A low-code environment can improve app development turnaround and bring more non-techincal members into the development cycle, among other advantages.
In the current job market with technically-proficient employees quitting at a higher rate than ever before, the need for low-code and no-code platforms has become more prevalent than ever.
Low-code enables a variety of business advantages that can, if implemented correctly, ensure that an organization remains agile in the face of changing market or customer demands.
According to Forrester Research, the market could be worth $21.2 billion in 2022, increasing at a compound annual rate of 40 percent.
Here are five of the key reasons why low-code should be embraced:
- Rapid development of applications
Coding can be a finicky process, with a line of code or misused element delaying the launch of an app for weeks or months. With a low-code platform, a lot of the things than can go wrong are removed.
While this might be too limiting for large organizations, for smaller businesses, this drag-and-drop process can lead to a much quicker turnaround in development.
Organizations can also pivot to customer or market demands at a much faster rate, as they don’t need to wait on a technician or have to outsource the update to a third-party.
“With low-code, innovative apps can be delivered 10x faster and organizations can turn on a dime, adapting their systems at the speed of business,” said OutSystems CEO, Paulo Rosado.
- Automate data processes
Despite a wealth of digital transformation services available to organizations, a lot of data processes are still completed manually. The use of a low-code environment can provide workers with the toolsets to self-automate their workflow, allowing them to better prioritize.
“One of the key learnings from the COVID-19 lockdowns is recognizing how many manual business processes there still are at many companies and seeing how that hindered their business during the pandemic. In order to achieve a new level of automation, firms will embrace low-code technologies to allow them to automate anything and everything to eliminate risks and gaps in their core revenue-producing processes,” said Cleo CEO, Mahesh Rajasekharan, to InfoWorld.
- Ensure projects can continue without technical staff
One of the key reasons for IT budget overspending is “technical debt”, which is inflated by the high turnover in development teams and the lack of development governance on programming languages and citations. Due to this, organizations spend around 40 percent of their IT budget fixing the issues brought from the previous development.
With low-code, not only does the environment prevent coding intricacies from harming the organization long-term, it also allows non-technical staff to keep the project running regardless of turnover.
- Enables customers to interact with business
What Gartner calls “multiexperience”, low-code environments let customers interact with a business in ways they wouldn’t have been able to, if they were non-technical. Applications like chatbots and natural language processing services provide a consistent experience for customers across all platforms.
On the enterprise end, customers can receive actionable insights and even augment the code to fit their specific needs.