In an effort to make the process of creating an app easier and more accessible to everyday business users, startups and small businesses alike have begun to turn to low-code development platforms. Custom app creation is easy, and knowing how to code is optional when you rely on low-code development software.
Low-code app development software help businesses build customized and unique applications, rather than relying on off-the-shelf platforms. Furthermore, non-technical employees can create low-code applications without considerable tech assistance.
The technical term for low-code and no-code software is IDE, which stands for “integrated development environment.” It is a software suite that consolidates the basic tools required to write and test software.
These types of cloud-based platforms allow users to drag and drop modules into the IDE to create a mobile or web application. Any employee with computer skills can build scalable applications without writing a single line of code. Via a user-friendly graphical user interface and drag-and-drop modules, virtually anyone can create user-defined apps.
The business case for low-code development platforms
The continued development of artificial intelligence makes the world of data ripe for rapid transformation. Companies will need the capability to build apps faster to meet consumer needs and stay ahead of the competition.
Low-code platforms make it easier for companies to deliver improved customer experiences. A Forrester Wave report reveals that 70-percent of IT executives believe low-code platforms are more cost-effective when compared to coding. The study also shows that 90 percent of IT executives believe low-code platforms improve customer experience.
On average, IT teams are fully taxed, spending 60-percent of their available time maintaining organizational networks. For many startups and small businesses, IT is often outsourced with little to no in-house app development skills among employees. This demand leaves no time for companies to develop custom client-facing applications.
3 key business benefits
Low-code platforms are powerful business tools that accomplish the following aims:
- Empower organizations to move from concept to a working application 20 times faster when compared to manual coding. In turn, teams can focus their energies on other mission-critical business goals.
- Enable employees to create a consistent experience for consumers across all digital assets (e.g., website, mobile, social media, etc.) and to access information anywhere, at any time, and on any device as they work from existing templates and prebuilt elements, forms, and objects to create simple working apps without the hassle of writing code from scratch.
- Facilitate collaboration between non-technical and technical business users, catering to drastically different skill sets and preferences, while unifying all stakeholders as teams work collaboratively toward digital transformation within a company.
Accelerate the digital transformation of your organization
In today’s marketplace, consumers want faster, personalized service – regardless of the industry or purpose. Low-code development is not only faster but minimizes errors with the use of prebuilt resources. Here’s a look at two ways, in particular, it can transform an organization.
Cost-effective and fast app development
For example, “The University of South Florida used a low-code development tool to create a communication platform for its faculty, staff, and students to communicate following Hurricane Irma. ‘We needed to quickly create a solution that helped us gather data from people calling our campus information line and also direct them toward the proper resources,’ said Sidney Fernandes, Vice President IT and CIO at USF.”
Leveraging the power of a low-code development platform, the USF team deployed a platform within hours and got their new app up and running quickly and in a cost-effective way.
Increased business innovation and security
Low-code development platforms also empower innovation while prioritizing and automating security. They free employees from restrictions and limited skillsets when creating applications. Rather than confining employees to policies, staff members can use their insights to spearhead innovation. Low-code platforms accomplish this with built-in and trusted security protocols.
If you need to build and deploy custom apps, take advantage of low-code development platforms, and enjoy the benefits of enterprise-wide collaboration. Together, teams across an organization can use technology to satisfy customers and outmaneuver the competition.
Megan Wright is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com, specializing in helping small businesses grow on the web while facilitating the connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide. As a business expert, Megan reports the latest business news, helpful tips, and reliable resources, and business advice. She has significant experience with the topics converging around customer experience, technology and marketing.