With around 50% of developers using or planning to use low-code, choosing a low-code platform has become a major dilemma for CIOs today. To top that off, every platform seems promising in its own right. How then, should you go about evaluating the low-code platforms available in the market? Forrester VP and Principal Analyst John R. Rymer, a leading expert, shared in an OutSystems Webinar, what he discovered while compiling “The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Pros, Q1 2019.”
To begin with, you might want to decide: what is it that your organisation wants? What are your use cases? Which of them are of higher relevance to the smooth functioning of your organisation? Try looking for platforms that address as many use cases as possible; the more, the better.
Secondly, since you’ll build a range of applications, not to mention mission critical and enterprise grade apps, you might want to look for features that Rymer calls ‘the key enablers of scale’ such as security, dependability, availability, and manageability. “Enterprise”, he adds, “is all about scale”.
Finally, you want to look for organisations like yours—that have a setup, technological maturity, and skill base similar to yours. You’re more likely then, to find a product that suits your situation and who you are.
Moving on, Rymer talks about their functional assessment criteria, namely: