Betty Blocks for Innovation Management

Low-code technologies have proven to be a great asset in an innovation manager’s toolkit to speed up the process by being able to produce a prototype rapidly and increasing the engagement of the software development process through citizen development.

Innovation management systems through low-code:


Foster strategic idea generation by citizen developers


Gain buy-in from stakeholders through low-risk prototyping


Capture value early on in the innovation process

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Accelerate innovation with low-code

Strategic management of technological innovation through low-code enables departments to reach their goals incrementally. This iterative process gives innovation managers a clearer overview of what kind of resources they need, from ideation all the way to implementation. On top of that, due to the vast customizable nature that a low-code platform provides compared to no-code, augmentation and extension of solutions can be done swiftly. The leniency of low-code is what makes an otherwise arduous process of fostering innovation much smoother and increases its chances of success.

Low-code technology shines when used to prototype and develop innovation concepts before moving forward with building a full-scale solution. Thanks to the intuitive visual drag-and-drop interface, developers can rapidly put together a wireframe or mock-up application using Betty Blocks. In the assessment phase, it is especially crucial that innovation managers are able to convey their strategy clearly to stakeholders regarding how they wish to achieve the end result.

Engage employees in the innovation process

The first step to innovation management is idea generation, which happens through effective communication. By getting the right people involved, new ideas will have a much higher chance of passing the approval stage before being pushed into development. When using tools such as an Ideation Portal, which is available with the Betty Blocks platform, capturing ideas that lead to value becomes much more streamlined. This allows the organization to allocate the right resources and get the right people involved. 


Tangible risk management

Low-code can be used as a catalyst to quickly provide a tangible prototype during the ideation stage while limiting the resources needed to create one. This can catapult a breakthrough idea directly into the development process, making the organization agile and at the forefront of market-leading technologies.


Successful implementation rate

When using low-code throughout the innovation process, it becomes easier to provide feedback based on user experience and debug in the early stages of development. This eliminates the chances of the end product not fitting the criteria for the desired user experience and makes sure that new solutions can easily be adopted.


Shorter time-to-market

Because speed is key, organizations want to shorten time-to-market as much as possible. A low-code platform can provide the roadmap that leads to the quickest way of creating an MVP. From there on, low-code can be used to extend a product's features and optimize the customer journey without the need for extensive code.


Buy versus Build

Buying ready-made software with little to no customization options can be wise when used to solve short-term problems. However, this type of software often does not fit the criteria for innovation as it focuses more on configuration rather than customization. Low-code platforms come with a myriad of customization options, which allows developers to extend, augment, and optimize solutions to fit the requirements for a solution to be innovative. On top of that, low-code gives the ability to iterate on ongoing projects as requirements change swiftly. 


Use low-code to steer innovation efforts in the right direction to drive value to the business. This can be in the form of streamlining processes, creating a competitive advantage, or improving the end-user experience. Innovation managers know that the key to reaching these goals lies in the disciplined approach and the right tooling, of which low-code can be a huge asset. 

Powerful integration capabilities

The Betty Blocks platform can be used as a standalone tool to create innovative solutions. However, the platform can also be brought in to connect to existing codebases, databases, or third-party APIs and help speed up product development, which has stagnated due to a lack of IT resources. Connect Betty Blocks with external tools such as Salesforce, SAP, or the Google Suite to support existing innovation frameworks. The platform also allows developers to build their own custom APIs, which can be reused indefinitely in new projects, significantly speeding up future innovation endeavors.


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Innovation through Citizen Development 

The Betty Blocks platform is centered around citizen development, which is integral to innovation management. Since innovation requires idea generation from all sides of the business, citizen development allows non-developer employees to get involved with the application development process. Through secure governance provided by the platform, citizen developers are mostly limited to configuring tools as needed based on their requirements. This gives traditional developers peace of mind, knowing that the overall codebase cannot be tampered with, while citizen developers can tweak solutions without having to make ticket requests with the IT department.  

Increase engagement and adoption with innovation tools

We offer innovation tools for each step of the innovation life cycle, from ideation portals to capture ideas and engage the entire organization to app galleries to increase adoption and showcase innovation success. All of these tools are included within the platform. Create concrete business impact with the right platform, tools, and support to set up a continuous pipeline of innovative ideas that translates to an innovation culture where the entire organization is engaged, end-user adoption is high, and the value of innovation is undeniable.

FAQ about low-code for innovation management

Does Betty Blocks work with existing IT infrastructure?

Yes, we offer a full suite of API integrations that can connect with Betty Blocks. Vice versa, Betty Blocks can also be brought into the company’s existing IT infrastructure to support the codebase. 

Is a low-code platform easy for developers to use?

Yes, since Betty Blocks relies on a visual drag-and-drop interface to build components, connect data sources, and create action steps, developers can use their coding logic to create apps much faster by cutting out the need for boilerplate code. What sets low-code aside from a no-code platform is that developers are able to implement their own custom-written code should they choose to do so. 

Can Betty Blocks be used to build complex apps?

With Betty Blocks, organizations can build applications as simple or as complex as they need to be, thanks to the ability to add custom code to pre-built templates. 

Can I set permissions to make sure the right people have access?

Yes, governance is the foundation of Betty Blocks's solid low-code platform for innovation efforts. With citizen developers able to participate in the software development process, the platform must ensure that configuration and building rights are assigned to the right people. There are a wide range of options for setting role-based permissions and access, as well as version control and backups. 

I’ve looked at the App Gallery, and my use case is not listed there. Is Betty Blocks still useful for me?

If you are still unsure where Betty Blocks would fit in your innovation strategy, please book a demo with one of our platform experts. They will be happy to show you the ins and outs of Betty Blocks’ low-code capabilities.

Is there an example of how Betty Blocks low-code helped innovation managers?

We’ve hosted a webinar where the Innovation Director at NRF explains in detail how the Betty Blocks platform supported the law firm in achieving new innovation efforts. Watch the full video here