The 4 Characteristics of High-Performance Low-Code


High-performance low-code is the only category of low-code that enables you to build complex, strategic, mission-critical consumer and internal software. It has no limits in terms of providing end-to-end application development and updates–no additional licensing, no scalability issues, and no data “do-overs” for updates–as you move from department app to enterprise-wide software. In this blog, I explain high-performance low-code and the four characteristics that elevate it beyond other low-code platforms.

High-performance low-code and what it can do for you

Developing today’s applications by hand is tough, and it takes months or even years. Low-code, which enables IT teams to create applications with minimal hand coding and your existing teams, has become a popular option for slashing that time to weeks.

So, just how popular is low-code? Let’s look at the market. In January 2023, AI Multiple identified 223 vendors who offer low-code. That’s quite the dizzying array of vendors. Gartner has done the market a favor by narrowing the field to 17 low-code vendors in its 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ and critical capabilities report.

But choosing a low-code vendor can still be difficult because they seem to be a lot alike. It all comes down to what you need to develop.

If you want to use low-code to build an application that is critical to your business success–frontend, backend, automation, and all integrations-you don’t have to wade through the long list. You can do it all with high-performance low-code–consumer apps, complex process automation, ERP, CRM, and more. It provides everything you need to develop with speed and precision and continuously adapt them as required, no matter their size and scale.

It’s low-code on steroids, supercharging your development teams so you can respond rapidly to digital urgency and organizational change.

High-performance low-code radically accelerates development, promotes elite-level CI/CD, and empowers teams to deliver unique, high-value, complex apps fast.

Four main characteristics separate it from the rest of the pack. Let’s explore what they are.

1. Super power


High-performance low-code provides the power of full-stack development without the headaches. Your team can build apps without being limited by technology, losing control of code, or wasting time. Unique tools powered by artificial intelligence (AI) ensure architectural soundness, identify vulnerabilities, and remove bottlenecks.

With high-performance low-code, new developers have what they need to create user interfaces, frontends, backends, and automation while becoming cloud-native powerhouses without learning new skills.

Pros can concentrate on the development that needs their unique and seasoned touch and even extend what they build with custom code. The apps they develop integrate effortlessly with existing systems–either through open-source connectors or ones your pros write themselves.

High-performance low-code also delivers the power of cleverly applied AI and automation to accelerate the entire software development lifecycle. It offers your team an AI-based coding expert that coaches them through complex builds in real-time and frees them from drudgery.

An always on-call, AI-based enterprise architect makes sure your code meets critical architectural standards. Automated visual debugging and merging can pause execution at breakpoints, run logic step-by-step to find errors, and triage the differences caused by devs working on the same module.

Now that’s powerful!

2. Hyper agility


High-performance low-code is incredibly agile. It provides what you need to develop pixel-perfect, robust, responsive, and AI-driven consumer applications and experiences–as well as internal apps, portals, and core systems–and change them as soon as it’s required.

Reusable modules, connectors, and UI components speed up application delivery are accessible through a development environment or a central repository. It’s easy to drop them into applications–saving hours of busywork–when the market and business demand a major change–fast.

High-performance low-code is also agile in that it doesn’t limit you to specific tools, environments, operating systems, or interpreted models. For example, if you already use specific tools for DevOps, high-performance low-code offers the ability to integrate with them instead of forcing you to use a proprietary solution. You have a choice of public and private cloud, on-premises, and cloud-native environments for development.

If your developers prefer to develop on a Mac, they have an IDE built for it, instead of having to run emulators.

If they want to become elite cloud-native developers, they can take advantage of a cloud-native runtime that incorporates Kubernetes, Linux containers, and modern cloud services for data, networking, authentication, provisioning, and more–without doing any of the hard work, like standing up cloud architecture or learning serverless development.

3. Marsec-level security


High-performance low-code takes protecting what you build to its highest level so you never have to worry about cloud crashes or data loss.

Although security is embedded in the app generation process of many low-code platforms, high-performance low-code generates source code that may be scanned for vulnerabilities and issues. Low-code platforms that generate apps by interpreting models do not offer that level of security.

High-performance low-code security includes 500 validations from design to runtime to ensure that what you build with the platform is secure by design. Fixes for DDOS, newly identified code vulnerabilities, mobile threats, and other protections are automatically applied to your apps.

Unique to high-performance low-code, you can apply enterprise SAST solutions to increase assurance. It provides a sophisticated governance model that is suited to enterprise software factories and offers compliance designations such as SOC2, HIPAA, and more.

4. Colossal scale


With high-performance low-code, the applications you build can quickly expand from department-level with a handful of users to ones that handle millions of simultaneous users when needed–without affecting speed and performance. Its next-generation visual, model-driven development tools with elite-level CI/CD practices turn your team into a cloud-native innovation factory.

There is no complex, custom scripting needed to scale your app–or even scale the number of apps you need to develop. Your teams publish with a single click, while dependency analysis prevents changes, small or massive, from breaking your portfolio or the app. An AI-driven performance tool constantly reviews code, ensuring that apps will consistently perform and scale at peak levels.

High-performance low-code also automates the scanning of an entire portfolio of hundreds of apps to find ways to reduce technical debt and ensure best practices are followed. Built-in testing tools and analytics measure the user experience and identify bottlenecks. Your developers also benefit from receiving user feedback right in the apps they build.

How many high-performance low-code platforms do you have to evaluate?

Now that you’ve learned what makes high-performance low-code special, you might be wondering how many high-performance low-code platforms are out there. Do you have to evaluate two, three, four, or more? Have I got great news for you!

You see, there’s only one high-performance low-code platform: OutSystems. Other low-code platforms may claim to be high-performance, but don't let them fool you. We created this Buyer's Guide to High-Performance Low-Code Platforms to help you identify what the other platforms are missing.

The OutSystems low-code platform is the only one that has the characteristics you need to execute big, impactful consumer, internal, and business-critical applications at scale in high-stakes environments. To learn more, visit our high-performance low-code platform page.