The Low-Code Revolution and It’s Impact on Business

There's a lot of speculation about how low-code technology will impact business. We dispel any myths and give you a roadmap on how this technology can be leveraged in your business.

BY: EMILY SNELL ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 07, 2019
The Low-Code Revolution and It’s Impact on Business

There's a lot of buzz surrounding low-code and the tools that can be created using it. While some individuals may speculate that low code could replace development jobs entirely, fully computer-built apps are a far, far reality. Instead these platforms can be leveraged to integrate disparate systems and create tools on the fly.

What is Low-Code?

Low-Code allows for business teams as well as developers to build software applications quickly with minimal to no coding required. It enables skilled professionals to work efficiently, quickly, and with fewer mistakes. To handle this task, a platform is used, which typically looks like this:

  • Visual IDE: A setting for defining workflow in visual terms, data models of the application, and the UI. When necessary, you add your own code here.
  • Connectors to back-ends or services: Automatically takes care of data structures, plus their storage and retrieval.
  • Application lifecycle manager: Programmed to build and maintain the life of the application in test, staging, and production.

Beyond the basic model, no two low-code systems might look alike. Some systems might focus on business needs such as case management, while others give the entire team something with cross-platform enterprise mobile and web applications.

What is it like to work with Low-Code?

Basically, building software with low-code is the same as building software any other way, unless you’re already writing everything from scratch, and no, assembly language does not count.

When you’re working with low-code, instead of focusing on all of the things you have to do, try focusing on the all of the things you do not have to do. Instead of hand-coding another user management system or writing a test of ten lines for one single line of code, you can go onto creating something new, innovative, and useful for the end user.

Additionally, low-code development platforms, like Appian, can help you build apps, sites or a new product within budget and fast enough to capture fast-moving opportunities. In a business climate where excessive development time and cost is a significant challenge for companies, low-code can be a great resource for both the organization and developers. In order to create high-quality apps that engage customers, organizations will need to pair low-code development with smart and qualified developers.

The Low-Code Process

While the traditional application development process can have as many as 16 steps, the low-code application process typically has around seven. They are:

  1. Determine requirements
  2. Choose any third-party APIs .
  3. Draw the app’s user interfaces, workflows, and data models into the visual IDE.
  4. Connect the APIs with automatic capability discovery.
  5. Add any hand-code if needed to the front-end or to customize the SQL queries.
  6. Test with users.
  7. Send to production, and then update.

Low-Code Has Limitations

Even with all these tools, low-code platforms have limitations. For example, while it is possible to build an app using a low-code platform, you cannot use a low-code tool to integrate an app with an enterprise-grade database. That level of customization and integration will need to be done manually by a development team.

With that said, many low-to-no-code platforms perform essential business functions for an organization. Anything from business intelligence to internal communication apps are created using low-code. For example, let’s say a sales team needs a SQL reporting tool to create custom SQL reports on the status of customers over a certain period of time in their database. Low-code tools can easily connect with a business’ SQL database to pull in pertinent information and create reporting dashboards.

Get More Done with Low-Code

All-in-all, low-code is about helping quality developers make the most out of their work by helping them get the job done quickly. With low-code, there is more time for creative building and movement when less time is spent on the same repetitive codes for hours on end. Rather than spending time running the same tests over and over, or converting old code, developers can learn new languages, experiment with framework, or get their regular tasks done faster.

Clearly low-code is not about replacing talented developers! It’s about the opposite, actually. When great developers are not stuck doing the same things again and again with their teams, they are free to create magnificent creations and do great things.

Leveraging Low-Code for Speedy Delivery

In addition to empowering developers to achieve more, low-code development enables businesses to deliver apps and build in time to capture opportunities. As an entrepreneur or business owner, you can take advantage of low-code technology by working with developers who use the tool to build applications faster than ever before. For developers, this may mean getting new and exciting projects faster and being able to see them successfully implemented in a fraction of the time versus traditional coding.

To leverage low-code, you need to find programmers who understand both traditional coding and the basic fundamentals of the low-code platform you are using. Regardless of specific technical ability, often the best coders are often great problem solvers.

Development companies understand that there are many aspects to take into consideration when looking for a qualified developer. No two jobs require the exact same technical ability, creativity or flexibility. There are a number of platforms online that can help identify and screen the best app development companies for your next project. Once you narrow down candidates, review their portfolios to assess whether their past work indicates the quality and functionality needed for your application.

About the Author

Emily Snell

Emily is a contributing marketing author at ChamberofCommerce.com where she regularly consults on content strategy and overall topic focus. Emily has spent the last 12 years helping hyper growth startups and well-known brands create content that positions products and services as the solution to a customer’s problem. To contact Emily about writing opportunities, her email is emily.snell@aol.com.

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