Understanding Low-Code Rapid Application Development Platforms

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Understanding Low-Code Rapid Application Development Platforms

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One of the leading value-adds of Low-Code Rapid Application Development that you may have heard is flexibility. Whether you’re an owner-operator or a tech developer yourself, they make the majority of development more manageable. Not only do they simplify and streamline the process, but the overall economic impact both in terms of cost and efficiency is also a win-win. As markets evolve and become exponentially digitally driven, the opportunity to lower overheads and bring app development in-house opens up the market for even the most bootstrapped business. As Herman Morgan says, “With the fast-mobile internet availability, business leaders who are digitally-empowered want the power to develop and manage mobile apps, all by themselves.”

With Low-Code RAD platforms offering a 95% reduction in manual coding and suitable for both experienced and inexperienced users while still producing a robust app product, it’s hard to go past these apps. In terms of the development process itself, these platforms offer an end-to-end solution for app development that eliminates the labor of hand-coding. Generally speaking, low-code platforms involve configuration rather than programming using visual software development that involves drag-and-drop components. While it is agreed, just as Betty Blocks says that, “Rapid application development tools like low-code platforms do their part to help combat the developer shortage by lowering the overall code complexity,” it is important to keep in mind that while the overall process is far more efficient, a developer using low-code will make it quicker again.

An overview of Low-Code RAD platforms

Gartner has predicted that by 2024 the low-code market will represent more than 65% of the application development. ERS IT Solutions these platforms and the development process in the infographic below including the differences between Low-Code and No-Code RAD check their website here.

Low-Code RAD Platforms In Summary

In summary, Yahoo reports this niche of the market is projected to exceed $53 billion by 2026. While the best software development will always be what is most suitable for the operation needing it and the problems it will solve, these final headline benefits are worth noting for those considering dipping their toe in as a citizen developer.

Closing headline benefits:

  • Accelerates app development from months to mere weeks or days
  • Frees up tech staff for other tasks whether it’s more complex development or securing networks (increasingly relevant based on 2020 cybersecurity risks with remote workers)
  • Complete lifecycle management
  • Integration of automated databases 
  • Agile 
  • Streamlined development
  • Optimizes workflows

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Updated 06:49 PM UTC+8, 05 Sep 2020
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