Why we’re pro low-code
Low-code automation platforms are increasingly popular for developing and automating business solutions and applications. Although the traditional way of developing remains of great importance, the demand for custom software is increasing faster than the developers of the world can handle. Gartner predicts that by the year 2024, low-code application development will account for more than 65% of development activities. If you’re looking for easy-to-use software to support your automation that saves time and money at the same time, low-code is the solution.
Low-code offers Great user-friendliness
The most obvious advantage of low-code is that users don’t need to have a deep understanding of software development. The visual approach is based on business models and uses intuitive interfaces such as drag-and-drop, and one-click development. The straightforward approach to low-code development is easy to understand. It can be used by everyone within the organization, without having to rely on specialized developers.
The power of citizen development
The ease of developing with low-code gives rise to a whole generation of citizen developers. Citizen developers are company employees who create their own automated processes to make their work more efficient, without the need for an IT department. A 2019 Gartner report states that 61% of companies surveyed have or plan to start citizen development projects.
Today, many organizations are scaling their digital transformation faster than ever before. This is putting pressure on IT teams around the world to develop new business applications. The advantage of low-code is that employees across the entire width of the organization are able to work together to achieve these digital goals.
Increased productivity through low-code
By applying low-code, employees no longer have to wait for developers to develop applications or write code. This allows ideas to be realized faster, resulting in faster solutions and implementations. This already took place covertly at many companies, but these practises often fly under the radar. Developing solutions without involving the IT department is what we call shadow-IT. Low-code automation platforms circumvent this problem by offering a standardized approach to process modeling and automation.
This takes the pressure off the IT department, which is increasingly inundated with a massive backlog of requests. In some cases, it may even be more efficient to develop low-code, because the users already know exactly what they need. In turn, this saves briefings and reviews with developers, which ensures higher productivity and faster return on investment.
High Speed of implementation
One of the most obvious benefits of low-code automation platforms is the speed with which users develop and implement new applications. The drag-and-drop functionality allows them to quickly build process models. Implementation is possible with other applications and systems through, for example, APIs. Automating processes and the implementation of applications are just one click away. This also saves a lot of time, which would normally be used for coding and developing the application.
Forrester predicts that the use of low-code platforms will accelerate the speed of software development by a factor of ten compared to traditional processes.
Low-code is Focused on agility
Because adjustments and improvements are implemented fast and easily, low-code technologies fit perfectly into the agile work environment. This is ideal, for example, to keep up with changing regulations and market fluctuations.
Especially in recent years, low-code has shown its best side. TechRepublic states that low-code platforms have been indispensable for companies and organizations in responding adequately to the COVID-19 pandemic, including by building new enterprise applications at lightning speed and automating tasks.
Due to the very wide range of connectors, widgets and APIs, integrating low-code platforms into legacy systems is a piece of cake. In fact, low-code technology can act as a kind of connection layer between applications, giving users access to a centralized platform where they can access all information within the company.
The cost savings of low-code platforms are reflected in several aspects: you save on training and do not have to hire professional software developers. But also a shorter Time to Market, a higher Return on Investment, and simply more time for employees to spend on other tasks, ensure a significant reduction in costs.