Blue – lowcode
Red – Low-code
Yellow – Low-code development
The image above, taken from Google Trends, shows just how dramatically the interest of low-code has trended over the last 18 months. Low-code is not as new as we would like to think, with the term “low-code” being introduced 4 years ago. The concept dates back to the early 80s where James Martin published the book “Application Development without Programmers”.
Many software developers have been hesitant to join the low-code trend because they fear that their jobs are at risk or believe that low-code is not suitable for building large scale and mission critical enterprise applications. Yet low-code is gaining traction in cutting-edge enterprises, and the low-code market is forecast to increase to over $21 billion over the next 5 years.
Low-code is not here to replace anything or anyone, it’s here to take the clutter and heavy lifting out of the way. There will always be a place for hard-core hand coding. As such, low-code tools should not be feared, they should be embraced in conjunction with traditional methods to enhance development techniques and improve development efficiencies. It’s a win for developers and a win for business.
When to use a low-code platform
Choosing when to use a low-code development tool is as critical to your success as choosing which one to use. If you experience any of the issues below, then the timing couldn’t be better.
- When you need to build systems rapidly and traditional methods cannot keep up with the pace of the industry
- Your backlog is constantly increasing, and mission-critical work always takes priority
- In-house development is slow due to lack of skilled developers
- Changes need to be made to systems efficiently and iteratively, but business seems to change faster than the changes can be made
- Business need to understand the logic in order to add immense value to their systems, but it’s obfuscated in code
In an ideal world, starting with a low-code solution from the beginning would be first prize. But this isn’t an ideal world, and we need to make changes, even though they can seem painful at the start. Businesses should not underestimate the value of low-code software. It is important to fully understand what low-code software development is, the benefits of developing with these tools and when to use them. It makes sense to adopt a low-code development framework sooner rather than later.