What is low-code Development?
Low-code development is a way to design and develop software applications. In low code development, we can develop software fast and with minimal hand-coding. It enables skilled people to deliver value more reliably and more quickly. Low-code uses visual modeling in a graphical interface to assemble and configure applications, developers skip all the infrastructure and re-implementation of patterns that can bog them down and go straight to the unique 10% of an application.
Nowadays Low-code application development is becoming increasingly popular. It’s good news because it is a true revolution in business software. It allows much faster delivery of business applications with a minimal investment in training and minimum of manual programming and implementation. Low-code platforms come in all shapes and sizes. And that is precisely the problem. Because for what purpose do you want to use the various options?
Broadly speaking, you can divide the low-code platforms into three categories, all of which offer a solution for the same problem: the slow delivery speed of business applications. With a low-code platform, programming is limited to a minimum and a lot of functionality no longer needs to be developed from scratch. low-code applications can always be easily modified, in contrast to a customized software or software package. When low-code software development came into vogue, the available platforms were mainly suitable for creating simple web-apps with limited functionality. There are currently a lot more different platforms, and the depth in terms of possibilities and areas of application has increased immensely. Let us examine the three individual categories.
- No-code apps
No-code development is the lightest variant in the low-code landscape. No-code is often introduced by the business as a reaction to an inflexible IT department and usually without any consultation. The available development platforms are mainly focused on end-users within organizations with little or no technical knowledge, who want to have easier access to their business applications through a visual (web-based) environment.
- Low-code apps
low-code application platforms are a more powerful category than no-code. Low-code is often used as part of the strategy to extract data from the legacy systems, sometimes driven by the business and in other cases by the IT department. Low-code platforms are also intended for citizen developers with a business or IT background.
- Low-code ERP
The most advanced low-code variant consists of platforms with which you can build fully-fledged ERP systems. The implementation of low-code ERP is by definition a strategic choice to be made by top management. Software development with these platforms requires more technical knowledge and training than no-code/low-code app platforms, but the resulting applications can be modified just as flexible. It requires far fewer developers, which is a great advantage.