Considering a Low-Code Platform?
Many software developers love to build their own stack (we called that a DIY approach), based on their knowledge, experience, and personal preference. This can be a time-consuming and risky approach for their larger organization because components of stacks are constantly evolving or they become antiquated overnight. If you select a specific stack today, one or more of its components will likely have changed — making your coding efforts in vain and creating additional work. Selecting a platform that is stable, proven and ready for the future becomes critical for successful ISVs.
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. Sounds like an obvious choice, right? But you need to proceed with care, especially 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.
Low-code development platforms from a variety of vendors are increasing in popularity. Traditional, custom-coding development approaches simply can’t keep pace with the high demand for new applications that have to get to market fast–or risk losing out to the competition or simply becoming stale before they are released. For IT and business leaders, it’s important to evaluate application development platforms carefully to ensure the best option that will deliver the most business value to your organization, now and in future.
“Low-code development” defined
According to a recent Forrester Research report*, a low-code development platform enables rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding and quick setup and deployment for systems of engagement (SOEs) like Salesforce CRM.
When to Use A Low-Code Approach
Low-code is often used by knowledge workers, it lets IT and key business stakeholders collaborate in the application dev process so that it is faster and more collaborative. Using icons and drag-and-drop features, the low-code approach is adequate for prototypes and to build and deploy simpler, smaller applications—all with no low-level coding. 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.
Low-Code Development in a Rapid Application Development World
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.
When Not to Use A Low-Code App Dev Platform
A low-code development approach is a “lite” approach and does not work when it comes to 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.
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* Source: “New Development Platforms Emerge For Customer-Facing Applications” (subscription required)