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Low-code Q&A With CEO Steve Baines

One of the most interesting developments in the world of apps is also one of the most democratic. App development is no longer exclusively tied to programmers. Today, visual app development tools allow less technical staffers to become “citizen developers” who can build apps without writing code. 

What this means is that the ability to build and innovate apps for business becomes dispersed. Anyone in any department can create software to solve a problem or address a need. The current increase of no-code, low-code (NC, LC) solutions being leveraged by organizations is proving to open an enormous opportunity to empower employees to get involved in the app development process. 

Low-code app development platforms have been rapidly growing over the last few years, particularly among small and midsize businesses. Here’s what recent stats show us about some of the biggest low-code trends that are shaping the industry:

  • Low-code market was valued at $1.7 billion in 2015, and is now expected to be worth $27 billion by 2022
  • According to Gartner, over 50% of medium to large enterprises will have adopted a low-code application platform by 2023. 
  • Nearly 60% of all custom apps are built outside of IT departments, and 30% of those are done by employees with no technical development skills. 
  • When it comes to the valuable work of IT developers, 8 out of 10 believe that using low-code can free up their time to work on higher-level projects. 

In a previous post, we describe how low-code development is a bridge between the functionality of old technologies with the innovation of modern ones. Below, CEO Steve Baines explains what to look for and how it compares when choosing low-code solutions:

1. What should you consider when using Low-Code?

NCLC solutions tend to be created for specific, point solutions, rather than for the creation of larger, more overarching solutions. Users should understand they are going to sacrifice a certain amount of flexibility and customization when using a NCLC solution. If the requirements dictate a more sophisticated or complex solution, a custom-coded solution may be more appropriate. More ideally, NCLC  works well for simple use cases where the predefined building blocks match with well-known business needs or processes.

2. How does Salesforce compare to other Low-code platforms?

While vendors like AWS, Microsoft, and Google all offer some semblance of NCLC solutions, their tools tend to be created for point solutions to solve specific problems. Salesforce’s NCLC tools are incorporated into their overall platform, allowing their customers to create a full, end-to-end business process or robust customization and deploy that solution to business end-users in as short as a few hours.

3. What does Low-code mean for Forcivity?

At Forcivity, we use NC/LC solutions in many of our engagements. These tools allow us to quickly create dynamic, robust business processes or user experiences. Rather than wasting time and money on less valuable activities such as writing commodity-coded solutions, we can deliver the most value to our customers by being true consultants and advisors. NC/LC solutions also afford us the luxury of recruiting and hiring less technical, but more business-minded consultants and analysts, knowing they can be easily trained on the NC/LC toolsets we use.

Key Takeaways

It’s encouraging to know the accessibility, speed, and multi-functionality of a low-code platform make it an obvious strategy to adopt, even in its early stages. That said, it takes a dedicated effort to apply low-code development into any business. Applications built utilizing low-code development should be dynamic and offer a full user experience. Within the tech space, fast and serviceable low-code development solutions are increasing to resolve problems and keep up with customer demand.

Molly McGee