Why Low-Code Platforms are not a Fad
In the past, when business users wanted to solve problems through application creation they have had to rely on their IT department and work around their time constraints, outsource the solution, or create a makeshift solution that often meant difficult sharing and collaboration, multiple copies resulting in errors, and a lot of manual work.
Time constraints aren’t the only issue plaguing IT departments though. There is also an overall shortage of developers and many IT leaders feel challenged by the shortage in critical development talent. So, with little time and not enough developers this meant that ideas were frequently put on the back burner. Between time constraints and the difficulty of testing and making improvements, innovation was just too difficult to make a priority.
Fortunately, there are better options now. Low-code development platforms empower business users to rapidly create fully functional applications to solve real business problems such as automating manual processes, extending current applications, and unifying multiple applications. They aren’t limited by IT time constraints because the application creation is done graphically, rather than with coding. They can get the job done in no time with intuitive visuals, simple drag and drop tools, step-by-step guided interactions, and reusable building blocks.
Once the applications are built, users are free to test, deploy, share, and make improvements including expansions. If users are looking for more than the out-of-the-box capabilities, technical developers are able to create custom building blocks and integrate them into the solution. This means that application creation can run smoothly without IT but can also receive the benefits of IT investments in APIs, micro-services, and event driven architectures.
These solutions are much more than a fad. Industries including banking, energy and utilities, insurance, and travel are already seeing the benefits. From decreased cost to increased speed, the business benefits of low-code cannot be ignored.