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What is low-code development and how can it help solve your unique business challenges? Here’s everything you need to know.
Low code is a modern approach to software development that eliminates the need to write code. With low code, you can build, edit and test custom business applications using visual, point-and-click tools instead of hand-coding.
Low-code platforms enable anyone to build apps — even those with limited technical knowledge or development experience.
In our research, we found that low-code users are significantly more successful than peers who do not use low code.
Some 63% of low-code users say they have the resources to fulfill the demand for custom tools, compared to only 41% of peers who do not use low code. They are also more likely to deliver application projects on time and within scope and budget.
Source: The State of Custom Business Applications 2020 Report
No code is the promise of building dynamic, feature-rich apps without writing a single line of code. It’s something platforms strive to achieve with visual, point-and-click and drag-and-drop tools. The most common features and capabilities needed to build, deploy and manage applications are provided by the platform without coding.
Low code primarily benefits business professionals who want to build apps without the complexities of traditional software development. Its positive impact reaches all members of the organization.
76% of business professionals say delayed app development projects impact their work performance. With low code, your employees and developers gain a shortcut to deliver powerful applications without dealing with the difficulties of programming or overburdening IT. They know their unique workflows like the back of their hand and understand what’s required for a solution to be successful.
80% of today’s organizations simply don’t have sufficient budgets for app development. A lack of IT resources contributes to the massive backlog of development requests. With low code, applications are built 10-20x faster. And by endorsing low-code platforms for use across the organization, technical talent is freed up to focus on critical IT projects.
93% of executives say custom applications bring strategic business advantages to their organization. With low code, C-level executives have access to custom apps produced internally. These tools improve customer experiences and optimize internal workflows — areas that directly impact the bottom line and are under the direct ownership of the C-suite.
Despite acknowledging the importance of custom business apps, organizations still struggle to deliver and support critical applications. Their biggest hurdle remains the lack of hard-to-find IT talent, followed by inadequate funding. Businesses also face the complexities of integrating their new apps with legacy systems and meeting delivery deadlines.
Low code empowers organizations to overcome challenges surrounding app development. Enabling business users to create purpose-built apps using only visual, point-and-click tools reduces the need for additional IT talent and lowers workforce and infrastructure costs. Here are a few reasons why low code makes so much sense, for both IT and businesses:
Many businesses make do with expensive off-the-shelf software suites usually intended for a mass market. Often, these clunky “solutions” offer tons of features but cannot address the exact requirements of a department. With low code, business professionals can build custom apps that match their unique workflows. Through testing, the tool adapts to the process, not the other way around.
Low code empowers the person closest to the problem to solve it. Business leaders gain the ability to DIY solutions, reducing the reliance on backlogged and short-staffed IT teams for simple, departmental tools. Teams are likely to use the software or technology they built themselves, too, eliminating a steep learning curve while increasing adoption success.
Low code allows businesses to centralize all their data in an online database, which serves as the foundation for various apps that streamline and automate data management. For example, instead of checking multiple Excel spreadsheets to analyze monthly team performance, managers can simply build web dashboards that display visually stunning graphs based on real-time data.
In today’s digital landscape, organizations need business agility to remain competitive. Low-code development supports a “test-and-learn” approach where teams adopt agile practices for testing and quickly launching minimum viable products as needed. They then continuously improve apps in subsequent iterations, resulting in faster time-to-market and constant innovation.
Low code takes the pressure off burdened IT teams. Since business professionals can now build and deploy custom applications on any website, CMS, portal or through direct links without coding — IT talent can focus their attention on bigger, more urgent projects that only they can complete.
Low-code development eliminates the need to hire hard-to-find IT talent. Instead, it maximizes existing resources (business professionals), resulting in reduced overhead costs. You also save by leveraging cloud technologies integrated into the platform instead of procuring infrastructure.
The best low-code platforms comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and more industry regulatory standards. Low-code enforces these guardrails to prevent data breaches and malpractices from shadow IT.
Protected Health Information
Educational Privacy Act
EU Privacy Legislation
EU-US Privacy Shield
3D Secure 2
Strong Customer Authentication
Low-code platforms allow IT teams to quickly scale and react to urgent business needs in real-time — something that’s impossible with limited on-premises infrastructure. With enterprise-grade cloud systems supporting your low-code databases and applications, you’re ready for any spike in usage.
From simple web forms to sophisticated business workflows, here are some common departmental applications you can build using low code:
Schedule a free consultation and a low-code specialist will help you explore your options.
In the latest Forrester Wave™ report, Forrester evaluated 12 of the most important low-code vendors available on the market — detailing how organizations can fulfill rising demand for automation through low-code development. For the second straight time, Caspio was ranked a ‘Leader.’
Forrester also dubbed Caspio as “the richest platform for business developers.” Caspio emerged strongest in the “Current Offering” category, earning the highest score in 16 distinct criteria that include startup experience; user interface development; database development and features; application deployment options; and security audits and certifications.
“Caspio has quietly built a product that provides both deep functionality for enterprise apps and an easy start for business professionals,” Forrester said.
Caspio allows unlimited app creators and users, so you can build apps on your own or bring your entire team in the platform. If you know exactly the type of app you need, but aren’t too keen on building and testing it yourself, our Professional Services team can build it for you.
With Caspio, you can easily export any information you’ve stored within the platform, along with entire applications.
Yes! Link Caspio with other apps and cloud services like Google Sheets, MailChimp and SharpSpring through Zapier. It’s also easy to migrate your existing data from MS Access, Excel and other repositories into your Caspio online database.
Caspio offers various subscription plans: from a Free Account that’s suitable for simple cloud apps to custom Corporate Plans that come with enterprise capabilities and white-glove services. Compare Caspio pricing options to see which plan best fits your requirements.
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