Introducing Low-Code Forms and Workflows at
BCNET Connect Conference in Vancouver

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AOT team showcases how can empower digital transformation in BC’s post-secondary education sector

Open-source digital-transformation consultant Matthew Anderson (right) and account executive Barry Hughes promoted at the BCNET Connect conference in Vancouver from March 8 to 10. (Photo by Barry Hughes.)

The BCNET Connect convention in Vancouver this month attracted higher-education institutions from all across the province, and AOT Technologies was proud to showcase, our low-code, open-source forms-workflow solution, with both a booth and a presentation. …

Barry Hughes, an AOT account executive, said he was particularly thrilled the event was in-person, letting him talk to people directly about’s great features alongside other vendors such as Oracle and AppsAnywhere. For business development specialist Matthew Anderson it was a chance to fly in from AOT’s US office in Portland, Oregon, and publicize to a new audience.

And the audience was varied. BCNET is an umbrella organization for higher-education institutions in the province, so the convention attracted representatives from UBC, Simon Fraser University, Camosun College, Thompson Rivers, Douglas College, and more. Attendees also came from other public-sector institutions such as the BC Cancer Genome Science Center and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.


Barry and Matthew also had the opportunity to talk about at a presentation on the second day of the conference.

“Attendees were especially interested in the association of workflows to forms,” said Matthew, “and received multiple compliments on its ease of use.” For Barry and Matthew, has great potential.

“Many educational institutions want greater flexibility to expand their software and not be tied down to expensive licensing,” explained AOT account executive Barry Hughes. “This conference helps us spread the word about our open-source solution to forms creation and workflow control.”

Unlike compartmentalized data and rigid proprietary software, lets ordinary business users create and modify forms and assign workflows to the processing of these forms. Data analytics can also be applied to form content and processing.

“And with the open-source approach, institutions control their own data,” Barry noted. “You control your data, not a big company on its own servers, wherever those might be. This distinction is pretty important for the public sector, considering the data privacy rules that apply there.”

Unique Benefits

Matthew and Barry also see the higher-education community as benefiting a lot from a low-code development approach, which adopts.

“Low code means the client doesn’t have to phone up the IT department or hire programmers every time they need a word changed in a form,” said Barry. “It’s putting the power to get the job done back in the hands of the people who actually use the software.”

And just as is open source and low code, so are its components: for the forms creation, Camunda for the workflow mapping, and Redash for the data analytics.

“The low-code, open-source model is really picking up steam,” said Matthew. “Customers really appreciate its flexibility and zero-license business model.”

And with the conference wrapped up and new names added to their contact lists, Matthew headed back to Portland and Barry back to Victoria as they continue promoting low-code, open-source to the world.

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