If you’ve heard of low-code development platforms but don’t really understand how they work, you’re not alone. Low-code may seem mysterious because it is so new, but it’s far from being complicated. In fact, low-code development could radically change how businesses develop business applications.
These platforms reduce the amount of traditional hand-coding required to build a custom business app, enabling accelerated delivery of business applications. So, you can implement business applications for your business without a team of programmers. Low-code is highly accessible, powerful, and easy to use. But how exactly do companies implement low-code? How does one get started?
We’ll dig into this and more in this handy in-depth guide. First, let’s break down what low-code platforms actually do.
Low-code is a relatively new approach to building business applications. With low-code development platforms, businesses don’t have to employ developers to code an application line by line. Rather, it’s drawn, not unlike a flowchart. This approach makes developing new applications extremely fast and much more intuitive. And the benefits don’t stop there.
There are many benefits to using low-code platforms to build applications that are customized to your business. These benefits include:
Reduced need for traditional hand-coding, which makes it possible to receive accelerated delivery of business applications. There is no need to hire a team of extremely skilled or specialized developers, as low-code requires very minimal coding knowledge. Agility is improved. In the long-term, apps that are created with low-code can help businesses become more agile by implementing visual design, rather than coding, and offering up automated testing. Customer experience is improved with more intuitive apps that are delivered in less time than traditional apps. Low-code can actually save money and decrease business costs. When a business can build more applications in a shorter amount of time, costs will decrease. There is no need for developers, and a well-made low-code platform can help everyone in the workforce become more productive. As we just mentioned, low-code development can help increase productivity. This is mainly because it’s faster to build apps, so there’s more time to be spent on creative and innovative aspects of the businesses. Risk management is improved. Virtually any business idea can be automated-- and quickly. Legacy integration is quite easy. It’s less intimidating and more accessible to people in the workforce who may not be seasoned developers. Development cycles become more efficient and speed up, so deadlines are easier to meet. Business approaches can be changed with more ease.
In short-- yes! While there are some applications that will require complex coding, many business apps can be made with low-code platforms for a variety of business use cases.
It all comes down to the need for total digital transformation. Jason Bloomberg, a leading IT industry analyst and the president of Intellyx, spoke about this need in a writeup for Forbes.
“As companies proceed with their digital transformations, software becomes increasingly strategic and pervasive – which means they need more of it. Lots more.” said Bloomberg, “Because low-code platforms focus on giving professional developers the ability to build applications more quickly while minimizing the need to hand-code, traditional development backlogs become less about features and tasks and more about applications – improving both the productivity and morale of the developers as well as the customer-centricity of the apps themselves.”
There are a number of ways to implement and use low-code in your business, without a team of programmers, to build business apps. The best way to implement these applications is to build them with a low-code platform with the aid of an IT consulting firm like GGS IT Consulting. There are some great use cases to consider.
Large enterprises have many different systems in place to provide excellent customer service. Unfortunately, these systems don’t always work well together. By investing in a low-code platform to implement into your business, you can access integrated databases, any and all web services, and your own legacy systems. Low-code technology is an excellent way to build all-in-one platforms that seamlessly integrate into whatever legacy systems you need to keep around.
Innovation applications establish new digital business models and channels, all for the purposes of scaling and establishing authority for a business. These apps can utilize different technologies that are increasing in popularity, like AI and machine learning, to find new value sources. These apps start with simple ideas and require a lot of business involvement throughout the development process. Low-code can be very helpful in creating such apps, as it essentially removes the time constraints, lack of accessibility to non-developers, and excessive costs of traditional programming. Prototyping becomes easier, and integrations with other innovation apps is often quite easy to manage.
Business processes need to be effective. It’s the difference between a business succeeding or falling apart. Low-code development helps organizations adapt to constantly changing needs by forming and improving existing mission-critical business processes. And this is done much faster than traditional programming can offer.
It’s one of the biggest reasons why low-code technology is so valuable to businesses. It helps businesses optimize their processes when needed, and it can also monitor how existing processes can be further improved. This is necessary when you need to have real-time monitoring to pinpoint bottlenecks that your current business processes may suffer from. Many low-code platforms offer drag-and-drop capabilities that are fully visual to make the development process quick and easy.
Low-code technology makes adopting AI very easy and fast. Some low-code platforms incorporate AI services straight out of the box, which can help businesses leverage security, automation, and analysis. And as AI is quickly becoming the way of the future, it’s important for businesses to implement it in some way to stay ahead of the competition and stay relevant.
Excellent customer experience is one of the most important aspects of running a successful business. Low-code can assist with this in a number of different ways. To start, being about to engage your customers wherever they are is necessary to provide excellent customer experience. This can be through the phone, through social platforms, or through website chatbots. Low-code makes it easy to implement automated technologies for each of these methods to provide your customers with the information they need, when they need it, and quickly.
At GGS IT Consulting, we believe that low-code business development is on course to be the development choice of the future. With all of low-code’s benefits and use cases, we recognize that there is incredible value in helping businesses implement low-code technology into their processes. That’s why we’re here to help! Our team of experienced senior database developers, business intelligence specialists, and project managers is passionate about integrating low-code apps with legacy systems, or simply helping startups implement low-code apps as a core part of their business. We work diligently to help individual businesses customize their digital workflows and deploy their low-code applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. And it’s all for the purpose of total digital transformation, which we believe that all businesses in virtually all industries will need to implement in order to stay ahead of the competition in an increasingly digitized market. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how GGS IT Consulting can help you make the most of low-code technology and bring your business to the future.