The top 5 benefits of low-code is a tricky topic. With more than 200 vendors and platforms offering various flavors of low-code, the list of benefits gets really long. However, for many of these platforms, the benefits can be assigned to individuals or small groups who are trying to solve a specific business problem. But to be truly valuable, low-code should provide value to the business in the form of enterprise-grade applications that streamline and digitalize processes, enable frictionless experiences that delight users, and advance digital transformation.
So, in the process of stack-ranking the benefits of low-code, the first thing I did was weed out the software vendors who don’t deliver enterprise applications. Even then, because an enterprise low-code development platform is applicable to nearly any use case the enterprise can throw at it, it was still hard to pick the five best benefits. In fact, one large analyst firm evaluates low-code platform providers against more than 190 criteria to determine which platforms offer the widest range of low-code capabilities and benefits.
But, after some review and thought, I came up with this list.
Of all the benefits of low-code development, the ability to accelerate the delivery of new software and applications is the most important. In a recent blog post, Why You Need To Know About Low-Code, Even If You’re Not Responsible for Software Delivery, John Rymer of Forrester wrote that low-code offers the potential to “make software development as much as 10 times faster than traditional methods.” Here are some of the capabilities that explain why developing apps with low-code is so much faster:
- Drag-and-drop functionality, pre-built user interfaces, and models for business processes, logic, and data models enable the rapid development of full-stack, cross-platform apps.
- Easy-to implement APIs and connectors integrate with third-party tools that developers already use, so no time is lost due to a learning curve.
- One-click application delivery automatically tracks all changes and handles database scripts and deployment processes, eliminating many time-consuming deployment and operations processes.
Business agility enables enterprises to adapt and respond to market changes and new opportunities using innovative, digital solutions that solve business problems. Being an agile enterprise has never been more important in this time when even the disruptors have been disrupted. Low-code helps enterprises pivot to new digital initiatives caused by abrupt market changes and new consumer and customer needs. How? The answer to that question partly lies in the development speed mentioned in low-code benefit #1. When you can deliver a full-stack application in a few weeks and change it in as little as a few minutes, adjusting quickly to dynamic business conditions with innovative software is easier.
But it’s more than just speed. Low-code enables you to deliver modern cloud applications that integrate with legacy systems, so you are better able to meet the changing needs of customers. Low-code makes it easy to integrate all kinds of components into your applications so your customers can interact with your business however they wish. Low-code enables you to modernize core systems by taking advantage of technology generally associated with agility, such as microservices, containers, serverless, and more.
Imagine trying to do all this with traditional coding—how agile could IT or the business really be?
3. Multiexperience Made Easy
Previously I mentioned that low-code delivers what you need to enable customers to interact with your business—their way. Independent research analyst firm Gartner calls this “multiexperience,” and it is a really critical benefit of low-code. With low-code, you start by delivering brilliant omnichannel customer experiences that rival those of the leaders without the big budgets and expensive development teams. But then it gets better.
Mulitexperience is not about the channels but instead about the user. It is the delivery of frictionless experiences across multiple touchpoints, and low-code makes this easy. With pre-built templates, automated refactoring, and easy chatbots and AI integration and more, you can ensure that all the ways that customers touch your business are consistent, and that customers can transition between different forms of engagement and interaction without having to relearn or duplicate steps. Low-code speeds up the process and removes the complexity of providing an optimal experience to every customer or user every time. You can learn more about multiexperience and low-code in this great blog post.
4. Development for All
With low-code, everybody in an organization can collaborate to deliver the best solutions, unleashing the creative potential of teams of business and IT users. Because low-code offers visual development, it is possible to build apps without coding, which can satisfy the needs of new developers or business users with a technical background. Even those without a technical background, often known as “citizen developers,” can use the pre-built functionality and code to build simple applications.
More seasoned professionals can choose to take advantage of pre-built code modules, UI templates, etc, when they like and switch over to hand-coding when they need to build something not included in the solution’s design library. This is a big draw for those who want to save time over traditional hand-coding.
5. Automated Governance That Ends Shadow IT
Number five in the top 5 benefits of low-code is built-in automated governance. What this means is that IT teams are able to monitor and control all projects with help from a central console that provides visibility of infrastructure, environments, applications, IT users, and security. In addition, developers can build and design their applications secure in the knowledge that no one can break them, and it is even possible for more than one developer or team to work on the same module at the same time.
Low-code also dispenses with shadow IT, a term that describes when unsanctioned business users build apps to use in their daily work but without the knowledge and approval of the IT department. Low-code offers ways to bring stealth development out of the shadows. Business users who are developing simple apps with low-code can follow best practices and avoid common pitfalls during application development. One unique form of this kind of governance is a dashboard that uses AI and analyzes low-code implementation and execution metrics and recommends improvements for performance, security, architecture and user experience.
Dig Deeper Into the Top 5 Benefits of Low-Code
This blog post is just a short summary of the most notable benefits of low-code. In our eBook, Make Your Business More Agile and Efficient With Low-Code, you can get more details on what low-code can do for you and your business. Download it here.