Today, when customers are at the heart of everything, businesses have to be extremely agile and flexible, going out of their way to meet and foresee customers’ needs. On the other hand, the technological age dictates its own rules. As a result, customer-facing applications are becoming top priority in many companies, so business owners and managers are seeking ways to develop desired apps faster than traditional programming platforms can offer. Not surprisingly, low-code development platforms, a revolutionary app building approach, are emerging on the market, allowing projects to “run at digital clock speed“. But what are those low-code alternatives, and what can they offer to businesses besides expedited app delivery?
Forrester Research, a global research and advisory firm guiding leaders in business technology, marketing and strategy, and the technology industry, has recently conducted a research to answer the above questions. In the course of the study, 23 enterprise development leaders were interviewed to get a better picture on how low-code platforms allow them to deal with the ever-growing demand for quality consumer applications. In June, 2014 Forrester Research published its findings in the report “New Development Platforms Emerge for Customer-Facing Applications“, where it defined low-code development platforms as “platforms that enable rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment, for systems of engagement”.
The series of interviews confirmed that delivery speed is a major benefit low-code platforms offer. However, what is equally important is that they let one create multiple app prototypes to gain users’ feedback and then redesign the mobile application accordingly. “The platform allowed us to trial ideas through a test-and-learn approach. And it wasn’t just a trial system, it allowed us to experiment and then continue building out the app as needed, “says IT innovation director of a European Union insurance carrier. This advantage of low-code platforms is hard to overestimate since they let one build mobile apps based on real customer feedback, rather than on guesses and generalizations.
Nearly all the interviewed companies stated that low-code platforms allowed them to build successful applications with less-skilled developers. Admittedly, some hand-coding was still required (after all, such platforms are called “low-code”, not “no-code”) but significantly less than with traditional platforms. On the other hand, in many cases, it took no more than two employees to compose, test, and modify new apps. Interestingly, every app development leader mentioned that the experience of designing mobile applications on low-code platforms had brought cultures that reward learning, experimentation, innovation, and self-organizing teams.
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