💻 What Is Low Code? How Low Code Can Speed Digital Transformation

📈 Low-code development can save any business time and money on software development. Here’s what executives need to know about low-code.

As more customer interactions move online post-2020, a recent report from McKinsey suggests that organizations must “recognize technology’s strategic importance as a critical component of the business, not just a source of cost efficiencies” if they haven’t already.

However, rapid digital transformation is easier said than done for most organizations, given most are already struggling to find enough tech talent. And it’s why more organizations are turning to low-code development to help them deliver the digital experiences their customers now demand.

Below is what executives need to know about low-code and how it can help them save time and money on software development.

What Is Low-Code Development?

Low-code is an approach to software development that reduces the amount of custom coding required to build an application by incorporating drag-and-drop interfaces, process modeling, reusable code templates, and software development kits (SDKs) into the software development process.

Low-code platforms do not replace the job of a software developer but rather make app development faster by providing developers and non-developers with prebuilt sections of code they can assemble (either visually or in a traditional development environment) instead of hand-coding every line.

Low-Code vs. No-Code

The terms “low-code” and “no-code” are often used interchangeably. But in practice, they’re two separate approaches to software development.

  • No-code development eliminates the need for coding altogether by making the entire application design process a visual drag-and-drop experience. As a result, anyone can use a no-code platform to build an application or website. However, the accessibility of no-code development usually limits the functionality a user can build into their application based on the prebuilt capability of the editing environment.
  • Low-code development also makes the development process more accessible to non-developers. But low-code platforms are still primarily designed for professional developers because they do not completely eliminate the need for coding skills. Low-code development platforms offer greater flexibility than no-code platforms, but they also require a higher technical aptitude to fully implement a functional application.

The Benefits of Low-Code Development