Study of low-code environment for configuration assistant creation

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Perustieteiden korkeakoulu | Master's thesis
Date
2023-08-21
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Software and Service Engineering
Mcode
SCI3043
Degree programme
Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences
Language
en
Pages
77
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Abstract
This thesis investigates the feasibility of using a low-code environment to create customized configuration assistants for drive commissioning in the context of ABB. The goal is to address the complex and time-consuming nature of the drive commissioning process by providing a user-friendly solution that does not require advanced programming skills. The research process involved conducting interviews with key stakeholders to identify user needs and use cases, followed by evaluating and selecting the most suitable low-code development tool, Node-RED, for implementing a Proof of Concept (PoC). The PoC highlighted the benefits of Node-RED's flow-based capabilities, flexibility in customization, and user-friendly interface. The completed PoC demonstrates the potential of the low-code environment in facilitating the creation of customized configuration assistants. It provides valuable insights into the requirements, challenges, and benefits associated with such an approach. The findings emphasize the need for utilizing multiple tools and technologies to achieve an optimal solution that seamlessly integrates with the drive configuration tool, Drive Composer. However, the first iteration of the PoC alone is insufficient to make a final decision regarding the adoption of a low-code environment for assistant creation. Further iterations, validation with real users, and implementation of complex use cases are required to achieve an optimal outcome. The PoC establishes a foundation for the development of further improvements that address more challenging scenarios.
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Supervisor
Lassenius, Casper
Thesis advisor
Tamminiemi, Petri
Keywords
low-code, low-code development, software wizard, low-code platforms
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