• October 19, 2016

Going Agile: Taking Advantage of the Low-Code Revolution

Taking a RADical approach is a win-win for everyone.

One of the greatest challenges facing today’s IT organizations is trying to meet customers’, partners’, and employees’ insatiable demand for mobile and web applications. In fact, according to Gartner, by the end of 2017, “market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them.” And it’s not just a question of volume—speed is also an issue. Increasingly, IT departments are expected to create new apps in days rather than months.

Further complicating matters is the fact that these applications need to work on any device and fully integrate with back-end systems. Plus, they have to be adaptable to ever-changing business requirements. For resource-strapped organizations, trying to keep up with demand and the relentless pace of new technology is a daunting prospect.

A RADical Approach

The solution to this challenge may lie in low-code Rapid Application Development (RAD) and delivery platforms. Forrester describes these platforms as enabling “rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.” And while not entirely new—in the past similar solutions have included Model Drive Architecture and Computer Aided Systems Engineering (CASE)—the fact is that today’s platforms are not only better, but also easier to use.

Effectively, platforms like these allow your existing IT departments to become more agile, thus dramatically increasing efficiency and output. In fact, with the right platform, IT teams can spin up new applications in just a few days, deploy them, obtain feedback, and iterate on them as needed. Overall, it’s a workflow that saves time and money and increases organizations’ overall flexibility.

While the benefits of low-code solutions are many, they do have drawbacks. “You have to really trust the provider you’re working with,” cautions Terry White, Enterprise Services Chief Technologist, Applications Services, and Fellow. “No peeking under the hood. If you do, you probably won’t like what you see.”

Finding a Provider You Can Trust 

Although many different low-code providers are out there, don’t assume they’re all created equally. Quality varies substantially from one to the next. Do your research to unlock the low-code value.

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