The growing demand for digital transformation, the constantly evolving technologies, continuous innovation across industries and the customers’ expectations for a digital and mobile experience are forcing companies to reevaluate and rebuild their business processes to stay ahead of the curve. In addition, the pandemic has accelerated the digitization needs of many companies.
One such platform that acts as a catalyst for digital transformation is low code development platform. The reason?
Low code is a platform to develop and design applications. With graphical user interface and visual modelling techniques, it allows anybody right from professionals to citizen developers (non-professionals) to create applications. There is no requirement of formal programming knowledge and building apps is just as easy as dragging and dropping widgets in a fraction of time. It is an ideal, smart approach for organizations that are in need of a rapid time-to-market solution with reliability and scalability.
According to reports released by leading research firms, the global low code development market generated $10 to $10.3 billion of revenue in 2019. Further, it estimated a CAGR of 30-35% through 2020-30 due to the high demand for digitization and less dependency on IT professionals while adhering to government regulations. Interestingly, studies predict that by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.
So, how is it really helping enterprises in developing apps rapidly? Let’s take a look.
Less manual effort
As low code needs only minimal effort, citizen developers with no expertise and technical skills can develop enterprise applications to integrate with the organization’s core business system in no time. A user-friendly interface, and prebuilt libraries and templates accelerate the development process. According to a study by Project Management Institute, adoption of low code platforms have the potential to drastically reduce the app development process by 50%.
In addition, there would be no to less dependency on software experts, thus freeing them up to focus on other tasks.
Unlike conventional app development where you may have to define the requirements, create the design, select the programming language, write the code and then test it multiple times before pushing it live, low code development is fairly simple. You just need to define the requirements, create design from ready-made options, and all back-end, front-end components are auto-generated.
Also, once the app is launched, it has to be monitored for potential issues and important updates by the team. In low code, updates could be made in a click of a button.
Project delivery timelines are critical and one of the high-value KPIs. From concept to completion, low code facilitates a drag-and-drop function where editing and customizing things are easy. You can build apps with configurable components and best design patterns while maintaining the consistency with new styles. You don’t have to manually update the code.
Prototyping is an integral part of enterprise software development. Testing your apps before the launch reduces costs, lowers time and enhances brand aesthetics. In low code, you can test the enterprise app prototypes for design, usability workflow and validation of use cases to elicit early feedback from users. A typical app development that used to take months now takes only a few weeks or even hours, considerably bringing down the development cycle.
If you think innovation is impossible in creating apps faster from existing templates, think again. Low code enables experimenting with new ideas that are otherwise expensive and time consuming with traditional approaches. You can modify the algorithms underlying the templates’ functions without any interference from programming specialists.
When enterprise apps need to be integrated with distributed systems, third party APIs, or legacy applications, low code helps in achieving a robust, flexible integration. In addition, it automates the build and testing of code whenever a change is made to an application.
Formalized and standard process
There may be multiple developers or a blend of skilled engineers and business professionals involved in building an app. Low code helps in making the process more flexible and fluid, standardizing the approaches providing better version control.
Reusable components are the biggest highlight of low code development platform. Whether you want to reuse the data, workflow, business logic or screen, you can pick the modules that have already been created in the past. It also gives the potential to leash out on creativity with different combinations. Plus, there is no time wasted on testing them for performance, bugs and security issues again.
To conclude there is no doubt that low code will lead the future of app development and make it an easily accessible solution for small and medium businesses alike.
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