There was a time when building construction involved the old-school method of laying a foundation, setting the framing, roofing, and siding, followed by carpentry, plumbing, and electrical. Time-consuming, incremental, and expensive as the method was, it led to dissatisfied customers. Now, imagine this: with the foundation being set up on the site, different modular components of the building are being pre-fabricated and transported from other locations. When modular construction was introduced, it turned the tables for the construction industry, allowing speed-to-market and diminished expenses. In the golden era of digital paraphernalia and, more specifically, the “app economy,” where applications have become an indispensable part of every organization, such a paradigm shift is currently underway in software development.
The IT industry has transformed significantly from its outdated ways of working, where it took months to develop and implement an application, to today’s rapid and frequent rollouts. Traditionally, software development lifecycles spanned across months; gaps existed in translating requirements into applications, and disconnects were prevalent between the IT and business teams, leading to implementation failures. By the time the application moved into production, it often became obsolete or missed the context. At a time when instant gratification dictates the pace at which businesses must operate and deliver, such extensive timelines and decoupled processes may spell disaster. Now, what if building a software doesn’t mean writing thousands of lines of codes for the business logic and the frontend; instead, what if snippets of readymade components can be onboarded on an à la carte basis, as the need demands? Enter low-code no-code (LCNC), the next-generation application development platforms that are bringing business and IT closer.
LCNC platforms are clearly a mainstay to fulfil the need for agility and customer-centricity in application development. Forward-looking organizations must capitalize on partnerships with market leaders that can guide them through the new-age software development labyrinth.
Less code, more gain
LCNC is nothing new to the application development ecosystem. For years now, developers have been turning towards LCNC platforms, owing to their ease of use and ability to launch products in the market quicker. Similar to how modular construction works, LCNC allows concurrent testing as and when the application is built. Further, LCNC platforms facilitate the practice of what-you-see-is-what-you-get, which allows businesses to unlock speed of delivery and customization at the same time. For business users, there is also a reduced dependence on IT, which ensures that the intricacies of the requirement are not lost during communication among analysts, developers, testers, and business users. What’s more, sales and customer success teams with their deep understanding of customers – despite their limited coding expertise – can also contribute to creating more customer-centric applications.
Clearly, there is no denying the multiple benefits that LCNC platforms bring to the table. However, like all good things, LCNC comes with its own challenges and limitations. To begin with, the marketplace is inundated with many LCNC platforms, and businesses often find it challenging to select the right platform that fits the bill. While some of these platforms are still in their beta versions, others have poor upgrade and customer support. To understand and navigate through this surplus conundrum better, organizations must narrow down the what, where, and how of their application development requirements.
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