The low-code industry has seen a surge by 22.6% from 2020, to a total of $13.8 billion in 2021 according to the latest Gartner Report. This rise in demand can be attributed to its capacity to digitally disrupt, hyperautomate and make apps that ensure customer satisfaction.
With practically the entire world working from home, businesses have been under pressure to swiftly digitally transform their processes. Low-code, which was merely seen as a useful enhancement earlier, has now become a saving grace for IT departments.
Low-Code Application Builder Speeds Up Development
The primary reason any company adopts low-code is so that it can make its list of applications faster. And when we say faster, we mean mere days instead of the months it takes with traditional coding methods.
How does low-code development help with that, you ask? It’s because of more than one feature, the most important being a visual development environment with reusable code blocks. Developers can simply drag and drop these code blocks into a workflow and logic that visually represents the entire application. This means lesser work and faster deployment as it is easier to manage large amounts of code.
Given the WFH situation, frictionless communication amongst developers has become an indispensable feature, which is made possible on low-code platforms. With a single click, developers can make quick iterations and get their code into production without much human intervention.
Low-Code Accelerates Modernization
Legacy systems, no matter how efficient, have more or less become outdated in a world where business agility is of utmost importance. With the erratic shifts in demand, businesses can’t afford to lag behind their competitors.
The low-code development approach helps enterprises accelerate their digital transformation and re-platform older systems with solid, modern architectures and cloud capabilities that are in alignment with their needs. In addition to rapidly building modern systems, low-code has the power to extend and evolve the existing platforms using any programming language that coders are comfortable with. This is to say, the apps that are responsible for core operations are always up and running.
Low-code development also allows for automation of numerous processes across departments. It enables AI driven models to imitate repetitive, human tasks with much greater speed and accuracy.
Low-Code Enables Multiexperiences for Customer Satisfaction
While customer-facing apps on web, mobile, and tabs have become the norm, more modern touch points like voice integration, AR/VR and wearables have also come into the picture. Customers expect apps to work in sync from pretty much any device they use. Not to mention the convenient and fascinating UI design patterns.
Low-code helps enterprises swiftly create high quality experiences from a single platform within weeks. It enables customers and vendors to interact with them easily through pixel-perfect self-service portals with AI capabilities.
Companies can adhere to their brand-identity guidelines by building their UI design layout from scratch on their low-code platforms. If not, they can choose from a collection of customizable UI design resources available in the library of the platform. This can be done sans any professional designing skills.
Low-Code Allows Creativity through Collaborations for Customer Satisfaction
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Pro developers can only afford to have fun and innovate when mundane, repetitive tasks are taken care of. Low-code does just that and more. It also frees up their time by empowering “citizen developers” to make their own bespoke apps. After all, who’s a better judge of the use-case of the app than the users themselves?
But how do “citizen developers” or employees with non-technical backgrounds make their own business apps? Since the platform visually represents code-blocks in a workflow, citizen developers can clearly illustrate how the app needs to be. The pro-developers can then fill in the gaps with their expertise.
This strategy also applies for apps required for short-term projects. Many C-suite companies have already implemented low-code apps to boost the efficiency of their projects, not only saving time, but resources too.
Low-Code Clears Technical Debt
Old and broken code leeches off valuable resources from enterprises, leaving IT departments worried about millions’ worth of rewriting and maintaining code. All because of shortcuts taken in the past in order to meet deadlines.
Low-code platforms relieve IT heads of a considerable amount of pressure, thanks to its architecture dashboard, AI-based automation layer, and integrated tools. The architecture dashboard enables them to get a bird’s eye view of complex architectures across departments, and recognize the severity of problems areas with heat maps created by AI. They can then prioritize their work and help developers overcome hurdles and side-step common mistakes.
The low-code testing automation tools provide intuitive feedback on the results of the code, while automatically checking errors. This helps developers save time and reduce tech debt in the first place.
Low-code also allows for continuous integration with a single click. Developers can easily save their changes and create multiple versions of the app.
Low-Code is Adaptable and Scalable
Low-code platforms enable coders to smoothly integrate the latest pre-built components to their apps as and when they are available, furnishing them with new capabilities. They can also integrate popular apps from the playstore as connectors for their own apps.
They can also easily take on millions of users as the business grows. At no point will businesses have to halt their systems to upgrade to more number of users, it just becomes a given for them. The leading low-code platforms also provide cloud services (both public and private).
Low-Code Application Security
With low-code development platforms, you can rest assured that you don’t have to compromise on security in exchange for high-speed. Most of these platforms adhere to high security standards. The best of them have pre-built IAM integrations with risk management and added security. They have the ability to protect enterprises from cyber attacks by detecting threats and vulnerabilities at every deployment of web and mobile apps. Furthermore, all the data is encrypted end-to-end, be it at transit or at rest.
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