Orange­leaf’s Mendix lev­els dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion field

Low-code plat­form helps smaller busi­nesses make the leap by sim­ply­ing soft­ware de­vel­op­ment process

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ - Ű BY AMIR IM­RAN HU­SAIN SAFRI sun­biz@the­

PETALING JAYA: Given the head­winds from the Covid-19 pan­demic and the en­su­ing con­tain­ment mea­sures, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion has been touted as a so­lu­tion to the cur­rent set­back, al­though high tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers have pre­vented many from adopt­ing it.

Orange­leaf Con­sult­ing co-founder & & chief dig­i­tal & in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer, Tim Hendricks (pix) be­lieves that in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy can solve long-stand­ing, legacy prob­lems, which have been thrown into sharp fo­cus by the Covid-19 out­break.

“There’s am­ple rea­son and op­por­tu­ni­ties to dig­i­talise now, and those who do will find them­selves bet­ter po­si­tioned to carve a niche for them­selves in a busi­ness land­scape fun­da­men­tally al­tered by Covid-19,” he told Sun­Biz.

How­ever, from first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence speak­ing to busi­nesses on the ground, Hendricks ac­knowl­edged that cost, tal­ent short­age and lack of scale are the key is­sues that pre­vent them from mak­ing the leap.

“How­ever, there are busi­nesses that have made the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion leap but failed due to the pur­chase of com­mer­cial off-the-shelf dig­i­tal as­sets or soft­ware which does not fit their needs,” he said.

Hendricks cited re­search by IAG Con­sult­ing which found 68% of IT projects failed from the start, tak­ing twice the es­ti­mated time to com­plete at more than 1.6 times the ex­pected bud­get with less than 70% of the de­sired func­tion­al­ity.

In this re­gard, he be­lieves a low-code plat­form can level the play­ing field for smaller busi­nesses.

“Busi­nesses need to be ag­ile and be able to adapt to a chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and there­fore the era of build takes prece­dence. This is where Orange­leaf Con­sult­ing comes in as we use Mendix, a low-code plat­form which helps or­gan­i­sa­tions de­velop sys­tems and apps with­out writ­ing code – hence the term ‘low-code.’”

Hendricks said low-code en­ables soft­ware de­vel­op­ment at an un­prece­dented speed, by sim­pli­fy­ing the process, by en­abling users to es­sen­tially drag and drop func­tions that they re­quire through a user-friendly, vis­ual in­ter­face, to build what they need.

He said Mendix is the fastest and eas­i­est plat­form to build and con­tin­u­ously im­prove mobile and web ap­pli­ca­tions at scale. “This in­cludes com­plex sys­tems, which not ev­ery so­lu­tion in the mar­ket can han­dle.”

The co-founder stated that Mendix is a plat­form as a ser­vice sub­scrip­tion while Orange­leaf Con­sult­ing pro­vides ad­vi­sory and soft­ware de­vel­op­ment ser­vices.

For the so­lu­tion, sub­scrip­tion to the ser­vice starts at RM70,000 a year, while a typ­i­cal first project costs RM150,000 on av­er­age in pro­fes­sional ser­vices.

“While the cost varies per cus­tomer, we en­sure that there is a solid busi­ness case based on the re­turn on in­vest­ment re­port in the digi­ti­sa­tion plan,” he ex­plained

To date, Orange­leaf Con­sult­ing has built sys­tems across var­i­ous in­dus­tries rang­ing from F&B, re­tail, last-mile lo­gis­tics, prod­uct au­to­ma­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and bank­ing to e-learn­ing apps by lever­ag­ing Mendix’s tech­nol­ogy.

“Any­thing and ev­ery­thing can be built with low code and it is scal­able ac­cord­ing to the needs and com­plex­i­ties of a given busi­ness – it is also ten times faster and utilises 70% less re­sources,” Hendricks said.

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