One of the many benefits of low-code software development is the efficiency in which you can deliver back to business. We all know the concept of the project management triangle: the quality of work is constrained by the cost, time and scope of the project. By becoming more efficient (time), you can immediately win on either cost or scope, while maintaining the quality.
There are several reasons that low-code platforms like Warewolf are efficient:
Pre-built tools and connectors
A big win with low-code is that many tools, services and connectors are already pre-built. In the case of Warewolf, there are over 70 tools and connectors in the toolbox that ship with the platform. Developers are able to easily pull in a scripting tool, manipulate data, make a decision or connect to a database, among many other things. These tools enable a clear, logical approach to developing services without having to hand code commands and logic.
Built a capture form 6 months ago and need another one? No problem. All services can be saved and re-used as embedded microservices or open and customised as new services, it’s so simple. Developers can literally re-use huge amounts of their work, which is made especially efficient by creating small, functional units once off and using them multiple times.
No need for documentation
The joy of WYSIWYG! We all know that documentation is a real pain in the “donkey”. No one enjoys doing it or using it, and in many cases it’s just ignored when project constraints start weighing in. The benefit of low-code is that little to no documentation is necessary. You can literally see the flow of data and logic. If you need to, you can use the comments tool to leave small notes on items where the logic may be obfuscated or to give extra clarity.
Communication directly with stakeholders
A big fail of traditional development is that there is little real communication between business stakeholders / clients and the developer. They simply don’t speak the same language. The customer wants something, the business analyst interprets it, the developer interprets the spec documents and delivers something that is probably very different to what the customer actually needs. In a low-code environment, the customer (and the business analyst if necessary) can visually see and understand how the system they want is being built. They can add real value to the flow of logic – they are not trying to decipher obscure lines of code that only the developer can understand. It’s a massive win.
Ability to easily change and maintain
Being able to see and understand systems easily, as well as their dependencies, means making changes are quick. A change in process can be as simple as swapping one microservice for another, or adding an extra decision to create a new flow of information. Long term maintenance is similarly simple. There is little dependence on the original developer and the IP stays where it belongs.
Much shorter software development life-cycles
Because of the way systems are developed with low-code, the SDLC is dramatically reduced. Not only because of the quicker development time, but because of the tremendous increase in quality communication. Many steps can simply be cut out of the life-cycle.
Based on our customer case studies, developing with a low-code platform is 358% faster overall (SDLC), and the actual implementation or coding is 400% faster. This is a dramatic improvement. Put simply, you can achieve a year’s work in 3 – 4 months.
The synergies of re-use, SDLC efficiency and the ability to effectively communicate undoubtedly make low-code software development a no-brainer for future systems automation and integration.