Low-code is the future of Application Development with a crucial role in speeding up the delivery of applications. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressure to deliver digital solutions accelerated the use of low-code platforms and rapid delivery. Moreover, with the best technical talents being accessible to only the biggest and richest organizations, low-code tools gave even small sized organizations the power to create bigger and better software with their existing resources.
Understanding Pro-code and Low-code
Pro-code platforms involve typing lines of code, testing and modifying the code until completion. It means coding out the app, web page, or software in the traditional way. Different assets may have to be referred to and linked to with the code as well.
Usually, a pro-code platform is used for major projects and can be a good option for unique and robust software. But, the time, effort and money, that is required can add to the challenges of traditional coding and hence, businesses are opting for low-code in a huge way.
Low-code platforms, on the other hand, offer shortcuts for the process of building software. It enables developers to create applications swiftly with minimum hand-coding by simply using the drag and drop feature to pick up visual blocks of existing code and place them into a workflow to create customised applications. The developer can skip hand-coding or learning the latest programming framework, or test writing lines of code and move on directly to creating a new application.
Moreover, a low-code environment is an advantage for non-developers in the development team too. Non developer professionals who have no experience of coding or have very basic coding or scripting skills can also work on a low-code platform.
Low-code or Pro-code?
Gartner predicts that low-code will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity by 2024. With the low-code market predicted to grow to $45.5 billion by 2025, low-code platforms have proven to have a competitive edge over pro-code in the business world.
Whether it is to deploy an application development platform or create a solution to unify enterprise processes, here are some key benefits that make low code platforms ideal for enterprise grade applications.
- Faster Time-to-Market
The most notable business benefit of low code platforms is its speed-enabling capabilities with entire enterprise-grade applications delivered in record time. It’s pre-built UI templates, business process, drag-and-drop functionality, data models, etc., reduces the applications’ time-to-market.
According to Forrester’s calculation, low-code can make software development 10 times faster than pro-code.
- Lower Costs
Sometimes when businesses need an occasional new application, low-code development can help to cut down the budget by having apps customised by a technology vendor. With a little training from the vendor, low-code with its citizen development capabilities allows business stakeholders to easily take care of developing new system features themselves.
Hence, an organisation can save cost with a low code platform which is much cheaper than hiring a team of inhouse developers.
- Better Governance
With Low-code’s automated built-in governance, development teams have full control of everything from infrastructure, applications, environments to IT users and security with the central console through which they can monitor and manage all their projects. The console also ensures that multiple teams and programmers can simultaneously work on the same modules.
- Cross-Platform Capabilities
Low-code platforms with their pre-built components, quick and easy integrations and automated governance allow an application to be built once and deployed across a range of devices. The one-click deployment and cross platform functionality also let new features be added and updates made in one go for all applications. This provides a great user experience across all devices.
Low code in the future
As Forrester defines, low-code platforms are “Application development platforms that enable rapid application delivery with minimal hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment.”
Low-code, having empowered millions of technical users and businesses, is easily the most powerful disruption in application development today. Predictably, low code platforms will continue to grow and will be integrating sought-after functionalities into ready-made code blocks. With its easy-to-learn and user-friendly programming language, it will continue to enable configuration of advanced automation, complete integrations with third party systems, and infinitely customize applications, taking businesses to a much higher level.
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