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Why Cloud-Native Developers are Turning to Low-Code

Cloud-native developers are turning to low-code platforms because the platforms offer a visual way to put together reusable components that can be used to create applications and workflows.

cloud native app developers can benefit from low code softwareCloud-native app development has become one of the most important ways for businesses to enable digital transformation and is growing at a fast clip --- so fast that companies can’t find enough developers to fill their openings. As I’ll explain in this blog post, though, help is on the way: Low-code platforms can dramatically speed up cloud-native development.

First, a brief explanation of how cloud-native app development works. An article in Container Journal, “Majority of Apps Will Use Cloud-Native Development By 2023” explains it this way: “Cloud-native development—apps built using containers that run on platforms like Kubernetes—is a fast-growing area. Cloud-native technology is vital for enabling the scalability and agility required for today’s digital transformation initiatives—even highly-regulated enterprises are now moving to adopt cloud-native tools including containers, microservices architecture and orchestrators like Kubernetes. By working with cloud-first infrastructure, engineers can elastically scale computing workloads and release new features quickly to respond to changing business dynamics.”

low code app developerAs a result, the technique is growing by leaps and bounds. The article cites a survey in which 72% of respondents say by 2023, most of their apps will be built that way. The same survey warned cloud native app developers are in short supply, with 41% of respondents saying it’s a challenge to find them. And a survey by WSO2 found 65% of respondents “identify cloud native development as the developer skill their organization is most in need of.”

Eric Newcomer, WSO2 chief technology officer said, “Cloud native benefits, such as scale, resilience and agility, are integral to the experience, but not easy to achieve. Automating deployment is also essential but adds a complexity of its own. Developers, especially those with these skills, are in short supply, and need better tools to compete and succeed.”

Low-code platforms can help solve that problem, according to the article, “How Low-Code Platforms Can Help Cloud Native Developers.” The article explains that the platforms take “a code-free approach to transform and maintain micro-services as cloud native deployments. During the transformation process, these platforms auto-generate Docker files, Kubernetes artifacts, and the pipeline code for end-to-end automation.”

Forrester on low code app developmentThe article cites a Forrester study that found, “Low-code no-code software development helps developers make cloud-native applications more than 10-times faster (with 70% fewer resources).”

The Container Journal article adds, “Low-code/no-code platforms aid users by providing a visual way to stitch together reusable components to create applications and workflows.”

The Best Low-Code/No-Code Platform for Building Cloud-Native Apps

Alpha Software has the ideal low-code/no-code platform for building cloud-native apps. Alpha TransForm no-code software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes. The apps can utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Developers can even tie the apps into business process management systems. Get the no-code app builder.

Alpha Anywhere low code app development software has the unique ability to rapidly create applications and mobile forms with advanced features. These apps offer outstanding customer experiences and can easily access and integrate with any database or web service, and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Build low-code apps for free.

The Alpha TransForm no-code tool helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes. The apps can utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Developers can even tie the apps into business process management systems. Get the no-code app builder.

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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.

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