For many years, organizations that needed to make changes within their software ecosystems had only two options: they could build new software from scratch, typically relying on professional developers with extensive knowledge of programming languages to do the work involved, or they could buy pre-built software from an external vendor. Both options had drawbacks: the “build” approach could be costly and time-consuming, but was pretty much guaranteed to produce systems that were perfectly tailored to meet business requirements. On the other hand, the “buy” approach often meant that you’d get software right away, at lower cost, but it might not fit your existing business processes very well.
Today, there’s another approach, one that makes it faster and easier for developers and business users alike to quickly create apps tailored to unique business requirements. Low-code and no-code development provides a way for non-technical users to build applications with little or no need for coding. Low-code/no-code platforms make it possible to create software using simple interfaces and drag-and-drop features, so that people with little or no programming expertise can build entire applications. This is a great option for businesses that are looking to accelerate their digital transformation by automating business processes.
Low-code/no-code platforms can also enable skilled professional development teams to build, deliver and create value faster, making it possible to maintain, update and enhance existing apps in a fraction of the time — and costs — that used to be required. This can empower the business to increase efficiencies and eliminate burdensome manual workflows. Still, not every business process is equally amenable to automation.
The biggest advantage to leveraging a low-code/no-code approach isn’t necessarily that it makes it easier for non-technical people to build software; instead, the greatest value often comes from the fact that low-code/no-code makes it much faster to build and release working prototypes. For organizations that have adopted — or are working towards adopting — agile ways of working, this is invaluable.
With low-code/no-code development, it’s quick and easy to get working software in front of its users, making it possible to gather feedback and prove business value before a great deal of time or money is spent on development. It’s also possible to generate a great deal of data as part of the low-code/no-code development process, which can be leveraged for insights about a particular project’s success, as well as to indicate which additional business processes might be fruitfully automated in the future.
Both low-code and no-code development platforms can empower business users to accelerate the organization’s digital transformation. But without proper governance, both can pose risks as well. Check back for a future blog on how implementing the right low-code/no-code governance processes can mitigate these risks.
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