What the Next Couple of Years Will Mean for Low-Code and App Development
May 8th, 2018 • low code
The day custom apps entered the picture, companies that embraced them suddenly had a reliable, easier way to run everyday business processes. They stopped having to depend on endless paper trails, Jumanji-style treasure hunts for information, complicated spreadsheets, and manual data entry. Coding custom apps changed the very way business was done.
But not everybody can code.
And that’s why low-code platforms became the go-to solution. When your IT team is burned out on a to-do list that’s longer than China’s famed wall, you can’t rely on apps built through extensive coding. Low-code platforms let you build apps, even if you aren’t a coder yourself. Low-code will satisfy most requirements and only if you have a specific requirement that isn’t available in the pre-built templates that are available will you actually have a need to get into hand coding.
“Hey, that’s great. But what if my coding level is…well, zero?”
Heard Of No-Code?
Just like low-code systems changed the custom app game, no-code is a revolutionary step that’s quickly being embraced by organizations worldwide.
Say you’re the expert on a particular task in your company’s workflow. Maybe it’s the stages involved in getting a purchase order signed, or something as simple as a lasagna recipe at the restaurant you work for. With a no-code platform, you can develop apps that will ensure the process gets completed as efficiently as if you were watching over every step—with the added advantage that you don’t need to know coding!
How is No-Code Different From Low-Code?
Think of low-code app development platforms as a quicker way for professional developers to create solutions, helping your IT team service other business requests. On the other hand, no-code enables the business developers themselves to create apps that solve workflow bottlenecks and other business process efficiency issues.
One makes coding easier and faster for the coders, while the other removes the need for the coder to even come between the solution and its original designer. It’s a step further, and many businesses around the world agree.
In a 2018 study of custom apps and their scope, 91% of respondents felt that productivity levels were up, with 51% stating that it was up by as much as 40%! In the same study, 76% of respondents reported a positive spike in ROI.
If every process expert was given the tools to ensure efficiency—without the ‘you should know coding’ barrier—the results are quite obvious.
Why Companies Choose No-Code Over Low-Code
Yes, no-code development is much simpler and more intuitive than low-code, but there’s more to this approach.
Less code means smaller bills, and no-code takes this a step further than low-code. Low-code programming may be cheap, but no-code literally does away with coding costs. When you solve a problem, you don’t have to spend extra on a coding middleman who brings nothing but coding ability to the table.
A study showed that 63% of corporate IT professionals name speed as the need of the hour, when it comes to productivity solutions. When no time is lost in coding, solutions are developed faster, and efficiency is immediately boosted.
There Are Less Bugs
You don’t need the Github community to confirm this one: it’s a fairly logical assumption that less coding means less bugs to iron out.
It may sound like wishful thinking, but no-code platforms are logically likely to replace the low-code model for a single, solid reason: this development follows the path of least resistance.
…So That’s the Future of Low-Code: No-Code
No-code platforms are slowly but surely edging out their older low-code siblings.
With a 93% reduction in inefficient tasks offered by an app you can get running in under 3 months without any coding, there’s no denying it—we have a clear winner on our hands.
“Customers are more than satisfied and actively compliment us on how fast we’re able to solve their issues, answer emails and answer their calls all in real-time.”
Chase Holden, Merchant Services North America
Looking into the next few months and years, it’s easy to see that we’re looking at a reality where businesses of all types are developing their own apps to streamline the productivity and efficiency of their everyday running.
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