Low-Code / No-Code Development explained

Low-code or no-code development is a modern implementation of the concepts of rapid application development that crystallized in the early 1990s. RAD tools, which auto-generated much of an application’s underlying code, really took hold when Agile development practices emerged and evolved a decade later. Today, low-code/no-code development is seen as a way to free up developers from doing mundane tasks so they can focus on innovative projects that will deliver bigger value to their organization. As the workforce gets younger, and those in product conceptualization and marketing come in with more knowledge of computing and programming, their desire to build their own solutions is accommodated by new RAD solutions. Low-code solutions can require some coding to complete a project, while no-code solutions are often custom solutions created for specific industries and vertical markets, so the visual component library holds exactly what is needed for applications in those spaces.

The tools being created for rapid development have drag-and-drop interfaces, enabling non-developers to build workflows and create the user interfaces for their applications without having to get IT involved. But these low-code/no-code solutions also benefit developers by providing a way to work quickly, with fewer hand-written errors, and to iterate more often to create applications the end users actually want. These are all part and parcel of a digital transformation of the organization, which puts the focus on business value. There are numerous software providers in this space, coming at it from different angles. Some have created tooling to speed development on their platforms, while others can be used to create applications across a range of platforms.

Low-code changes the dynamics between design and development teams

Gartner predicts that by 2026, 80% of technology products will be created by people not categorized as technology professionals. The reasons for this have been discussed at length for some time now, and companies are now seeing the value in these tools as a way to accelerate development.  According to Jason Beres, SVP of developer … continue reading

Low-code speeds up development time, but what about testing time?

Low-code has been experiencing widespread adoption across the industry over the past several years, but testing apps created using low-code tools is unfortunately falling behind. According to Raj Rao, chief strategy officer for Sauce Labs low-code solution AutonomIQ, often companies set up citizen development programs where employees with no technical background can use low-code or … continue reading

Use metric stores as main data servicing layer

In a single generation, we have witnessed the internet revolution, the cloud revolution and it can be said we’re in the middle of the data revolution. Data has always been critical, but today its sheer size, speed and utility is reaching dizzying new heights.  Now that data applications and analytics are a permanent, essential, growing … continue reading

The benefits of low-code/no-code tools for professional developers

Low-code and no-code tooling has become increasingly popular among developers of differing skill levels; from citizen developers to professional development engineers, low-code and no-code solutions have a part to play in several different workflows. This brings up the question of how far developers can really go using this type of coding. According to Andrew Manby, … continue reading

A guide to low-code/no-code platforms

The following is a listing of low-code/no-code tool providers, along with a brief description of their offerings.  Caspio: Caspio is the only no-code platform that provides a fully integrated cloud database, unlimited app users, unlimited app developers, standards-based extensibility and seamless deployment to any web property — all included as standard features in every plan. … continue reading

How these platforms support low-code/no-code initiatives

We asked these tool providers to share more information on how their solutions help companies build with low-code. Their responses are below. Charles Kendrick, CTO, Reify and Isomorphic Software  Reify of course offers all the usual services: consulting, support, training, etc. But what’s different about Reify is its Hybrid Development model. You can use Reify … continue reading

10 steps to successfully implement citizen development

Selecting a suitable citizen development platform is one thing. Getting employees to actually become citizen developers and use the platform to build solutions, is another. This is a common problem for many organizations. Without a proper onboarding process and the right environment for business users to start experimenting, your organization just risks ending up with … continue reading

Azure focuses on feature abundance and integrations to become the all-inclusive cloud experience

Microsoft Azure has been showing faster growth than any other cloud provider over the last few years, and its vast ecosystem of partnerships and integrations continually make it an appealing platform for existing and prospective customers.  The platform currently stands as the second largest cloud offering in the world with 21% market share, following AWS’s … continue reading

As applications drive business, iPaaS comes of age

If the adage “data is the new oil” stands true, then Integration Platform as as Service (iPaaS) is the machinery you need to drill and tap it. The allure of iPaaS is that it offers the integration needed to knit and integrate the data and processes of multiple business applications and the actual applications themselves. … continue reading

OutSystems making it easy to scale applications with preview of Project Neo

OutSystems has launched a preview of Project Neo, the codename of a platform that combines dynamic scaling cloud architecture and modern CI/CD practices with a low-code environment. “OutSystems is breaking the boundaries of traditional software development. With Project Neo, we’ve architected a platform that allows any development team to build any app at internet scale,” … continue reading

WSO2 closed $90 million in financing from Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs today injected $90 million in growth capital into WSO2, a company that creates next-generation solutions in order to streamline the delivery of digital services via no code and low code. This influx of capital will be used to accelerate WSO2’s worldwide business expansion, drive growth of the company’s global partner network, and support … continue reading

Merging UX design with low-code & no-code platforms

You probably haven’t gone a day without seeing a new article about a new low-code or no-code product (LCNC) that is going to revolutionize the way you build apps, save you enormous time, and with that, cost savings that justify learning, implementing, and deploying this new tooling. Quantifying the value of tools like this is … continue reading

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