Mayte Lasso Ahedo
The world has changed.
In certain scenarios we no longer need hundreds of lines of code to build robust technology solutions. Roboyo Senior Consultant Mayte Lasso Ahedo explores the benefits of low code.
In today’s modern enterprise, our clients are looking for ways to reduce software development time, streamline processes, and make operations more efficient. There is also the need to build products and sell new services faster than ever before.
While these goals were difficult to reach when all the development had to be done by expert in-house software developers, they are now more achievable than ever, due to low code platforms.
If you work in the digital space, you have probably heard the term “low code” (or “no code”) in the context of automation and hyperautomation.
What is low code?
Low code platforms offer a way for team members to create technologies that help to meet business goals – with less need to understand programming languages.
These platforms provide an easier way for companies to develop quality software.
Low code tools can also integrate with other services/applications or with existing business processes – and while it’s possible to use them to create workflow logic, they may also include pre-built design templates that eliminate the need for coding at all.
Benefits of low code
Using low code platforms can offer a variety of benefits. Here are a few:
Speed and budgetA great advantage of low code platforms is they allow you to build a scalable, easy to maintain, modern, collaborative, and adaptable solution – without the need for a lot of money or time.
With low code, business processes and workflows can be tailored to specific business needs.
Pre-built templates can further streamline software development. Developers can go through the ideation, creation, testing, release, and feedback stages much faster, compared to traditional enterprise software development methods.
Working without specialist developersDevelopers are in high demand. Due to their scarcity and hiring restraints, in-house software development teams are tough to assemble.
Indeed, there’s a saying that full stack developers (both front-end and back-end coders) don’t exist – and this stems from the difficulty in finding, hiring and retaining such specialized talent.
Low code solutions provide in-house teams with a workaround for this scarcity of skilled coding talent.
At the same time, you can reduce load on your IT team – getting non-technical developers to absorb tasks that would otherwise compete with other demands on their time.
More efficient processesLow code platforms can also provide simpler and more efficient processes for maintenance and deployment.
A typical low code platform includes features such as an integrated development environment (IDE), connectors to other services, a lifecycle manager, and an integrated design-to-code system.
These tools make it possible to automate the software development cycle because the building blocks are reusable and can be easily assembled into a complete solution. This enables people from beginners to skilled users to increase the scale and number of projects at speed.
In the longer term, it could also help create the building blocks for hyperautomation, where multiple automated processes work together in a connected ecosystem.
And there’s another aspect of efficiency: code. The less code there is, the fewer bugs there will be.
Things to watch out for
As with everything, there can also be disadvantages to low code. These are important to understand, so you can make an informed decision about which platform to use to achieve your goals.
Integration limitationsSolutions built on low code platforms may have limited integration with other applications or services.
CustomizationWhile it can be a great option to have pre-built templates, features, and components, low code does not offer complete freedom over what you want to create. It will be necessary to adapt your needs to those enabled by the platform.
SecurityIt is important to provide employees with the appropriate training, reference materials and policies regarding the proper use of the platform and information security.
While low code or no code tools don’t necessarily introduce vulnerabilities, they can create room for human error.
BudgetGenerally, using a low code platform requires a subscription, whereas traditional code can theoretically be written free of charge (if you exclude the cost of developers’ time).
Next level low code
Low code programming is becoming a fundamental part of enterprise software development.
If you want to use low code platforms to empower your non-technical workforce and create enterprise efficiencies, you’ve come to the right place.
Here at Roboyo, we’re hyperautomation experts – and ready to help you access low code solutions that empower your workforce, no matter their level of technical expertise.
Contact us to book an introductory call.
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