug and process insight tools which allow developers to create flawless, complex applications with great speed and ease. In the typical software development life cycle the coding, and testing phases take a lot of time.

With WEM's platform, applications can be developed in-credibly fast because coding, and testing can be done in 1/10th the time taken by traditional software development. Deployment is done with the simple click of a button. At the same time, changes required post go-live are much faster and these changes can be deployed without any down time.

"We have witnessed complex applications being completed in 1 week from start to finish, which otherwise would have taken 10-12 weeks," affirms Chenobu. This obviously implies that TCO for application development is typically reduced by a factor of at least 2/3rd.

In order to ensure high quality and great customer experience, WEM APAC has in place, the WEM COE which has assets for best practice and for accelerating business velocity. WEM COE has also built an innovative Digital Factory for delivering fast paced application delivery projects across verticals. The Digital Factory caters to projects of global system integrators and augments their delivery capabilities. WEM COE is supported by smart developer teams, subject matter experts, project managers from WEM APAC partner community.

The Digital Factory spans five countries India, Australia, Cambodia, South Korea and Myanmar. WEM APAC has complemented it's No Code Platform with one of Asia's Leading Robotic Process Automation Tools called `akaBot' from FPT Software, which is
significantly faster and delivers superior ROI compared to existing players in the market. This extreme value combination of akabot and WEM gives enterprises the capability to capitalize on the rapid changes in the market with intent.

Harsh further elaborates "The key to successful organisation transformation is by sharpening the processes and information flow with-in the organisation, along with its customers and ecosystem. WEM COE and Digital Factory exactly does that, they build applications with high speed and hyper automate processes. Enabling the enterprise to thrive in the new normal".

In the coming quarters there's a high voltage buzz at the WEM COE and Digital Factory, as the organisation commences building cool products and solutions for the global markets.

Next Is Nocode 2.0
Sharing his views on the future of No Code, Chenobu says, "The changes we are seeing in the current market will only increase in pace. Rapid digitalization, Industry 4.0 and the massive growth of data will shape the software industry in the next decade. We see AI driven software development, leaps in quantum computing and creating composable software converging to shape the next decade of software development. This will be NoCode 2.0".

Chenobu expresses his vision for WEM, which is to continue investing in ensuring that WEM application platform is continuously innovating to lead the transformation of the software industry. At a practical level, WEM will journey with customers globally, bridge the demand supply gap between need for applications and availability of developer talent so that all organizations, irrespective of size, can benefit from digital transformation making the lives of their customers richer and more meaningful. WEM APAC has indeed established itself as the platform of choice for enterprise low code no code application development in the Asia Pacific region and is also making great headway globally.

Significant features at a Glance
· Mission critical enterprise application development platform with high security
· Delivers significant productivity improvement (10X) & reduction of TCO (2/3rd )
· Common visual Interface(WEM Modeler) for developing both front end and backend applications. Same visual interface for native Mobile as well (both Android & Apple OS)
· Data Models and Workflows are through simple Drag and Drop with no need for writing any code.
· Any UI can be developed ­ use the ready User Interface templates or customize through custom js, css
· Support for all integration protocol (REST, SOAP, JSON, OData, http(s) and File Import) for both consumption and exposure.
· License pricing is very simple (based on number of applications portals)
· The learning curve for new users is short and easy. Take 6 weeks to get trained and be ready to build complex applications
· WEM APAC is backed by WEM Center of Excellence (WEM COE) which oversees a Digital Factory focused on delivering Business Velocity.

Impacting Global Clients
Digital business acceleration has dramatically increased the demand for speed and agility in custom software development. With growing remote work, there is a need to drive more automation across digital forms, business applications and workflows. This has, in turn, influenced the rise in adoption of Low Code and No Code application development platforms. These platforms have been enabling application teams to ideate, design, develop, test and deploy applications - quickly, consistently and cost-efficiently - in a collaborative manner.

Leading No Code platforms like WEM support complex integrations and extensive UI / UX capabilities in addition to data security features and cloud native architecture. These features allow the No Code Platforms to be used for web and mobile application development, data centric business applications, reporting and dashboarding applications and workflow automation applications.

The IBM Automation Platform includes pre-built functionality and code wherever possible so even non-developers can build basic automation applications with little IT support.

Earlier this year, IBM and Palantir Technologies announced a global partnership to create an information architecture that includes data and AI with built-in governance. It has been designed to provide an easy to use `no-code/low-code' environment for building applications that use AI to inform data-driven decision making and automate tasks and processes. A point to note: Using a No Code platform does not mean architects or experienced developers are not required while using this platform. It just means that they can now provide the architectural governance and focus on critical areas like security and scalability of the applications.

At IBM, we also use the IBM Garage methodology combined with No Code Platforms like WEM to accelerate application modernization for our clients using a collaborative approach with outcome-first, data-driven methodology to deliver at speed.

Ha Trinh, Managing Director of FPT Australia
FPT Software is part of FPT Corporation, a leading global technology and IT services group headquartered in Vietnam with nearly $1.3 billion in revenue, 30,000 employees and a global presence in 26 countries and territories. As one of Southeast Asia's biggest ICT firms, FPT Software has helped hundreds of customers worldwide transform their business successfully. The company has become an industry leader by focusing on digital transformation services using next-gen technologies including RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud computing, and more.

The idea is that business analysts and business executives, who understand business workflows well, can build their own applications

FPT Software and WEM APAC entered into a partnership in early 2021, sharing the same vision of helping businesses optimize operations through the use of technologies. The partnership was formed amid the rising need for digital transformation in Australia in the post-pandemic recovery phase as companies here have acknowledged the significance of technology adoption in improving resilience and competitiveness.

In the long-term plan, FPT Software and WEM APAC plan to provide integrated offers of FPT Software's RPA platform akaBot and WEM's no-code platform to their customers for business growth acceleration, thereby expediting enterprises' digital transformation journey.

"Through this exciting collaboration with WEM APAC, we expect to combine the power of RPA and low-code technology to accelerate companies' digital transformation journey", said Ha Trinh, Managing Director of FPT Australia.

"Here we have a highly skilled team with experience across various industries. FPT Software will join forces with WEM APAC to create exceptional values to each other and to our customers as well," she added.