We’re living in a deeply transformative and pivotal time for businesses. Change is being driven by customers and employees alike, and innovative cloud development technologies are guiding companies through the transition to a cloud-native future.

That’s why at this year’s OutSystems Cloud Innovation Summit, powered by AWS, we brought together industry leaders, cloud experts, partners, and customers around the theme of “Build It for Your Business.”

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From June 7-8, we hosted speakers from various geographies and industries in two keynotes and nine sessions to share ideas and inspiration for how to build cultures of innovation, agility, and transformation through cloud-native applications and infrastructure, with high-performance low-code as the foundation. From the latest industry research to the techniques used by the most elite developers, the content gives CIOs to Software Architects clear strategies that will change the way they think about the impact of high-performance low code in the cloud.

If you missed this event, you can catch all of the sessions on-demand here. Plus, in this blog, we’ll explore the key takeaways we learned over those two days, and share how you can learn more from the developers and business leaders who shared their insights and experiences.

10 Takeaways from the 2022 Cloud Innovation Summit

Here’s the top 10 takeaways from the Cloud Innovation Summit. 

1. Deloitte’s 4 Tech Trends Strongly Correlate with Cloud Transformation

Mark Lillie, Partner and Global Tech Strategy & Transformation Leader at Deloitte, sat down with Hans van Grieken, Technology Researcher at TechInspire, for a keynote conversation about the most insightful findings from Deloitte’s 13th Annual Tech Trends report.

What stood out were four key trends that correlate strongly to cloud transformation:

  • Strategy, engineered: Technology must be fundamental to the business strategy, but must also be strategically led as the organization plans its future.
  • Unlocking core applications: A new generation of powerful, low-code platforms are helping companies unlock, rebuild, and refactor their legacy apps for the cloud.
  • The cloud goes vertical: Companies are creating industry-standard, cloud-native components that integrate with their core platforms to simplify and standardize those areas of the business.
  • Automate at scale: Organizations can leverage the skills of cloud engineers and automation tools from cloud providers to eliminate low-value tasks and create large-scale automation strategies.

Watch the full keynote to learn more about how these trends will shape your business.

2. Low-Code in the Cloud Democratizes Development and Accelerates Innovation

The second-day keynote, Delivering Innovation Faster with Low-Code in the Cloud, featured a conversation between Tom Jones, Senior Manager, Global ISV Partner Solutions Architecture at AWS, and myself.

We discussed what it means to be a cloud-native company, how that gives companies the advantages of agility, flexibility, scale, and speed, and how low-code in the cloud amplifies those advantages. We point out that by relieving developers of the burden of infrastructure and operations management and opening development up to business users, low-code accelerates productivity for every user and every organization.

3. Low-Code Can Help Companies Overcome the Shortage of Developer Talent

As the saying goes, every company is a tech company. And no doubt, every tech company knows from experience that there’s a developer talent shortage. Tanmay Dey, VP Low-code & No-code Technologies at Accenture, discussed the role that low-code development plays in helping companies tackle their talent challenges and empower teams to overcome blockers to digital innovation.

Backed by Gartner and Accenture data, Dey and Luis Girardo, VP of Business Value Consulting at OutSystems, explain how low-code platforms speed IT delivery, ease integrations across data sources and existing technology solutions, and address talent shortages. They also share five considerations for adopting a low-code platform. Watch the session here.

4. Microfrontends and Microservices Can Help Companies Deliver Large and Complex Application Portfolios with Agility

Tool complexity. Talent gaps. Huge portfolios of legacy code. The race to move to the cloud. Lots of pressure to deliver. Fortunately, microservices and microfrontends are addressing some of these pressures by enabling the delivery of applications at scale.

Unfortunately, these come with their own complexities and challenges. Vasco Pessanha, Director of Product Management at OutSystems, shares four specific examples of how companies have avoided these challenges with low-code solutions from OutSystems that deliver developer productivity at scale. Watch the full session.

5. Companies with Leading Dev Teams are Also Leaders in Overall Business Performance — and Their Dev Teams Have Key Strategies in Common

Elite performers deploy code more than 900 times more frequently than low performers and do it more than 6,000 times faster. Yet, according to the 2021 State of DevOps Report, only 26% of the teams in their study are classified as elite.

Learn about the role of architecture, DevOps and CI/CD, and low-code application platforms in determining which companies will thrive and survive — and how your company can be among them in the session Becoming an Elite Performer: How CI/CD and DevOps Changes in a Cloud-Native World.

6. There’s a Formula for Transforming Customer Experiences Like the Most Storied Digital Disruptors

According to Salesforce, 69% of customers want new digital ways to get existing products and services. Pair that with the fact that 84% of customers say the experience a company provides is as important as the products and services themselves, and you get lots of untapped opportunities to better serve customers.

The formula for making it happen: Relevance + Digital Innovation = Success. It’s a short formula, but not always an easy one. Watch this session to see how three CX visionaries applied this formula to their businesses — and learn their results.

7. Innovative, Tailored Digital Experiences Can Adapt to and Shape the New Age of Work

The cost to U.S. companies of voluntary employee turnover is $1 trillion. That’s correct — trillion. Workers have fundamentally different expectations from employers today compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session Conquering the New Age of Work Through Tailored Digital Experiences explores how Australian software provider and OutSystems customer BundyPlus built an award-winning commercial mobile app for workforce training that used facial recognition, temperature measurement, and GPS tracking — and rolled it out in just three months, without reskilling its dev team.

View the full session to learn how OutSystems addresses talent retention through its key focus on workplace innovation solutions that help companies quickly build custom web and mobile workforce apps and employee portals to support the whole employee journey.

8. The Connected Enterprise Is Key to Building a Competitive Advantage

What does it take to accelerate digital adoption? Using technology to build a Connected Enterprise, according to KPMG’s Rui Gonçalves, Partner and Head of Digital Lighthouse — and that includes pursuing low-code application development for the right projects to gain a competitive advantage.

Gonçalves and Luis Giraldo, OutSystems’ VP of Business Value Consulting for the Americas, explain the role that low-code application development plays in digitizing CX, operations, and business models, and they reveal how companies can adopt low-code to build apps for their business with 2x to 4x greater productivity during each stage of software development. Check out the full session for their four key low-code use cases, as well as the ‘Behind the Scenes Look’ at OutSystems outcomes vs. traditional development.

9. Many Companies Are Already on the Path to Transformation Using the OutSystems High-Performance Low-Code Platform

During the ‘How We Built This’ Lightning Talks — one of the most inspiring and instructive tracks of the Cloud Innovation Summit — companies shared rapid-fire demos of their cutting-edge and complex applications that have more than a million users, leveraging technologies such as facial recognition and GraphQL. Let low-code inspire your developers to take on new innovation and build complex applications that leverage the latest technologies:

10. With High-Performance Low-Code, the Possibilities of What You Can Build for Your Business Are Endless

Whether your organization has unique business challenges you need to tackle right away, or you’re looking for new ways to differentiate and innovate for your business with cloud applications, OutSystems high-performance low-code gives you the tools to build the digital experiences and innovations next on your roadmap.

Visit the on-demand page to view all of the sessions and get inspired for what you can build for your business.