Low code is now increasingly being adopted by the tech community in response to the pace and pressures of digital transformation. Low code platforms provide a development environment used to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional hand-coded computer programming. Consequently, it enables non-tech people including business analysts, office administrators, sales, and accountants, to build and test applications easily. Many Software development companies are now using low code in order to save time & increase effectiveness.
1. Why using Low Code?
Organizations (and sometimes, even Software development companies) are facing an increasing number of challenges when designing and developing applications. Some of them may be listed as below:
- Difficult to meet business needs on time
- Lack of flexibility
- Takes too long to modify applications
- High Cost of development
- Lack of qualified professionals
- Poor end customer experience
- And so on…
These issues can be overcome to a significant extent through the use of low code platforms. Why use the traditional way while you already find a new path?
2. Why is a low code platform easy to use?
In movies and even in real life, the working screen of a developer in a Software development company is so complicated with hundreds of code lines and looks just like a matrix. Non-tech people can only admire their works but barely understand what they do. That’s why it seems to be doubtful when people state that: “Anyone can code”. Is it just some false statement or is it completely true?
Low code platform is easy to use (even for dummies) because users don’t have to write all the long and complicated code.
- Visual Modeling tool: Not anyone knows how to write code lines, but many people are familiar with process & workflow drawing… The tool allows users to do the same thing by simple drag-and-drop features. Just imagine that you draw a simple workflow, and it turns magically into an application.
- Out-of-the-box Functionality: Low code platform provides out-of-the-box functionality, which means users don’t need to build core modules for the application. The platform already has built-in modules like data management, process management…etc.
- Drag-and-drop interface: The interface of a low code platform is very easy to use with drag and drop ability, so even a non-tech person can quickly learn how to work.
- Reusability: Users can re-use pre-configured modules and functionality- which are the common core functions for several apps. That’s why the development time can be shortened.
3. Benefits of Low Code
- Rapid and simple Application Development: As explained previously, while traditional coding requires one to key in code, the low code platform takes a more visual approach. Since a number of pre-written modules come with these platforms, a simple drag-and-drop into a given workflow is all that is necessary. Moreover, the availability of reusable templates and components can help developers create prototypes easily and quickly.
- Limited Expertise in Coding Necessary: A low-code development platform is easy enough for most people with little or no coding knowledge. Instead of hiring tech talents – which might be difficult & expensive for some markets, the organization can train their professionals to develop their individual prototypes or applications.
- Within planned Budget and Schedule: Organizations often struggle to stay within budget and schedule when developing applications in the traditional way. They always face various challenges such as understaffed or underskilled. Low code can abstract most of the underlying complications away, and increase significantly the productivity of the development team.
4. The booming of Low Code in APAC region
According to the IDC report in 2019, 59% of organizations in the APAC region are already leveraging low code/no-code platforms, with 13% more planning to adopt them within the next 18 months.
The adoption rate is relatively high:
- Singapore: IDC has interviewed 50 companies and only 63% have already adopted or plan to adopt low code
- Australia: 178 companies were interviewed and only 65% use or plan to use low code)
- Hong Kong: 67% of 38 companies adopt low code.
- Japan: 44% of 193 companies use low code.
- Thailand: 19% (43 companies were interviewed).
- India: 31% (59 companies were interviewed).
- New Zealand: 63% (84 companies were interviewed).
Surprisingly, the report also states that 86% of survey participants in Indonesia (50 companies were interviewed) are already using the new platform. The rate is very high compared to other neighbors like Thailand or even Singapore. Even though Vietnam is not on the list, many Software development companies are already applying Low code in their daily works, in order to better serve the customers.
5. Best Low Code platforms
This is a tricky problem. It’s not easy to find the best one among more than 300 platforms provided in the market. However, we can still cite some of the most popular as in the table below. The next question is which platform to choose? It will depend largely on the current situation of the business and also its specific needs.
This blog post is just a general point of the Low-Code trend. To get more information and consultation, feel free to contact our Software development team. Tell us your concern, we will untangle it with you!
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