John Mendes, Vice President, Solutions, PamTen
The Low Code Revolution – Part 1 explained what Low Code No Code Application development was and who is using it. In Part 2 we look at Why it should be used and what to look for in this type of platform.
Why use low code development platforms?
Many businesses are transforming themselves through digitization. The introduction of new technologies, increasing demands from stakeholders to respond quickly to a constantly changing market conditions, and a scarcity of highly skilled resources are placing tremendous pressure on IT organization to rapidly deliver digital transformation services. Many IT organizations are turning to low code development platforms to respond to these challenges.
What the experts are saying
The 2018 Digital Transformation Readiness Survey conducted by DevOps.com and sponsored by Appian outlined many of the challenges IT organizations face. Many of the AD&D professionals surveyed reported that they felt understaffed and overwhelmed when it came to delivering the software required to support the transformations they are planning.
Gartner Survey on digital business – “While IT delivery is still a responsibility of the CIO, achieving revenue growth and developing digital transformation were identified most often as top business priorities for organizations in 2018. If CIOs want to remain relevant, they need to align their activities with the business priorities of their organizations.”
McKinsey article on B2B Digital Leadership – “Digitization has made providing consistent, high-quality customer interactions a competitive differentiator, no matter the channel.”
Low code development platforms enable IT to become more responsive to the needs of the business by providing a platform that allows powerful enterprise apps to be easily and quickly developed and launched. The result is the ability to swiftly transform concepts into solutions that are innovative and not disruptive.
A few of the ways low code development can help:
To learn more about how low code development is making an impact check out this recent Forrester Report (courtesy of Appian).
What do you look for in a Low Code Platform?
Some key questions to ask when considering a low code platform:
Check out this list from G2Crowd for the top 17 low code development platforms.
There is little doubt that low code and no code development platforms will have a role in the future of software application development. The use of these platforms will continue to grow as they become more sophisticated, allowing business developers to deliver functionality that at one time was only possible by employing a team of software developers. As organizations become comfortable with these platforms they will increasingly turn to them to deliver business transformation services instead of following the traditional IT software development and delivery model.
Low code and no code platforms will never entirely replace the need for highly skilled and talented software developers. However, the most forward-thinking IT organizations will continue to embrace these platforms. They will leverage the capabilities these platforms offer to accelerate the development and delivery of software applications.