Low Code App Development – Part 3

Reasons Why Users are Adopting Low-Code Development

According to a survey, here are some reasons why users are adopting low-code development:

  • They want to create a better way to work (83 percent)
  • To become more productive (63 percent)
  • To increase satisfaction at work (48 percent)
  • To help others in the organization (42 percent)

From Development to Deployment 

Enabling and engaging business users is one of the most noteworthy problems that low-code platforms solves. How? Well, low-code platforms follow a development method that is visual.  You build the user experience, as it would be for an end customer, just by dragging and dropping UI components.  The positive effects of this are far-reaching. For example, the focus remains on the business and customer experience rather than on technology. The auto generated code is based on enterprise standards and best practices and therefore removes the risk of human errors while coding.

 

The UI components for drag and drop are pre-standardized and pre-tested, removing unit-level testing that is linked with traditional development processes.  The components are reusable across other apps, and cut the time it takes to build future apps to considerable extent.

 

Integration testing is a common term associated with traditional development, wherein, disparate app components are built in silos. When the code is ready, it is merged and goes through various rounds of integration testing. Low-code platforms, on the contrary, are driven by business people. Whenever there is a need to create a low-level component, the technical team is approached. Still the components produced are automatically available as pre-standardized and pre-tested components, avoiding integration testing entirely.

 

When app building is completed, the app can be moved from development to staging to production environments in an effortless way.  Modern low-code platforms have features like containerization and DIY private cloud, in which the underlying app and its dependent software stack are not changed and are moved straightforwardly to environments with different hardware configurations.  So you will never face a condition in which QA says, “It’s not working” and the developer says “It worked for me in my system” (which is common in traditional development approaches).

With the whole app lifecycle from development to deployment fast-tracked and standardized in the low-code development method, it’s no surprise that big-IT players are latching on to it without any reluctance.

The Future

The big names like Google and Microsoft are playing the ecosystem game.  They will work towards getting apps created and integrated easily with all the cloud services they extend including database services, analytics services, deployment services and more. They will focus on providing an end-to-end app that will exploit the range of services in their ecosystem with ease.

Smaller players will not have much to worry about.  Most of the pure-play vendors cater to the enterprise market. Platforms like Google AppMaker and Microsoft PowerApps are going to take some time to become full-fledged enterprise low-code platforms.

At that point we can expect to see the consolidation of the low-code market with the pure-play vendors.

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