CTO Guide: 5 Essential Strategies for Scalable Software Success

A software vendor’s success and competitive standing relies heavily on its ability to launch effective digital solutions. Among C-suite leaders, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for evaluating the impact of emerging technologies and potential threats from industry disruptors and next-gen startups.

With this input, the CTO must offer a clear roadmap of strategic technology initiatives. This might emphasize maintainability, scalability, or cloud-based integrations. Delivering on that strategy is a tall order and doing so requires an equally innovative partner.

Mendix, as a low-code pioneer and best-in-class development platform, offers cutting-edge technologies and reusable resources from a strong ecosystem of partnerships to simplify the challenges faced by CTOs.

Here are five ways Mendix enables CTOs to deliver competitive, maintainable solutions fast — and for a wide range of customers.

1. Use adaptable solutions to combine specialization with speedy deployments

Adaptable solutions are modular solutions that contain a common core of functionality. Then, based on customer needs and at the time of implementation, the vendor can create differentiated, targeted extensions and modifications.

This approach cuts back on the high cost of building a solution for a recurring problem from scratch. It also removes the surprise that comes when commercial-off-the-shelf products can’t work without adding customized, high-coding fixes.

As low-code software development has matured into a core technology, the numerous  adaptable solutions this makes possible provides multiple benefits to CTOs. It empowers CTOs to hit the sweet spot where rapid deployment meets purpose-built customization of digital solutions.

2. Adopt a “common core” approach to streamline maintenance and upgrades

When developing software to solve a specific industry problem (or targeted market segment), Mendix’s software have found that 70 – 80% of its functionality remains consistent across all implementations.

Mendix treats these modules as protected intellectual property (IP) and they cannot be modified by implementation partners or end users. This approach simplifies ongoing customer maintenance by separating customized extensions from the protected core for multiple clients and end users.

This saves staff hours and other resources that are required to monitor and repair risky upgrades.

Using a common core approach empowers CTOs to effectively mitigate risks associated with upgrades. New Mendix features like Adaptation Insights provide newfound visibility into upgrade success. Note, too, that cloud-native solutions provide automatic updates for enhanced maintenance — another advantage for CTOs. Together, these features enable vendors to increase the scale of implemented solutions by changing the experience of a typical upgrade from an “all-hands-on-deck” scenario to the simple click of a button.

3. Use industry alliances rather than developer time to offer new capabilities

Mendix, as a Siemens business and AWS strategic partner, empowers CTOs to rapidly integrate a vast array of technological expertise into their solutions. This includes flexible, cloud-native deployments using streamlined AWS connectors, services, and other components.

The Mendix Marketplace and community also provides industry-specific domain expertise. Our established ecosystem of certified partners and vetted alliances enables CTOs to reduce implementation risks and future-proof solutions.

By adopting modular and extendable software design with low-code’s ease of integration, a CTO can easily connect with other industry-leading tools and adopt new technology to enhance value propositions and accelerate the product roadmap. This seamless integration via alliances and partnerships with key technology providers, increases the visibility and strength of the software solution and software vendor.

4. Use Protected IP to remove the risks of scaling solutions to a network of partners

By locking down the IP logic in software modules, CTOs can securely build and scale solutions across complex networks of partners and digital landscapes. IP protection also enables mass customizations, setting the stage for infinite innovation from multiple networks.

This puts the CTO back in the driver’s seat, generating momentum for market deployments and time to revenue.

IP-protected solutions also empower CTOs to create new revenue streams by tapping into ecosystem partners such as the Mendix Marketplace. And ISVs can monetize their own adaptable solutions in the marketplace. This helps other CTOs achieve fast time to value and more bandwidth to test and iterate innovations within their core product offerings.

5. Set a clear technology roadmap with a focus on UX

CTOs can achieve full transparency with Adaptation Insights from the Mendix Solution Kit. This feature was designed to support reusability and adaptable solutions by organizations of any size. Capabilities include upgrade checks and automated upgrade guidance and conflict resolution.

Adapation Insights provides CTOs with dashboard visibility that monitors solution extensions and modifications. CTOs have full sight lines into how organizations are adapting their solution. With that business intelligence, they can prioritize maintenance needs and enhancements to their products.

With these forward-looking tools, CTOs can easily scale and maintain solutions across any landscape of end users. As a Mendix ISV partner, CTOs can unlock the benefits of sustainable innovation, using technology as a catalyst for long-term business growth.

To learn more, download a copy of the Mendix eBook, Scaling Commercial Software Through Collaboration.