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The Explosion Behind the Low Code and No Code Solutions

  • By Rohan Roy
  • June 15, 2022
  • 358 Views

Low-code/no-code platforms (LCNC) are software development environments that allow users without coding skills to create and modify applications. These platforms enable business users to deploy new capabilities on demand fast and quickly, without relying on overburdened development teams.

Low-code no-code (LCNC) promises to unleash a “Cambrian” wave of user-generated creativity and innovation. CNC platforms are expected to account for 75% of app development by 2021, and this trend is likely to continue as 60% of current low-code/no-code users expect their weekly usage to expand, some by as much as 30% or more. With roughly 128 acquisitions worth more than $2 billion, it’s shaping into a record year for investment activity.

On this scale, democratization signifies a fundamental shift in who can develop and produce value from technology and how that value is created. Working practices and management/government of technology-based innovation would have to shift radically. And enterprise IT, which previous waves of change have already hammered, should now be prepared for the upcoming low-code/no-code revolution.

Many workers in the digital workplace are fast adopting low-code and no-code applications as their preferred technology. According to Gartner’s recent research, by 2025, 70% of new apps built by enterprises would employ low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020. The advent of low-code application platforms, or LCAPs, fuels citizen development and the rise of business technologists who work outside of IT organizations to develop technology and analytics capabilities for internal and external business usage.

Low Code Aids in Skill Acquisition:

All of this should come as no surprise. Skill shortages in the technology industry have been extensively documented, and the situation has become critical in application and platform development.

The need for developers has reached a fever pitch among IT professionals, according to recent data from Boston-based Mendix. Almost half of all respondents (57%) believe the number of people needed for custom software development increases as the cost of software development rises (61 percent ). An LCAP is a solution for many businesses.

According to Mendix’s State of Low-Code 2021 study, based on a poll of 2,025 IT professionals in six countries, 77 percent of businesses have already implemented low code to address the issue, and 75 percent of IT executives believe it’s a trend they can’t afford to ignore.

According to the study, the trend toward low-code adoption is assisting businesses in speeding up development by democratizing software development to involve business users. According to the paper, low code has the potential to resurrect massive software projects while keeping costs down and utilizing latent technical expertise currently on staff.

More than half (56%) of employees in low-code firms are now utilizing apps created on low-code platforms.

Low-code users reported increased collaboration, faster development, and cheaper costs in two out of five cases, with low-code projects reducing costs by 53% and completing 56 percent faster.

Low-code solutions are becoming increasingly important in business. Low code has been used to construct mission-critical apps by 33% of those who utilize it.

Software professionals recognize and appreciate its versatility, claiming that a low-code platform could handle half of their daily development work (51%).

Other Low-Code/No-Code Benefits Include:

Following the pandemic, businesses across industries have escalated their digital transformation projects in response to changing customer expectations and market needs.

According to Arvind Jha, senior vice president of software development at McLean, Va.-based Newgen Software, they’ve acknowledged the need to be faster than their competitors, build and provide new digital apps, and update existing applications with speed and agility.

There are Also Further Reasons for Businesses to Consider an:

Faster Market Entry:

Low-code development speeds up enterprise application development. The web-based drag-and-drop functionalities of an LCAP and reusable application components aid in the application design process. This allows businesses to get their applications to market faster and incorporate changes on short notice.

Customer Satisfaction has Improved:

Customers who grew up with digital devices expect businesses to provide similar experiences when using consumer apps. Low code allows companies to integrate numerous services more quickly, maintaining a consistent omnichannel experience.

Cost-effective IT Infrastructure:

Low-code applications support cloud and hybrid deployments, providing on-demand scalability and dramatically lowering upfront CapEx. Low-code ensures faster innovation in less time while reducing IT staffing.

More Efficient application Governance:

Application and data governance operations, including security certifications, continuous updates, performance measures, and compliance checks, consume substantial time for many IT teams. A low-code platform allows IT and DevOps service teams to manage a portfolio of applications more efficiently while maintaining complete compliance and governance capabilities.

Improved IT Governance:

Low code decreases reliance on third-party apps for quick fixes and allows for a collaborative work environment. Data, process, and security weaknesses eliminate shadow IT and promote a consistent modeling environment.

What exactly is no-code?

Programming without code is a concise definition. It’s when you use no-code tools to create a fully functional, responsive web application or website without writing any code. But there’s more to it than that. Every piece of technology, including no-code platforms, is code-based. On the other hand, no-code platforms give building blocks for every website or application, such as pages, data storage and display, individual user profiles, and file upload. People can then use drag and drop or other forms of “human-understood” commands to link these together into their application.

The Three Stages of No-Code Development:

The term “no-code movement” is relatively new in our lexicon. No-code was born in the 1990s, just as the software industry gained traction.

Phase 1: Single-Function Software and an All-in-One Platform:

Computers were command-line driven in the early 1970s. You couldn’t use a computer if you couldn’t code. Early graphic user interfaces (GUIs) built by IBM made it feasible to control fundamental computer functions without knowing code by the 1980s. However, most software was still code-driven. By the 1990s, pioneers such as Microsoft and Adobe had created all-in-one packages that vastly increased the number of users who could utilize the software. End-users don’t need to know coding to access the platform’s essential features, so programs like Word, Excel and Photoshop were created.

