Navigating the low-code and no-code app development landscape
by Serena Reece, Jun 22, 2018
Business’ are changing, and integrating app development into your business strategy is crucial to compete. Businesses face a complete, digital transformation, but the power of app development is in your hands.
Apps change the way we live. The way we communicate. The way we order food. The way we shop and listen to music. Apps have optimised our lives. The challenge lies in creating apps.
Traditional software development is an expensive, time-consuming process that comes with huge backlogs; for small businesses, that work with strict budgets, traditional IT has previously been unrealistic. Times have changed.
With more companies in the app development game, people are less forgiving of bugs and the time it takes to fix them. Businesses perceive hand-coding as a slow and tedious process that only technical specialists can tackle, and speed is now a priority.
Fighting these issues, and making app development more readily available to the masses, we have entered the low-code and no-code era.
All hail the citizen developer
You do not need to be a master of programming languages to create simple apps anymore. The cloud and social media bridge the IT skills gap and empower smaller players to do bigger things and innovate at a fraction of the cost.
The low-code and no-code phenomenon simplifies programming for the masses; apps work in an entire ecosystem of cloud services — businesses can build and deploy fully functional applications without having to write a line of code.
‘Citizen developers’ are bringing true innovation and, in many cases, they bring enough power to eliminate the need for expensive IT teams. Ongoing innovations, with a model-driven declarative approach, lies at the core of software-defined everything (SDX). Innovation, combined with a model driven declarative approach, bring unprecedented levels of usability to these platforms.
Enterprise-class applications delivered, minimal coding required
Waiting for an IT team to develop a fresh app or update takes a lot of your time. You need to hold onto a competitive edge, and build your advantage and selling position in the market. Low-code development platforms were created as a solution.
Low-code development platforms use fourth-generation programming languages and rapid application development tools to replace large chunks of hand-coding, which allows you to streamline, simplify, and accelerate product delivery. You will no longer find yourself overwhelmed by huge backlogs. Errors, common in hand-coding, will be eliminated. Using the cloud allows you to start small, then roll out any number of problem-solving solutions within one scalable, integrated ecosystem.
Low code development tools auto-generate user interfaces using out of the box, pre-built drag and drop modules. You can generate the majority of your front-end with little or no coding experience. You no longer have to send every implementation request to your IT team or a third-party vendor, which saves time and money. Developers step in to build the back-end. But what if there isn’t room in your budget for an IT team?
Powered by a no-code app development platform, non-programmers can create entirely operational applications without writing a line of code. Simple applications used for capture, tracking, reporting, and processing can be built from a simple spreadsheet. You will only need software developers when some app functionality is not pre-built.
Low-code vs no-code: knowing what will work best for you
The distinction between low-code and no-code development platforms focuses on the intended user. You will choose the most appropriate option based on your budget, resources and app requirements.
Both platform types allow complete customisation. They streamline mundane tasks through auto-generation, remove common coding errors, accelerate development, and simplify continuous deployment and integration processes through horizontal scalability.
If you don’t have access to an IT team, and are looking to create simpler apps to streamline workflows and processes, no-code platforms are more affordable. But there’s only so much ‘citizen developers’ can create in a meaningful way. To optimise enterprise technology, and create applications that rival experts in your sector, you need some unique code.
Low-code platforms are a cost-effective method for companies with an existing team of developers. Professional coders can leverage visual modelling tools. This reduces the code needed to build architecturally complex applications. Less-technical employees can actively assist with front-end design, while developers focus on operational elements.
Are software developers and IT teams becoming obsolete?
No-code and low-code applications, and the business applications they create, are becoming increasingly sophisticated. But hand-coders are far from becoming obsolete.
Enabling end-users to build applications ignites innovation, but you cannot auto-generate the unique, innovative, and creative ideas that change the world — you need people for that. Plus we need people to build and maintain the low-code and no-code platform tools in the first place.
The Codebots solution allows less technical users to generate the majority of their application code using a drag and drop UI, and writing 100% developer friendly code. The Academy allows you to learn how to write the rest, or you can use your own IT team, or employ a third-party developer. The power of apps is in your hands.