As demand for mobile apps skyrockets, IT can barely keep up—and things are only getting worse. A new report out from Forrester, though, offers hope. It concludes that low code development tools can go a long way towards solving the problem. Low code refers to platforms that allow developers to build applications with very little hand-coding and custom work, frequently with simple-to-use visual tools. The platforms also allow for custom coding when required. Low code app development enables you to build mobile and web applications without requiring you to have the specialized expertise of an application developer.
In its report "5 Scenarios for Low Code Choices," Forrester warns: "The initial swells of a tidal wave of customer-facing applications are arriving on tech management’s (TM) shores. These are the new generation of applications to meet enterprise needs to win, serve, and retain customers, and the driving force behind every enterprise’s BT (business technology) agenda....Most tech management organizations already have more demand for business apps than they can handle; how can businesses expand their app delivery capacity to meet this exploding demand, which includes new and unfamiliar technologies?"
Why Low Code Application Development Tools Help EnterprisesOne answer, Forrester concludes, is the use of low code platforms. It's not just that those platforms let developers work more quickly. It's also that the platforms expand who can be a developer, and include far more people than those who typically write applications in enterprises: " Low code platforms enable a broad range of developers, including data and process specialists, business-domain experts, 'power users,' and students who aren’t proficient with hand-coding environments."
The report recommends that enterprises incorporate low code tools into its entire portfolio. It says that the platforms won't likely replace all other ways of development, but instead be used in concert with them. Forrester also says that enterprises should "identify what level of data and system integration you expect the low code platform to handle and whether you will need a third-party integration tool to handle deeper integration." And it suggests that companies clearly define which apps should be built using low code, and which shouldn't. It cites customer-facing apps as being particularly well suited.
Alpha Anywhere's Low Code Development Solution
Alpha Anywhere is a low code rapid mobile application development platform, and so we've got plenty of help if you're looking for more resources. This video by Alpha CTO Dan Bricklin is an excellent place to start. Also check out this previous blog post about low code development, and this one as well.