Low-code technology is taking the application development market by storm, so it is important to understand how this new technology can impact your business and see if you can benefit from it.
What is a low-code development platform, and how does it work?
It is a modular software environment that facilitates the rapid building of applications by lesser skilled personnel, with little to no code-writing expertise, by utilising a “drag and drop” system. Application components can be connected together to create bespoke mobile or web apps, by non-IT personnel, who understand their business processes, and how these components can be integrated to enhance capabilities and improve workflow.
It gives businesses the ability to create apps with the desired functions and features to suit their needs, without waiting for a developer to write any custom code.
Apps developed on these low-code platforms can be used internally and externally by the workforce and customers alike. These platforms can be used to create apps for a wide range of business and technical purposes.
The advantages of low-code developments platforms are many
It allows the business to develop tactical apps to handle simple functions and processes integral to a business’s core processes. They may require minimal back-end code to align it to existing systems or software or to modernise and digitise legacy systems. The speed at which this can be achieved is critical to keeping up with customer demands and competitor advancements in this digital age.
It also means that ongoing problem-solving and tweaking of systems are left in the capable hands of non-IT personnel, making for more efficient and effective use of resources, leaving the professional developers to work on more value-adding initiatives.
The challenge in the low-code environment
With any new technology, there is a demand for low-cost, rapid and continuous development, which generates its own unique problems. It will also be easy for a business/organisation to lose sight of what is being implemented or what the initial system requirements were when unskilled employees are empowered to build multi-functional software. This kind of freedom may lead to potential issues with data integrity, or other significant risks.
The AZ Consulting solution
Taking all of this into consideration, it makes sense to make use of a digital consulting firm such as AZ Consulting to ensure that all your efforts in the IT space bear fruit. We use Mendix to create the low-code solutions that will suit your business, and identify the more complex or bespoke requirements for applications that require professional development, ensuring all work together to contribute to the smooth running of all business processes and functions. Our focus is on advanced digital transformation, with monetizing where applicable. Contact us for further information on how we can assist you.