Low-Code Development continues to gain popularity because it eliminates the need for lots of custom code. Gartner says that by 2024, it will be responsible for more than 65 percent of all app development. It adds that “By 2024, three-quarters of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both professional developmentt and citizen development initiatives.”
“By 2024, three-quarters of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.” - Gartner, 2020
There’s good reason for that. John R. Rymer, a principal Forrester analyst says that low-code development platforms “have the potential to make software development as much as 10-times faster than traditional methods.” The market for them, he adds, is seeing annual growth of about 50 percent.
The first is, according to the article, “digital transformation projects focused on improving the customer experience and building mobile apps.” That’s probably the most familiar use case to businesses, and one of the primary ways that low-code platforms are now being used.
Forrester’s Rymer notes that low-code development environments “have the potential to greatly decrease the time needed to meet business requirements. Current usage indicates that these platforms can propel software development to 10-times the speed of traditional processes. Faster development means more leeway to focus on design.”
The second primary use case for low-code platforms, according to TechRepublic, is “greenfield work: a service or product built from scratch basically the opposite of modernizing business apps. Greenfield apps represent a new opportunity that a business wants to take advantage of or a small-scale experiment that a business unit wants to conduct.”
About the third primary use case, the article notes, “In addition to building brand new products, low-code also works for bringing legacy systems into the 21st century IT architecture.” Low-code platforms, also called rapid application development platforms, automate so much of the programming work, companies can better predict how long the projects will take and can plan better for them. They also tie into business process management systems, further expand the impact of well-made business applications.
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There are of course many other use cases beyond these three. Rymer says that low-code platforms “Harness the forces of shadow IT for good, not evil. To deal with gaps in app portfolios, tech-savvy business experts have long been known to take the issue into their own hands -- often doing more harm than good. Low-code can harness these ‘rogue IT activities by hosting them on managed platforms and adding guardrails to expand software delivery capacity.”
And he concludes, “They play a vital role in automating operational processes." The article continues, "Low-code platforms with strong business process features can accelerate these projects and empower the business experts who know the data and process best to lead.”
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