The age of apps and automation has arrived, enabled by a future where anyone can create, innovate, and implement new solutions into their business workflows.
For years, companies have been discovering the benefit of custom-made apps and tools intended to simplify tasks from tracking changes in shifts and schedules, to ensuring the secure storage of valuable data. Unfortunately, the majority of this innovation was often reserved for larger brands, with the IT skills or budget to accommodate complex coding practices.
Now, thanks to the revolution of low-code and no-code technologies, companies can transform at a much faster pace. The low-code ecosystem is paving the way towards an agile future, brimming with opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Gartner believes around 75% of major businesses will be deploying around four low-code development tools by 2024.
Low code and platforms are tools designed to allow any individual, regardless of their technical skills to build enterprise-grade business applications. Tools like Microsoft Power Platform, for instance, allow citizen developers in the modern landscape to build apps using drag-and-drop, visual platforms, with very little coding knowledge or experience.
The obvious benefit of this approach is everyone and anyone in your team can develop apps, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on accessing the right skills to solve your business problems. At the same time, empowering anyone in your team to create applications in a simplified method means professional IT teams and leaders can spend their time on more complex tasks.
For instance, if your HR team had trouble keeping track of shift change requests for employees in a hybrid workforce, they could use the Power Platform to build an app that collects shift information from each employee, and immediately notifies managers when a change needs to be made.
Notably, there is a small difference between no-code and low-code. Low code development tools do require a very basic understanding of programming, while no-code options offer a completely drag-and-drop approach. While no-code is ideal for building smaller apps, low code allows members of your team to develop more sophisticated automations and workflows.
For some time now, companies have been searching for ways to deal with the skill shortages in the IT environment and stay agile in an ever-evolving ecosystem. The pandemic increased the demand for agility significantly, making it so that all companies, regardless of their sizes, needed a way of pivoting and adapting to suit changing environments.
With low code and no-code solutions, companies can quickly create and deliver business applications with minimal manual programming and less demand for coding expertise. Low code solutions can help companies to:
According to Gartner, within 3-5 years, around 65% of all the coding done in business environments will be accomplished using low-code systems, no-code tools, and systems supported by AI or bots. Although low-code applications have their challenges, they make the overall process of innovation and digital transformation in modern businesses more straightforward.
Part of what makes the low code ecosystem so compelling to today’s business leaders is its flexibility. With access to the right low-code platforms and tools, it’s possible to create a host of apps and workflows for your team. For instance, you could use the Microsoft Power platform to create:
Apps, automation, and intelligent innovations are all crucial components of a strong digital transformation strategy. With low code applications, citizen developers, and a more flexible approach to creation, companies can get their entire teams involved in building a brighter future.
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