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AiThority.com Primer on What is Low-Code Development: Definitions, Stats and Tools

App building is for everyone. Thanks to the recent spurt of low-code, and zero-code development kits. Businesses are turning to low-code strategy to accelerate their digital transformation journeys. According to a Gartner report, almost three-fourths of the global application development activities would be migrated to low-code platforms by 2024. In 2020, low-code strategy holds a huge significance for all business groups. Marketing, Sales and Customer Support teams stand to benefit the most from learning about the low-code development activities and its approach in a non-IT environment.

What is Low-Code Development?

Low-code development is a branch of application development that needs minimal professional expertise in Programming languages and IT.

Mendix states –

“Low-code is a visual development approach to application development. Low-code enables developers of varying experience levels to create applications for web and mobile, using drag-and-drop components and model-driven logic through a graphic user interface.”

According to OutSystems, a Low-code Development (LCD) kit is a software development approach. LCD enables the delivery of applications faster and with minimal typed-coding. In 2020, IT leaders predict a rise in the number of instances where emerging techniques such as Computer Vision, RPA, AIOps, Visual Programming, and Voice Simulation are leveraged to write code. These are part of a Low-code strategy expected to become mainstream in the future.

Comidor provides a more generic tech-based approach to LCD. It states, “Low- Code is a visual development approach that allows users to create applications by simply dragging and dropping components in a graphic user interface.”

Quick Facts: Where is Low-Code Development Market Heading To?

Low-code platforms accelerate the product development process by 10x times. In 2020 more than 50% of developers will use a low-code product. (Forrester)

As Salesforce puts it, “Low-code application development also helps keep IT teams small, agile, and focused on more innovative and complex tasks.”

Salesforce is a leader in low-code application development, recognized in “The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms for Application Development & Deployment Professionals, Q1 2019.

Nearly 90% of Salesforce customer organizations use AppExchange solutions and almost 6 million installs are tapping into the power of the world’s leading Enterprise Cloud ecosystem. All these development are leveraging Salesforce’s next-generation low-code tools to build apps faster.

Low-code development cuts down on app building machinery, time spent to create apps, and overall cost. According to Appian, low-code is the real-innovation.

Open-source and Low-code development are disrupting the digital economy. (IBM)

Further innovations in AI, Cloud Computing, IoT, Mobility, and Application Development are hinged on how quickly businesses adopt Low-code strategies.

Artificial Intelligence provides greater efficiency to low-code BPM systems. (Comidor)

The rise of Open APIs and no-code or low-code programs are strategically important in building a successful business. With AI and Supervised Machine Learning techniques, low-code is expected to reduce the sweat and pain that currently go into building apps and SDKs.

According to Creatio, low-code holds “the key to the creation of numerous solutions your business needs.”

Low Code Benefits to Digital Business Operations

LCD approach brings benefits directly into the lap of business leaders. Some of the qualified benefits listed down in various Low-code research reports are listed here.

  • Improved Agility
  • Decreased App Development Costs
  • Higher Productivity
  • Better Customer Experience
  • Effective Risk Management and Governance
  • Nimbleness and Ease of Deployment
  • Better Results at all Organizational Levels
  • Secured Independent IT Workflow

Leading Low-code Development Tools

  1. DWKit
  2. Salesforce Lightning
  3. Pega Infinity by Pegasystems
  4. Appian
  5. Creatio
  6. Kissflow
  7. Zoho Creator
  8. OutSystems
  9. Mendix Studio
  10. Visual LANSA
  11. Quick Base
  12. ServiceNow (which just acquired Loom Systems and Passage AI earlier this month)

Sadly, Google has decided to kill off its low-code development platform App Maker. It will be unavailable from Jan 2021.

(To share your insights on IT, DevOps and Low Code Development, please write to us at sghosh@martechseries.com)

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