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Trouble-free Low-code Adoption: Stories of Learning LANSA

by | Nov 3, 2023 | Low-code

As developers strive to build innovative applications that cater to a broad spectrum of user needs, the diversity of languages and tools they must master often becomes a barrier. 

It’s challenging to deal with the variety of platforms, frameworks, and applications. Each one of these can have its own distinct demands and syntax. Instead of losing your sanity in learning all the languages and tools out there, there is a simple alternative to these frustrating complexities – professional low-code development. 

Being able to develop in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with a simple learning curve is a real game-changer. It streamlines the development process and enhances application delivery times.


Why learn multiple languages when you can count on one framework?

Whether it is web applications, mobile solutions, or desktop software every domain has its own programming languages and libraries that developers must grapple with. Visual LANSA helps you develop applications for different devices using a single framework. This approach is designed to reduce cognitive load, coding errors, and slow development cycles.

Streamlining your development efforts

Develop new applications without worrying about their integration with other applications. LANSA enables you to integrate applications built using different languages without hiccups. It serves as a unified coding, debugging, and testing platform. This consolidation of essential development activities and modules into a single workspace can significantly reduce the friction involved in managing different tools.

Faster project delivery

Developers have been switching to Visual LANSA to accelerate application delivery. The speed comes from the ability to work on the front-end and back-end simultaneously, on the same platform. 

With Visual LANSA, they can seamlessly move between different components of the application reducing friction. It also removes the need to sync or combine the finished components. Everything is orchestrated within Visual LANSA, this saves time and energy at every step of the way. This enables a faster time-to-market for applications.

Driving innovation without compromising time

Professional low code reduces the time and energy needed to code every line. The result is shorter development cycles, leaving more room for innovation. With a short learning curve, agile design, and professional low-code features, developers can take their efforts beyond development. 

A swift learning curve

The learning curve with Visual LANSA is simple and short. LANSA makes it easier with features such as code completion, built-in documentation, and integrated version control. These enable you to reduce the learning curve for developers significantly. Many developers prefer Visual LANSA over other tools trying to do something similar because the acquisition of new skills is much more rapid. 


MoMA builds 3x faster

Some time ago the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) came to LANSA with a problem. They faced the challenge of transitioning from their existing iSeries application to a more user-friendly and integrated solution. 

They identified a need for a new membership system to replace outdated and unconnected systems. This transition was necessary to streamline their operations and improve services to their members. Their team had a heavy task at hand to transform and web-enable the application in a limited time before a major event.

Their developers learned quickly with the knowledge base and documentation available in Visual LANSA. Within a week, they were able to develop rapidly. Once they gained familiarity with the LANSA interface, their productivity increased significantly. The team was able to implement the new system days before the launch. 

When they were about to deploy the system, they realized there was potential to transform operations further. The development team proposed an additional application. However, through LANSA they could prototype, build, and deliver the event module within a few days.

LANSA’s productivity benefits allowed the development of multiple major systems in short timeframes. In a span of one year, they built three major systems after the successful launch of the first one.

The use of Visual LANSA improved efficiency, enhanced the member experience, and provided opportunities for future growth and innovation. It allowed MoMA to achieve its goals without a budget increase for application development.

Allianz’s new strategy to implement user-friendly applications

Allianz wanted a full-fledged software revamp to make their applications user-friendly. Given their experience, the developers at Allianz recommended a three-tier Java architecture based on WebSphere. For this, the firm started investing in training their staff in Java and setting up the WebSphere infrastructure. 

Within six months, they developed a B2B prototype for their online projects using Java. However, performance issues emerged when a small pilot group began testing their Java-based site. These issues indicated that a substantial investment would be required to achieve the necessary functionality and performance levels. It meant more money, more time, and additional training sessions.

Allianz Ireland was using Visual LANSA already as their tactical interim solution for web development. However, Java-based applications were not getting them the results they were looking for. Plus, the team wanted greater agility without a long learning curve. So they decided to switch to LANSA as their strategic web development tool entirely. 

Allianz’s web development team was at first skeptical about the implications of switching to low-code and learning something new again. However, the team knew it could save time and offer great agility in the long run, so they decided to give it a shot. 

After a week or less of experimenting with LANSA, the team dived into the creation of efficient B2B solutions that simplified complex processes. Their solutions improved consistency and reduced manual intervention. This team harnessed Visual LANSA to streamline business operations anywhere and everywhere possible.

The adoption of LANSA led to successful B2C and B2B projects. The user-friendliness and effectiveness of LANSA as a web development tool ensured that they used it for all major upcoming projects at the firm.

Allianz management trusted Visual LANSA due to its cost-effectiveness. It was chosen over more complex three-tier Java and WebSphere architectures, demonstrating that LANSA offers a more economical and practical solution. With a quick learning curve and easy adoption, it was possible. 

This approach allowed them to meet business demands effectively and complete various successful web projects. The use of LANSA helped Allianz stay competitive and deliver faster and better service.

Furthermore, Allianz leveraged LANSA to create a rule-based process for Mid Market Commercial (MMC) insurance, enabling automation and standardization. This solution reduced the time and effort underwriters spend on straightforward cases, allowing them to focus on more complex risks. It also opened up more time for the development team to explore features that added greater value to the firm.

Visa card builds tailored solutions

The experience of Visa Card Services (now International Card Services – ICS) with LANSA enabled the development of high-performing strategic applications. The decision to use LANSA was made for one and only reason: it was easy for developers to learn and deliver on it.

LANSA allowed ICS to develop a tailored solution for their specific challenges in the credit card industry. It offered the flexibility to build applications to streamline their processes and web-enable their applications.

With a few hours of learning and understanding the platform, the team at ICS was empowered enough to start their development process. They built applications that significantly improved the efficiency of their customer service department. It allowed for online inquiry and update capabilities, making customer interactions faster and more effective. They were able to double their efficiency, with Visual LANSA, producing results quickly.

The management was thrilled to do more. The developers then built more nuanced applications, such as the Chargeback module. LANSA allowed them to build more intricate rules and conditions. These applications were managed much more efficiently with LANSA as compared to manual coding. 

The development team could focus on complex development issues by leveraging LANSA templates, and the central LANSA Repository allowed for easy maintenance of business rules and triggers. ICS’s developers have had a positive journey leading to the decision to stick with it for future projects.

In a nutshell

Every day LANSA comes across new stories of how developers and their enterprises love Visual LANSA. Some seasoned developers take a few hours to learn and understand the platform. Some take a few days. Others can dive right in and start exploring. New developers without prior experience can take a few weeks or less. It is simple once you get into it. Stop overthinking and experience the power of professional low code today!