21 Feb Low-Code solutions: simplifying adaptation to change
The world’s leading market analysts agree that Low-Code technologies are becoming more relevant and that, nowadays, companies are increasingly opting for Low-Code solutions.
The demand for digital services is rapidly growing worldwide and its users are more clued up, continually demanding new designs and functionalities that organizations must be able to develop and put into production in an agile way while maintaining their quality standards.
In this scenario, traditional software development methodologies do not have the capacity to meet these demands since, in most cases, they involve long-term developments and there is a risk that the final product does not meet the real needs of its end-users.
Furthermore, acquiring pre-developed solutions can generate integration problems between the different tools and often lead to data silos.
In the same way that web design tools such as WordPress speed up the process of designing and creating a web page, the Low-Code platforms accelerate application development.
Low-Code solutions have already overcome the first hurdle, and today they are used to manage the highly complex core processes of organizations and handle high volumes of data.
The strong integration capabilities help to tackle the problem of data silos, while they reevaluate the software that created them, so organizations are now getting the full benefit of the investment they made in these tools.
Also, their potential for scalability and the possibility of being installed on local servers and in the cloud, give organizations the chance to continue growing, increasing their number of processes and updating those that already existed.
Definition of low-code solutions
Low-code is a software development approach that aims to facilitate software creation. To do this, it uses visual and intuitive tools such as drag and drop and reduces programming to a minimum.
To achieve its objectives, Low-code platforms provide a wide variety of functionalities, components and preconfigured services that facilitate the representation and configuration of business logic (conditions, assignments, loops, etc.).
Thus, it is no longer necessary to have programming knowledge to develop software, so now the business user can design and launch their own applications, hereby democratizing the process, contributing to team multidisciplinarity and improving the organization’s flexibility.
It is important to note that Low-Code solutions do not replace the IT department, but rather enhance it. The fact of incorporating the business user into the development process means that this department now has more resources and that the most qualified personnel can focus on technical aspects related to their expertise, such as safety, scalability or efficiency of new applications.
The reality of low-code solutions; debunking the myths
While it is true that Low-Code solutions are in an upward spiral and there are already many companies that benefit from these products, there are still misperceptions about the work methodology and the benefits they offer.
MYTH: Low-Code is only for business users
One of the first concepts associated with the Low-Code methodology is the possibility for business users to develop their own applications but limiting development to solely business users will greatly restrict the potential of this technology.
Certainly, the fact that the business user gains autonomy will allow the IT department to lighten their workload, but synergies of multidisciplinary work will also be generated, which will ultimately allow the final product to be more adjusted to the business’ operational needs.
With the Low-Code solutions, the IT department will be able to lay the foundations of any project very quickly, focusing more on personalization or more complex issues. In addition to the advantage of working with a common base to ensure consistency and integration.
MYTH: Low-Code is for simple applications only
There is a myth that as they are designed for business users, Low-Code solutions will only be used to make small developments. The truth of the matter is that companies are taking advantage of the functionalities offered by these types of solutions to address increasingly complex projects.
Qualities such as ease-of-use, shortened the delivery times, plus high scalability and strong integration features, are of great value when addressing projects that involve several departments or that share data with different software systems.
Over the years, AuraPortal has achieved countless success stories in all industry sectors. TOYOTA, a company very committed to the environment, chose the AuraPortal solution to promote the ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification for its dealer network in Spain. This solution was adopted by a total of 65 dealers throughout Spain, which represents 80% of the total number of dealers in the country. The objective is that 100% of the dealers are certified in the coming years.
MYTH: Low-Code doesn’t lend itself to collaboration or reuse
The fact that each department can carry out its own software developments according to their needs does not necessarily mean that they generate silos that prevent the dissemination of the information or that the software cannot be reused. On the contrary, the use of Low-Code solutions helps to generate work dynamics of multidisciplinary teams, favoring the exchange of knowledge between the different departments.
With solutions like AuraPortal, companies reuse many components from field definitions to form designs. An interesting aspect is that these tools also share connector developments to facilitate integration with other systems such as CRM, ERP, etc.