Benefits of coding with low-code platforms – Express Computer

By Prasan Prabhakaran, SVP & Global Head – Enterprise Solutions at Hexaware Technologies

Low-code, rapid app development model, next-gen app development, no-code platforms… do these terms sound familiar? They do, don’t they? Because they are all the rage today and not a day goes by without hearing about them.

Over the past two years, globally, we’ve seen organizations rapidly move from a physical to a digital environment, in an effort to stay relevant to customers. This movement has created a huge demand for software applications to be developed or upgraded at a rapid pace. On the other hand, organizations face challenges such as shortage of skilled developers, poor quality of software code, and extended period to complete IT projects using existing application development.

This is reaffirmed by Gartner which predicts that the development of low-code applications will represent more than 70% of application development activity by 2025, compared to less than 25% in 2020. ability to create software applications. Using prebuilt developer productivity tools with visual drag-and-drop workflows reduces development time and effort by around 10x. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

Our goal is not to claim that everything can be done with low-code platforms. Absolutely not. Low-code is undoubtedly an ideal option if you are looking to automate manual/paper-based processes, replace legacy applications that cannot support new processes, or create complex mission-critical applications with workflows . Think KYC, lending/tax processing, insurance claims management, ticket booking, clinical trials, customer service, marketplace app integration, and more. Its graphical interface allows users to visually choose components to build basic functional applications using the comprehensive component libraries provided.

Customizing applications with limited scope and specific needs, improving operational efficiency or automating processes, is easy with these platforms. They also reduce costs and time and remove dependency on professional developers and IT infrastructure while allowing the incorporation of sophisticated processing logic without coding. Anyone can create and use an app as a prototype or proof of concept before extending it by hand coding or scaling it through full-fledged development. Experienced developers can avoid repetitive tasks and save time to add real value and make a difference with every line of code they write. This gave increased productivity tools to the developer community and enabled many SaaS point solutions to be created and sold as a service. It is much cheaper and easier to deploy such SaaS solutions and integrate them into your service portfolio. Low-code is not suitable for such scenarios.

In summary, low-code is seeing increased traction in most organizations’ development technology portfolio. Contrary to what some might think, hand coding has not gone away but has evolved into low-code platform tool-based code that is generated with automated developer productivity tools. It therefore puts more emphasis on organizations and their key decision makers to complement their star developers who understand and know how to code, to use these low-code platforms in their arsenal to focus on complex and operations-oriented development, to deliver faster and useful, feature-rich applications faster.


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