WaveMaker is the low code app de­vel­op­ment plat­form from Pra­mati Tech­nolo­gies. Deepak Anu­palli, Head of Prod­uct at WaveMaker in a di­a­logue with PC Quest dis­cusses about In­dian App mar­ket and how WaveMaker is mak­ing progress.

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How is app de­vel­op­ment busi­ness fair­ing in In­dia?

While Wavemaker can be used to build green­field ap­pli­ca­tions, the op­por­tu­nity for the plat­form is in mod­ern­iz­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and ar­chi­tec­tures in en­ter­prises (brown­field). While we are not an al­ter­na­tive to core pro­gram­ming tools, our RAD paradigm fits in nicely in fast busi­ness pro­gram­ming en­vi­ron­ments that rely on APIs and con­nec­tors to quickly assem­ble tac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions. The mo­ti­va­tion to use Wavemaker for en­ter­prises is to move into a mi­croser­vices-based ar­chi­tec­ture and adopt de­vops au­to­ma­tion for con­tin­u­ous de­liv­ery of con­tain­ers.

We see op­por­tu­nity for Wavemaker in in­house IT of en­ter­prises, sys­tem in­te­gra­tors who maybe piec­ing to­gether so­lu­tions, and those look­ing for a data-driven pro­to­typ­ing toolset.

How does Low Code App De­vel­op­ment help in the higher pro­duc­tiv­ity of an en­ter­prise?

Low code plat­forms of­fer a full-stack vis­ual de­vel­op­ment and com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties. They en­able en­ter­prises to quickly build, test and run en­ter­prise-grade mo­bile and web ap­pli­ca­tions with very min­i­mal code. En­ter­prises can freely ex­per­i­ment and in­no­vate with al­most half the risk foot­print with tra­di­tional meth­ods.

Be­cause ap­pli­ca­tions built us­ing low code plat­forms are mod­u­lar by de­fault, cost of an ap­pli­ca­tion change/ en­hance­ment is neg­li­gi­ble. Open stan­dards based stacks, give low code plat­forms the open­ness that 4GLs lacked and they can be used for a wide range of re­quire­ments rang­ing from sim­ple au­to­ma­tion of pa­per based pro­cesses to cre­at­ing new sys­tems ground-up. Ap­pli­ca­tions built us­ing low code aren’t a com­pro­mise, they are ro­bust, se­cure and can be a seam­less ex­ten­sion to ex­ist­ing data sources and legacy sys­tems. Pre-built con­nec­tors of­fered out-of-the-box makes ap­pli­ca­tions eas­ily ex­ten­si­ble and help fully lever­age the power of dis­trib­uted econ­omy. Built-in De­vOps and con­tainer man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties helps low code plat­forms de­ploy ap­pli­ca­tions into and be­tween any ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture ef­fi­ciently and eco­nom­i­cally.

What are the ver­ti­cals that are mostly into app de­vel­op­ment?

Al­most all ver­ti­cals have a soft­ware en­ter­prise or startup serv­ing it. BFSI and Health­care con­tinue to be the heavy adopters, while con­sumer tech is fast mov­ing (but not sus­tain­ing). Wavemaker sees op­por­tu­ni­ties in BFSI, health­care, re­tail, and HR, in In­dia, where mod­ern­iza­tion is bloom­ing.

What are the high­lights in terms of Busi­ness of WaveMaker?

WaveMaker en­ables en­ter­prises to mod­ern­ize their ex­ist­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and sys­tems with our Rapid Stu­dio and HyS­cale plat­forms, ac­cel­er­at­ing the mi­gra­tion and mod­ern­iza­tion ef­forts in mov­ing to the lat­est tech­nol­ogy stacks, hence trans­form­ing en­ter­prises to dig­i­tal rapidly. Lot of en­ter­prises are go­ing through tough trans­for­ma­tion chal­lenges with legacy plat­forms like AS/400, VB .NET, Lo­tus Notes etc. There is no di­rect mi­gra­tion path from th­ese sys­tems and mod­ern­iza­tion ap­proach taken by WaveMaker, lever­ages re-use of ex­ist­ing sys­tems such as Data­bases, SOAP web ser­vices, API wrap­pers cre­ated from ex­ist­ing code­base, cut­ting short the time to mod­ern­ize.

We have been work­ing with some of the large en­ter­prises who are tran­si­tion­ing from legacy sys­tems, where WaveMaker Rapid plat­form takes the cen­ter stage in the mod­ern­iza­tion ef­forts and Pro­fes­sional ser­vices teams help in com­pletely the im­ple­men­ta­tion. We have seen sub­stan­tial growth in the last year in terms of cus­tomer ac­qui­si­tion, where we have tran­si­tioned from ac­quir­ing

medium en­ter­prise to large en­ter­prise cus­tomers. Also, we ex­panded our mar­ket reach from Amer­i­cas to Europe, Mid­dle East & APAC.

