Although the concept is not entirely new, the phrase ‘low-code development’ has only recently entered into common usage. Most SMBs will always welcome the opportunity to manage a costly process in-house, and app development is no different. Using low-code technology which reduces the need for complex hand-coding, organisations can meet their specific business requirements with apps which are supported by mobile and other devices.
How does it work in practice?
Low-code service providers have pioneered the use of innovative software which saves time and money on the cost of coding, but if a business is interested, where would they start? Traditionally, apps are created through numerous lines of code. It’s an extremely time-consuming process, especially when you consider the average iOS app has 50 000 lines. Low-code solutions change all that by allowing a user to select individual elements for their app, then drag these into position. Just like creating a webpage on Wordpress or Wix, it’s as simple as choosing a colour scheme, layout and features to include in the finished product.
What can a low-code platform deliver?
Each low-code platform needs to provide the average business with a straightforward interface which they can use to build an app, the best versions include a stage by stage guide, minimal jargon and access to help when needed. The platform must offer tools which streamline app development, but simultaneously allow more confident IT workers to customise the project with third-party security, mapping or analytics. This is a big ask from any one platform, especially when the user experience needs to remain simple and unified. However, low-code platforms are constantly improving and as they fulfil a fundamental need which has so far remained unmet, there may soon be a steep rise in demand for the software.