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Low-code development platforms are now trending. It’s the next big thing in application development, thanks to the plethora of benefits these platforms offer.
Low-code platforms have traditionally been associated with simple app development, not of the enterprise-grade variety. But that’s no longer the case, as more and more businesses continue to adopt the low-code approach. Adopting the low-code approach enables companies to embrace digital transformation across the board.
Let us start by dispelling certain long-held myths about this app development approach.
3 Common Low-Code Development Myths Debunked
Given the meteoric rise of low-code development in recent times, Forrester and Gartner have described how this approach can change the way businesses build apps for several purposes.
Some realists do not wish to get caught up in the hype but look at the challenges or caveats of low-code development. It’s fair to be cautious, but most myths do not showcase the capabilities of low-code development platforms with honesty.
Here are the three common low-code development myths worth addressing:
While it’s true that low-code platforms are simple enough for citizen developers to use, they can create digital solutions to address industry-specific needs. Of course, these platforms would do help citizen developers. However, development teams with professional developers can also use these platforms to build enterprise-grade applications just as quickly and inexpensively.
Another misconception that people have about applications developed using low-code development platforms is that they aren’t scalable. It is also due to the notion that applications developed with these platforms are simple. In reality, this is far from true since applications developed using these platforms can safely manage increased demand and complexity to meet the needs of its users or the business.
Though most applications developed using these platforms are user-friendly, security remains an important aspect. Standards and requirements are generally put in place to ensure compliance. For this, developers need to understand where the data security priorities lie with the enforced business policies. In most cases, the platforms themselves ensure that security compliance adheres fully.
3 Business Benefits Associated with Low-Code Development
Even if opting for low-code app development might not work for every enterprise, some general benefits can help transform one’s business, both in the short and long run. Given how widely acknowledged these benefits are, it’s precisely the reason why several enterprises are adopting low-code as a part of their development strategy.
Here are the three business benefits associated with low-code development:
Although obvious, this benefit is the primary reason why low-code development is the next big thing in application development. Custom-built components and connectors offered to developers provide them the ability to collaborate. Additionally, these can help IT departments deploy an app quickly without depending on development teams. Most low-code platforms come with the capability of managing the entire application lifecycle on their own, thus eliminating repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Traditional application development does not offer these benefits.
In the traditional way of developing apps, where there is a clear divide between operation and development, this gap is bridged when opting for the low-code approach. Since there is very little coding work involved, both teams tend to work closer when it comes to testing, hosting, analytics, disaster and backup recovery, and so on. Opting for the low-code approach supports DevOps as teams work toward clear goals.
Developers generally have a preferred language for application development. With low-code development platforms, developers not only have the option to use a language of their choice but also have access to a visual modeler to add available components and UI templates into their app’s workflow. Of course, they can opt to hand-code to build segments not available in the design library, or they can collaborate with other developers to find prebuilt modules to be used in the app development. Given the amount of time saved with these approaches, it’s no wonder that several professional developers are opting for the low-code approach.
The Switch is Easy
If you’re curious about the learning curve while using one of these low-code development platforms, rest easy. It takes only about a month for a developer to understand the features and use them effectively. As a rule, it takes three months or less to build apps using the low-code approach.
Without a doubt, there’s more to low-code capabilities and platforms than meets the eye.