Low-code is the modern way to develop applications. It resorts to visual development that abstracts and automates every step of the application development lifecycle, to reduce the complexity and time needed to deliver custom applications.
Leading companies are delivering innovative software solutions across industries - from fintech solutions, to agile workplace innovation and massive legacy migration projects, low-code can address a wide range of use cases.
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No-code platforms are designed entirely for citizen developers (technically-minded personnel not trained as professional developers), who develop small internal applications. No-code platforms are usually simpler to use but are extremely limited and not suited to develop enterprise-grade applications. Many organizations that invest in no-code platforms get pushback from professional developers due to the inherent customization limitations enforced by no-code architectures. On the other hand, low-code platforms like OutSystems provide a level of flexibility that ensures developers can extend the platform’s expressiveness and will never hit a wall.
In Business Process Management (BPM) and case management solutions, low-code is a feature, not a strategic offer. These platforms offer a scaled-down visual development IDE allowing for the creation of apps that work within the software’s own framework and architecture. These platforms are purpose-built for a narrow use case and are good at what they were built for - but they won’t satisfy the full enterprise suite of use-cases for digital transformation.
Out of the box, leading Low-code platforms ensure that application, infrastructure, and data protection controls are in place to protect your applications from the OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks, as well as the OWASP Top 10 Mobile Threats. This means that applications built with low-code are actually more secure by design, since the platforms take care of many security concerns that are usually overlooked during the development process.
When selecting a low-code platform, you need to look beyond just the speed of development, and validate that the platforms make use of standard technology to avoid lock-in and that they cover all the necessary non-functional requirements of security, scalability, performance just to name a few.
Start by searching your projects for one that addresses a real need, but is easy to solve with just a few resources. Building a web or mobile application for a small group of users in a short amount of time makes a real and lasting impact on your digital transformation. More people will see the power of low-code, and you’ll have the foundation for moving on to bigger and bigger projects that solve your most critical problems.
Companies are using Low-Code to create a wide array of applications for employees, partners and customers. A survey to 3,500 IT professionals identified the most common apps built with low-code are customer and partner-facing portals or web apps, employee-facing portals or web apps, mobile apps used by customers and partners, mobile apps used by employees and extending or replacing existing legacy systems.