Low-Code in Software Development: More Than Just a Trend
Programming is no longer just for developers anymore with the growing presence of low-code software development.
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Low-code is not a mere niche. Analysts from Forrester view it as one of the most important emerging technologies to watch through 2020. The low-code industry is exploding before our eyes. Analysts predict that it will grow from $4.32 billion in 2015 to $24.23 billion by 2022.
The Low-Code industry
To put these developments in perspective, it’s important to remember what makes low-code special.
What is its USP?
Low code lets business professionals create applications that are customized to their organization’s needs – at a much higher speed than usual development processes.
Another main benefit is the strong focus on visual development, which makes it easier to use also for professionals with no strong background in IT. It does this while requiring minimal spending on infrastructure, deployment, and maintenance.
There are more benefits, however. Low-code development tools can also help enterprises improve customer experiences and fuel operational efficiencies.
In addition to the above advantages, low-code platforms offer the benefits of speed, the flexibility to meet customers halfway, and the ability to streamline business processes.
The low-code ecosystem continues to expand and thrive and has seen many new developments in recent months. One of the more high-profile of these was Siemens’s acquisition of Mendix.
Furthermore, the following recent events illustrate the growing market demand for low-code development:
Goldman Sachs investing $360 million in Outsystems
Google and Microsoft entering the marketing of low-code apps
Why Go Low-Code? The Benefits of Low-Code
Aside from the aforementioned experiences in efficient collaboration between departments, IT and IT service provider, there are additional advantages for software development.
Faster Deployment. Better Software.
According to a recent CIO report, 89% of CIOs think they will be required to release new updates even faster in the future.
Today’s digital businesses are forced to innovate. Constant updates to apps and systems to create new experiences for end users and customers has become the new normal. Therefore, software development teams require a new era of building, deploying, and maintaining software.
Higher software quality also reduces the efforts for maintenance in the company. Low-code platforms standardize the development approach and reduce the complexity as well as the error rate of the source code. As a result, less-qualified developers can quickly take on tasks and reliably realize them.
By using a centralized platform that can be managed in a standardized way, individual solutions will be reduced and the costs for the shadow IT will be lowered.
Visual Software Development
In general, it can be said that visual development is a more intuitive way to build applications.
Using model-driven development concepts to visually define the user interface, logic, and data model, a low-code platform can be used by a variety of user groups. From developers to citizen developers, to senior developers, those groups can easily build native mobile, web, or desktop applications.
Because the development environment is visual and model-driven, users gain proficiency in a fraction of the time it takes to master a traditional language.
Through a combination of drag-and-drop user interfaces, form builders, and visual process modeling, users can leverage low-code development platforms to produce a working app that you can download, open, and start using in hours or less.
And if hand coding is required, professional developers can encapsulate logic and functionality into modules for the rest of the development team to reuse in their projects. In VisionX it is possible to directly edit the code in the preferred IDE which is a unique feature compared to others.
On average, customers realize six to ten times productivity improvement using a low-code platform over traditional hand-coding approaches to application development.
A Solution to Developer Shortage, Less Backlog, Greater Speed
Using low-code, the overall developer shortage can be surmounted – at least for a while. Since there are simply not enough qualified developers on the market to meet the increasing demand, companies can have a hard time completing their projects in time. Low-code can be a solution to that due to its simplified operating system. Also, the commonly known backlog in development teams can be processed and delivered more quickly without using any additional developer resources. Low-code platforms support bottlenecks of resources and increase the quality of the delivered software as test cycles can be executed in a comprehensive manner. This is especially important at a time when it’s getting harder and harder to find developers (a problem that will only increase in the years to come).
To learn more about Low-Code, please check out the full Low Code Development Guide.
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