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OutSystems Announces Increased Adoption of Low-Code by Universities to Accelerate Digital Innovation

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OutSystems announced today that a growing number of colleges
and universities
are turning to low-code development to face the
challenges of the digital era. Kent State University and Georgia Tech
are just two examples of higher education institutions that are already
using low-code
application development platforms
to improve the experience of their
students while delivering innovative solutions and escaping the
constraints of legacy systems.

“Kent State has a vision to be a community of change agents and we are
putting technology into action to help us deliver on that vision,” said
Sameer Jaleel, Director, Platforms and Integration Solutions at Kent
State University. “Adopting OutSystems as our strategic development
platform has allowed us to quickly transform into a digital enterprise
and deliver new applications in an efficient manner.”

As the competition to attract and retain students continues to grow,
universities and colleges are being pressured to deliver better digital
experiences for their students. These experiences include better
customer service and more convenient interactions with the institutions,
ranging from enrollment and course registration to work submission and
booking of labs/classrooms.

However, in the 2018-2019
State of Application Development Higher Education report
, 65 percent
of IT professionals said they have an app dev backlog and 80 percent of
respondents described app dev talent as scarce, with hiring taking
longer and costing more, crippling their ability to innovate.

“Many colleges and universities are burdened with multiple legacy
systems that are hard to adapt,” explains Mike Hughes, product
evangelist at OutSystems. “These slow down innovation, making it hard
and unnecessarily expensive to launch new and improved digital
experiences for students.”

“OutSystems integrates with pretty much everything, allowing colleges
and universities to add features and capabilities to existing systems,
thus modernizing them without requiring a complete ‘rip-and-replace’
approach,” continues Hughes. “The low-code visual development approach
is up to 10 times faster than traditional coding, helping education
establishments accelerate digital innovation without lengthy ramp-up,
hiring, or retraining delays.”

Higher education institutions have adopted OutSystems to deliver better
experiences to their students and gain an advantage in the reputation
race against other universities — some examples include:

  • Georgia
    built a web-based application for 2,500 users to check
    availability and reserve any of its nearly 400 pieces of advanced lab
    equipment in just 15 weeks. Since the institution adopted OutSystems,
    it has saved $540,000 on programming.
  • The
    Kent State University
    developed two apps to improve the experience
    of students who live on campus and streamline workflows related to
    information requests and approvals. The first app empowers students to
    self-register their wireless smart devices onto the university’s
    secure Wi-Fi system, while the second replaces paper processes,
    enabling students to easily request and apply for various services at
    the university.
  • College
    created an application that helps high school counselors
    gather information about students’ college plans and apply that
    information to prioritize their actions.
  • The
    University of Georgia
    is using OutSystems as the platform for its
    technology course for business analysts. The university chose
    OutSystems low-code platform as its development capabilities catered
    to both technical and non-technical students.

More details about these case
and how OutSystems
can help higher education institutions regain their competitiveness

can be found on the OutSystems website.

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