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Low-code, quick turnaround

A low-code app development platform has enabled Worcestershire County Council to design, develop and deploy new apps in record time, as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Over a two-week period, four developers from the council’s Digital Delivery Team used the Out Systems platform to produce five new apps in record time, with some taking less than 24 hours to create.

New apps include the Community Response app, introduced as part of the council’s Here 2 Help programme, which matches volunteers with requests for help from vulnerable residents and provides a channel for uploading ID and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) documentation.

The other new apps were all for internal use by the council and its employees.

These include an Absence from work due to coronavirus app; an Existing medical condition declaration app; a Volunteer redeployment app for uncovering skills employees might have outside their current roles for redeployment purposes; and a Previous care experience app for finding staff with previous care experience who could help out should additional capacity be needed.

In addition, the Digital Delivery Team has developed two apps to support the Coronavirus testing program in Worcestershire and Warwickshire, including a Coronavirus testing app, which enables eligible non-NHS staff to request tests and the council to coordinate booking slots, and a Coronavirus test results app for submitting results.

Both apps will be used by Worcestershire County Council, Warwickshire County Council and partners, including the police, fire service and schools.

Worcestershire County Council’s sixstrong team of developers has been using the OutSystems platform for five years.

Digital Delivery Team Manager Jo Hilditch said: “We’ve worked with OutSystems for a number of years, and its platform has allowed our developers to work in an incredibly agile way.”

*In response to COVID-19, OutSystems is taking its no-cost Low-Code School for developers online. Running from June 15 to June 26, the two-week online training programme will provide 20 developers with free training and certification on the OutSystems platform. Now on its 11th intake, the Low-Code School has already trained and certified more than 200 developers across Europe. OutSystems expects its ecosystem to generate more than 5,000 new jobs in 2020, around 700 of which will be in the UK.