According to predictions by Gartner earlier this year, the worldwide low-code development market will grow by 23% in 2021 – almost a quarter. What’s the reason for this meteoric rise? How can we account for the popularity of low-code development in 2021? What kind of solutions will be most useful to you? How can these deliver maximum value and transform your organization? We’ll explore all these questions right here.
What’s the big deal with low-code?
Low-code development platforms enable people and organizations to create software much easier than via “traditional” methods of development. Unlike those, which usually require extensive expertise in “coding” (software programming), low-code platforms minimize the amount of “code” (software programming language) that you need to deal with.
Why is that good news for businesses? Well, for one thing, traditional software development can be a lengthy and expensive process, that’s dependent on the work of highly skilled coders. This generally either means dedicating your technical staff to the task—which is likely to be an already-busy IT department—or bringing in new personnel from outside, either by hiring new staff or outsourcing developers. Whichever option is chosen, it usually means a large investment of time and money.
Going the low-code route can drastically reduce the expenditure of both. It even allows non-technical staff (e.g., line of business) to take a more active role in creating the solutions they need, because the process is much more accessible for them.
Okay, but why is it so popular right now?
Good question. There are many reasons for the boom in implementing low code solutions at the moment. Here are the top three most important:
Digital transformation in a hurry
Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have found they need to speed up digital transformation rapidly in order to safeguard business continuity and keep all their workers—wherever they are—connected to vital business tools, data, and each other. Low-code platforms continue to play a crucial role in facilitating that connection.
The need to do more with less
With economies worldwide still reeling from the events of the past year, businesses face the imperative to make budgets stretch as far as possible. Cost-effectiveness is always a watchword, but right now organizations may find it particularly appealing that low-code also often translates into low-cost.
Advances in low-code platforms
External factors are important. But we shouldn’t forget that low-code solutions are more powerful and accessible now than they’ve ever been. They’re evolving all the time, providing greater capabilities and value, and are now able to be even more seamlessly integrated with other platforms. These are big incentives for adoption.
So, we’ve explored some reasons for the popularity of low-code development in 2021. Next, let’s look at criteria for choosing the right platform for your organization, as well as how to ensure you get the most value from it.
Choosing the right platform for low-code development in 2021
Organizations worldwide are implementing low code solutions from a range of vendors, but each of these differs in terms of capabilities and the value it offers your business. We’ll now provide criteria to consider when choosing your own low-code development platform. This list isn’t exhaustive but it’s a good start:
- Suitability for your usage – Will the solution be able to handle your intended use cases? Can you find some examples?
- Integration potential – What’s the range of connectors available? Does it include all your vital apps and services?
- Ease of implementation and use – Will employees be able to easily use this platform, for instance via a simple “drag-and-drop” interface?
- Cloud capabilities – Can this platform be accessed from anywhere via the cloud, or is it limited to on-premises use?
So, once you’ve chosen your platform and you’re ready to get started, how do you really make the most of low-code development in 2021? We’ll run through some top tips here.
Tips for implementing low-code solutions
This advice will help you to make the most of low-code development, ensuring you’re getting the most value from it, and preventing any hurdles along the way:
Get as much visibility as you can
If your platform provides analytics functionality, use this to gain insight into what your low-code platform is being used for. Then you can see what’s vital and what’s unnecessary, and where improvements can be made. Self-knowledge is the key to continuous improvement.
Think about governance
If development occurs all over your organization, unmonitored and unchecked, you could end up with lots of rogue processes occurring “off the radar”. Things can easily sprawl out of control, so set some controls over who can create your new digital tools.
Consider bringing RPA into the mix
Robotic process automation (RPA) uses software robots (“bots”) to handle high-volume, repetitive, manual tasks. Some platforms such as Nintex allow you to embed RPA in digital processes you create. This can deliver great value – so give it some thought.
Start making the most of low-code development in 2021
We hope this article has been a useful guide to many of the “whats”, “whys”, and “hows” of low-code development in 2021. If you’re eager to get started, why not request a live demo of our low-code platform? Once you’ve seen the possibilities, we think you’ll agree that Nintex is the best choice for organizations who are going low-code.
Want to discuss how your business can be part of the boom in low-code development? Get in touch with the team at Nintex today.