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The Top 14 Benefits of Low-Code

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Jun 15, 2020 - 7 minutes read

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Melania Sulak

She specialises in writing and overseeing a broad range of content tailored to meet the needs and interests of IT B2B sector readers.

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What makes low-code such a fierce up-and-coming contender in today’s digital landscape? Is it low-code’s unique capability to enable collaboration between business stakeholders and IT teams? Is it all to do with its unprecedented speed of innovation?

Whatever it may be, it has contributed to the fact that the low-code market is currently worth $4 billion (US).

Below we explore the top 14 benefits of low-code which we believe to be responsible for its meteoric rise to fame.

So, let’s get right to it and take a closer look at low-code’s impressive range of business, operational, and user benefits.

Low-code Business Benefits

1. Faster Time-to-Market

Arguably, the most important benefit which stems from low-code development is related to its speed-enabling capabilities. With the use of low-code platforms, entire enterprise-grade applications can be delivered in as little as 2-3 days!

In fact, Forrester calculated that low-code can make software development “as much as 10 times faster than traditional methods”.

While you’ll still have to spend the same amount of time on defining project requirements and business goals, low-code’s pre-built UI templates, drag-and-drop functionality, business process, data models, etc., all help to measurably reduce your applications’ time-to-market.

2. Enhance Agility

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, being able to quickly adapt and accurately respond to market shifts and potential opportunities is crucial for the enablement of business success. If you want to grow your organisation in time to meet emerging market demands, a conventional development approach could prove too time-consuming.

Whereas low-code can help you prepare systems that meet a nearly endless list of needs – quickly and with very little risk.

Remaining an agile enterprise and being able to efficiently change course when the situation calls for it can really help your organisation stay ahead of the competition.

3. Accelerated Innovation

Low-code can help you innovate without risk as the drag-and-drop functionality and ready-made components enable you to quickly create prototypes as well as entire enterprise-grade applications. Through employing low-code, you’ll be able to build and test business concepts quickly and with relatively little effort.

Instead of presenting your idea to your team of stakeholders in a PPT presentation, you’ll be able to make a strong impact on their decision process by showing them a working, preliminary version of your concept – within days, instead of weeks.

4. Lower Costs

­Certain companies may not need a full-time, in-house programmer to realise their growth initiatives. If your business only needs to create new applications occasionally on a ‘as-needed’ basis, low-code development can help you save a significant portion of your budget.

In such a situation, you can work with a technology vendor who would be able to customise your apps, as desired, and teach your business stakeholders to easily develop new system features in the future. This is possible thanks to the citizen development capabilities provided by low-code (more on that below).

Overall, you’ll be able to save money as the cost of low-code platforms is essentially much lower than financing an entire team of permanent, in-house developers.

Low-code Operational Benefits

5. Less Coding

As the name itself implies, low-code applications require a low amount of coding and are significantly less time-consuming and error-prone than traditionally programmed solutions. In fact, this approach enables developers and business stakeholders to work more creatively by conceptually focusing on requirements and functionalities – instead of on manual work and rework.

Low-code platforms accelerate development efforts as they offer entire catalogues of pre-built components and off-the-shelf features. Thanks to this, programmers and citizen developers alike don’t need to hand-code entire systems from scratch. As a result, development teams don’t have to waste time on writing and rewriting boilerplate code.

Nonetheless, those well-versed in traditional software development can always choose to switch to hand-coding if it turns out that the application needs something which isn’t included in the low-code design library.

6. Greater Productivity

This benefit ties directly into the previous one, as by eliminating the need to write portions of the code – through employing low-code’s ready-made elements – developers have the time to get more meaningful work done. Through employing low-code, teams will no longer need to spend an unnecessary amount of time on small tasks, instead, they’ll be able to focus their attention and efforts on creating the more complex and business-relevant projects.

7. Optimised Collaboration

Thanks to their visual nature, low-code platforms streamline development processes and optimise collaboration efforts. As so many aspects of low-code applications can be based on off-the-shelf components, development teams can simply employ them, without having to spend time on unnecessary discussions around alternate solutions. This also makes low-code a great choice for co-developed, outsourced projects where teams from different companies have to come together to create business applications.

