In many companies, internal processes are seemingly hopelessly sluggish and outdated. When it comes to digitization, many are lagging behind. While fields, variables and relationships have to be regularly redefined and individual features even hard-coded anew in classic programming, predefined fields and functions can simply be reused in low-code development. It is therefore no longer possible to imagine the modern IT landscape without low code and it is taking on a central role in the successful implementation of the digital transformation.
But what does low code mean anyway? The analyst firm Forrester Research defined the term in 2014 as follows: “Application development products or cloud services that use visual, declarative techniques instead of programming.” Low-code platforms are therefore predestined for flexible application development. No matter if simple business application or complex systems: Business applications of any requirement level can be created quickly and easily with the intuitive visual user interface.
The reasons for switching to low code-based application development are obvious:
- Digitalization is unstoppable
The digital transformation can no longer be stopped. Everything that can be digitized will be digitized. Accordingly, it can be assumed that the demand for software development capacity will continue to rise in the future. Low code as a simple form of application development will therefore inevitably become increasingly important.
- Flexibility and agility are in demand
Classic programming methods are far too slow for today’s world and consume too many valuable resources. Low code platforms enable companies to remain flexible and agile at all times. Thus, any business process can be mapped with low code systems and adapted within a few minutes if necessary; new functionalities can be added easily and flexibly at any time. Existing systems can be supplemented at will without duplicate data storage if a complete change is not immediately an option for certain reasons. But cloud capability and virtually unlimited integration options also make enterprise software based on low code a real alternative.
- Faster and more cost-effective implementation
Traditional programming regularly starts from scratch; fields, variables and relationships are regularly redefined, useful and common features such as logging new records or checking certain input formats even have to be hard coded over and over again. Adjustments have to be made by experts on a regular basis. Low-code based development, on the other hand, is much more relaxed: Application design simply draws on existing fields and functionalities, and the entire application development can thus be done much faster and more cost-effectively.
- Implementation also possible by citizen developers
A key advantage of low-code application development lies in its simplicity: low-code platforms make it possible for almost anyone to develop their own applications without any programming knowledge. In practice, this means that experts from specialist departments can collaborate on software development, even if they have no specific programming skills. This enables companies to overcome the bottleneck of application developers, and specialist know-how is brought directly into application development without any detours, which significantly increases the technical quality of the applications.
- Low code is becoming more and more prevalent
Low-code platforms are becoming increasingly popular in application development. According to Forrester Research, 29% of all companies in the USA already use low-code development, and a further 43% are planning to do so.
Low Code Platform brixxbox as a Real Alternative
The low code platform brixxbox is predestined for flexible application development. Business applications of any requirement level can be created quickly and easily with the intuitive visual user interface. The key: In contrast to classic programming, applications created with the Low Code Platform brixxbox have a specific infrastructure from the very beginning:
- Unless explicitly requested otherwise, a database is included.
- The integrated Responsive Design can be controlled separately for all end devices.
- Today’s common standards are included from the beginning:
- Common checks for certain formats can be easily activated (field validators such as checking for IBAN/ ISBN…) without having to code them manually.
- Archiving of individual records/ apps can be easily activated/deactivated
- Chat function for checking individual records can be activated/deactivated
- Predefined functions can be easily reused, for example:
- Camera connection
- Digital signature
- Extensive information material is available
The advantages of this approach are clear: Applications created with the brixxbox are not only completed faster; where other low-code platforms require intervention in the existing installation in order to make adjustments, the brixxbox allows changes to be made simply at any time within a few minutes during operation. Of course, all changes are versioned, so that the previous state can be restored at any time. More flexibility in application development is not possible!