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Interview with Stefen Helzle

Stefan Helzle is the author of Low-Code Application Development with Appian; we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: What are your specialist tech areas?
Stefan: Low-Code enterprise development with Appian

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
Stefan: I have been approached by Packt and could not resist.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Stefan: I did not have to do much research as I am doing Appian trainings and mentoring since 8 years, so I tried to extract the best of it and write it down.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Stefan: I already had a good structure in mind, but transforming that into a book is still a challenge. I tried to stay with the book writing guides Packt provides and did a bit of research on other best practices.

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
Stefan: Enterprise software will be 80% based on implementing business processes in software. Low-code with Appian will make that extremely efficient and flexible.

Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
Stefan: I think this is the first book about Appian. And I tried hard to make this a book helping the reader become a successful Appian designer. That is not just a matter of understanding the technology, but to be able to support the business transform a process directly into software.

Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?
Stefan: Low-code is the future. Low-code is still software development, but without the hassle..

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Stefan: docs.appian.com, academy.appian.com

Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
I got great support from the project team, and I would write my next book with Packt.

Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?
SAppian Community: community.appian.com

Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?
arstechnica.com, heise.de, hackernoon.com, medium.com

Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?
I used the software Ulysses as the primary tool.

Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?
Get yourself into the perspective of the readers and address their needs.

Low-Code Application Development with Appian – available on Amazon