Low-Code platforms have been gaining traction within organizations as a fast and efficient method in creating business applications.
The low code market is projected to reach $27.23 billion in the year 2022 and that is just the beginning of market relevance that low-code development and low-code tools are going to gain in the coming years. It is projected that the world’s software needs are going to see an increase to such a degree that there will be a shortage of expert coders who will be able to meet the demand. Low code solutions will be able to fill this increasing demand, offering businesses a cheaper and faster way to develop those ideas without losing any of the capabilities that hard coding offers.
Let’s review how low-code is becoming the future of enterprise app development:
1. Substituting Traditional Coding with Visual Modeling
Traditional code comes with a very manual process that requires scoping, building, testing and releasing. The process can take months or even years depending on the size of the project, and often requires multiple team members who work both independently and on teams. Alternatively, low-code enables organizations to develop applications without the need to write every single string of code. A low-code platform facilitates such an environment by turning software development from a hand-coded methodology to a visual oriented development thanks to flowcharts, cloud based tools, and APIs.
As a result, developers can build software just by dragging and dropping the elements that make up the software. Hence, application development becomes much easier and less taxing on developers. It can reduce the time and amount of labor needed to move from idea to working application.
2. Opportunity for More Developers
The low-code movement will enable a more diverse team of technology experts. In the past, an organization had to choose a language to code in, like .Net or Angular, then could only hire team members who wrote in that code.
Low code app development allows a team to hire the smartest candidates and those with the right fit, regardless of coding language experience. Low-Code will provide an opportunity to a larger spectrum of developers, helping them develop an application without requiring years of experience.
3. Faster Development
Low code is a simplified coding process which means that the time it takes to create an application is extensively limited. A typical business multi-platform app takes about 6 months to complete, the same can be achieved using low-code within less than three months of time. Simple apps can be developed within a matter of days.
Low code development means that businesses can have their apps running and have it market-ready in much less time compared to hand-coded methods. Additionally, organizations can stay more agile and capitalize on opportunities faster.
4. Fewer Errors and Bugs
Errors are often common with traditional coding because we don’t know in advance where a code turns bad before it is actually executed on the test bed. The bug testing phase is a long and tricky part of code development with multiple team members testing to find bugs, then working to correct them and repeating that process. However, with low-code, each API that the developer plans to use in their software has already been tested and verified.
Also, when different application modules are put together, the system itself will check for cross-compatibility between them so that they will run better with each other. Hence the number of errors during and post-launch can be reduced and better managed than traditional alternatives.
5. The Future of AI Backed Coding
Many low-code solutions also have the added benefit of incorporating AI. The right low-code tool may use AI to run tasks, integrate data sets or make sense of unstructured data. AI can be used to test code and identify errors where humans may have missed.
Additionally, some Low-Code platforms have AI that monitors each and every action performed by the developer. So, if certain modules don’t work well with each other or if there are other modules better fit for the app, the AI will notify the developer right way, making coding easier and developer-friendly.
The Future is Here
Low code empowers existing developers to do more in less time. Low code can help organizations build interdisciplinary teams and enable a friendly software development ecosystem for future developers. Working together, developers can create, iterate and release applications in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional methods. The application built with low-code is less prone to bugs and can even be backed by powerful AI tools. Every organization should look to find ways to incorporate low-code in their development process.