• December 29, 2016

Aim Low: What to Look for in a Low-Code Provider

Find the best low-code vendor to fit your needs.

Digital transformation is about setting up your company so that it can quickly respond to market trends and evolving customer needs. It’s also about being able to bring new, disruptive products to market to help differentiate your business. And while that’s easier said than done, one way you can accelerate your company’s digital transformation is by using a low-code platform to develop and deliver your applications.

The Low-Code Revolution

Forrester defines low-code platforms as “platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.” For large companies trying to modernize their legacy IT organizations, low-code often makes a lot of sense. It’s generally fast, efficient, and cost-effective.

The problem, however, is that with so many different vendors to choose from, finding the best one to meet your needs isn’t always easy. You’ve got to know what to look for, which should always include:

  • End-to-end coverage. Any platform that you choose must be able to handle every stage of 
app development and delivery from design and deployment through to long-term maintenance. If it doesn’t, you may find yourself caught without the assistance you need.
  • Adaptability. Make sure the platform can adapt to meet your unique requirements and work with your existing infrastructure. If it can’t, then it’s time to look for a different vendor.
  • Deep declarative tooling. With low-code, the idea is to eliminate as much hand-coding as possible. But not all platforms allow for this as effectively as others. Make sure the platform you choose has the declarative tooling to implement things like business logic and workflows to save your IT team a lot of time.
  • Lots of integrations. For apps to work, they need to be able to integrate well with data and third-party services. That’s why it’s important to verify that any vendor you work with has pre-built integrations for the enterprise services and databases that your company uses.
  • Portability. The vendor you choose to work with today may not be the one that you’ll use a few years from now. For that reason, you need to confirm that any code you create using a low-code platform is easily portable.
  • Training. It’s also important to find a low-code vendor that will offer the training your IT team needs to get up and running. A good vendor will provide ongoing support to ensure that your company is equipped to get the most out of the platform throughout the life of your relationship with that provider.

Digital transformation is a business imperative. If you take the time to choose the right low-code provider, you’ll find that you’ve got a powerful ally to help you along the way.

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