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What is a low-code platform?

How wonderful to still be able to continue developing software despite the enormous shortage of IT personnel. Even less educated employees can build applications, thanks to low-code. Low-code is a relatively new way of software development aimed at the visual design of applications. With low-code a graphical user interface (GUI) with a configuration of settings is used instead of writing traditional computer code.

Low-code platform

That makes building applications a lot easier to understand. With traditional software development developers need to write every single code by hand. This might create a unique software solution, but this form of development is very time consuming and you stay dependent on the developers involved. A low-code platform however uses preconfigured and turn-key code objects. Software based on low-code is very manageable, easy to expand and modernize. And yes, you will still be able to build unique products.


What are the benefits of low-code software?

  • Lower development costs
  • Faster development, more time for innovation
  • Better coordination of business processes
  • Responding quickly to changing requirements of users and new market developments
  • Fast delivery, concrete value
  • Better business IT alignment

What to look for when selecting a low-code package?

Use a modern architecture

For core applications an architecture is needed that can handle complex business logic and moreover is scalable to thousands of users and huge amounts of data and transactions . Furthermore this architecture must suppport modern technology, like microservices and API, and offer a flexible way to implement comprehensive changes.

Choose a robust enterprise platform

Core applications are business critical applications. That’s why it is important to choose a platform that is reliable and helps you guarantee the up-time, can restore quickly after failures and minimizes the chances for data loss.

Trust suppliers that hold security in high esteem

A platform containing the most important business applications must be optimally secured. This requires at least control over the identities, roles, access rights, and data and privacy protection. Choose a platform that meets these requirements and is certified according to the applicable legal rules.

Choose a reliable supplier

If you entrust your whole business process to a low-code platform, you may at least expect the supplier to be financially stable, growing, having good customer reviews. Check this thoroughly and possibly ask if you could speak to an existing customer about their experience.

Involve the business in the development process

When (re)developing core applications, the best result is achieved when you involve end users in the process. This way you can bring frustrations about the existing applications to light and apply practical improvements. This method increases the support base and acceptance with users. Make sure the low-code platform supports this way of collaboration.

Treat end users as customers

To take full advantage of the new software it is essential to train users. Personal one on one instruction works best, where the employee uses the application and can ask questions. A good alternative is instructions in small groups or per department, where a local expert of super user can answer any possible question.