Staying ahead of the newest trends in tech is vital in today’s digital world. For organisations with in-house software development capability, and a need to deliver faster and better digital outcomes, one of the biggest emerging developments is ‘low code,’ an approach that is disrupting the area of digital transformation worldwide.

With the sheer pace of change, technology, apps and data, organisations are faced with an increasing amount of challenges and choices.

To describe what low code is, you can picture traditional software development as the process through which applications are ‘hand coded’ or developed ‘from scratch’.

At the other end of the scale is ‘no code’ – where end users act as ‘citizen developers’ and develop their own applications through a ‘drag-and-drop’ builder. Essentially, this provides ready-made and reusable components as required.

Low code is a midway point between ‘no code’ and traditional software development approach. Through low code, manual processes are automated, making it up to six times faster to develop an application, but still allows developers to be flexible. Crucially, developers still use all their analysis and design skills, and collaborate to make enterprise-grade applications, which can be supported and extended to add value much faster than before.

Gartner predicts that by 2024, three-quarters of enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for IT application development and citizen development initiatives.

But what does low code mean for an organisation seeking to transform itself digitally?

Whilst using low code requires a specific set of skills and expertise, it also allows organisations and software developers to be more productive and deliver results more efficiently. “Rapid development” and “speed to deploy” are becoming the new buzz phrases.

There is also a much lower barrier to entry provided by a low code platform that allows developers with some coding background to be productive within a week and non-coders can begin usually within around a month’s training.

It is a way of designing and developing software applications with minimal hand-coding, meaning value is delivered more rapidly and reliably. This is a great attraction to many enterprise organisations facing the growing challenge of accessing scarce skillsets.

Ultimately, low code allows Enterprise Development teams to be more agile in the future, which is an approach that Neueda is offering more regularly to our customers, particularly those who are faced with rapidly changing and uncertain circumstances.

Some reasons your tech team or tech partner may wish to consider using low code may include the following:

A need to simplify
Low code is useful for an organisation that is wishing to simplify and automate inefficient, manual, complex or paper-based processes digitally. Such examples may be an insurance company that processes a large amount of claims forms or a Government department that deals with planning permission applications in high volume.

A need to improve

When an organisation is seeking to improve the digital experience for customers or employees, low code offers an effective solution to achieve this quickly – creating web and mobile applications from the same source.

A need to transform

If you need to extend or integrate new systems with existing ‘legacy’ systems, low code allows developers to connect and integrate with these easily.

Neueda has partnered with OutSystems, a globally recognised low-code platform provider, to more rapidly deliver software solutions for its customers.

To find out more about low code and how it can help transform your business digitally, contact the team at lowcode@neueda.com