As part of Solutions Review’s Premium Content Series—a collection of contributed columns written by industry experts in maturing software categories—Zdravko Kolev, the Product Development Manager at Infragistics, shares insights on some of the reasons that motivate companies to adopt low-code development tools and platforms.
Low-code adoption will be so widespread by 2025 that it’s expected that approximately 70 percent of global enterprise software products and services will be developed with the help of these types of product development automation tools. But what’s behind this rush toward low-code adoption?
Five to ten years ago, low-code platforms were predominately associated with low-quality technological solutions. However, innovations have changed things dramatically. Developers, creative digital product teams, and organizations have been moving away from these low-quality tools because they lack the programming capabilities, controls, and UI kits to deliver production-ready business applications. The results were often incomplete and came down to generated spaghetti code and prototypes that couldn’t translate to fully functional software. With low-quality solutions, the need for hand-coding, expensive resources, and separate design tools for designers and developers weren’t reduced to any great extent in the digital product development cycle.
Thankfully, modern-day low-code tools have matured and are much more sophisticated. They manage things like HTML/CSS, page layout, screen sizes, responsiveness, theming, branding, and coding and can now eliminate most of the challenges across teams and processes by:
- Eliminating designer-developer handoffs and POCs that are often discarded, completely reworked, and never really used.
- Decreasing the number of UI/UX inconsistencies with tooling that incorporates pre-defined patterns, pixel-perfect screens, templates, reusable components, and additional customization options.
- Reducing technology churns and long-term maintenance costs thanks to the high-quality code output and graphical programming approach.
- Providing a single source of truth, easy access to files, improved communication, feedback, and visual IDE for everyone involved in the design-development cycle.
- Delivering connectors and adapters to popular digital design platforms like Sketch and Adobe XD to ensure fast-app creation and jump-start initial app-building processes and work.
If you plan to adopt a low-code application development platform, keep in mind that not every product on the market may be a proper fit. Here are five key things to consider:
3 Reasons for Implementing a Low-Code Development Platform
Understanding your current and present needs is the most critical aspect when choosing low-code tooling. To consolidate automated digital product design and development methods and benefit the most from such low-code solutions, determine the purpose of your automation and digitalization strategy. Decide how much you want to automate for present needs and how much you want to optimize for the future. Here are a few common reasons for implementing low-code development platforms in a company.
Reason 1: You are trying to fend off developer shortages and supply challenges and grow your team without experiencing difficulties maintaining a clear-cut budget.
Using a low-code tool can be helpful in the above situation because it provides a simple IDE and drag-and-drop UI that helps automate manual, error-prone, and repetitive tasks.
Old development models like the waterfall methodology and then d-coding can also be eliminated, making it even simpler and faster for less experienced developers and IT newbies to build their first app. By handling these repetitive individual tasks, low-code app builders save plenty of time and enable experienced dev teams to focus on the app’s business logic.
Reason 2: You want to eliminate the need for using multiple tools across digital product design and development teams.
Designers often work with Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, and other platforms. Meanwhile, programmers use frameworks like Angular, Blazor, and React, and code editors like Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. These worlds collide in POCs and can cause exchanged handoffs to start pulling up alongside additional changes, errors, fixes, reworks, tests, and trials.
Thankfully, there are low-code tech solutions that democratize the app development cycle and easily integrate with existing design and dev systems. Once combined, low-code app makers work as a single source of truth for multi-disciplinary fusion teams, fostering operations like ideation, design, communication, prototyping, user and usability testing, development, and deployment. A comprehensive tool would even integrate code generation in Angular, Blazor, React, and other popular frameworks, facilitating real-time app preview and assessment.
Reason 3: You want to handle a larger volume of projects and increase their scope.
More than 500 million apps and software services are expected to be built and deployed in the digital world by the end of 2023, according to IDC FutureScape. This means that if you plan to increase the scope and market of your IT projects, now is the time to act. How can low-code help? Say you want to migrate from desktop and start building for the web without worrying about CSS/HTML and web layouts. The ideal low-code platform, in this case, would be the one that has an integrated design system. With such capabilities and UI kits, a platform like that can turn designs into clean, production-ready code, transforming them into responsive web apps with a click.
The key takeaway is this: clarify the reasons to identify the purpose and adopt low-code platforms when there is a good fit for them in the company, process, teams, and projects.
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