How Low-Code Platforms are Reshaping Solution Development

Enabling users with limited coding knowledge to build robust apps and web pages quickly and easily, low-code platforms such as Microsoft Power Apps and Power Pages are completely transforming solution development as we know it. 

The author of this page: Prateek Desai
Prateek Desai, Practice Director - D365 Customer Engagement & Power Platform Jun 30, 2023

Rather than writing extensive lines of code, low-code platforms allow users to develop apps and webpages with a simple drag and drop interface. The simplicity of this type of development has made it highly attractive for businesses and developers alike, hence the large rise in the use of low-code in recent years. In fact, Gartner has predicted that by 2025, 70% of new business apps will use low-code/no-code technologies. 

Today we will explore how low-code solutions are reshaping the world of solution development. 

Inclusive Development  

As low-code platforms do not require any previous coding expertise, users from varied backgrounds are empowered to design and develop. Without the need for traditional coding languages, everyone from citizen developers to professional developers can build their own apps and webpages.  

Gartner predicts that 80% of tech products and services will be built by non-technology professionals by 2024- a figure that demonstrates the extent to which low-code is transforming the technology landscape. Professional coding knowledge is no longer a prerequisite for the design and development of simple apps and webpages.  

Rapid Creation 

According to TechxMedia, adopting low-code and no-code platforms can lead to a sixfold increase in the pace of software development. But how exactly can adopting low-code solutions have such a dramatic impact on development time? 

Low-code platforms, such as Microsoft’s Power Pages, generally provide pre-designed templates, saving you the time and hassle of writing a large script of code, or even hiring a professional developer. Further, these templates are already optimised for different devices, meaning you don’t need to spend time configuring your apps and webpages for mobile use. The whole development process from start to finish is streamlined, allowing you to create more in less time. 

Cost Savings 

In general, leveraging low-code is much cheaper than traditional app or web page development. With Forrester noting that low-code/no-code solutions require 70% fewer resources than conventional app-building methods, the reduced project time and fewer resources needed can reduce the average costs of app development by up to 50%. 

Further, Statista claims businesses that use low-code platforms to build customer-facing apps have the potential to increase revenue by up to 58%, meaning low-code not only reduces the cost of development, but can also lead to greater profits. 

Customisation and Flexibility  

Low-code platforms can provide useful pre-designed templates that can be configured and customised to align with your company’s brand. With Power Platform, organisations also have the option to leverage advanced coding capabilities to go beyond out of the box integrations and further customise apps, portals and webpages. This means that whatever your business requires, low-code platforms can fit your needs and preferences. 

Interested in learning more about low-code platforms? Contact one of our experts today.  

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