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How Low Code Development Is Transforming Enterprises

Read how low code development is transforming major companies like Toyota, ConocoPhillips and GlobalTranz.

Low-code development platforms are increasingly becoming a favorite among not just small and medium-sized companies, but among larger enterprises as well. With them, software developers and business users can quickly build business applications. These business apps can speed up digital transformation and make business processes more effective.

CIO magazine on low code app developmentSo says the article, “How low-code platforms are transforming software development.” The article puts it succinctly: “Enterprises are increasingly using low-code development platforms to arrange application components, including data and logic, via a drag-and-drop interface — think virtual Lego blocks that developers can move with a mouse and snap into their creations.”

Forrester on Low code software development impactThe article points to a Forrester survey, “The Forrester New Wave: Low-Code Platforms For Business Developers, Q4 2017,” which outlined the benefits of low code development. The survey found that 31 percent of developers had problems meeting their enterprise’ business requirements because of unwieldy, traditional ways of writing code. It also said that 36 percent were using low code app development platforms to build custom-facing mobile or web applications.

The article also notes that these platforms are often aimed at professional developers rather than citizen developers, because of their power and flexibility.

Because of all this, Forrester estimated that the low code development platform market would grow more than 40 percent a year, and reach $21.2 billion by 2022. Gartner forecast that more than 65 percent of app development would be done via low code application platforms by 2024.

Companies like Toyota are dramatically improving operations with low code solutions.Among big enterprises using low code platforms is Toyota Motors. Toyota has written more than 400 apps using a low code platform. The article says they include “forms and business intelligence reports, to capture questions and concerns expressed by dealers and customers via smartphones and relay them to Toyota’s quality division. The staff also built an app detailing how to properly install vehicle accessories and a tool to track and approve field visits to ensure that travelers are comfortable with travel requirements during the pandemic.”

The oil company ConocoPhillips has built more than 20 apps using a low code platform, “targeting everything from operational efficiency to customer engagement,” according to the article. Jon Scolamiero, who oversaw ConocoPhillips' application development, sums up the results this way: “We delivered outsized business outcomes.”

The article also covered how Trucking logistics company GlobalTranz used a low code platform “to build application functionality more quickly for its critical cost prediction model, which helps estimate the cost of goods shipments and other transportation pricing factors.”

GlobalTranz CTO Russ Felker summed up the benefits this way: ““It’s all about digitizing a process and the interaction of the individual with that process. Low-code provides a nice pathway to do that.”

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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