The Low-Code Development Guide

Low-code is all about changing the way companies deliver enterprise applications so they can truly innovate. This guide tells you how.

What is Low-Code?

Low-code is the modern way to develop applications. It resorts to visual development that abstracts and automates every step of the application development lifecycle, to reduce the complexity and time needed to deliver custom applications.

Benefits of Low-Code

Companies using low-code can create applications in a fraction of the time and with the resources they have, but there’s more to low-code than just speed!

Fast Time to Value

Developing and evolving applications faster means you’ll reduce your backlogs,  get to market faster, and realize value sooner.

Easy Integrations

Low-Code platforms simplify integration with existing systems and support the creation of APIs to fuel the next generation of apps.

Great UX by Default

With low-code, you can design from scratch, customize pre-built templates, or import existing designs, while ensuring  performance or functionality.

Modern Architectures

Low-code platforms support advanced architectures to provide the flexibility to start small and scale up ensuring performance, governance and transparency.

Bullet Proof Security

Low-code platforms enforce security technologies, processes, and audit trails regardless of the hosting solution or the experience and attention of the development teams.

Flawless Deployments

Pre-deployment impact assessments that accounts for the entire portfolio of applications, along with simplified staging across environments ensure deployments are successful.

What Can You Build with Low-Code?

Leading companies are delivering innovative software solutions across industries - from fintech solutions, to agile workplace innovation and massive legacy migration projects, low-code can address a wide range of use cases.

Inchcape Halves Port Call Cost Estimation Time with a New Digital Process and Portal

See how Inchcape escaped a legacy system and cut port call cost estimation by half with a new digital process and portal delivered with OutSystems in 13-weeks.

CITIC Telecom CPC Modernizes its Application Portfolio

CITIC Telecom CPC’s complex application portfolio held back innovation. See how this ICT service giant built a digital factory production line with OutSystems.

Thinkmoney Powers Customer-Centric Digital Transformation with OutSystems

Learn how thinkmoney used OutSystems to power their digital transformation and build customer-facing apps, including a mobile banking app delivered in 14-weeks.

The Low-Code Market

Industry analysts Gartner and Forrester rank OutSystems as a low-code leader and offer the most complete coverage of the low-code market.

Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms Gartner Magic Quadrant

LCAP - Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, 2021

Low-Code Development Platforms
For Professional Developers

Low Code Development Platforms for Developer Pros - Forrester Wave

Frequently Asked Questions

No-code platforms are designed entirely for citizen developers (technically-minded personnel not trained as professional developers), who develop small internal applications. No-code platforms are usually simpler to use but are extremely limited and not suited to develop enterprise-grade applications. Many organizations that invest in no-code platforms get pushback from professional developers due to the inherent customization limitations enforced by no-code architectures. On the other hand, low-code platforms like OutSystems provide a level of flexibility that ensures developers can extend the platform’s expressiveness and will never hit a wall.

Related article: Low-Code and No-Code

In Business Process Management (BPM) and case management solutions, low-code is a feature, not a strategic offer. These platforms offer a scaled-down visual development IDE allowing for the creation of apps that work within the software’s own framework and architecture. These platforms are purpose-built for a narrow use case and are good at what they were built for - but they won’t satisfy the full enterprise suite of use-cases for digital transformation.

Related Article: How to build Workflows with Low-Code

Out of the box, leading Low-code platforms ensure that application, infrastructure, and data protection controls are in place to protect your applications from the OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks, as well as the OWASP Top 10 Mobile Threats. This means that applications built with low-code are actually more secure by design, since the platforms take care of many security concerns that are usually overlooked during the development process.

Related Article: How Secure is Low-Code?

When selecting a low-code platform, you need to look beyond just the speed of development, and validate that the platforms make use of standard technology to avoid lock-in and that they cover all the necessary non-functional requirements of security, scalability, performance just to name a few.

Related Article: Evaluating the best low-code development platforms

Start by searching your projects for one that addresses a real need, but is easy to solve with just a few resources. Building a web or mobile application for a small group of users in a short amount of time makes a real and lasting impact on your digital transformation. More people will see the power of low-code, and you’ll have the foundation for moving on to bigger and bigger projects that solve your most critical problems.

Related article: How to Choose your First Low-code Project

Companies are using Low-Code to create a wide array of applications for employees, partners and customers. A survey to 3,500 IT professionals identified the most common apps built with low-code are customer and partner-facing portals or web apps, employee-facing portals or web apps, mobile apps used by customers and partners, mobile apps used by employees and extending or replacing existing legacy systems.

Related article: What can you build with Low-Code

Additional Resources
Low-Code Demos

Watch demos of application development with a low-code platform.

Evaluation Guide

Learn the details about OutSystems modern application development platform.

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