We have seen big play­ers like Mi­crosoft, Or­a­cle, Google try­ing to en­ter the High Pro­duc­tiv­ity aPaaS or Low-code seg­ments, in a move to cap­ture the en­ter­prise legacy mod­ern­iza­tion and dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion trends. With WaveMaker’s strong tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­bil­i­ties com­bined with a ser­vice-en­abled ap­proach to mod­ern­iza­tion, puts us in the league to play a larger mar­ket role.

How is WaveMaker unique than other plat­forms and what are its USPs?

Like men­tioned ear­lier, for WaveMaker the op­por­tu­nity is with large en­ter­prise use cases where cus­tomiza­tion is the key, be­cause ev­ery­one’s re­al­ity is unique. Un­like most low code play­ers, we are not gen­er­al­iz­ing and chok­ing mar­kets with com­plex fea­ture sets. In our be­lief, that’s go­ing the ERP or the BMP way all over again - forc­ing the busi­ness to work the way soft­ware wants it. It isn’t healthy, es­pe­cially to­day, when soft­ware is sup­posed to go where busi­ness needs it most and not the other way around.

Hav­ing said that, we have en­gi­neered WaveMaker to be on par with our com­pe­ti­tion in terms of tech­ni­cal fea­tures. Ad­di­tion­ally WaveMaker Rapid is ar­chi­tected to be flex­i­ble at many lev­els, hav­ing the abil­ity to cus­tom­ize the prod­uct for OEM and re-branded ver­sions of Rapid. The com­po­nent ex­ten­sion model adopted by Rapid through pre­fabs, en­ables us to build a com­po­nent li­brary for cus­tomer’s in­dus­try-spe­cific use cases. This keeps the bal­ance to en­hance the prod­uct in­de­pen­dently and still cus­tom­ize it for in­dus­try-spe­cific re­quire­ments.

Ad­di­tion­ally, WaveMaker’s pro­fes­sional ser­vices, brings to the ta­ble IT ser­vice ex­per­tise in emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies like Cloud, BigData, Mo­bile and An­a­lyt­ics. This is im­por­tant be­cause, most low code plat­forms to­day are stand­alone prod­uct ven­tures, that can only go as far as it is en­gi­neered to go, whereas with WaveMaker and it’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing ser­vices en­ter­prises get to ac­cel­er­ate ef­forts and cus­tom­ize/scale at will us­ing our off­shore IT ser­vices teams. This is a win-win for en­ter­prises and us be­cause with WaveMaker, en­ter­prise projects aren’t lim­ited scope like pure plat­form play and aren’t un­lim­ited cost like pure ser­vices play. It’s a healthy mid way that ac­tu­ally works.

How many cus­tomers are there in In­dia? How you do you tap on cus­tomers?

We have al­ways been a global player, nat­u­rally the US was a strong adopter of new tech­nol­ogy. WaveMaker has had sig­nif­i­cant wins in North Amer­ica last year and early this year. This year, we have be­gun cam­paign­ing in the In­dia mar­ket. Our rep­u­ta­tion among In­dian BFSI as one the in­dus­try’s pre­mium mid­dle­ware server ven­dor only helps as we al­ready have a cou­ple of large in­stal­la­tions for our mid­dle­ware servers such as ICICI Bank, but typ­i­cally, we ex­pect the sales cy­cles to be longer in In­dia. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, the key to win in In­dia is to have a good trench strat­egy. Ex­pect road­shows this year.

Please up­date on the de­vel­op­ments at WaveMaker, prod­uct ex­pan­sion plans etc.

WaveMaker Rapid is aimed to pro­vide An­gu­lar 5.0 sup­port by Q2 2018, and also poised to mi­grate sev­eral thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions built us­ing An­gu­lar 1.x to 5.0 with the new re­lease. This mi­gra­tion is com­pletely un­der­taken by the plat­form it­self and that’s a big ad­van­tage us­ing WaveMaker.

With in­crease in large en­ter­prise adop­tion, WaveMaker Rapid is en­hanced to sup­port fea­tures such as se­cu­rity au­dit tri­als, data pro­tec­tion, multi-tier data val­i­da­tion, off­line-data sup­port for large datasets etc. WaveMaker HyS­cale is en­hanced to take ad­van­tage of in­te­gra­tions with con­tainer man­age­ment sys­tems like Ku­ber­netes, OpenShift etc. and en­able a lay­ered ap­proach for De­vops mod­ern­iza­tion sep­a­rat­ing the stack, ar­ti­facts & con­fig­u­ra­tion into lay­ers for bet­ter man­age­ment.

DEEPAK ANU­PALLI, Head of Prod­uct at WaveMaker

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