Written by: Kwong Yueting
Last update date: 2021-01-27 08:00
The epidemic has ravaged Hong Kong for a year. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of the epidemic, citizens have been fighting the epidemic at home, and companies have also allowed employees to work at home. Many industries have moved their business positions online, but encountered many difficulties, including: lack of funds And lack of scientific and technological talents.
Fortunately, there are some low-code development platforms on the market. Even if companies and their employees do not have rich or professional coding knowledge, they can easily and quickly design and develop software applications on their own, which will help companies make digital transformation.
Microsoft's Power Apps is a low-code development platform used by more people in the market. This platform allows enterprises to build custom applications according to business needs.
Zhong Jing, director of Microsoft Hong Kong's business application product business department, said that the epidemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation of enterprises. Before the epidemic, such products did not receive much attention. After the epidemic, many companies hope to use technology to improve internal processes, including Yes: Reduce the time for manual data input and reduce the risk of entering incorrect data; do a good job of document classification; use big data for error detection, etc. Many retail and insurance companies develop their own programs, hoping to improve daily operational efficiency.
In order to encourage more employees who do not have professional program development background and experience to use Power Apps to develop and design programs, Microsoft held the "Microsoft #PowerAppsForAll" competition for the first time in Hong Kong. The response was very enthusiastic, and more than 50 applications were received. In the end, the representative of Hong Kong and China Gas (0003) won the championship with the electronic system for handling bad materials.
System saves manual input process
System saves manual input process
According to Chen Bailang, Senior Supply Chain System Director of Hong Kong and China Gas, the company sells about 260,000 stoves each year. In the past, when front-line employees came to install stoves for customers, they had to send the stoves back to the warehouse if they were found to be defective. Many people handle the process manually, and the waiting time can even reach 3 to 4 days.
The system digitizes paper documents, which can reduce the labor input process. Employees of various departments can retrieve document submission records anytime and anywhere, and track goods records, which helps increase information transparency.
"Colleagues can receive this information when working at home, which greatly improves work efficiency. Now it only takes 1 day to return the stove to the warehouse!"
Chen Bailang, who is in charge of designing the system, does not have much background in science and technology. He studied in the Department of Engineering when he was in college and would use online resources to learn how to use different applications.
He started writing the system in May last year, and after testing and adjustments, the system was officially launched in October. It took nearly half a year to complete the entire system development.
Chen Bailang said that there are many online courses and learning resources on the Microsoft website, which can make people more comfortable when learning on the Internet.
Zhong Jing added that in the future, low-code development and application will become more and more widespread. IDC, a survey agency, expects that 79% of the jobs’ job content and required skills will change by the end of this year. Therefore, young people should learn more. Multiple digital skills to cope with the wave of digital transformation.
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