With innovations occurring, the way we perceive tech is evolving. There’s no more need to have mature technical background to develop an app due to the existence of low-code platforms. They are allowing for building applications through a graphical user interface (GUI).
As per the study conducted by Gartner in 2019, low-code development will acquire more than 65% of app development by 2024.
Companies use cloud-based low-code platforms to digitize their external and internal processes. When low-code software vendors develop their tools, they keep in mind the requirements of common users who do not have much software development experience.
Every low-code platform has unique functionality and serves particular audiences, hence their propositions at the market differ from one another. Businesses use low-code tools in integrating CRM workflows, or in specific business use cases. The main reason why companies look up to low-code application platforms is that they allow them to advance their software development capabilities without stretching financial, technical, human, and other resources.
With a drag-and-drop editor the majority of low-code tools have, building your app UI and creating workflows is easy and fast. Also, most of the low-code solutions offer predefined templates, widgets, and other UI components you can use not to build your app from scratch. Thanks to in-built advanced data analytics support, you can optimise your workflows and make your web app better as more data pours in.
With API integration, you can connect a low-code app builder to any business system and workflows. You can also make the needed tweaks by adding advanced filters and information queries.
More and more companies are starting to use low-code dev platforms, and their number is rising exponentially. Here are some of the popular low-code application platforms that have already made their mark:
AppSheet is a no-code platform for building mobile and desktop apps connecting to your data sources using Dropbox, SalesForce, Google Drive, and other third-party apps. You can use AppSheet for inventory management, project management, etc.
PowerApps by Microsoft is a development platform for building low-code apps to digitize various processes. This tool for low-code development allows you to build an app using predefined templates and drag-and-drop editor. You can deploy the created app quickly, and extend its functionality with Azure Functions and custom connectors.
UI Bakery is a good-looking and intuitively understandable UI builder for creating internal tools and business apps like inventory management software, admin panel, data visualization tools, CRM, etc. It offers a range of ready-made templates, widgets, and other UI components you can use to create a UI. You can connect your UI to databases & third-party APIs, and deploy your app right from the platform.
Even large IT companies have already realized the potential of low-code development. In the long run, low-code and no-code tools will impact the role of the IT personnel in businesses: IT persons will be more focused on supervision and monitoring rather than on programming and debugging.
Here are the key benefits low-code development brings:
Many analysts believe that no-code and low-code platforms are analogous to computers before the development of operating systems (OS) – the event that changed the whole IT industry due to the new graphical ways of computing. Prior to the OS occurrence, the power of tech was concentrated in the hands of coders, however now any tech enthusiast can taste computing. Thus, history is repeating itself with the appearance of low-code platforms.
In the past, programming languages like C, Python, etc. took the pain away with easing out the whole programming scenario and hiding the complications involved with a programming process. It was really helpful for developers in building apps.
Now, low-code development platforms are looked upon as the next step of the IT revolution.