Low-code: an excellent (r)evolutionary step in software development

A low-code platform consists of standardized pieces of code. They create excellent software quality and quick results. OutSystems is such a Rapid Application Development/Delivery (RAD) platform. It makes it easy to develop and deliver applications across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Web. Besides that, low-code helps to visually develop applications. And it easily integrates with existing systems and allows to add custom code.

There are two common misconceptions among software developers about low-code. One is that typing code is the only real programming. The other is that low-code is nothing but “drawing”. It’s interesting to see that developers quickly change their minds when they actually start working with such a platform. They promptly experience its benefits for developers, IT departments and businesses.

The advantages 

The maintenance costs of software account for a big part of the total software costs. Low-code platforms drastically reduce these costs. But these platforms have many other advantages. They help save time, for example, with development cycles that are 3 to 10 times faster than regular software development. This results in decreasing maintenance costs and faster development of innovative business applications.

OutSystems is such a delivery platform that integrates all development phases. From concept over a first minimum viable product to a full-blown application, optimizing release, support and maintenance. The standardized blocks of code easily integrate with all kind of (legacy) systems from databases, excel to all kinds of APIs. On top of that, all dependencies are monitored and managed within the platform. Therefore, low-code delivers higher software quality and more stable systems.

Strategic imperatives

Low-code platforms are already in use by organizations in the energy, transport and service sectors. They create strategic advantages by building new applications faster than their competitors. These platforms provide the opportunity to quickly respond to changes in markets. For example, in case of an emergency, an insurance company develops an administrative application in a few days. This enables them to quickly respond to sudden changes in the demand of insurance services.

Organizations with a lot of legacy systems greatly benefit from low-code platform solutions as well. Recruiting and retaining IT resources with the right knowledge and experience about legacy systems becomes increasingly difficult. A low-code platform integrates these legacy systems. It also ensures that an organization develops new applications on top of these systems. The initial cost of low-code platforms is relatively higher compared to conventional programming languages. But the use of these platforms creates a better return on investment in the long run. This is due to an increase of business productivity, resulting in substantial cost savings over the application’s life cycle.

We may conclude that low-code platforms provide an important (r)evolutionary step in software development. Organizations that look beyond the misconceptions about these platforms benefit from strategic advantages.


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