Low-code is a visual approach to software development. Software development gets automated with Low-Code development. The Term Low-code was first used by Forrester in 2014, where the purpose was to focus on business functionality than the coding.
This means that instead of developing an entire system from scratch, a visual programming approach will help the IT Professionals and business users to develop the business applications without learning Coding.
The term Low Code was introduced by the market research institute in the year 2016.
Why Low-Code Development Platform is required?
Businesses are agile, rapid change in business needs to be supported by Technology. Though there is a rapid change in technology as well, companies can’t invest in technology with the pace of change in business and technology. Especially when it comes to software development/implementation.
Traditional Software development takes a very long time, but low-code development platforms help the organization to develop the software for their business needs 20 times faster than the traditional development approach. That is the reason a Low-Code development platform is required.
Moreover, businesses are agile, businesses need software to meet their business needs, be it workflow or transaction processing system or ERP, low code platforms help the businesses to integrate people, processes, technology, and data. Where data can be from any source traditional relational database or spreadsheets.
How Low code Development is different than Traditiaonl Development
WIth Low-code platforms, web or mobile applications are created through the graphical user interface. Where database tables and relationships also get created using the same interface.
Therefore, developer of low-code platform doesn’t need to have in-depth knowledge of database development and frontend application development. So developers with little or no programming knowledge can build the applications and processes that are needed by the business.
Drag, drop and design is the approach instead of writing tons of codes.
Low-Code is the future of Application Development
Low code platforms allow the developers to create many web and mobile applications for the businesses, without consulting the software vendors or software development companies. If you need a software just develop it by yourself.
Low code platform is being universally adopted, since the Covid19 pandemic, it gained popularity and Gartner predicted that by 2024, low code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.
Gartner also predicted that 75% of large enterprises will be using at least 4 low code development tools.
Low code means faster digital tranformation.
Low-code platforms are helping businesses to get the software implemented from months to weeks or even hours. Implemented in real-time and quick updates from end-users help the developers to make changes rapidly. The agile development approach best fits the low code platforms.
When low code platforms are adopted companies can easily automate a business process, implement workflow which helps them for their faster digital transformation journey.
When it comes to choosing the right platforms, it is not just the speed of development that companies need to consider. There are various aspects that need to be considered before selecting the platform. Which include the integration with other business applications and databases, availability of APIs to connect with other applications. User Interface and support. I have mentioned that in another article the helps you to select one from the Top 5 of my choice.
Businesses need to be competitive and to gain a competitive advantage they need to be innovative too. For businesses to implement innovation rapidly, when it comes to software, low code is the only and the best choice.
From my experience, I have used both Commercial and Open Source low-code application development platforms. These platforms helped me to convert the idea into reality.