Traditionally, allocating compute, storage, and networking resources to applications has been a slow, complex task. A new generation of application development tools, dubbed Low Code/No Code solutions, are gaining attention because they have the potential to speed up the process. They enable business line personnel to take on work that usually requires developers; however, these systems are not a development cure-all.

Legacy Limitations Become Clear

Developers spend much of their day (often 70% to 80%) performing mundane tasks, such as building, maintaining, and updating legacy software and infrastructure. Writing infrastructure code by hand can be exceedingly slow because such software is complicated with layers of technical debt, and often requires that developers understand infrastructure innards.

Corporations often find that their development work is standing still rather than moving forward.

Low Code’s Benefits

Recent technical advances dramatically altered software design, and Low-code/No code tools are an interesting, emerging option. They have a modern design and take advantage of modern advances. These solutions are built to minimize and sometimes eliminate the hand-written coding traditionally needed during application development.

Low Code/No Code products can automate select, traditional chores, especially for business users. For instance, they can help ETL (extract transform load) development. Corporations create large volumes of data and want to mix and match information, with the goal of gleaning insights that positively impact the business. Because data was created in silos, moving information from one system to another requires complex, time consuming translations. Low code/no code systems speed up such work.

Low-code platforms fit with

  • Business Process Management (BPM) platforms, which support Model-Driven Development (MDD) where developers diagram how software should work before building it.
  • Website platforms enable enterprises to speed up delivery of new Web pages and content.
  • Integration has become more challenging as software companies mix and match more features. Low-code/no-code platforms streamline that process.
  • Mobile applications are quite popular in the enterprise, and the emerging tools perform functions, such as building smartphone User Interfaces.

In sum, Low Code/No Code solutions simplify certain application development tasks, especially those that can be handed off from software engineers to less technical users. Consequently, interest in these solutions is increasing. The Low Code/No Code development market is projected to grow from $13.2 billion in 2020 to $45.5 billion by 2025, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.1%.

Low Code/No Code a Piece of the Development Puzzle

But these systems are not a developer panacea. They solve SOME problems but not ALL.
They won’t fix your legacy plumbing, power all your business analysts, or integrate all of your systems together. There is no doubt that it will not displace your development team.

As a result, Low Code/No Code is one solution in a company’s application development toolbox that speeds up select tasks. In some cases, it co-exists with other applications, but other tools are still needed. In sum, it is one more option rather than the only option as you build your applications.

Where exactly do these solutions fit? Good question, one with an “It depends” answer. In many cases, companies need help understanding where to deploy and not deploy this emerging software genre.

An independent software integration specialist, such as EPIC, can help with that process. Their team helps you think ahead and decide when to use low code no code solutions and when not to.

Low Code/No Code solutions are gaining market traction. They are useful in select cases but not for all applications. As a result, businesses must take the time and put in effort into their needs analysis in order to deploy them effectively within their organization.