NoCode and LowCode: Future of IT Development?

Apr 5, 2022
3 min read

LowCode and NoCode are revolutionary development architectures that make it easier for users to create an application or a website. Due to their multiple advantages, Low/NoCode platforms are so successful with companies that they are now considered the future of IT development, at least in business. Is this the case? What are the key points to remember about them? Focus!‍

The Problems of IT Development in Business

Digitalization is a real challenge for companies wishing to remain competitive. It is now impossible for them to do without new technologies if only operational. Therefore, the central role of the organizational unit in charge of IT is often to ensure the proper functioning of the entire IT infrastructure of the company.‍

For their part, developers have a vital mission throughout this organization. They are, in fact, in charge of designing applications and software to meet the needs of each department. However, enterprise IT development faces several problems.‍

First, the development phase is long, tedious, and generates additional expenses in the event of failure during the test phases. Typically, it takes 18 weeks for a business application to be fully operational.‍

The second difficulty encountered by companies lies in the recruitment of technicians. Indeed, due to the diversity of computer languages, companies find it increasingly difficult to find a competent developer capable of designing an application from a specific language. And even if they manage to recruit the right developer, the latter's salary can be very high, especially for a VSE, an SME, or a startup.

The Specificities of the LowCode and NoCode Platforms

Companies have long searched for the most effective solutions to deal with these difficulties. Initially, they preferred to entrust the design of their applications to external companies or freelancers. However, outsourcing development tasks quickly showed its limits since it requires a substantial budget.

This was when the LowCode and NoCode platforms appeared. SaaS solutions allow companies to design their applications or create a website. The particularity of these platforms lies in their handling. Indeed, these platforms are easy to use and have a simplified interface so that even neophytes can quickly develop a business application.‍

NoCode, literally meaning "without code," is an architecture that offers several advantages, as it does not require any particular computer skills. The user of no-code platforms can quickly create a perfectly functional application without writing a single line of code. Regarding the LowCode, meaning "little code," it is an architecture that, as its name suggests, allows you to create an application by writing only a minimum of code.‍

The Contribution of These Platforms to Companies

The low-code and NoCode platforms have become indispensable tools for companies, especially those with a limited budget. They allow them to save a lot of time.‍

SMEs opting for NoCode, for example, have the possibility of creating applications aimed at automating specific processes that would be very time-consuming (export of customer computer data to a CRM, reporting, collection of customer data, etc. .).‍

For large companies, the LowCode and NoCode platforms are the perfect solutions to improve the productivity of their programmers. 451 Research has also conducted a study. The latter has shown that LowCode and NoCode increase developer efficiency and productivity by up to 90%. In addition, companies that have migrated to these architectures can design no less than one application per day to meet the needs of their departments.‍

It should also be noted that, to a certain extent, LowCode and NoCode allow companies to achieve significant savings. For a startup or an SME, the no-code enables them not to recruit a developer or call on an external company's services to design their business applications. For a large group that usually has a whole team of programmers, low code significantly reduces the number of developers. Indeed, this type of architecture pre-chews 80% of the technicians' work, which allows them to concentrate on other, more critical missions.‍

Finally, some LowCode and NoCode platforms have relatively advanced features. With this in mind, companies can choose the platform to design a specific application that meets specific needs. By way of illustration:

Zendesk is preferred for creating applications dedicated to customer service;
Slack and Zoom are interesting for creating applications dedicated to internal communication; Marketo and Hubspot are chosen for creating applications devoted to email marketing.‍

Given the complexity of manual programming and the shortage of IT developers, LowCode and NoCode are essential for developing business applications. These architectures are destined to be the future of enterprise IT development.