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How to Use Low-Code Platforms To Build Big-Data Apps

When people think of low-code platforms, they often think they’re only good for building simple apps. They imagine that citizen developers without programming expertise won’t be able to use them to build enterprise-strength apps. They may feel that developers and IT pros turn to low-code only to create straight-ahead apps, like forms.

Using Low Code for Big Data AppsBut that’s far from being true. In fact, low-code platforms can be used to build extremely powerful full-blown applications that can take advantage of big data.

So concludes the article, “6 steps for using low-code platforms to create big data apps.” The article goes beyond breaking the myth that low-code can’t build full-strength applications. It offers great advice on how to use low-code to create apps that can harvest all the power of big data.

The article starts by noting that low-code platforms may have some issues with dealing with big data. It points out “low code is designed to work with transactional data in fixed record lengths.” That seems to rule out working with big data. But the article goes on to say, “There are ways to use low code with big data if there is enough business value to warrant developing the methodology to facilitate it…Since low-code app development must work with fixed records containing clearly delineated data fields within them, the major task is formatting unstructured big data into fixed records.”

The first step in doing that, says the article, is to define your business requirements. Determine the business problems the app will solve, and the types of big data that will be used to solve them.

Next, it says, “Use AI to weed out unnecessary data.” You need to do that because, “you don't want to bring in any more big data than is necessary, as it creates needless overhead and bogs down processing.” So ask your enterprise’s data scientists to create a data filter to weed out the unnecessary data and allow in only what’s needed.

Next, build the APIs required to access the filtered data. After that, IT should examine the data needed for the app, and then “parse the unstructured data into data field chunks, and then format the data into fixed fields within a fixed record.”

Once that’s done, IT should “Use an ETL (extract-transform-load) tool to normalize and move big data into other systems. That must be done in order to match up with the data records in other systems that need to be accessed.

Finally, build the low-code app, and test “if it picks up the right data, processes properly, and returns the results that the business expects.” Keep refining it until it’s right.

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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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