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#Decomplex App Development: The Rise of Low-Code

16-Feb-2024 04:01:33 / by Varun Ekhande

Varun Ekhande


In the fast-paced digital era, businesses face an ever-increasing demand to adapt and innovate quickly. Traditional software development, often hindered by lengthy timelines and resource constraints struggles to meet these accelerated needs. Enter low-code development - a game-changer poised to transform how we build applications. 

This game-changing approach is empowering individuals and businesses to create custom applications faster and easier than ever before.  


What is Low-Code? 

  • It's a visual development approach that minimizes the need for traditional hand-coding. 
  • It leverages drag-and-drop interfaces, pre-built templates, and intuitive tools. 
  • It enables even those with limited coding experience to build powerful applications.  

Top Low-Code Platforms 

According to the 2023 Gartner Report on Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, the following is the list of top low-code Platforms 

2023 Gartner Report on Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms

  • Mendix 
  • OutSystems 
  • Microsoft Power Apps 
  • ServiceNow 
  • Salesforce 
  • Appian 
  • Pegasystems 





Key Advantages to Developers 


1. Rapid Development Time and Easy to Use  

As low-code platforms provide visual interfaces, pre-built components, and drag-and-drop functionality for building the front and back end of applications - it streamlines the development process and helps developers to build apps faster. 

Let’s see an example of creating a List Screen in OutSystems using drag-and-drop functionality 

Open Main Flow Interface Tab 


  • Open Main Flow Interface Tab 


Go to the Data tab, and drag and drop your entity inside the MainFlow, then enjoy the magic show.  

Data Flow View


 OutSystems has created a user screen for me just by drag and drop:



Here is the output of the screen: 


Output view


2. Learning Curve (Training and Documentation) 

The learning curve for developers getting started with low-code platforms is fairly modest. Most of the major platforms like PowerApps, Mendix, and OutSystems provide a significant amount of training materials for developers and there is a large base of documentation and community support which provides a helping hand for developers during the development process. 

For example, OutSystems provide guided paths from which developers can choose their low-code journey, I have heavily used it in my initial years while using OutSystems. 



3. Cross-Platform Deployment 

Many low-code platforms allow you to deploy apps to multiple platforms like the web, mobile (IOS and Android) and desktop which are developed using a single codebase. This reduces the effort spent on porting code 

Here is an example in OutSystem: I have a patient app developed using a single code base, and the platform allows me to distribute the application as an Android app or an IOS app. 

 screenshot from Outsystems


4. Integration Capabilities 

Low-code platforms provide components, integration builders and the ability to integrate databases and connect to other Systems using REST API capabilities. It simplifies and makes it less complex for developers while doing the integration development.  

Accelerating Innovation and Time–to–Market 

Visual interfaces, pre-built components, and drag-and-drop functionality streamline the development process, significantly reducing time-to-market for applications. This enables organizations to quickly respond to evolving market demands, seize opportunities, and stay ahead of the competition.  

Key Advantage of Using Low-Code Approach 

  • Accelerated Delivery: build and deploy apps in weeks or even days, not months. 
  • Enhanced Agility: respond to evolving business needs rapidly and efficiently. 
  • Reduced Costs: lower development costs and faster time-to-market lead to significant savings. 
  • Enhanced Agility: adapt and iterate quickly to meet changing needs and market trends.  

Common Use – Cases for Low-Code Platforms 

  • Marketing: create personalized customer journeys and automate marketing campaigns. 
  • HR: streamline recruitment, onboarding, and employee training processes. 
  • Finance: automate financial workflows and generate insightful reports. 
  • Sales: build custom CRMs and sales management tools. 
  • Operations: optimize supply chain management and inventory tracking.

Reduce Cost of Ownership Using Low-Code Approach 

Traditional app development is expensive. Hiring skilled developers, acquiring expensive software licenses, and dealing with ongoing maintenance costs can quickly drain your resources. Low-code platforms offer a more cost-effective alternative: 

  • Subscription-based pricing: pay a predictable monthly or annual fee, eliminating the need for upfront investments. 
  • Reduced development time: get your app up and running faster, minimizing labour costs. 
  • Simplified maintenance: low-code platforms often handle updates and security patches, lowering ongoing IT expenses. 

Future of Low-Code  

The future is bright for low-code platforms as they have many key advantages over traditional development. By embracing a low-code approach, organizations can unlock a new level of agility, innovation, and collaboration, empowering individuals to drive change and shape the future of software development.  

Sky is the Limit for Low-Code! 

Topics: development, Low-Code, outsystems

Varun Ekhande

Written by Varun Ekhande

Varun Ekhande is a Software Engineer at Mastek, working for the Global Service Line Team, playing Lead Developer, consultant and research analyst role for Low Code platforms like OutSystems and Doing Research and providing POVs for GEN AI.

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