Why go Low-Code?

With the revenue generated by low-code application platforms expected to surpass $12 billion in 2024, today’s article explores some of the reasons why low-code technology is remaining a popular choice when it comes to solution development. 

The author of this page: Prateek Desai
Prateek Desai, Practice Director - D365 Customer Engagement & Power Platform Jul 09, 2024

Low-code technology enables users to rapidly develop custom solutions with minimal coding knowledge and experience. Users can create their own apps, webpages, chatbots and workflow automations using a simple drag and drop interface rather than writing long, complex scripts of code. The use of low/no code technology has been increasing steadily in recent years. In fact, 70% of new apps developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies by 2025, according to Gartner. The dynamic capaibilities of low-code solution platforms, such as Microsoft’s Power Platform, make them a popular choice for organisations that require unique solutions to help combat their specific business problems quickly. Below we discuss some of the key benefits of developing business solutions using low-code. 

Streamline Workflows and Boost Productivity 

The dynamic nature of low-code solutions makes them applicable in a vast range of business scenarios. Power Platform, for example, is comprised of 5 core elements that each have a wide variety of use cases that help streamline operations and drive productivity. Power Apps can be used to create custom applications quickly and easily so you can respond to business problems with speed and agility. Power Pages allows organisations to build external facing webpages using pre-built templates that are already optimised for use on different devices, saving the time and resources associated with configuring webpages for use on mobile, tablet, etc. Power Virtual Agents enables the use of AI-powered chatbots so you can enhance your app or website with a custom agent to help you manage customer service enquiries or other tasks. Power BI is a low-code data visualisation tool that can be integrated with other systems to create unique, customisable reports and dashboards that help you better understand data and foster data-driven decision making. Leveraging robotic process automation (RPA) technology, Power Automate allows businesses to enhance business processes with automation, reducing the reliance on manual tasks and risk of human error while also reducing the workload on staff and boosting workplace productivity. No matter what challenge your organisation is facing, you can rest assured there is a low-code solution to help tackle the problem. 

Rapid Rollout and Cost Savings 

As low-code platforms do not require even a single line of code, custom solutions can be designed, developed and rolled out much quicker than traditional solutions that require code. Elements like pre-built templates, drag-and-drop elements and pre-configured automations streamline the entire development process and allow your organisation to integrate your low-code solution as soon as possible. Further, low-code development requires fewer resources than traditional development as you do not need to purchase advanced software or hire external developers. This, along with the rapid rollout time, leads to a dramatic reduction in solution development cost. 

Ease of Use 

The simple, user-friendly interface offered by low-code development tools make them highly intuitive and easy to use. This means that even users who have little to no coding experience can design and build their own custom solutions. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2026, developers outside formal IT departments will make up at least 80% of the user base for low-code development tools. This figure is a testament to the accessibility and inclusivity of low-code technology. 

Professional developers can also benefit from the simplicity of low-code, using it to streamline the development of basic applications so they can focus on more complex application development tasks where they can apply their expertise.  

If you would like to learn more about how your organisation can harness the power of low-code to build custom solutions, get in touch with one of our solution specialists today.  

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