Low Code – Concept and idea
As the name suggests, Low Code is a development environment for software based on “little code” or “little programming”. The basic principle is that users should be able to create their own applications quickly and easily, even without programming knowledge. Almost all logics or processes can be put together and integrated into the system landscape via an appropriate interface and with appropriate elements.
Especially for IT departments with a lack of resources, appropriate platforms are a way to create required applications quickly and easily. The main advantages are obvious: In addition to a high time saving, users also benefit from a cost reduction.
The Low Code Approach: Rapid Application Development
Configuration instead of programming
In contrast to programming environments, low-code development platforms use only blocks with predefined functions instead of individual program codes. These are controlled in such a way that the program behavior is almost identical to a handwritten application from the user’s perspective.
Who are low code platforms suitable for?
Platforms based on the “little code” principle are suitable both for employees in IT departments and for IT-affine people in general who have no programming skills and want to develop their own applications or solutions quickly and easily according to their own ideas in order to solve a specific task quickly. For example, a low-code platform is also suitable for freelancers who are looking for powerful software for their tasks.
Time and cost savings: The user has the advantage that he can independently adapt parts of the application without programming knowledge. The result is time and cost savings.
Contribute cross-departmental expertise:
Thanks to the concept of “configuration instead of programming”, experts from all departments can actively participate in the development of new solutions. And since no specific programming know-how is required, this also compensates for personnel bottlenecks.
Higher quality and better communication:
If all departments contribute their expert knowledge to the applications, the technical quality of a solution also increases. The approach also simplifies collaboration between developers and other company departments.
Simplified software maintenance:
Future adjustments are easier to implement because the building blocks are intuitive and self-explanatory. This also reduces the dependency on developers, because no silo knowledge about old code can be built up.
Focus on core functions:
Application designers can concentrate much more on technical issues, as there is no need to search for minor errors in the code.
Faster to the prototype:
Using low code, companies can quickly create prototypes ready for series production that can be tested directly for practical use.