Guide to Low-Code Development Tools

How to Choose the Right Low-Code Tool for Your Organization



What Is Low-Code Development?

Low-code app development allows for the fast creation of mobile and web applications by users with a wide range of coding experience. This relatively new approach, which reduces the amount of native code required to program business applications, can be used by non-developers to build applications without coding, as well as experienced developers seeking to speed up the process.

Where Low-Code Development Works

Low-code application development platforms are popular for creating customizable business applications or mobile apps that work across multiple devices and operating systems. No-code app development, which utilizes a drag-and-drop interface for building apps and doesn't require any coding at all, is a subset of the category. Though there has been concern about the scalability of these applications, low-code development can help software developers build complex, enterprise-grade applications more rapidly than native coding.

Choosing the Best Low-Code App Development Platform

The backlog of required business apps is exploding and solutions to reduce time-intensive coding is a key means to meet this demand for digital transformation. But with over 150 no-code and low-code vendors to consider, as well as a myriad of complex technical requirements – there are a lot of critical questions buyers must ask as they navigate the marketplace and implement a solution.

This guide outlines some of the pros and cons of low-code development tools, and offers practical guides for evaluating and successfully implementing this type of development approach, such as:


Part 1: Adopting Low-Code Development at Your Enterprise

Part 1 of the guide offers the latest research on the changing face of business app developers in the next few years, pragmatic examples of IT-led citizen development, and a list of requirements to ensure successful democratization of app development at your organization.


Part 2: 7 Necessary Features of Low-Code Development Tools

As you determine the right tool for your organization, Part 2 of the guide offers a list of the most critical enterprise-grade capabilities that your team should evaluate to ensure that both IT teams and line-of-business users can be successful with the platform in the long-run. Does the development tool you're considering have what it takes to succeed at enterprise app development and deployment?


Part 3: Determining the Best Low-Code Development Tools

There are key lessons to learn from other buyers' evaluation experiences. In Part 3 of the guide, read how one developer:

  • Determined the top 8 low-code development platforms to evaluate
  • Set a methodology with 11 criteria to compare and test
  • Evaluated what he learned
  • Revealed which product came out on top for enterprise app development

Part 4: Achieving Returns on Low-Code Development: Licensing Models and How They Affect TCO

Low-code development tools accelerate delivery and enable app production at a lower cost. However, to ensure return on investment, organizations have to know the price and licensing structure to understand what the tool will ultimately cost them. If the development platform you select does not have the right combination of licensing, hosting, services and training, you could find scaling app development very painful and costly. Part 4 of the guide will help you negotiate the best price for your development platform by providing insight into:

  • Types of licensing models and how they affect TCO
  • New services and training offerings that save BIG money
  • Negotiating the best price and package with a software vendor
Democratizing Mobile App Development

Part I: Low-Code Development Handbook

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