Benefits of Low-Code

The benefits of low-code are delivered by purpose-built applications that include a low-code framework, tools for multi-experience development, and some automation, integration, and impact reporting capabilities.

Criteria for Establishing Low-Code Benefits

Today, more than 300 vendors and platforms offer various flavors of low-code. However, the majority of these low-code tools are really no-code tools that benefit individuals or small groups who are trying to solve a specific business problem.

So, in the process of stack-ranking the benefits of low-code, software vendors who don’t deliver enterprise applications weren’t included. 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.

Top 5 Low-Code Capabilities and Benefits

Speed
Agility
Multiexperience Made Easy
Innovation for All
The End of Shadow IT

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Speed

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:

Rather than writing thousands of lines of complex code and syntax, you can use low-code to build complete applications with modern user interfaces, integrations, data, and logic quickly and visually. Applications are delivered faster and with minimal hand-coding. You can learn more about the benefits of low-code in this article.

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.

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Agility

Business agility enables enterprises to adapt and respond to market changes and new opportunities using innovative, digital solutions that solve business problems. Low-code helps enterprises pivot to new digital initiatives caused by abrupt market changes and new consumer and customer needs. For example, you can deliver cloud applications that integrate with some legacy systems, so you are better able to meet the changing needs of customers. You can deliver applications across more platforms so your customers can interact with your business however they wish. Low-code also enables you to take advantage of technology generally associated with agility, such as microservices and containers.

Imagine trying to do all this with traditional coding—how agile could IT or the business really be?

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Multiexperience Made Easy

It was previously mentioned that low-code delivers what’s needed 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 development offers pre-built templates, automated refactoring, and easy chatbots, and more so that you can ensure that all the ways that customers touch your business are consistent, 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.

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Innovation for All

In the Speed of Change report published last year, when asked about the degree of difficulty in hiring full-stack developers, the majority of the IT leaders evaluated it as “difficult or very difficult.” The reason for that is that most organizations still struggle to hire the skilled and specialized developers they need to pursue their digital transformation goals. The lack of financial resources and cultural attractiveness of Google and Amazon are the main culprits.

The speed and development simplicity of low-code enables junior developers and tech enthusiasts without a strong background to build apps as if they were full-stack developers. Just as importantly, it empowers skilled developers to work more efficiently, so they can focus on more complex, less mundane aspects of programming. This way, companies of any size are able to maximize their existing resources and deliver the solutions their business requires to stay competitive.

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The End of Shadow IT

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. With its focus on innovation for all, 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.

Additional Resources
Low-Code Demos

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

Evaluation Guide

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