Why the quality of the platforms is much better than their reputation and why they play a key role in the digitization of business processes.
The name “low-code platform” appropriately means that business applications can be created with little handwritten code. Unfortunately, it also allows the assumption that the quality of the applications is lower. However, this is not the case. On the contrary.
As the demands on software have increased with technical progress and it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to keep up with the rapid development in IT, many companies today depend on it to get along without long development and test phases. Low-code platforms offer decisive advantages over individual software development or the purchase of standard software packages that cannot be individually adapted.
Individual software development with standard modules: Is that possible?
Low-code platforms pursue a completely different way of developing software for individual needs: Applications are assembled or configured by providing ready-made software modules and an application designer for graphical user interface design. It is no longer necessary to rewrite every line of code.
Simple operation eliminates the need for extensive training for the users of the platforms. This saves time and costs, ensures high acceptance and motivation. In addition, the modules that have already been tested run without errors, so that projects can be completed more quickly and successfully. The customer receives a stable application that can withstand its high quality requirements, because even relatively complex business processes can be mapped, but the user-friendliness does not suffer. The configuration can also be extended at any time by individual code.
Who benefits from low-code platforms?
Low-code technologies are suitable for the smallest applications as well as for large projects. Computer scientists and configurators or power users (IT experts who can program something or employees who cannot program but have been trained for configuration) can work together with the same platform. If a company’s IT department does not have sufficient free capacity, the specific ideas of individual departments can be implemented directly by the department itself, independently of the IT center.
In addition, the possibility of running the construction of a complete development environment via cloud servers simplifies the entry. Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) offers all options that smaller applications need for the entire life cycle. Large projects, on the other hand, are better installed than on-premise solutions in customers’ data centers.
The platforms also offer another advantage over handwritten code: They offer many functionalities that would be far too expensive to develop in individual cases and have interfaces to other technologies. Data from different applications can be integrated in this way, which avoids duplication of work, while the included features provide additional convenience.
To sum up, low-code kits offer high-quality development opportunities and are even ahead of conventional software development in some respects. For this reason, it will be impossible to imagine a company IT without them in the near future.
Benefits at a glance:
- Quick development and publication of apps possible (16 to 20 weeks)
- Easily customizable in hours or days
- Advanced interactivity and ease of use
- Increased data security
- Connection of interfaces to existing technologies
- Problem-free data integration possible
- Easily scalable
- Cloud storage for development environments possible
- Shared use by computer scientists, configurators and administrators