Business leaders are being forced to rework their strategies and relook at their offerings in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Gone are the days when work took place as an established practice.
The pandemic has opened multiple Pandora’s boxes for every business. As the pandemic’s impact deepens, I take a look at the importance of low code/no code approach for IT applications which businesses can implement for a faster recovery.
While every business goes through a cyclical change of events, the pandemic can easily throw a spanner in their plans. In the initial few days, businesses struggled to put together a plan of action. Now a year and a half into the pandemic, they look better positioned to implement new models to manage productivity with safety.
For any business to formulate an effective response to such a crisis, they need to adopt a three-phased approach:
While this may look simple on paper, the major impact of the current crisis has been on productivity as teams no longer have the luxury to operate out of the same location. While this can be countered easily by the few big names in the industry, for many others, this may mean investing time, effort, and above all, large sums of money in developing platforms to boost productivity unless they opt for a low code/no code-first strategy.
Low code/no code is a software engineering approach for developing cloud-native applications/custom software apps fast and with minimal hand-coding.
Gartner reports predict that low code will account for more than 65 percent of all application development activities by 2024.
Most of the enterprises and governments have accelerated the process of digitization and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for near-real-time and data-based decision instead of offline surveys. While the regularly staffed IT departments are capable of handling a few requests, with almost every business function in need of digitization, businesses have their hands full to implement digital practices overnight.
The low code/no code platform-based applications can be created as quickly as they are needed. Also, they offer a robust model with avenues for interoperability amongst various devices and functions that may be necessary for scaling up operations in the future.
Low code application platforms (LCAP) have enabled two-way interaction between people and increased e-participation between employers and employees as well as governments and citizens.
The application-based data capture using a low code/no code platform allows for better protection of sensitive data and people’s privacy. It has also made easy to implement activity-driven applications, enabling organizations and governments around the world to capture real data via apps to take much informed decisions.
Low code/no code platforms are usually classified under two broad categories, viz for developers and for business end-users. As such, before choosing a platform, companies must clearly understand who is going to work on it. It’s best not to put a developer-oriented platform in front of ‘citizen developers’ — those with no programming skills. While choosing a platform for developers does offer you more customizable control over it.
Choose a low code/no code product that offers you more functions for your requirements as every tool is different in its capabilities.
You don’t want to end up with an application which offers no upgrade or support. When choosing a low code/no code platform, exercise extreme judgement in ensuring that it should be able to offer you a viable solution for the required duration, and offer you continuous access to scale up as per your evolving requirements.
In this age of information, we are all racing against time. This is where low code/no code platforms can be utilized to the maximum. Let’s look at a few such scenarios:
While low code/no code platforms offer faster time to market and faster development time, they can also be limited in their capabilities due to the block-model manner in which they are built. A few challenges include:
With all that said, I firmly believe that low code/no code technology is the most promising way to scale for the faster application development. When implemented efficiently, it has proven to be effective beyond expectations.
I see the "Renew phase" for businesses and governments absorbing learnings from the previous "Reset phase" and building on those to expand the scope of operation of platforms and apps built on the low code/no code model.
With the increasing adoption of the cloud as a necessity rather than a luxury, and rapid progress being made on the cloud-development front itself, I expect more low code/no code platforms being utilized by organizations to respond to their fast-evolving needs. Workflow automation and anywhere-anytime solutions built on low code/no code platforms look set to grow their reach even further.
The adoption of 5G services, which provide faster speeds and low latency, should fuel the rise of LCAP platforms and share increase in citizen developers.
I had often heard that necessity is the mother of invention, but perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a creation of many necessities, which are now leading to a digital transformation of our society. I see a bright future ahead for the low code/no code platform, because in this new future, software is going to be anyone’s game!
Keywords: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, COVID19