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Low Code App Development: It’s the Next Big Thing

Low Code App Development is real thing, not hype. Read the facts.

Low Code App Development is real thing, not hype. Read the facts.

It’s easy to get jaded whenever the tech world suddenly discovers the Next Big Thing, which gets maximum hype. So, you may have noticed that low code app development is much in the news lately, and wondered whether it’s hype or the real thing. Low code app development lets people build mobile apps with little hand-coding and custom work, using simple-to-use visual tools. It also allows for custom coding when required.

We’ve got news for you: It’s the real thing, not hype, based on what job sites, salary averages, mainstream media and tech analysts say. The newest piece of evidence comes from Gene Richardson, COO of the Experts Exchange job site for people with tech skills. Richardson predicts that there will be a boom in jobs in 2017 for those with low code development skills. In a discussion on Jon Reeds’ blog at diginomica, Richardson was asked by Reed whether its rosy future is real or not. Richard responded, “I actually think it has already taken off. We have probably just used different terms up until now or not thought of it as low-code development…If a company is going to keep pace with their competitors, they will need to expand their use of low-code development” tools.

An article just published in the SD Times says the same thing. The article notes the growth of low code app development tools, and goes on to say that they’re finding use not just in mobile app development, but for “the Internet of Things, bots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more.” The article cites a recent study by Filemaker in which 82% of respondents say it has led to a reduction in inefficient tasks, and 71% say it has led to an increase in team productivity.

With low code app development tools, mobile apps can be created by line of business staff and domain experts, who have the business knowledge but not the development background for app development. Many people believe these so-called “citizen developers” are the future of mobile development. Gartner analyst Jason Wong told SearchMobileComputing that “by 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement.”

Alpha Anywhere is a particularly powerful low code app development platform. It was highlighted in the Forrester report “Vendor Landscape: The Fractured, Fertile Terrain Of Low-Code Application Platforms.” The report lauded Alpha Anywhere’s low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment for its “strong” mobile forms technology.

To read more about low code app development, read my blog, Low Code App Development: Your Cure for the App Developer Shortage.

To learn more about Alpha Anywhere’s  Low Code App Development System for Mobile and Web Apps, watch this video by Alpha Anywhere’s CTO Dan Bricklin.

For a detailed look at Alpha Anywhere’s low code app development architecture, click here.
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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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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.