What is Low-Code Development?
Low-code is a visual approach to software development. With low-code, you can abstract and automate every step of the application lifecycle to streamline delivery of a variety of solutions. By breaking down traditional silos of business and IT (promoting continuous collaboration), your organization can develop solutions that meets the needs of your business.
“By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.”
Benefits of low-code development
Achieve unparalleled time-to-value
- Rapidly deliver apps that your business needs with the existing talent
- Improve developer productivity with low-code attributes, such as a development toolkit (based on developer experience), a visual user interface, reusable components, and more
- Enable faster decision making among cross-functional teams with baked-in collaboration tools
Build more at scale
- Develop a variety of solutions ranging from process automation apps to mission-critical systems modernization, without incurring heavy costs
- Deliver continuous improvements to end-users with engaging web, mobile, conversational, or immersive experiences
- Build maintainable solutions that are easy to scale on cloud-native architecture
Shape a new way of developing
- Break down silos to foster a strong business-IT partnership
- Empower more developers throughout the organization to build applications and contribute
- Stay agile to respond quickly to changing business and customer needs
Anyone with an idea can use low-code to build applications. With dedicated development environments for business users and professional developers, low-code is designed to augment and synchronize the work of multiple developers.
A recent Gartner survey states that 66% of low-code development platform users are professional developers from an enterprise IT department. At their core, professional developers want to build creative software solutions to solve complex problems. Low-code provides developers with a dedicated IDE and a sophisticated toolbox that is tailored to meet their development needs. Then be that to extend apps with custom code, consume data from multiple sources, build mobile apps, or leverage microservice architecture.
“As I saw the capability of creating an entire database front-end, middle tier was no longer needed and the speed of development went from 10x to 20x to 30x faster every time I did an enhancement. Now, Mendix (low-code) is the only platform I develop in.”
— Evan Gagnier, software engineer application manager at Granite TelecommunicationsLearn more about low-code for professional developers
According to a recent Gartner report, 61% of organizations either have or plan to have active citizen development initiatives. Rather than waiting for IT, business users prefer to build their own apps. Instead of risking shadow IT, business and IT can partner together to build a formal citizen development initiative on a low-code platform. Low-code’s simplified development environment for business users — a nocode IDE — allows them to build basic productivity apps, while IT still has the visibility into the company’s app landscape.
“That (low-code) was really the first time I had built a program from beginning to end, I had never coded one before. I was like, ’Wow, I can actually do this without having a deep coding background.‘”
— Imran Kasam, EXP RealtyLearn more about low-code for citizen developers
Low-Code Use Cases
Your imagination is truly the limit to what you can create with low-code. But to make it easy, here are some examples of what you can build:
Enable self-service for easy customer interaction
New core system application
Deliver mission-critical apps in record time
Mobile app for customer engagement
Delight your customers with new digital experiences
Low-code by the numbers
The Value of Low-Code Development
Great software solutions create immense value for the business. They can help organizations drive new revenue, enhance customer satisfaction, mitigate risks, cut costs, and more. But constantly delivering impactful solutions is hard.
95% of business and IT stakeholders agree IT involvement adds value
61% of business stakeholders say less than half of their IT ideas are implemented
99% of IT and business stakeholders agree their organization would benefit from the capabilities offered by low-code platforms
£4M new annual revenue delivered by a UK-based waste management company via an eCommerce portal built on low-code
The Low-Code Manifesto
Low-code solves the fundamental disconnect between what the business needs and what software was delivered. But like any technology, companies need to use it correctly to get value out of it. So, we defined the following nine Principles of Low-Code Application Development to maximize business impact.
The 9 principles of low-code development
Experimentation & Innovation
Governance & Control