You could make apps with just a single line or let’s say no line of code thanks to Low Code, which is making its way into the professional development environment and business use cases alike. It’s faster, saves effort and provides flexibility. Look at the code below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
It does work, but it’s not as easy. To top it all, it doesn’t need a developer to build apps when you’re using a low/no code platform which means a company’s IT department can pretty much handle it. Or anyone with enough technical aspiration.
Now with Microsoft and Google participating in the proliferating LCP scene, the popularity is only going to rise. To explain it further, here are a few
Low code is comparatively faster than its counterpart and accelerates app delivery time dramatically. This enables businesses meet their automation goals specifically well.
The ease of use that these low code platforms offer allow you and your company to get apps made in-house with either the IT department or with someone of relevant expertise. It doesn’t require additional resources to be hired for the same.
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It’s particularly hard for the developer team to grasp new technologies as quickly as they would with a low code platform. Using pre-built templates and app builders, developers can deliver the apps that are well in tune with the market trends.
And there are many more… Once you get yourself familiar with a low code platform, it will eventually start offering benefits that you had not expected. It doesn’t have to break industry standards, but it can greatly simplify them.
At Dikonia, building apps for business solutions is one of our forte and most of our coding part is handled by the high code techniques. But, we have been investigating the viability of low code platforms and we can say they do prove out to be a considerable option, whenever simple, straightforward apps have to be made.
Moving ahead, let’s see, what options you should pay attention to, while choosing a low code platform.
Appian is a well established player in the low code platform market and has been in business since 1999. The company has provided several business process management software to big names like IBM and now offers a fully comprehensive development platform.
Appian’s winning characteristic is that it is available in both a non-developer format and tech savvy format to serve both kind of users equally well. The UI is simple to grasp and makes app making simple. You get access to a bunch of innovative modules such as the Quick Apps builder, forms and drag-drop elements.
Appian is available at a price of $75 billed monthly with a 30 day cloud based free trial. The Enterprise edition is charged at $150 per month with advanced support and even more tools.
Power Apps has been built around Microsoft’s other widely used tools such as Excel and Powerpoint. The interface is an adaptation of the both that comes with a collection of pre-designed templates, integrations, app previews and more.
The platform connects to Dynamics 365 and BI by default, making it easier for regular users to familiarize easily. Although this characteristic is a boon for many, people who are not into Excel and Ms Office a lot, can find it difficult to use.
Pricing starts from as low as $7 per user per month.
Outsystems is more enterprise oriented with powerful development features enabling full control over the application’s development process. We won’t recommend the platform for absolute beginners because it is well suited in the hands of the IT guys. But for reasons, it sure can make their work a lot easier and fast.
Outsystems provides in-built tools for deploying business automation apps that serve basic purposes with an integrated admin panel and visual tools. Best suited for SMBs and large companies.
Outsystems is free for upto 100 users and scales up to $4,600 per month for larger players in the business providing full capacity and unlimited number of users.
Google App Maker and Quick Base can’t be skipped out on this list. These relatively new platforms allow a easy-to-use development environment that touches the boundary of No Code than Low Code and are perfect for novice users. Having said that, both of them fall behind other veteran examples covered earlier by us and still need a lot of advancement.
So, this was a quick overview of the low code scene disrupting the app making industry. You can choose one from the list or get in touch with us to discuss your requirements. We have our expert services at your disposal and building apps is one of our acclaimed offerings.
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Chhavi is the Founder and Partner at Dikonia. She is passionate about delivering beyond expectations and crafting rewarding experiences. Her company provides innovative IT solutions including custom SaaS offerings that streamline workflow as well as development and design services in keeping with latest buying and market trends. Chhavi holds a Master of Computer Applications from Punjabi University.