Fast and reliable development of software applications is an important factor in the digitalization of companies. The advantages and opportunities offered by Low Code Development have already been discussed. The second part now deals with the so-called low code platforms as a basis for development and the question of how to find an appropriate platform.

Low code platforms - what is meant by this?

When the low code platform market first began to boom, many software developers were initially unsettled. They feared that low code platforms could possibly replace their jobs and at the same time not be able to generate reliable program code. But neither of these concerns were ultimately justified. Most low code platforms have proven to be very reliable tools that support developers in their ability to react quickly and flexibly. It is now believed that low code platforms are likely to be critical to the success of development teams in the future. This is because companies need to be fast in developing applications and applications in order to keep up with competitors, vendors and modern consumers.

What are low code platforms?

Low code platforms are platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications – with minimal hand coding and minimal setup, training and deployment costs. Today, especially in a “digital first” environment, companies want and need to be increasingly responsive, which has been and still is a key driver for the growth of low code platforms. For many, low code is the way forward because it streamlines processes.

Low code platforms: Useful or not?

Low code platforms strengthen the role of development teams to quickly respond to changing business requirements – with minimal error rate. Low code has the potential to transform the often tense relationship between IT and business units and enable them to innovate rapidly in a new digital era.

Low code platforms are becoming more and more valuable for development teams under increasing pressure to deliver projects at nearly the speed of light. Of course, there is still room for handwritten code, but low code solutions increase productivity by automating both simple and complex tasks, enabling production teams to work smarter and faster.

The advantages of low code platforms are obvious:

Low code platforms are platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications – with minimal hand coding and minimal setup, training and deployment costs. Today, especially in a “digital first” environment, companies want and need to be increasingly responsive, which has been and still is a key driver for the growth of low code platforms. For many, low code is the way forward because it streamlines processes.

  1. They are cost efficient
  2. They enable rapid go-to-market by streamlining the development and implementation of both ideas and technologies.
  3. They empower business customers to make changes in their digital strategy, as experience as a developer is often no longer necessary.
  4. Low code platforms reduce the pressure on development and IT teams.

The synergies that low code development creates between business departments and IT allows companies to turn around and adapt to changes in the market.

The right low code platform for companies

But how do companies find the right low code platform for their specific needs? Not all low code platforms are created and set up in the same way. Some are packed with features, but an inflexible architecture prevents companies from adapting them to their needs.

That’s why companies should ask themselves the following questions before they decide to buy:

Can the platform even support and handle our workload?
Does the platform offer strong support from the user community, actively maintained by partners and the architects of the platform?
Is the platform interoperable and supports the integration we need?
Is the architecture of the platform flexible enough to evolve and grow with our needs?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, then companies should refrain from using this platform. Companies should invest in low code platforms that provide great functionality ready to use, but can also be integrated with established technology – and can be personalized if necessary. This reduces the need for development “hacks”, which in turn is contrary to why companies originally invested in this type of platform.

The market for low code platforms is very diverse and continues to grow. Developers should not fear that these platforms will replace them. Rather, developers and business teams should see this as an opportunity and a useful tool that allows them to keep up with a changing market and meet customer needs. Low code platforms allow development teams to start an application, finish it and customize it later.

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