These platforms made it simple to complete a given work without coding but to achieve a different task, you’d have to purchase another piece of technology. Furthermore, you needed to master application programming interface (API) development and manually code the connections if you wanted these systems to link or communicate.

Phase 2: Additional Features, Plugins, and App Ecosystems:

New players democratized who could use – and even build on – computers at the turn of the millennium. Automattic created WordPress in 2003, and it revolutionized the way people make their websites. The average person could buy a theme (or access dozens of free articles) and have an essential website in minutes with pre-built modification possibilities.

Automattic released WordPress Plugins a year later, which were one-click features that could be installed on your WordPress site to increase its capabilities. The early plugins, according to reports, allowed you to sell things through your WordPress site and include forms to collect visitor information. Salesforce introduced this concept to the corporate sector in 2005 when it launched its AppExchange. Marc Benioff famously bought the moniker “App Store” rights before Salesforce’s launch but ultimately went with “AppExchange.” He gave his mentor, Steve Jobs, the “App Store” rights as a gift, which Apple used when debuting the App Store in 2008. In 2009, e-commerce behemoth Shopify followed suit with the Shopify App Store.

Apps and plugins promised that they would allow customers to enhance the functionality of their website without having to know how to write (or with only a few lines, instead of having to build exclusive features by themselves). Each program had essential elements, and many also had premium features. For many firms, becoming an app or plugin developer became not only a full-time career but also a lucrative independent business model that opened the way for the future of no-code.

Phase 3: The Capacity to Create Apps Without Knowing How to Code:

No-code platforms like WordPress, Salesforce, and Shopify continued to improve their entire systems during the 2010s to make it easier to build and customize their platforms without coding. Additionally, app designers on both ecosystems placed a greater emphasis on additional features and customizability, whether in their free plans or as premium upsells.

What No-Code Can Now Accomplish:

No-code platforms have evolved to make it simple for builders to produce a variety of technology-powered products:

Websites: Create a complete website from the ground up, modify the style and feel, and include any responsive features you want on the page, such as photographs, videos, or effects.

Create membership sites, e-commerce businesses, online course platforms, and more with web applications that resemble any of your favorite apps.

Apps for smartphones: Create an app that runs natively and flawlessly on smartphones. You can even make these available for download and usage on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Build out logic and incorporate artificial intelligence with algorithmic / AI analysis into your apps. Regressions and other in-depth analytics can be performed on almost any dataset.

Create automated processes to send emails, bills, reminders, or any other type of trigger-based job you can think of.

The No-Code Movement’s Future:

The first iterations of no-code builders were helpful in wireframes and prototypes, but most people expected you’d eventually have to learn to code. On the other hand, modern no-code builders can scale to tens of thousands of users without ever touching a line of code. This offers up a lot of possibilities for no-code in the future.

The No-Code Technology Firm:

No-code has reached such high levels of scalability and customizability that we’re likely to see entire IT companies run on it. This expands who can start a tech company and allows freelancers and other independent entrepreneurs to create “micro-SaaS” products, such as online marketplaces, e-learning platforms, custom client portals, or subscription communities, that generate great lifestyle revenue streams.

No-Code Apps will be Used Internally:

No-code makes it simple to create unique apps that are both secure and user-friendly design without coding. As a result, more businesses will embrace no-code technologies for employee-only apps like internal messaging, time tracking, and task management. This is especially true for companies that don’t have the funds to purchase established SaaS platforms or have unique requirements due to their innovative nature.

Accelerated Entrepreneurship:

New founders won’t have to go through the old procedure of creating a wireframe and funding to construct an MVP. Instead, future no-code solutions will make starting a Software Development Company more accessible than ever. You may build a prototype or even a full version of a product in a few days on your own, then test and sell it right away. This will have significant implications for people who wish to use technology to solve local business problems but don’t have a large enough market to attract venture capitalists or software developers to develop a code-based solution.

Beyond the Business:

Beyond corporate applications, the no-code movement will make it easier for community groups, nonprofits, and charities to create custom apps to further their missions. Individuals can also develop no-code apps for their own lives, such as interacting with friends, maintaining their community, or automating tasks to make certain aspects of their lives easier or more powerful.

What is the Difference Between Low Code and No code?

There is a significant distinction between low code and no code.

Low-code development makes the development process easier for non-programmers and gives them more freedom, but it does not eliminate the requirement for coding abilities. To fully implement the application’s functionalities, the ability to code is required.

This requirement is eliminated in the no-code approach, where application development is confined to a drag-and-drop process. However, the functionalities put into an application are limited because no-code development relies on premade editing capabilities.

Conclusion:

It has the potential to cause havoc with digital engineering. Low-code/no-code is already being used by leading companies to stay ahead of the competition by advancing digital maturity, enhancing business agility, and increasing efficiency. Indeed, this type of app development can shatter established company departmental silos, democratising software development like never before. For this reason alone, decoding the coder’s world poses management issues, and businesses must consider carefully how they integrate low-code/no-code into their operations. At the same time, individuals who code will always code; tapping into citizen developers will allow your devoted coders to focus on initiatives that will propel your digital journey forward.

Rohan Roy

Rohan is a rare mix of technologist and CMO at Sterling technolabs. His passion lies in helping companies to grow revenues by delivering top-notch software development services and build value-based partnerships. When not driving high-impact go-to-market strategies, Rohan scrolls twitter and often reads.
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