When it comes to building or modernizing business applications, it’s tempting to rush in with a low-code development solution. Low-code is fast, easy and simple–and you get an amazing app with minimal effort. In fact, low-code platforms are designed with built-in and pre-configured elements so that businesses can quickly digitize and roll-out their application software applications. Sounds great, but is it truly the best choice for your business? And when isn’t it?
Low-code development platforms from a variety of vendors are increasing in popularity. Traditionally, custom-coding development approaches simply can’t keep up with the high demand for new applications that have to get to market fast. Companies risk losing out to the competition or simply becoming stale before they are released. We have helped multiple companies in their search for the right platform and know from experience how important it is to evaluate application development platforms carefully to ensure the best option that will deliver the most business value to your organization, now and in the future.
Low-code is often used by knowledge workers, it lets key business stakeholders collaborate in the application dev process so that it goes faster and is more collaborative. Using icons and drag-and-drop features, the low-code approach is adequate for designing prototypes and to build and deploy simpler, smaller applications. The benefit? A low-code platform lets IT align with larger organizational goals–which in turn delivers a better application and a more successful business outcome.
Proceed with care if you are dealing with a complex business application, or if you are a software vendor looking to deploy in a SaaS/Cloud or multi-tenancy way. A low-code development approach is a “lite” approach and does not work when it comes to building or revitalizing complex business applications (like ERPs or other SORs) or creating new ERP including systems of record (SORs). If you are challenged with complex application requirements, find out how a robust rapid application development platform can simplify and accelerate your task.
Low-code development strategy supports the practical implementation of a rapid application development (RAD) platform but make no mistake: low code and RAD are not the same. Low code is appropriate for simpler applications. A robust RAD technology platform gives the ability to modernize complex business applications, such as ERPs and other systems of record (SORs). RAD tools also empower you to develop, build and deliver powerful, new enterprise applications faster. A best-in-class RAD toolset offers a more collaborative, comprehensive approach that incorporates requirements gathering, testing and reporting as well as the reuse of existing software components.
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