What is low-code and why business leaders need to think about it

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Low-code is nothing new. But since the pandemic the appetite for this visual development approach to application development has grown significantly. Before the outbreak Gartner estimated that “by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity”.

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There is an argument that this will be achieved much quicker than 2024, with COVID-19 forcing organisations to be more agile and embrace the digital workplace.

So what is low-code? Think about your company and one of the business applications or internal systems in place. This piece of software will have likely been built using code written by developers.

Imagine if that same application was created without the need to write code and built through the use of drag and drop tools and model driven logic through graphical user interfaces. At the most basic, this is low-code development.

This fresh and forward-thinking approach resonates with leaders who are looking to make changes to processes and systems that have long been a barrier to achieving successful digital experiences. Low code gives you a quicker route to market without the need for specialist skills, ideal for companies looking to deploy digital transformation initiatives at speed.

The current crisis has created an environment where organisations need to adapt and create rapid new ways of working. By adopting low-code you get instant progress, with time to market up to 20 x quicker than traditional full stack coding.

It empowers employees to build out applications themselves, rather than waiting on internal IT teams or external providers. The creation of citizen developers significantly widens your pool of potential digital transformers, a team of users typically more aligned with the business who can help to match user and business requirements more effectively.

At a time when speed, value and efficiency is paramount, the arguments for implementing low-code solutions start to carry more weight and importance.

And based on the rise in demand over the last few months, business leaders looking to drive change and progress in this difficult time seem to be listening.

If you want to learn more about low-code and whether it might be a valid option for your business - feel free to get in touch. Email me - james.fraser@cds.co.uk

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James Fraser

James Fraser

Business Development Manager at CDS

Business Development Manager at CDS

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