When new business applications are created visually with minimalist hand-coding, bringing excellent value, that is, low-code.
A major EdTech brand decides to automate the enrollment system to make it seamless and easy to use. Here the low-code automation comes in handy. Educational institutions can use such low-code automation platforms to build reusable template-based apps and websites for their various needs.
Automation cuts the cost in more ways than one. It reduces repetitive operations that organizations carry out from time to time. Through Robotic Process (PRA) and BOT-based automation, organizations can streamline many manual tasks, but at the same time, building a platform still requires time and effort.
Gartner forecasts a major requirement for low-code development technologies. The market for the no-code platform will grow by 23% in 2021.Low-code and no-code platforms address this issue through drag-and-drop using visual editors. This helps the productivity of a developer by 2-8 times. Low-code integration platforms allow developers to write customized code and no-code platforms requires no coding skills at all.
What is the Difference Between Low-code and No-Code?
Many times, the terms ‘Low-code’ and ‘No-Code’ are used interchangeably. But there is a thin line difference between these two – in terms of the audience and the solution.
|Target Audience||IT Technical||Business users|
|Solution||Applicable to complex use cases||Limited to fewer use cases|
|System Openness||Open System. Can be customized as per will.||Closed System. No custom code is permitted.|
|Backward compatibility||Low backward compatibility due to heavy customization.||Fully backward compatible.|
|Applicability||E.g., Web application that expose information and automate business process||E.g., Build simple application with good UX to replace spreadsheet-based applications|
Value Generation using Low-code No-code platforms
Studies show that low-code and no-code platforms can bring extensive value to businesses. It provides many benefits like
Important Companies Offering Low-code, No-code Platforms
Many leading software as well as third-party companies provide Low-code, no-code platforms. Following are some important companies in the market.
Choosing a right Low-Code No-Code platform
Since there are many companies offering these platforms, it is important to choose the right one for your requirement. These are some of the key points to keep in mind while choosing the low-code platform.
Purpose: First and foremost is to identify the need for a Low-Code No-Code platform. Ask these questions. Will it help drive the company’s broader app delivery goals, or is it just going to solve a particular problem? After going through these carefully, companies can choose a Low-Code No-Code platform that meets their overall goals.
Fitting Your Purpose: Not all low-code no-code platforms provide similar features. Some are ideal for building mobile apps, others are best workflow apps, some other focuses on data-related problems. Hence companies should see the fitment of the specific Low-Code No-Code platform to their needs.
- Cost: Consider the Life Cycle cost of the platform and not just upfront charges. E.g.:
- Developer and User license-based charges
- Distribution charges in case the company distributes or generates the app
- Maintenance charges
- Security: Considering the data breach incidents nowadays, security is an implicit requirement of any software. When it comes to the Low-Code/No-Code platform, security is categorized into two areas:
- Internal Security: Each user should only gain access to the specific data and features they need.
- External Security: Ensure that generated app is secure to handle all data handling needs.
- Support: Vendor Support is an important (but at times overlooked) aspect while deciding a platform. Vendors provide support in various ways. Sometimes product support is outsourced to another company. This approach may sometimes be quite frustrating and can lead to poor service delivery.
It is important to choose a platform with greater low code capabilities. Low-code development platforms help build elementary automation applications with very little IT intervention. As has been specified here, it is important to choose a company that offers low code development services.
About the Author
Prasad Joshi - Senior Manager, Managed Services
Prasad comes with 21 years of IT experience. He had led large telecom transformation programs and Managed Services teams for European clients. He had also helped clients to enhance their operational excellence through Automation and Elimination.