A low-code platform speeds the development and deployment of enterprise-grade business applications, typically for teams within and across business units. Low-code platforms — sometimes referred to as Rapid Application Development (RAD) platforms, Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS), or high-productivity application development platforms—make it possible for both professional coders and non-traditional developers to create and deploy these applications in days or weeks, instead of months. The ability to reduce the effort of manual coding empowers them to quickly drive business agility and innovation to where it is needed most.
A way to boost IT productivity
Unlike traditional, high-control development platforms that require years of technical training and coding expertise in core programming languages such as .NET, Java, C# and C++, low-code platforms are designed to drive easier, faster app development.
Low-code platforms feature visual modeling or “declarative” development tools and pre-built templates and components that significantly reduce the amount of hand-coding needed to build.
More complex than no-code development platforms that can be readily employed by “builders” or “citizen developers” with basic spreadsheet skills, low-code platforms are often used by individuals in Business Unit IT with extensive skills in spreadsheets, scripting, business process modeling and business analysis.
And while these “power builders” don’t typically have professional coding backgrounds, they can leverage low-code platforms to create strategic and highly customized applications capable of scaling to large numbers of users across the enterprise.
Low-code enables collaborative expertise
In the event that more involved functionality is required, such as integration with critical internal systems or non-native third-party applications, citizen developers and power builders can easily collaborate with IT DevOps professionals across either platform.
IT specialists can assist by providing the added programming expertise needed to achieve the desired end result while ensuring the necessary governance and security is in place.
Apps, updates, and even non-native features (such as a barcode) can be created and delivered by both IT and power builders to the business in a fraction of the time and effort typically required by traditional development methods. For this same reason, both no-code and low-code platforms are gaining in popularity for Help Desk and IT project management.