Paper Number

1634

Paper Type

Short Paper

Abstract

Low Code Development Platforms (LCDPs) pose a promising opportunity to boost digital innovation and to democratize information technology (IT) in companies by enabling non-IT staff to develop applications and workflows independently of the IT department. However, there are several potential risks linked to LCDPs, such as an increase of shadow IT or data security breaches. Consequently, suitable governance mechanisms for LCDPs are needed. This study aims to identify how the governance of LCDPs should be shaped to ensure the necessary control and minimize potential risks as well as the required freedom to exploit their opportunities for digital innovations. Therefore, a qualitative study was conducted in which internationally operating companies were interviewed about their LCDP activities. The preliminary results indicate that the widespread opinion in the extant literature of strict and centralized governance is not always be suitable and more differentiated approaches towards governance structures are necessary.

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BALANCING RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GOVERNANCE OF LOW CODE DEVELOPMENT PLATFORMS

Low Code Development Platforms (LCDPs) pose a promising opportunity to boost digital innovation and to democratize information technology (IT) in companies by enabling non-IT staff to develop applications and workflows independently of the IT department. However, there are several potential risks linked to LCDPs, such as an increase of shadow IT or data security breaches. Consequently, suitable governance mechanisms for LCDPs are needed. This study aims to identify how the governance of LCDPs should be shaped to ensure the necessary control and minimize potential risks as well as the required freedom to exploit their opportunities for digital innovations. Therefore, a qualitative study was conducted in which internationally operating companies were interviewed about their LCDP activities. The preliminary results indicate that the widespread opinion in the extant literature of strict and centralized governance is not always be suitable and more differentiated approaches towards governance structures are necessary.

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