Enterprises are having an insatiable appetite for creating custom iOS apps. And as per a recent survey by Gartner, by the end of 2017, demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organization's capacity to deliver them. We have reached a stage where the demand for enterprise apps has outgrown the ability to deliver them. This had led to low-code platforms gaining popularity and traction. The term low-code platform is coined by Forrester research and they put it as follows: "Platforms that enable rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment, for systems of engagement."
There are trade-offs of choosing a low-code platform but the speed it delivers is unmatchable by traditional or hand coding techniques. Plus it brings businesses and IT departments closer and thus it can be a rich iterative app development experience. Let's take a closer look at some of the key features of low-code development platforms:
1. Visual Development Tools: Low code development platforms need to have visual tools to define data models, workflows, process logic and user interfaces. This eliminates a lot of hand coding and makes the overall process faster and more iterative.
2. Out of the box Integrations: Every business today needs to exchange data with third-party services either through an API or other proprietary systems. Integrating data into your app is time-consuming and complex. Low code development platforms help developers easily connect to various data sources with minimal or no code from their end.
3. Easy deployment and scaling: After your app is developed, it is important to deploy it in app stores and make sure it scales with demand. Many low-code development platforms streamline deployment and support auto-scaling while reducing DevOps functions. It is also possible to administer updates and control versions all from a single place in the platform.
Low code development platforms are also a safe bet if you're in the process of validating your app idea. It's clear that speed plays an important role if you want to stay in the game. This makes it necessary to choose the right low-code development platform and vendor who can help deliver mission-critical apps with lighting pace. Are you looking to develop an enterprise app with speed and quality in mind? Let us know in the comments below.