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The COVID-19 outbreak has not only triggered a massive digital transformation but has also prompted organizations – especially in healthcare – to develop simple technological innovations faster and with minimal expenditure. With agility being the name of the game, low-code platforms are increasingly turning into popular alternatives for traditional hand-coding applications.
What makes low-code platforms an effective choice?
Speed: By using boilerplate code, pre-built templates, and other “building blocks”, low-code supports faster deployment. Building screens and user interfaces are also very simple and easy with low-code. The turnaround time for simple applications is further enhanced with their plug n play feature and rapid prototyping.
Lower investments: More than 70% of companies surveyed by Forrester said that they find low-code platforms more affordable than the traditional development platforms. Low code platforms also reduce the cost of hiring as companies do not need as many developers. By facilitating immediate changes, low-code also helps in reducing the cost of application maintenance.
Flexibility: Modification of software can be done internally and low-code facilitates non-technical teams filling any workflow gaps to achieve better results and customize their platforms with features like the visual “drag and drop” method. These platforms also have a responsive design that adjusts efficiently to different screen sizes across devices.
Enhanced integration: Low-code helps enterprises address the challenges of siloed IT systems by integrating data across systems. They also facilitate out of the box reporting and analytics capabilities, integrated version control systems and one click merge/publishing capabilities.
With a deceptively simple approach to application development, low-code has the potential to redefine business agility. Careful planning with regard to its development and deployment in the business context is needed in order to address all the needs of an enterprise.