Benefits of Low-code/No-code for IT

The benefits of Low-code-No-code for your IT Department

Digital transformation is top-of-mind these days for thousands of enterprises. As a result, low-code platforms are becoming one of the hottest items in the IT industry. The reason for this, of course, is simple: For most organizations, digital transformation means a dramatic increase in software development—new business apps, new mobile apps, new automated processes that cascade throughout an enterprise, completing, updating, notifying, and so on. Trying to pull off this type of accelerated development with traditional methodology would require a virtual army of engineers—not just to write the code at the outset, but also to maintain it.

Business users within an organization are almost immediately convinced of the wonders of no-code. IT departments, however, tend to be more suspicious towards no-code and low-code development platforms. And we understand. After all, these platforms could impact many aspects of their traditional work. Although if you ask us, we would say that these impacts are very positive.

Low-code-no-code platforms can relieve the IT department of many of its burdens, from the never-ending backlog, shadow-IT , and employees going ‘rogue’ to IT legacy challenges and so on…

So how does low-code/no-code improve the life of the IT professional? Read on to be convinced.

 

The Need for Speed

Speed of course is the biggest (and most obvious) benefit of the low-code approach. low-code-no-code platforms, in contrast to using traditional development environments, can speed application development and delivery up to ten fold. Developers can create new applications in hours or days, rather than weeks or months.

Also, with the rise of citizen developers simple development tasks (like reporting) can now be pushed off to the business. Rather than waiting around on IT to develop their reports, business users can create them on their own.

Forrester Research sums up the benefits nicely, in their report on low-code platforms: “Hand-coding is too slow to develop and deliver many of the applications that companies use to win, serve, and retain customers. Some firms are turning to new, “low-code” application platforms that accelerate app delivery by dramatically reducing the amount of hand-coding required. Faster delivery is the primary benefit of these application platforms; they also help firms respond more quickly to customer feedback after initial software releases and provision mobile and multichannel apps.”

The Need for Speed

Speed, it almost goes without saying, is the biggest (and most obvious) benefit of the low-code approach. low-code-no-code platforms, in contrast to traditional development environments, can accelerate application development and delivery up to tenfold. Developers can create new applications in hours or days, rather than weeks or months.

Also, with the rise of the citizen developer, simple development tasks (like reporting) can now be pushed off to the business. Rather than waiting around for IT to develop their reports, business users can create them on their own.

Forrester Research sums up the benefits nicely, in their report on low-code platforms: “Hand-coding is too slow to develop and deliver many of the applications that companies use to win, serve, and retain customers. Some firms are turning to new, “low-code” application platforms that accelerate app delivery by dramatically reducing the amount of hand-coding required. Faster delivery is the primary benefit of these application platforms; they also help firms respond more quickly to customer feedback after initial software releases and provision mobile and multichannel apps.”

Free Up Valuable IT Resources

Digital transformation has caused the workload of IT teams to explode. In many organizations, the IT department tends to be overworked and understaffed.

How do low-code-no-code development tools help? While they certainly improve development speed (as mentioned above), these platforms also help IT departments to offload some development projects to the business. Tech-savvy business users (also known as citizen developers) can now create basic applications without coding, while still adhering to the development, security and governance guidelines of IT.

The result? By tapping into the legions of problem-solvers within your organization who do not have a coding/development background and by taking the small development projects off your IT departments’ plate, you create hours (even days) of time every week. This frees up valuable IT resources to focus on more mission-critical tasks and to spend time tackling greater challenges.

Reducing the Risk of Shadow-IT

Business users frequently go to their IT departments with requests for tools and applications, but because the IT’ers are already backed up, many of these requests for support end up being overlooked or moved to the back burner.

When this happens, a resourceful user will not have the patience to wait around for too long. Eventually, they will turn to third-party solutions that can give them what they need. This ultimately leads to the creation of a shadow-IT. The problem with this? The company’s internal IT department has not verified that these third-party solutions are secure or that they comply with the company’s guidelines. Entering sensitive data into these rogue solutions may represent a threat to the overall organization.

A low-code-no-code application development platform can help reduce the amount of data put at risk and prevents this runaway software from generating organizational chaos, as all activities are centrally governed by the IT department.

Many of these platforms run securely from the cloud and are ISO 27001 certified, meaning that data security is guaranteed. Central infrastructure and governance strategies enable citizen developers to safely develop their own applications from their web browser, while allowing IT to control the data and user access. It also saves the IT department from having to clean up the mess that results from business applications gone rogue.

Less Debugging, Less Project Failure

With traditional applications, routine maintenance and upgrading take a great deal of time. Developers must manually fix security threats or bugs, apply software updates and add new features. Most programmers still spend much of their time just keeping the lights on, so to speak, and they lose a lot of time debugging flaws within their own code or within code written by third parties.

Since the modules available on low-code platforms are pre-tested to work together seamlessly, there are very few bugs to deal with when working with low-code application development. You can easily connect third-party systems, apps or devices, and new features can be added without worrying about compatibility. Automating these processes with low-code/no-code development tools will put freedom back into the developer’s daily routine.

That’s a Wrap

So there you have it. A Low-code-No-code development platform like AgilePoint NX not only empower your business users, but offer great advantages for your entire IT department. Application development has evolved dramatically over the past few years. New languages and frameworks have emerged. Mobile devices have fundamentally changed application development. The modern developer must have a variety of skills–and stay ahead of the ever-changing tech trends and customer demands.

This is no easy task. In many cases, the IT department tends to be overworked, and understaffed. They have more projects than they can handle, and don’t have time to keep current with the latest trends. 

Low-code-No-code development platform offer a simple solution for the challenges mentioned above. In many cases, they can bridge this skills gap–giving developers modern capabilities.

That’s a Wrap

So, there you have it. A Low-code-No-code development platform like AgilePoint NX not only empowers your business users, it also offers great advantages for your entire IT department. And because application development has evolved so dramatically over the past few years—think, for example, of the new languages and frameworks that have emerged, the importance of mobile devices etc.—the modern developer must have a variety of skills and must stay ahead of the ever-changing tech trends and customer demands.

This is no easy task. In many cases, the IT department tends to be overworked and understaffed. They have more projects than they can handle, and don’t have time to keep current with the latest trends.

Low-code-No-code development platform offer the simplest solution for all these challenges. In many cases, these platforms can bridge the skills gap, modernizing developers’ capabilities and unloading many of the IT’ers’ burdens.

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