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Reflections GX28

“We have a world of opportunities ahead; the digital transformation is here, and we need to embrace this new network of solutions and productivity”

Later September we had the chance to meet with about 4000 members of Genexus community from different parts of the world. The GX28 was a great event to listen the directions GeneXus is taking and how the technology can be used to increase productivity and bring important results to businesses. It was an opportunity to learn from members of the community how GeneXus is creating new solutions daily and impacting the digital transformation globally.

But it wasn’t also to learn about the technology transition we can offer, but to understand how we are helping companies increasing productivity.

Well, lets start with the world productivity. Productivity hasn’t changed much, but demand has grown hugely in terms of number of users, devices, and problems that today’s hardware can cost-effectively solve – if only we have the software.
Software is all around us and it is increasingly making up the critical infrastructure that supports hospitals, transportation, finance, government, and more.

Systems that were once controlled by humans or machines are now depending on code. That comes with the challenges companies and individuals are facing – how to effectively participate on this revolution software is bringing to increase productivity and at the same time to create a new world – the digital world.

Is clear that IT departments from any given organization is looking for better ways to keep up to date with the demand that sales, marketing, logistics are demanding new solutions, new applications. And typically, the way companies were (or still are) addressing this challenge was (is) thru addition of more programmers to minimize the backlog of requests.

However, this has a major impact on costs and timing. The market is eager for new solutions but increasing costs and taking longer to accomplish these tasks many times work against the business.

The reality is, the market is forcing IT departments from any given companies to think about business strategy and not in coding. Yet, when we think about software we are always thinking about coding to get what the business needs. This is the foundation of the digital transformation – effectively thinking on the business strategy of the digital world, not coding the solutions.

And this is going to happen sooner than we imagine, and those who, nowadays, are betting on coding to continue advancing theirs career will be in a bad position with the risk of losing their job and their relevancy in the job market.

Specialists such as JAVA developers are the most represented IT professional profile in today’s IT organization, representing about 42% of the entire IT workforce in 2017. However, bimodal and digital business initiatives depend on wholesale skill transformation, as profound a change as moving from mainframe to distributed computing was.

In a digital world, the creation phase must be tied to the business requirements, providing faster answers when implementing software solutions. Companies that are still searching for programmers using traditional tools are losing competitiveness, missing opportunities due to lack of velocity and agility.

At the GX28 we heard great stories presenting this digital revolution. Stories that wouldn’t be possible if these organizations were still working following the traditional IT models.

An example, how would be possible for the authorities of the National Administration of Ports in Uruguay to develop the concept of Smart Ports – to bring innovation and agility to expedite services in the logistics and management of the ports using traditional tools to create solutions for? It would take long months of development at a very cost. The effectiveness and productivity came with using of GeneXus which offered a fast way and cost reduction to implement the solution and nowadays is a showcase for other ports in the world.

Or the operations of the Panama Canal – how that administration would achieve the excellence after its expansion using traditional tools for software development? It wouldn’t. The expansion of the Panama Canal represented the largest expansion since the inauguration of this interoceanic highway in 1914. After an intensive construction program (2009-2016), the new locks added a third lane to the operation of the Panama Canal. Hand in hand with this monumental work also worked to achieve, with firm steps, the digital transformation and modernization of core systems. It is at this point that GeneXus provides a differentiating factor and becomes an effective tool to face the challenges of an expanded canal and its complex operation. The Tugboat system, the Reservation of quotas for transit and the Arqueo and Inspection of ships, among others, have been designed and implemented with GeneXus. The Panama Canal bet on mobility and it has achieved this by integrating different sources of data and technologies into apps, empowering decisions at the managerial level – all based on GeneXus.

GeneXus can integrate information and integration technologies providing powerful solutions for many complex challenges facing IT environments. The development of tailor-made prototypes using the stakeholders’ own data provides a quick and meaningful starting point for the implementation of broader solutions. Using an implementation of GeneXus in a real-world solution, presents all the steps form the initial problem to the solution, including the integration patterns used. This is not something that could be achieve using traditional ways to program coding.

This is the case of Gerdau – a multinational organization with shares traded in NY, Sao Paulo and Madrid. Every year Gerdau transform millions of tons of scrap into quality steel products. And one of its challenge was the implementation of digital transformation to its central process with emphasis on the steel industry. And here it comes GeneXus with its powerful AI based tools that help this large organization to effectively integrating to SAP Leonardo delivering the solutions the company was searching for. Gerdau is a large steel organization with annual revenue over $40Bi.

None of these samples could be possible without the utilization of tools that helps organizations to effectively reduce development time. Gerdau, Panama Canal, National Administration of Ports (Uruguay) among other GeneXus users are exceeding goals and making themselves a truly digital transformation success due to the use of right tools.

For those companies that are still investing in traditional programmers, adding more resources than right tools, the future could be a major challenge to survive. We can see an increase in demand for solutions which is increasing backlogs in these companies, as consequence, the decline in quality which is real, and inevitable (with current mainstream languages and tools). The interesting question is whether the software juggernaut can still turn. If it can’t, or stubbornly refuses to, its risks being overtaken by its own customers, producing their own software or by the competitors taking big portion of the business.

At GX28 we learned that we can be ahead using GeneXus solutions, being competitive and effect driving the digital transformation.

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