8. Cloud Hosting

Low-code applications are very versatile. They enable you to deliver full-stack solutions in weeks (or even days), allowing you to make changes to them as desired in mere minutes. This is possible because low-code solutions are ideal for cloud hosting, which itself helps to facilitate agile software delivery.

Being cloud-optimised, low-code enables you to create truly market-leading applications, which can also easily integrate with legacy software. This ensures that you’re able to easily meet your customers’ needs by adding new features and functionalities whenever you like.

9. Democratised Development

Low-code leads to the democratisation of application development because it extends this capability to ‘citizen developers’. Citizen developers are individuals who have the business knowledge necessary to create useful and functional applications, but who aren’t programmers in the traditional sense. This type of approach facilitates in-house development and contributes to better collaboration between both business and IT stakeholders, leading to the ultimate delivery of more creative, nuanced solutions. It gives individuals outside of technical teams the opportunity to contribute to the application delivery process on a continuous and meaningful basis.

10. Better Governance

Low-code’s built-in automated governance enables development teams to monitor and manage all their projects via the low-code platform provider’s central console, which gives them full control over infrastructure, environments, applications, IT users, and security. Moreover, such a console helps to ensure that none of the developed applications can be ‘broken’ by another user – in fact, multiple teams and programmers can work on the same modules simultaneously.

11. Easier Maintenance

When developing digital solutions with the use of traditional software development, maintaining and updating applications can prove time-consuming. This type of development approach usually involves IT teams having to fix bugs or add new features manually to make sure that all the new elements work together seamlessly across the entire system.

Whereas, since low-code platforms consist of pre-built and pre-tested modules all created to work well together, changes can be made to applications with ease and efficiency – with little to no risk of incompatibility.

Low-code User Benefits

12. Seamless Multiexperience

The concept of multiexperience was first introduced in 2019 by Gartner. It centres around effectively adapting to the various new devices being used on the market and the unique experiences they’re all able to offer. Multiexperience gives users the chance to connect with your business via various touchpoints along their digital journeys.

As such, enabling customers to interact with your company in a manner most comfortable for them plays an essential role in providing them with a satisfying multiexperience. This concept is all about the user – it focuses on making sure that your customer base gets a seamless experience across various touchpoints and devices.

With low-code, you’ll be able to provide your customers with enterprise-quality omnichannel user experiences without breaking your budget. This is because low-code platforms’ pre-built components, automated governance as well as quick-and-easy integrations can effortlessly render your applications smooth and consistent across a variety of devices.

13. Cross-Platform Capabilities

This benefit ties directly into the previous one as it is cross-platform development that contributes to being able to ensure a seamless multiexperience. Low-code makes it possible to build an application once and deploy it everywhere, across a range of devices. This also means that, thanks to the cross-platform functionality and 1-click deployments, adding new features and updates can be done just once for all application instances. The end result of these capabilities is to provide an equally enjoyable user experience across desktop, mobile, and tablet.

14. Excellent User Experience

Low-code platforms provide you with the type of building blocks that contribute to outstanding user experiences and intuitive user interfaces. Through employing low-code capabilities, you gain access to pre-built UI patterns and screen templates with ready-to-use layouts, styles, logic, components, and widgets. You can also rest assured that these off-the-shelf features have all been specially prepared and tested. As such, they integrate seamlessly with each other and work efficiently across a range of devices – all while maintaining an excellent user experience.

Summary

How did you find our list of the top 14 benefits of low-code? Perhaps you have your own list of favourite advantages of rapid application development? Be it speed, agility, top quality UX – low-code has the capabilities to benefit virtually any type of organisation to meet an impressive range of operational, business, and user needs.

For more information, download Objectivity’s latest white paper on low-code: “Gain more by doing less”.
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Melania Sulak

She specialises in writing and overseeing a broad range of content tailored to meet the needs and interests of IT B2B sector readers.

See all Melania's posts

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