Low-code and no-code development tools are taking center stage in many enterprises because of the growing need for digital transformation, and the difficulties of finding trained, professional developers. Once niche products, the tools have joined the mainstream, and will become the primary way software is written. So concludes the recently published Gartner report, Low-Code Development Technologies Evaluation Guide. In this blog post, I’ll cover the report’s highlights, including how to get the most out of low-code development tools.
The Growing Popularity of Low-Code Development
The report says that the demand for the tools is driven by the rise of digital business and the demand “for software creation to automate new and existing processes, in new contexts, and often in rapidly changing situations.” That demand, the report says, “puts enormous pressure on IT leaders to dramatically increase application delivery speed and time to value. Vendors are responding with low-code solutions that aim to increase productivity by reducing or avoiding the need for specialist ‘code’ by scarce enterprise IT developers.”
The tools will become the most popular form of application development, the report concludes. It says that “By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.”
It won’t, however, be used in all aspects of an enterprise’s app development activities. The report projects that “Through 2024, at least 75% of low-code application development efforts will be limited to small- to moderate-scale projects supporting non-mission-critical workloads.”
The report also says that the tools won’t be one-size fits all, and that enterprises will generally use multiple tools, depending on the tasks they want to do. It says, “By 2024, 75% of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.”
How to Get the Most Out of Low-Code Development Tools
The report has solid advice for enterprises looking to get the most out of the tools. First, it says, enterprises should carefully identify use cases for low-code development. It recommends, “Choose low code for the use cases that require faster time to market with reduced developer skill sets.”
Once the use cases are identified, it’s time to choose the best one suited for the job. The report recommends, “Supply citizen developers with low-code development tools that offer built-in guardrails, and ensure both IT and business stakeholders are granted the necessary visibility and oversight.”
It also warns that enterprises should not try to force the tools to be used for jobs for which they’re not suited. So it says, “Experiment with low-code development tools that are part of existing PaaS and SaaS products, but don’t try to force their consumption beyond their scope of capabilities.”
Finally, it recommends that enterprises carefully match the tools with a company’s business needs. It suggests, “Deploy low-code applications for external-facing apps on an opportunistic basis for business agility, but ensure the tools’ licensing models align with ROI and business value expectations.”
Choosing the Right Low-Code Tool for Your Business
Alpha TransForm (for non-developers) and Alpha Anywhere (for developers) are ideal low-code and no-code tools for enterprise development. They can work independently or together as a single platform, and are ideally suited for helping enterprises scale digital transformations.
Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Alpha Anywhere has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality.
Learn how to select the right tool with our Guide to Low-Code Development.
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